Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug absolutely raked it in over the weekend, claiming the box office top spot in convincing fashion.
With $73.7 million, the fantasy sequel becomes the fourth biggest December debut behind The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I Am Legend and Avatar.
Frozen fell to second, pulling in an impressive $22.2 million in its fourth week of release. Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas debuted third with $16 million.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Thor: The Dark World remained in the top five in their fourth and sixth weeks, respectively, with $13.1 and $2.7 million.
American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks both had strong openings in limited release. Hustle took in $690,000, the biggest debut for a limited release film this year.
Tom Hanks' story of Walt Disney and Mary Poppins finished with $421,000 in its first weekend. The list of the top movie box office results is as follows ...
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: $73.7 million
- Frozen: $22.2 million
- Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas: $16.2 million
- Catching Fire: $13.1 million
- Thor: The Dark World: $2.7 million