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

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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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  • MEY

    Let’s hope that Luke Evans saves the new hobbit movie. With the help of Lee Pace…

    • Hamish

      Evans and Evangeline Lilly are the single best characters in the film. They’re the only two with any charisma and character development.

      • The Flobbit

        Thorin is a charisma machine, and Smaug practically drips gravitas with his voice.

    • joelline

      They certainly did for me! Wish they’d skipped half the stuff in the first film and spent more time in Mirkwood.

    • joelline

      They certainly did for me! Wish they’d skipped half the stuff in the first film and spent more time in Mirkwood.

  • To Be Continued

    Thor is still hanging in the top 5. Interesting.

  • King of Collider

    People are finally starting to sour on this shit. Maybe they read the source material and realized Tolkien is a pretty garbage writer.

  • Andrew Hegele

    Should have only been two movies…

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  • tarek

    I’ve never watched a single Perry movie. Am I normal doc?

    • eternalozzie

      you are not missing much … he just exploits and ridicules black people for profit

  • The Flobbit

    C’mon people, let’s give Peter Jackson some payoff for the tremendous amount of work that the folks at Stone Street and Weta Workshops have put into making a fantastic new film, that is really the blockbuster event of the year!

    In other news; people are realizing that Perry is poison.

  • Bhammer100

    The barrel scene was alone was worth the price of the ticket.

  • Joelline

    I’d be interested to see how the numbers of people seeing the sequel in HFR compare with HFR viewing numbers for the first movie. I only saw Desolation of Smaug in HFR because I got a free ticket, and I’m still partially regretting it – the storyline was a giant improvement over Unexpected Journey, but the HFR has quite frankly ruined the viewing of both the movies for me. I don’t find HFR to be “smoother” like some say, in fact I find it harder to see what’s going on in fast action, then in other places things look comically fast-forwarded. I also felt it magnified the “fakeness,” and I spent a lot of time feeling like I was watching people pretending to be in a movie rather than being immersed in middle earth, a problem I never had with the LOTR trilogy. I’d like to see Desolation of Smaug again in 24fps so I can actually enjoy it, but I don’t think my local cinemas are showing the 24fps version on their nice big screens, only on their smaller screens, which have some quality problems, so it looks like I’m stuck between seeing two differently sub-par versions.

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