THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG ENDS 2013 ATOP NORTH AMERICAN BOX OFF=
Monday, December 30, 2013 - Ice D irector Peter Jackson is ending 2013 on a box office high - The Hobbit: ThE Desolation Of Smaug has scored a third week as the most popular film in North America.
The second installment of the fantasy series was a big draw on Christmas Day (25Dec13), bringing in $9.3 million (=C2£6.2 million) on the holiday alone, and it continued to attract big crowds with a $30 million (=C2£20 million) take this weekend (27-29Dec13).
Animated Disney film Frozen grossed $28.8 million (=C2£19.2 million) in
its sixth weekend on release, while comedy Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was third with $20.2 million (=C2£13.5 million).
The top five was rounded out by American Hustle in fourth place and Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio's latest collaboration, The Wolf of Wall Street, in fifth.
Meanwhile, there were a number of box office bombs - Keanu Reeves' martial arts movie 47 Ronin scraped in at nine with $9.9 million (=C2£6.6 million), and Justin Bieber's new concert documentary, Believe, failed to set the chart alight, only managing a weekend gross of $2 million (=C2£1.3 million) to place 14th. Its takings paled in comparison to the 2011 release of his last film, Never Say Never, which opened with an impressive $29.5 million (=C2£19.7 million).
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