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