"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," the special effects-laden tale that pits dwarfs and a hobbit against a dragon, blasted to its third consecutive box office title, collecting $29.9 million over the post-Christmas weekend to beat newcomers "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."
Walt Disney's animated film "Frozen" was second, with ticket sales of $28.8 million in its third week, ahead of Will Ferrell's quirky comedy "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," which collected $20.2 million at domestic theaters.
"American Hustle," which reunited director David O. Russell with his "Silver Linings Playbook" stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, was fourth with $19.6 million in ticket sales at theaters in the United States and Canada, according to studio estimates.
Director Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" was fifth with $18.5 million after finishing a close second to "The Hobbit" on Christmas Day, according to estimates from box office tracking site Rentrak.
"The Wolf of Wall Street," a nearly three-hour movie, received generally positive reviews but registered only a "C" rating from CinemaScore, a site that measures audience reaction.