The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Rules Christmas Box Office

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug won the box office for the second week in a row. And if the Christmas holiday receipts are any indication, the Peter Jackson film will make it three for three -- although it looks as if a new release might overtake it by the time all is said and done by the end of Sunday.

The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Stars Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel

The second chapter of Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy banked $9.3 million on December 25, followed closely by the fifth collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. The Wolf of Wall Street finished second with $9.2 million, showing that pre-release buzz met positive critical response (check out our five-star The Wolf of Wall Street review). And given word of mouth that can only grow as we head into the weekend, Scorsese’s latest may close out the Christmas-through-the-weekend period at the top spot.

Third place belonged to Anchorman 2, last week’s number two, which banked nearly a third of what it made all of last weekend on Christmas Day alone with $8.1 million. In fourth place was another new film, Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which debuted with a $7.8 million haul, while fifth place found American Hustle hustling up another $7.4 million to bring its total earnings to $34.1 million.

Christmas box office top 10:

1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, $9,320,000
2. The Wolf of Wall Street, $9,150,000
3. Anchorman 2, $8,100,000
4. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, $7,825,000
5. American Hustle, $7,400,000
6. 47 Ronin, $7,000,000
7. Frozen, $6,340,000
8. Saving Mr. Banks, $5,330,000
9. Grudge Match, $3,965,000
10. A Madea Christmas, $3,050,000

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