Hobbit Crushes All Other Movies

'Frozen' falls to second, Tyler Perry film takes third

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 15, 2013 2:04 PM CST

(Newser) – A wee hobbit ousted an animated princess at the weekend box office, says the Hollywood Reporter. Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ($73.7 million) not only iced out Disney's Frozen ($22.2 million) domestically, it ranked No. 1 worldwide, banking a robust $131.2 million in 49 territories. Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas ($16.2 million) fared so-so compared to his other debuts as zany Madea, while The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($13.1 million) held ground above Thor: The Dark World ($2.7 million). Oscar fare American Hustle rocked in limited release, banking $690,000 at six theaters before expanding wide next week.

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Martin Freeman, left, and John Callen in a scene from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  Harvey and Bob Weinstein have sued Warner Bros.'
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Martin Freeman, left, and John Callen in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." Harvey and Bob Weinstein have sued Warner Bros.'   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Mark Pokorny)
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