The Anchorman and a hobbit battled it out over the pre-Christmas weekend! Hardly a fair fight considering their size, but luckily the silver screen match ended in victory for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”. Bilbo Baggins and his companions sit at the top spot for a second week in a row with an estimated $31.5 million. The Peter Jackson-directed movie took over the first spot last week with an estimated $73.7 million, pushing down “Frozen (2013)” to the second spot. The film raked in an additional $96 million, and boasts with an impressive worldwide gross of $403.8 million in total.

Bilbo The Hobbit

image courtesy of Entertainment Weekly

Will Ferrell’s “Anchorman 2” takes second place with an estimated $26.8 million for the weekend and grossed an additional $40 million for its five-day debut since opening Tuesday night. Internationally, the quirky comedy grossed $13.4 million. “Frozen (2013)” slides into third place with $19.2 million, followed by David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” in fifth place, which garners an estimated $19.1 million in its major debut weekend.


The first installment grossed $90,5 million worldwide, well above its $26 million budget

“Hunger Games” and “Thor 2” is still holding on, occupying the sixth and tenth place respectively.

Quick look at the top-grossing pictures in North American theaters, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

  1. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” – $31.5 million
  2. “Anchorman: The Legend Continues” – $26.8 million
  3. “Frozen (2013)” – $19.2 million
  4. “American Hustle” – $19.1 million
  5. “Saving Mr. Banks” – $9. 3 million
  6. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” – $8.8 million
  7. “A Madea Christmas” – $8.5 million
  8. “Walking with Dinosaurs” – $7.3 million
  9. “Dhoom 3” – $3.3 million
  10. “Thor: The Dark World” – $1.3 million