'The Hobbit' Wins Crazy Christmas Box Office Free-for-All


Hollywood provided movie fans with a real Christmas bounty this year, as one of the most overcrowded marketplaces in recent memory served up no fewer than five major new releases this week. But when the dust settled, it was returning hits "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "Frozen" topping the charts once again, with $29.9 million and $28.8 million respectively.

In fact, repeats also accounted for the third and fourth spots on the chart as well: "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" finished in third place, earning a solid $20.2 million in its second week, while Oscar fave "American Hustle" brought in $19.6 million in its second week of wide release.

So what happened to all the newcomers? Well, it was a bit of a mixed bag. Martin Scorsese's much ballyhooed satirical takedown of big business did some big business of its own, as "The Wolf of Wall Street" debuted in fifth place with $18.5 million. That was enough to edge out both the flaccid Ben Stiller vehicle "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (sixth place with $13 million) and the latest Keanu Reeves misfire, "47 Ronin" ($9.9 million).

While those numbers aren't very good, they're still better than the sad debut for "Grudge Match," which didn't even make the top ten despite the supposed star power of Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro. And fans of schadenfreude are apparently the only people who are deriving any enjoyment out of "Justin Bieber's Believe:" The concert doc also missed the top ten, earning a mere fraction of the $29.5 million 2011's "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" made in its opening weekend.

Hey, even Hollywood needs a Christmas turkey or two, right?

Here's a look at the wild box office top ten, courtesy of Hollywood.com:

1. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" - $29.9m (our review)

2. "Frozen" - $28.8m (our review)

3. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" - $20.2m

4. "American Hustle" - $19.6m (our review)

5. "The Wolf of Wall Street" - $18.5m (our review)

6. "Saving Mr. Banks" - $14.3m (our review)

7. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" - $13m (our review)

8. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - $10.2m (our review)

9. "47 Ronin" - $9.9m (our review)

10. "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas" - $7.4m (our review)