'Hobbit' box office elite with $73.7M; 'Frozen' melts down to No. 2 spot
With only a few weeks left in the year for moviegoers to populate the multiplex, the wide selection of impressive films fares well for eclipsing 2012's box office record of $10.8 billion.
"We are half a percent above last year," added Dergarabedian. "And we have a really strong crop of films with some notable titles still yet to open in wide release, like 'Anchorman 2,' 'American Hustle' and 'Saving Mr. Banks,' among others."
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday:
1."Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," $73.7 million ($131.2 international).
2."Frozen," $22.2 million ($31.5 million international).
3."Tyler Perry's a Madea Christmas," $16 million.
4."Hunger Games: Catching Fire," $13.2 million ($19.5 million international).
5."Thor: The Dark World," $2.7 million ($1.3 million international).
6."Out of the Furnace," $2.3 million.
7."Delivery Man," $1.9 million.
8."Philomena," ''$1.8 million.
9."The Book Thief," $1.7 million.
10."Homefront," $1.6 million.
Estimated weekend ticket sales Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:
1. "Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," $131.2 million.
2. "Frozen," $31.5 million.
3. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," $19.5 million.
4. "Firestorm, "$15 million.
5. "Gravity," $8 million.
6. "Way Back Home," $4.9 million.
7. "No Man's Land," $4.5 million.
8. "About Time," $4.2 million.
9. "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2," $3.9 million.
10. "Captain Phillips," $3.2 million.
Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.
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