BOX OFFICE: THE HOBBIT Manages To Stay #1 On Christmas Day; 47 RONIN Flops

BOX OFFICE: THE HOBBIT Manages To Stay #1 On Christmas Day; 47 RONIN Flops

Who didn't see that one coming? As well as being a critical failure, 47 Ronin now looks set to be 2013's final big budget flop! Meanwhile, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug managed to stay at the top of the North American box office on one of the most competitive days of the year...

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has now earned just shy of $150 million domestically, and a haul of $9.3 million yesterday put it just ahead of Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street (which took $9.2 million). This means that the Peter Jackson helmed sequel held onto the #1 spot, and it's thought that it will be the one film to rule them all over the five-day holiday period in North America. 47 Ronin, which stars Keanu Reeves, debuted at #7 with $7.1 million and a B+ CinemaScore. The fact that it's already off to a soft start in several key Asian territories and should struggle to top $20 million in total domestically means that 47 Ronin will face an uphill battle in regaining its $175 million budget. Did you guys watch either of these movies yesterday?

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.


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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