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‘Smaug’ Continues to Fire Up Global Box Office


‘Smaug’ Continues to Fire Up Global Box Office

New titles like Anchorman 2 and Walking with Dinosaurs had to take the back seat to Peter Jackson’s mega blockbuster The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The Warner Bros. release brought in another $31.5 million during its second weekend in theaters, making its U.S. cume over $127.5 million and its worldwide gross a stellar $403.8 million.

Frozen, the latest Disney princess landed on the no. three spot in the chart, with a $19.2 million, bringing its domestic take to $191.6 million. According to boxofficemojo, the family movie is ahead of Wreck-It Ralph ($189.4 million) and only a bit behind Tangled ($200.8 million). The movie is on its way to earn over $300 million by the end of its run. Internationally the Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck-helmed pic is still only playing in 60 percent of the international marketplace. It made another $35.1 million this weekend for a foreign total of $152.6 million and a worldwide total of $344.2 million.

Meanwhile, Fox studio’s Jurassic CG-live-action hybrid pic, Walking with Dinosaurs failed to capture the attention of family audiences. The movie landed on the eighth spot during its first weekend in release, earning only $7.3 million domestically. Overseas, the film, which cost $80 million to produce, opened to $13.6 million from 40 foreign markets for a worldwide total of $20.9 million. Directed by industry veteran Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale, Walking with Dinosaurs was animated by Sydney-based Animal Logic.

Here’s a look at this past weekend’s top 10 pics at the U.S. box office:

1. The Hobbit 2 $31,455,000 Cume: $127.5
2. Anchorman 2 $26,776,000 Cume: $40
3. Frozen $19,163,000 Cume: $191.5
4. American Hustle $19,100,000 Cume: $20.2
5. Saving Mr. Banks $9,321,000 Cume: $9.9
6. Catching Fire $8,750,000 Cume: $371.7
7. A Madea Christmas $8,500,000 Cume: $28.3
8. Walking With Dinosaurs $7,300,000 Cume: $7.3
9. Dhoom 3 $3,305,000 Cume: $3.3
10. Thor: The Dark World $1,328,000 Cume: $200.7
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug


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