BOX OFFICE REPORT December 20-22, 2013(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
TOP 51. The Hobbit 2 ($31.4 million)2. Anchorman 2 ($26.7 million)3. Frozen ($19.1 million)4. American Hustle ($19.1 million)5. Saving Mr. Banks ($9.3 million)
Like a street fight between rival networks, Anchorman 2 took a beating. Despite a massive marketing campaign with Ron Burgundy appearing nearly everywhere, and being a sequel to the one of the funniest movies of all time, it actually debuted below the original. There's no way this doesn't come as a disappointment. Still, it's made $40 million since opening Wednesday and should end up with more than the first one's $85 million.
American Hustle jumped up significantly, nearly matching Frozen's tally with $19.1 million. It's well on its way to being a holiday hit for smart adults, instead of the usual family-friendly fare. Behind it was Saving Mr. Banks, which pulled in around $9.3 million, up a whopping 2,155 percent. Yet it still hasn't been the breakout hit Disney was hoping for.
Lastly, Frozen and The Hobbit continued their successes, but only the former looks like it will pass $200 million domestically.
Outside the top 5: This Weekend's Indie Champ: Her, Spike Jonze's latest mind-blower, averaged $43,000 on only six screens. It's gotten rave reviews, particularly for the performances of Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson, who provides the voice of the computer operating system he falls in love with.
- Kids these days. They're not even impressed by dinosaurs anymore. Walking with Dinosaurs flopped tremendously, taking in only $7.3 million. That's only good for 8th place.
- Just behind that was Dhoom 3, an Indian film that opened on only 236 screens, and made $14,000 on each one of them. Now, Hollywood, which one should you be investing in?
Next week:The Christmas onslaught begins. Five movies open on Wednesday. The most likely victors are Ben Stiller's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty or Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. I'm betting on the latter. Last year at Christmas, the hard R-rated movie (Django Unchained) succeeded over the film more geared for a wider audience (Les Miserables). Given that this Hobbit film hasn't performed like its predecessor, I think DiCaprio will triumph once more, with Wolf taking the No. 1 spot with $30 million over the weekend, and about $60 over five days. Walter Mitty will be close behind with $25 million and $55 million over the same period. That leaves the Rocky vs. Raging Bull comedy Grudge Match and Keanu Reeves' samurai shenanigans in 47 Ronin out cold, along with the Justin Bieber tour doc Believe, which I still have yet to see anything more than a poster for.