Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: December 29, 2013

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The five new Christmas Day releases did well during the week, but the usual suspects took over the box office once the weekend came around.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug retains the number 1 spot once again with $29.8 million. The narrative hasn’t changed much since last week: Desolation is still slightly behind its predecessor in the domestic box office ($190 million so far), but is dominating overseas with $614 million after three weeks. Expect that trend to continue through most of January.

Coming in at number 2 is Frozen with $28.8 million. It was a neck-and-neck race between Frozen and Hobbit over the weekend, but Disney Animation’s film lost out in the end. Still, Frozen is a major 2013 success story, grossing $248 million domestic (#7 for all of 2013) and $491 million worldwide.

In at number 3 is Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues with $20.1 million. It may have been nine 9 years since the first Anchorman, but this comedy sequel proves there is still an audience for Will Ferrell and the gang. Now at $83 million, Anchorman 2 only needs $2 million more to pass its predecessor.

American Hustle stays strong in the number 4 spot with $19.5 million. The awards contender is doing extremely well and should easily hit the $100 million mark. Thus far, the film has pulled in $60 million.

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Rounding out the top 5 is The Wolf of Wall Street (read our review) with $18.5 million. Martin Scorsese’s latest nearly beat out The Hobbit for the Christmas day crown and is the big winner out of this week’s new releases. If form holds, the film should finish with about $100 million, making it four straight $100 million films for the duo of DiCaprio and Scorsese.

Saving Mr. Banks is the number 6 film with $14 million. The film saw a big uptick (about 50%) over the holiday and is now at $37 million.

The number 7 film this weekend is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (read our review) with $13 million. The film opened with a decent $7 million on Christmas Day and has been holding well since. That isn’t to say the film is an outright hit, but it should do well during the season. Walter Mitty has pulled in $25 million since Wednesday.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire comes in at number 8 with $10.2 million, bringing its domestic total to $391 million. The sequel is edging ever closer to Iron Man 3‘s spot atop the 2013 highest grosser list, and only needs about $18 million more to do so. On the worldwide front, the film has grossed $784 million.

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In at number 9 is 47 Ronin (read our review) with $9.8 million. The Keanu Reeves supernatural samurai film had a shot at a decent weekend by way of some interesting counter-programming, but that just didn’t pan out.

Considering the film cost about $200 million to make, it’s safe to say that 47 Ronin is yet another flop for the year, and a pretty substantial one at that. Since its Christmas Day opening, the film has only grossed $20 million domestic.

Rounding out the top 10 is Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas with $7.4 million. The film was one of the few not to see an uptick over the holiday weekend, and is now at $43 million total.

Outside the top 10: The Robert De Niro/Sylvester Stallone boxing film Grudge Match (read our review) pulled in a measly $7.3 million. Stallone and De Niro films have been struggling in the box office as of late, and that trend continues with this film. Grudge Match has grossed $13 million since Christmas.


[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, December 30th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. 47 Ronin, Ouch! Damn, I figured it’d do bad but not that bad. Sucks, I like Keanu Reeves and it looked decent enough but I’ll probably wait for the blu ray. Is it actually the biggest box office bomb of the year? Either it or R.I.P.D.

    • Johnny Depp wearing a bird.

    • Ouch indeed. It was a bad move releasing it during the holiday season, because of the major competition. It looks like an interesting film, but there are so many other ones that catch one’s attention more (though I’ll probably still see it). If it came out in January I think it would have had a better chance.

      I feel bad for Keanu; he deserves better :(

  2. Good for The Hobbit and Frozen, loved both films. Also loved The Wolf of Wall Street and thought more people should have went to see it, I thought it was incredible. And it sucks for Keanu Reeves, who deserves better.

  3. I was hoping The Wolf of Wall Street would perform a little better. I just saw it today and thought it was completely fantastic, definitely in my top 5 for the year. Hope it continues making money. But I did love The Hobbit 2 and Anchorman 2 as well, so I guess I can accept those being above it lol.

    Also, I want to comment on Grudge Match opening terribly, since in this article it says about Stallone and De Niro movies not doing well these days. For someone like me, it’s not the stars that are keeping me from seeing the movie, it’s the movie itself. I love both Stallone and De Niro, but I thought Grudge Match didn’t look that great. So I didn’t see it. It wasn’t loss of interest for either of the stars that kept me from it. If they did some serious projects again I’d go for them.

  4. ’47 Ronin’ cost 200 million? Is it really a good idea to release a movie that costly at this time of year?

    • Actually, it is, in theory at least. Lots of expensive movies have come out this time of year like Avatar, Titanic, the LOTR series, I am Legend, and Sherlock Holmes. Generally, holiday movies have below par opening weekends, but have way above average legs. For instance, a few years ago Tron: Legacy made 44 million opening weekend. That would be a dissapointing performance for an expensive spring/summer movie, and would have indicated a weak 80-120 Million finish. But, Tron ended up making 172 million. Still not amazing, but possibly enough to break even (with the addition of foreign grosses.) All that being said, apparently the studio realized the movie would bomb a long time ago, so they actually don’t give a s*** at this point, but date really isn’t the blame. I think this movie was going to bomb regardless of when it came out.

  5. whats crazy is thathalf these movies are not even playing near a theater near me such as:

    Saving Mr. Banks
    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    American Hustle
    Grudge Match

    and I wanted to see all of these but my town and theater sucks bad

  6. Wow. I had no idea 47 Ronin had a budget of $200 million. Without even getting into the quality of the film, who are these execs that thought a supernatural samurai film starring Keanu Reeves had a chance to turn a profit?!? In his entire career Keanu has only had one film gross over that amount domestically (Matrix 2) and I think it’s safe to say nobody would attribute that to him. I don’t like to see movies fail (well, most movies) but this was just a terrible idea.

  7. I wish Grudge Match was a huge hit! I’m a big fan of both Deniro and Stallone and thought the idea was great! Everyone will rent this one for sure.

    • Deniro need to do what he does best. Gangster movies! I know he doesn’t like the stereotype of the Mafia but it was a part of history. Plus he’s damn good at it. I would like to see him in one more gangster movie before he retires.

  8. What’s sad is everybody tries to release movies during Christmas but in the beginning of the year new movies stall out. You can only watch so many movies during the holidays unless you are a true Hobbit.