Warner's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continued to lead the way on Monday with a daily take of $6.20 million. However, the second installment of the Hobbit trilogy was down 66 percent from Sunday's performance, which represented a harsher first Monday percentage decline than that of last year's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. An Unexpected Journey fell 61 percent on its first Monday to gross $7.74 million. While The Desolation of Smaug has grossed a solid $79.85 million in four days, the film is performing a bit below pre-release expectations and is running 13.5 percent behind the $92.36 million four-day start of An Unexpected Journey. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will also soon face new added competition from Paramount's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which enters the marketplace on Wednesday.
The Desolation of Smaug grossed $807,000 from IMAX shows on Monday, which represented 13 percent of Monday's total gross. The film has grossed $10.05 million to date domestically from IMAX shows.
Disney's Frozen placed in second with $1.599 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation was down 78 percent from Sunday and down just 22 percent from last Monday. Frozen continues to exceed expectations with $166.37 million after 20 days of wide release. That places the film 43 percent ahead of the $116.27 million 20-day take of 2010's Tangled. With a limited amount of family options entering the marketplace over the rest of the holiday season, Frozen should continue to hold up very well going forward.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire placed in third with $1.32 million. Lionsgate's blockbuster sequel starring Jennifer Lawrence was down 65 percent from Sunday and down 32 percent from last Monday. The 25-day total for Catching Fire stands at a massive $358.82 million, which places the film 6 percent ahead of the $338.06 million 25-day take of last year's The Hunger Games.
Fellow Lionsgate release Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas placed in fourth with $0.984 million. The latest Madea film from Tyler Perry was down 75 percent from Sunday. Despite relatively strong online activity in the weeks leading up to its release, A Madea Christmas has grossed a poorer than expected $16.99 million in its first four days of release. A Madea Christmas is currently running 39 percent behind the $27.76 million four-day start of last year's Madea's Witness Protection.
Sony's American Hustle continued its impressive platform performance on Monday with $109,294 from six locations. That gave the David O. Russell directed awards season hopeful a per-location average of $18,216 for the day. The four-day platform launch for American Hustle stands at $849,749. American Hustle is scheduled to be released in an estimated 2,500 locations on Friday.