Please note that because of the holidays, a number of today's grosses are studio estimates.
Warner's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug took in an estimated $10.51 million on Thursday to remain in first place at the daily box office. In general, holdovers and films aimed at family audiences held up much better on Boxing Day than Wednesday's new releases and films aimed at adult audiences did. The Desolation of Smaug increased 13 percent over Wednesday's Christmas Day performance and was up 108 percent over last Thursday. The Desolation of Smaug was the week's top film with $64.41 million. That was down a healthy 33 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a solid $160.45 million. However, The Desolation of Smaug is running 15 percent behind the $189.70 million 14-day take of last year's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Frozen was up five spots and a strong 43 percent over Wednesday's performance to move back into second place on Thursday with $9.11 million. Disney's 3D computer animated 3D blockbuster was up an exceptional 314 percent over last Thursday's performance. Boxing Day is typically a strong day for family films at the box office and that was certainly the case for Frozen yesterday. Frozen placed in third for the week with $47.13 million. That was up 56 percent over last week and brings the film's domestic total to a stronger than expected $219.52 million. Given its holding power over the past week, Frozen is set to have a terrific hold over the weekend.
Paramount's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues held steady in third place with an estimated $7.36 million. The long awaited comedy sequel starring Will Ferrell fell 9 percent from Wednesday and was up 44 percent over last Thursday. Anchorman 2 placed in second for the week with an estimated $50.29 million and has grossed an estimated $63.51 million through nine days of release. That places the film 17 percent behind the $76.81 million nine-day start of 2010's Little Fockers.
Fellow Paramount release The Wolf of Wall Street placed in fourth with $6.64 million. The Martin Scorsese directed awards season hopeful starring Leonardo DiCaprio was down one spot and 27 percent from Wednesday's opening day performance. The Wolf of Wall Street actually experienced a significantly better daily hold than Wednesday's other primary new releases, though some of that may have also been due to the film not being the most ideal Christmas option for some moviegoers who were still interested in the film. The Wolf of Wall Street has grossed a solid $15.79 million in its first two days of release.
Fellow awards season hopeful Sony's American Hustle rounded out Thursday's top five with an estimated $6.35 million. The David O. Russell directed ensemble film fell 14 percent from Wednesday. American Hustle placed in fourth for the week with $39.37 million and has grossed $40.49 million to date. American Hustle is currently running a very impressive 112 percent ahead of 2010's The Fighter at the same point in its run (though it should be noted that The Fighter still had Christmas ahead of it at that point).
As mentioned, the week's other high-profile new releases didn't hold up nearly as well as The Wolf of Wall Street yesterday. Fox's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was down two spots and 39 percent from Wednesday to claim sixth with $4.78 million, Universal's 47 Ronin was down two spots and a sharp 48 percent to place in eighth with $3.67 million and Warner's Grudge Match fell two spots and 46 percent to fall to eleventh with an estimated $2.16 million. With all three films falling so sharply from Christmas Day (a day where Walter Mitty and 47 Ronin had both exceeded expectations), it remains to be seen whether any or all of the films will be able to rebound over the weekend. Respective two-day totals stand at a solid $12.59 million for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, at an underwhelming $10.70 million for 47 Ronin and at a soft $6.13 million for Grudge Match.