Box office: 'The Hobbit,' 'Frozen' trounce every newcomer
The second "The Hobbit" blasted to its third consecutive box office win, beating newcomers "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."
"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.