'The Wolf of Wall Street' & 'Walter Mitty' Solid in Christmas Debut; 'The Hobbit' Holds Onto First Place

on December 26, 2013 by Shawn Robbins

Warner Bros. reports The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug held onto first place on Christmas with $9.32 million, boosting its domestic cume to $149.94 million. BoxOffice forecasts a $29.5 million three-day weekend ahead, giving it a $189.2 million domestic cume through Sunday, December 29.

The Wolf of Wall Street took in an estimated $9.15 million in its Christmas launch on Wednesday, earning a "C" CinemaScore. The Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio picture is dividing critics and audiences, but BoxOffice believes the film will still earn a strong $23.8 million three-day weekend for a total gross of $39.8 million through Sunday.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues grabbed $8.1 million yesterday. That brings the sequel's domestic total to $56.7 million through eight days of release. BoxOffice forecasts $21.3 million for its sophomore weekend, making for an $84 million total through Sunday.

Fox's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty earned a healthy $7.825 million in its Christmas debut. Ben Stiller's feel-good holiday flick is forecasted to bring in $20 million this weekend for a five-day start of $33.8 million.

American Hustle brought in another $7.4 million for Sony yesterday, bringing its total to $34.1 million so far. David O. Russell's awards contender should add another $20.8 million to its haul over the three-day frame. That would bring its overall gross up to $61.2 million by the end of Sunday.

Universal reports that 47 Ronin bagged $7.0 million in its first day, earning a "B+" CinemaScore ("A-" from males, as the studio notes). We expect the film to bank $14.2 million over the weekend for a $26 million five-day start.

Disney's Frozen continued to impress on Christmas Day with another $6.354 million. The animated blockbuster has tallied $210.4 million since its November release. Look for another strong weekend around $27.7 million, bringing Frozen's cume to $246.7 million through Sunday.

Warner's Grudge Match bowed to a modest $3.965 million yesterday. BoxOffice forecasts a $12.5 million three-day weekend, giving it close to $19.7 million in total through Sunday.

Justin Bieber's Believe grossed a tepid $1.25 million on Christmas Day. The superstar's second documentary will likely bring in $5.5 million for the weekend, giving it an $8 million five-day start through Sunday.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris

Tags: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Grudge Match, 47 Ronin, Frozen, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Wolf of Wall Street, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, American Hustle

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