BOX OFFICE: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Set To Be #1 For Third Week In A Row

While Disney's Frozen continues to perform well at the North American box office (beating The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug to #1 yesterday), the Peter Jackson helmed sequel is set to retain the top spot for the third straight weekend. Hit the jump for further details!

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By Josh Wilding - 12/28/2013

Amazingly, Frozen is set to have the second best weekend gross of all-time for a film in its sixth week of release, after edging past The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug yesterday to take the #1 spot at the North American box office. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie took $10.3 million for an estimated three day total of over $28 million. That gives the Disney animated movie a domestic cume of $229.8 million, although Peter Jackson's follow-up to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey took $10.1 million on Friday for a weekend total of upwards of $30 million. The sequel passed $500 million worldwide on Thursday, while 47 Ronin continues to struggle as analysts suggest a loss of $175 million for Universal. What did you guys watch this weekend?
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DrDoom - 12/28/2013, 3:38 PM
Go Smaug Go
MrReese - 12/28/2013, 3:39 PM
"I am fire.I am.......DEATH!"
jerryblake - 12/28/2013, 3:47 PM
probably gonna watch Hobbit part duo tommorow.

47 Ronin trailers, posters, or stills did nothing for me.
I have like 0 interest in watching this movie.
The only movie i don't wanna see more than 47 Ronin is I, Frankenstein.
WruceBayne - 12/28/2013, 3:48 PM
#1! FOR A 3RD WEEK!? Unless you have money invested in this movie company, who gives a [FRICK] and why is this on main?
QuestiontheAnswer - 12/28/2013, 3:49 PM
Universal is losing money. Time for that Namor movie.
MatTaylorX - 12/28/2013, 3:53 PM
Universal had two of the most successful films this year.
Praetorian - 12/28/2013, 3:53 PM
Universal give us back Namor!
ricko8687 - 12/28/2013, 3:57 PM
give us a bad ass Namor or sell the rights to Marvel
Lizardking310 - 12/28/2013, 4:04 PM
I saw frozen... :-/
Liverpool4life - 12/28/2013, 4:05 PM
Going to the Hobbit on Monday.
Liverpool4life - 12/28/2013, 4:05 PM
Frozen was great.
MrCBM56 - 12/28/2013, 4:10 PM
Deserves it!!
JoJo1982 - 12/28/2013, 4:12 PM
Universal should've just spent tha money for a Namor movie

Can't they see that CBM is where the money is now, especially Marvel
r4dagast - 12/28/2013, 4:18 PM
I love middle earth
Jollem - 12/28/2013, 4:19 PM
saw it on christmas. very good. good as the first one was
JoJo1982 - 12/28/2013, 4:24 PM
@flexx

I'm just hoping for Universal Studios to come out and say

"We are now pushing for a Namor movie for the summer of 2016 or 2017 and we're working very closely with Marvel Studio"


After the big lost in the fast and furious franchise, I can see that going downhill after Fast7
DefcoN - 12/28/2013, 4:27 PM
I can't say I liked it more than the first movie, but one thing is certain, Lee Pace was awesome as Thranduil, so was Smaug.
MexicanSuperman - 12/28/2013, 4:33 PM
I still need to see Hobbit 2. I thought the first one was great.
themanofsteelfromliverpool - 12/28/2013, 4:42 PM
I liked Smaug better than Unexpected Journey. But it proved that it was a mistake to stretch this series into 3 films instead of the planned 2. It was a callous money grab - like all franchise films - and proof Peter Jackson requires someone to reign him in, and make him channel his well of creativity and innovation into smaller, tighter films.

Am I the only person who mourns for the Peter Jackson of old? Brain Dead (Dead Alive in US), Meet The Feebles, The Frighteners, Bad Taste and Heavenly Creatures.
Jollem - 12/28/2013, 5:06 PM
if they were to make 35 hobbit films i would probably see them all
SuperCat - 12/28/2013, 5:07 PM
Happy it's doing well!
Ramiel - 12/28/2013, 5:07 PM
Hopefully, Frozen is #1 this weekend since I believe it is a superior film.
DelTorite - 12/28/2013, 5:52 PM
The movie gets better after each view.
Bloodraven - 12/28/2013, 6:17 PM
Best blockbuster of 2013.
Kyos - 12/28/2013, 7:03 PM
How present is the snowman in Frozen? I hate his design and found him extremely annoying in every scene in the trailers.

