Hobbit blasts past newcomers to claim third box office crown
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (REUTERS) - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the special-effects-laden tale that pits dwarfs against a dragon, blasted to its third consecutive box office title, collecting US$29.9 million (S$37.9 million) over the post-Christmas weekend to beat newcomers The Wolf of Wall Street and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Walt Disney's animated film Frozen was second with ticket sales of US$28.8 million in its third week, ahead of Will Ferrell's quirky comedy Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues that collected US$20.2 million at domestic theaters.
American Hustle, which reunited director David O. Russell with his Silver Linings Playbook stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, was fourth with US$19.6 million in ticket sales at theaters in the United States (US) and Canada, according to studio estimates. Sony, the distributor of American Hustle, also said it had grossed US$3 billion worldwide as of this weekend.
Director Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street was fifth with US$18.5 million after finishing a close second to The Hobbit on Christmas Day, according to estimates compiled by Rentrak. The nearly three hour movie received good reviews but registered only a "C" rating from CinemaScore, a site that measures audience reaction.