Welcome to the Box Office Report, where we always considered Smaug an upstanding citizen who did not deserve to be desolated.
1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Buena Vista): $73.7 million in 3,903 theaters
Bilbo and co. return with a strong but not remarkable opening weekend. The latest Hobbit story didn't quite match the $84 million that the first movie earned, and couldn't top the $75 million opening Hunger Games had a few weeks ago, but, all in all, Desolation of Smaug's opening was respectable enough. A nice, tidy sum studio executives can be proud of and show mom without fears of getting scolded.
Besides, globally The Hobbit's doing juuust fine.
2. Frozen (Beuna Vista): $22.2 million in 3,716 theaters
Three weeks later and Disney's extremely popular musical remains near the top, at least a head and a shoulder above the rest of the competition. I should probably get to a theater and see this one, yes? Yes.
3. Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (Lionsgate): $16 million in 2,194 theaters
I honestly had to Google this to make sure it wasn't Tyler Perry re-releasing a straight-to-DVD special. Apparently it's not, which is shocking. How did Tyler Perry not do a Madea Christmas movie until now? There must be a glitch in the matrix; I'm certain this already happened.
4. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate): $13.1 million in 3,563 theaters
This week the District 13ers crossed the $350 million mark domestically, and, at $739 million globally, passed the entire gross of the first movie. So many people are watching poor Peeta fail completely at everything.
5. Thor: The Dark World (Buena Vista): $4.7 million in 3,074 theaters
Gotta be someone on the bottom, so it might as well be the thunder god.