The final weekend of the year is over and the box-office numbers are in for what has to be one of the busiest Christmas holiday periods in recent memory.
The top spot came down to a tight race between holdovers "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "Frozen" with the former just edging out and scoring $29.9 million for the three day weekend. That was the third weekend in a row with 'Hobbit' in the top spot, it and "Gravity" are now the only two releases this year to have held onto the top spot for more than two weeks in a row. Across the world its total so far is $423.8 million.
"Frozen" meanwhile continues a stellar run that's going far better than anyone predicted. It jumped 47% this weekend to $28.8 million, marking the third best 'fifth weekend' of all time behind only James Cameron's "Avatar" and "Titanic". It also benefits from being one of the few well-regarded family films at this time - both "Saving Mr. Banks" and "Walking with Dinosaurs" have failed to catch audience interest.
"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" and "American Hustle" continue to hold well. The newsman comedy sequel scored $20.2 million for third place and it looks set to pass the original's $85.3 million gross total tomorrow. 'Hustle' came in fourth with $19.6 million and has a total of $60 million so far.
Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" was the best performing newcomer with $18.5 million, and $34.3 million for the five day period. That's certainly lower than last year's edgy adult fare film "Django Unchained" which scored $30.1 million in its first three days. Where it's losing out is youth, exit polls indicate that 90% of the film's audience is over 25 years old.
Ben Stiller's much hyped "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" came in seventh with $13 million and $25.6 million for the five day period. As Stiller movies go, that's one of his lowest openers, but it is expected to have legs.
There were two wide release bombs. Universal's big-budget samurai epic "47 Ronin" came in ninth with $9.9 million for the weekend and $20.6 million for the five days. The De Niro/Stallone boxing comedy "Grudge Match" came in eleventh with $7.3 million for the weekend and $13.4 million for the five days.
Justin Bieber's "Believe" doco wasn't a major wide release per se with just a little over 1,000 screens, it came in fourteenth with an awful $2 million for the weekend and $4.3 million for the five days.
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" is sadly not finding an audience. Expanding to 975 screens, it still only came in thirteenth with $2.4 million.
On the limited release front were two impressive results - "August: Osage County" scored a $35,900 per screen average from five screens, while "Lone Survivor" nabbed $46,250 per screen from two screens. Both expand next month.
Source: Box-Office Mojo