'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' holds off 'Anchorman 2' with $31.5M

By Jake Coyle

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Dec. 22 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

Despite some high-profile summer bombs, the 2013 box office is on track to narrowly surpass last year's record box office of $10.8 billion, with one weekend to go in the year.

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," $31.5 million ($96 million international).

2. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," $26.8 million ($13.4 million international).

3. "Frozen," $19.2 million ($35.1 million international).

4. "American Hustle," $19.1 million.

5. "Saving Mr. Banks," $9.3 million ($5.5 million international).

6. "Hunger Games: Catching Fire," $8.8 million ($11 million international).

7. "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas," $8.5 million.

8. "Walking With Dinosaurs," $7.3 million ($13.8 million international).

9. "Dhoom 3," $3.3 million ($2.1 million international).

10. "Thor: The Dark World," $1.3 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. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," $96 million.

2. "Frozen," $35.1 million.

3. "Personal Tailor," $24 million.

4. "Walking With Dinosaurs," $13.8 million.

5. "Anchorman 2," $13.4 million.

6. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," $11 million.

(tie) "The Attorney," $11 million.

8. "Firestorm," $6.7 million.

9. "Saving Mr. Banks," $5.5 million.

10. "Gravity," $3.9 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.

Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jake_coyle

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