Friday Box Office: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Trails First Film on Opening Day

     December 14, 2013


The second film in Peter’s Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy will open lower than its predecessor, as expected.  The Desolation of Smaug took in an estimated $31.1 million from 3,903 locations on Friday, including $8.8 million from midnight previews.  That puts the sequel on track for around $75 million this weekend.  At this time last year, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey took in $37.1 million on Friday and $84 million in its first three days – a record for a December launch.  Few expected the second film to equal those numbers, so a debut of $75 million should be enough to avoid the ‘disappointing’ label.

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas will have to shoulder this weekend’s disappointment all on its own.  The fifth film featuring the popular Perry character took in an estimated $5.7 million on Friday, on its way to a first weekend total of $17 million.  That would make Christmas the first Madea film to open below $25 million, not to mention one of the lower openings of Tyler Perry’s career.  We’ll have complete details tomorrow

 Title Friday Total
1.  The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug $31,145,000 $31.1
2.  A Madea Christmas $5,740,000 $5.7
3.  Frozen $5,105,000 $147.3
4.  Hunger Games: Catching Fire $4,100,000 $347.9
5.  Thor: The Dark World $796,000 $196.2
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