Also it's good for Jackson and company that DoS is doing so well, and I envy everyone who enjoyed it a lot! :)

I think it was -sorry- proof that the decision of making The Hobbit into three movies was all kinds of wrong. In my opinion DoS failed to live up to the charm of the book, the grandeur of the LotR movies and the heart both had, and ended up being a poorly paced, bloated piece of high-budget fan fiction.
MightyZeus - 12/28/2013, 7:14 PM
Glad The Hobbit is still on top. It is a great film. Better than the first in my opinion.
YoungThanos - 12/28/2013, 7:21 PM
Just came back from watching The Hobbit and it did not disappoint.

Starkasm - 12/28/2013, 7:35 PM
Seen the hobbit twice now. Will watch in imax next. Then maybe one more standard viewing after that.

How many times have you guys seen and/or plan to see it?
RRA - 12/28/2013, 8:22 PM
It is indeed an exciting time in the MCU, sink or swim, we'll get Rocket Raccoon and Ant-Man. Let's hope those gambles pay off!

Meanwhile within that same timeframe, DC who haven't had a hit superhero film recently without Batman or Superman, is giving us...BATMAN VS SUPERMAN.

JoJo1982 - 12/28/2013, 8:36 PM
@intruder

I would love to see Atlantis on the big screen
Firgosaurus - 12/28/2013, 8:40 PM
I saw this at the Empire Theater where they had the premier. I must admit I fell asleep midway but was compelled by the dragon.

That dragon is cool as fvck.
Melkaticox - 12/28/2013, 8:42 PM
@intruder Marvel Studios doesn't own Namor...

@Kyos The trailers and marketing campaign make the movie seem like a childish Dreamworks movie...but don't worry, it's all on purpose. Simply put, the movie's great (not just me, according to...you know, the entire internet except for hobbitbookmovie.com)
About Olaf, he's cool. He has the worst song in the movie (then again the only great song in Frozen is Let It Go), but he's actually relevant to the plot, unlike the reindeer (which is...not annoying or anything like that, he's just there).
Btw the 3D is fantastic. Just saying.
RRA - 12/28/2013, 9:16 PM
I second the FROZEN recommendation. A good crowdpleaser.
Chewtoy - 12/28/2013, 9:23 PM
I think Frozen will take the weekend. Family fare has stronger Sat-Sun grosses than Fri, and it already won Friday.
JoJo1982 - 12/28/2013, 10:03 PM
Intruder

You need to put up a article on here, on why we need a namor movie then
loki668 - 12/28/2013, 11:15 PM
We need a Namor movie so that, finally, the world can see what a scaly speedo looks like in real life.

I'm kidding, of course. I would love to see Namor get some movie love. The dynamic between Namor and Black Panther would be amazing to see on screen.
FoxForce5 - 12/28/2013, 11:29 PM
Just saw The Hobbit: tDoS and was thoroughly impressed; even after geeking out over it afterwards with other Tolkien enthusiasts. Will likely go see it again and it's well worth it! Much preferred over Frozen or anything else out now by both my 9 year old daughter and myself (though, I still do want to see Anchorman 2, cause, well... Anchorman 2!!!... oh, and besides, "Ant-Man's" in it...)
FoxForce5 - 12/28/2013, 11:34 PM
@ themanofsteelfromliverpool: I love PJ's early stuff but think his work since that has only shown him grow into a master filmmaker. LotR is a well deserved Oscar masterpiece and I thought King Kong and The Lovely Bones were both great in their own right! Can't wait for the last Hobbit movie and to see what he does afterwards!
TMP - 12/28/2013, 11:38 PM
Sad that The Wolf of Wall Street isn't doing that great. I guess all the sex, drugs and profanity didn't make it a very good choice to see in the holidays.
NeoBaggins - 12/29/2013, 12:31 AM
@TMP

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