Warner's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug took in $6.295 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The second installment of the Hobbit trilogy was up 1.5 percent over Monday's performance. In comparison, last year's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was also up 1.5 percent on its first Tuesday to gross $7.86 million. The Desolation of Smaug has grossed $86.14 million through five days of release. That places the film 14 percent behind the $100.21 million five-day start of An Unexpected Journey. The Desolation of Smaug is set to fall to second place today with Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues entering the marketplace.
The Desolation of Smaug grossed $715,000 from IMAX shows on Tuesday, which represented 11.4 percent of Tuesday's total gross. The film has grossed $10.77 million to date domestically from IMAX shows.
Turing towards Wednesday, Paramount's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was off to a solid start last night with an estimated $2.3 million from late night shows that began at 9 p.m. (which will be counted towards Wednesday's opening day performance). That was a bit stronger than the $1.7 million late night launch of We're the Millers earlier this year, but was a bit softer than the $3.1 million late night start of this year's The Hangover Part III. However, given that the release date for Anchorman 2 was moved to Wednesday fairly last minute (and that the film is opening in December instead of the summer), it is still quite possible that Anchorman 2 will be more weekend-heavy than either We're the Millers or The Hangover Part III was. Check back throughout the week for further box office updates on Anchorman 2.
Moving back to Tuesday, Disney's Frozen remained strong with a second place take of $2.03 million. The 3D computer animated blockbuster from Walt Disney Animation was up 27 percent over Monday and down a slim 18 percent from last Tuesday. Frozen continues to exceed expectations in a big way with $168.40 million after three weeks of wide release. That places the film 44 percent ahead of the $117.27 million three-way take of 2010's Tangled.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire held steady in third with $1.52 million. Lionsgate's blockbuster sequel starring Jennifer Lawrence was up 15 percent over Monday and down a solid 36 percent from last Tuesday. The 26-day total for Catching Fire stands at a massive $360.35 million, which places the film 6 percent ahead of the $339.63 million 26-day take of last year's The Hunger Games.
Fellow Lionsgate release Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas grossed $1.06 million to remain in fourth. The latest Madea film from Tyler Perry was up 7 percent over Monday. A Madea Christmas has grossed a softer than expected $18.05 million in its first five days of release. That places the film an underwhelming 41 percent behind the $30.40 million five-day start of last year's Madea's Witness Protection.