BOX OFFICE: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Likely To Stay At #1 For Second Weekend

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is set to pass $300 million worldwide today, while the sequel is also likely to hold on to the top spot domestically despite competition from the highly anticipated Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Hit the jump for further details!

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By Josh Wilding - 12/20/2013

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will pass $100 million domestically and $300 million worldwide at some point today. As for how that will play into the weekend, it's believed that the Peter Jackson helmed sequel will stay at #1 with a total of over $30 million. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (which opened on Wednesday) will fall short with $25 million, but is still expected to have a respectable five-day total of around $38 million. What are you guys hoping to check out this weekend? Be sure to sound off with your thoughts in the usual place!






The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.


STARRING:

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey
Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield
Graham McTavish as Dwalin
Ken Stott as Balin
Aidan Turner as Kíli
Dean O'Gorman as Fíli
Mark Hadlow as Dori
Jed Brophy as Nori
Adam Brown as Ori
John Callen as Óin
Peter Hambleton as Glóin
William Kircher as Bifur
James Nesbitt as Bofur
Stephen Hunter as Bombur
Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman
Hugo Weaving as Elrond
Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
Orlando Bloom as Legolas
Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel
Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug

RELEASE DATE: December 13th, 2013.
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NOLANITE - 12/20/2013, 5:48 PM
None of the above
NOLANITE - 12/20/2013, 5:48 PM
First
JoeMomma29 - 12/20/2013, 5:52 PM
Deserves every penny........
DrDoom - 12/20/2013, 6:05 PM
Seen it twice, likely going back for at least one more round....

Wonderful film
ALmight - 12/20/2013, 6:06 PM
Anchor Man 2 was projected to open with 50 million, another movie that didn't meet expectations. I'm surprised it has taken Smaug this long to reach 100 mil, but it is still the best movie I have seen this year.
HellsHammer - 12/20/2013, 6:06 PM
I'll be seeing it at least 2 more times
BboiBlack - 12/20/2013, 6:09 PM
Man of Steel would have stayed at number one for a second week if only WB didn't put it out with 145million dollars worth of competition in week 2
Curmudgeon - 12/20/2013, 6:15 PM
'Smaug' may become my first repeat trip to the theater in years.

Easily my favorite film of 2013.
StingyFox - 12/20/2013, 6:21 PM
Movie was amazing. So much better than the first. And the HDR wasn't as distracting this time, if not, at all.
ds9epicfan - 12/20/2013, 6:22 PM
Still number one at the box office,no surprise!!
MrCBM56 - 12/20/2013, 6:44 PM
Best movie this year.
Demongod20 - 12/20/2013, 6:52 PM
I’m going to see it again this weekend. I loved MOS. It was my favorite movie of the year but after I saw the THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG I realized just how flat Goyers writing really was in that movie. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG gets my vote now as movie of the year. It was near perfect as a film.
DestroyallTrolls - 12/20/2013, 6:53 PM
Lone Survivor? Hahahaha. Yeah right. Good one black.
SuperCat - 12/20/2013, 7:16 PM
Haven't seen this yet :(
WhiteBolt - 12/20/2013, 7:20 PM
Sucks for Anchorman 2. It was predicted to have a $50M weekend debut.
DraculaX - 12/20/2013, 7:24 PM
I saw this the other day, good movie. I got goosebumps at the end when Smaug said he is fire and death. Benedict Cumberbatch knocks it out of the park with this one.

I would love to see him play Luthor, Martian Manhunter, Darkseid or Brainiac.
DelTorite - 12/20/2013, 7:35 PM
Martin Freeman as Bilbo is the casting of the decade. He's perfect in every way.
Grayson7954 - 12/20/2013, 7:36 PM
saw early screening of lone survivor. Pretty frickin intense.
WhiteBolt - 12/20/2013, 7:40 PM
"I would love to see him play Luthor, Martian Manhunter, Darkseid or Brainiac."

He would own the role of Dr. Strange
RRA - 12/20/2013, 8:21 PM
Hey the first Hobbit made a billion, the rest are making gravy at this point. Think global people, not just stateside. (Jesus learn from THE WOLVERINE: Lowest grossing X-Men movie ever stateside, #2 highest film global in the franchise. Guess what? We're getting another Wolverine film.)

RRA - 12/20/2013, 8:24 PM
Also, I saw AMERICAN HUSTLE. Good stuff, a terrific adult entertainment with terrific performances. I give it 4 bad combovers out of 5.
damntree - 12/20/2013, 9:13 PM
Anchorman 2 was highly anticipated?
TMP - 12/20/2013, 10:04 PM
Surprised that AM2 disappointed so badly. And this is The Hobbit's last week at #1, because Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street will be #1 next week.
HavocPrime - 12/20/2013, 11:33 PM
Deserves every penny, the encounter with Smaug alone was worth admission.
MightyZeus - 12/21/2013, 12:08 AM
Seeing this next year when the crowd dies down.
AlienRobotZombieOverlord - 12/21/2013, 5:09 AM
I actually preferred the first one: it was slower, but the story was more coherent. This one was great too, but at times felt like one stunt after another with no time for character development. Overall I'm just nitpicking, though - I loved this movie, especially Smaug.
MrZoolittle - 12/21/2013, 6:21 AM
this was a super fun movie, can't wait for the 3rd film.
Ship - 12/21/2013, 7:08 AM
Excellent movie 2nd of the year.
PeepingTom - 12/21/2013, 11:45 AM
So Anchorman 2 is going to suck.

Looks like a worldwide total of around $300 million.

How much was the marketing budget, like $50 trillion?
riseofloganX36 - 12/21/2013, 5:39 PM
I just got back from it and it was amazing the best part was smaug. He looked amazing and the voice was dead on it was word for word to the cartoon movie, I mouthed to everything hw said and Ioved what he said at the end and I diden't want it to end.

I caint waint for the third on and then to whatch it all, the hobbit and the lord of the rings. Bring it!

I THINK THEREFOR
IM GREATER THAN
YOU.
Ranger14 - 12/21/2013, 6:52 PM
I haven't heard one positive thing about Anchorman 2. Everyone I know that has gone to it wanted to walk out on it.

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