December 29, 2013 |
Martin Scorsese's Wall-Street-gone-wild epic, "The Wolf of Wall Street," was not the leader of the pack at the box office this weekend. The alpha film was "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," which topped the charts for the third time in as many weeks of wide release. The second part of the "Hobbit" trilogy based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien racked up $29.9 million over three days, while Paramount's "Wolf," which cost $100 million to make, made a meager $18.5 million. The latter's performance was particularly disappointing as it was expected to challenge Warner Bros.
December 28, 2013 |
The extended frame provided by Wednesday's Christmas holiday meant a long, topsy-turvy weekend at the box office. A mix of powerhouse holdovers with a handful of new releases made for an unusual mix in the rankings, with “Frozen,” “Hobbit 2,” “Anchorman 2,” “American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” all in play. Disney's animated family hit “Frozen,” in its sixth week of release took in an estimated $10.3 million on Friday in more than 3,300 theaters, pushing it toward an estimated cumulative gross of nearly $230 million.
December 26, 2013 |
Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" didn't steal quite enough box office riches to beat the "Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" on Wednesday. "Wolf of Wall Street," the Leonardo DiCaprio-starring dark comedy from Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures, grossed an estimated $9.1 million in the U.S. and Canada, coming in just behind "Smaug," which looks like it generated around $9.3 million in ticket sales. "Smaug," the second part of the "Hobbit" trilogy based on the book by J.R.R.
December 16, 2013 |
Almost as intriguing as the goings-on in Middle Earth has been the drama surrounding the “Hobbit" franchise itself. There was the fact that star director Guillermo del Toro walked off after a year of work. There's been a long-running lawsuit. And then, of course, that when it was finally almost ready last year, the production grew so expensive - er, epic - that director Peter Jackson and studio New Line saw fit to take what they had and slice it into three movies. That enabled more revenue and a longer life for the franchise, which will now span three holiday seasons through 2014.
December 14, 2013 |
To no one's surprise, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" laid waste to the competition at the box office on Friday, earning an estimated $31 million. Starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf, the 3-D "Hobbit" sequel is expected to take in around $80 million in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday according to pre-release audience surveys. The second of a three-part prequel to Jackson's wildly successful "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, the film has earned some positive notice from critics with a 74% score on the film review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.
December 13, 2013 |
It looks like the air was thick with "Smaug" on Thursday night as the second part of director Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy rolled into theaters. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," a production of New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. , made $8.8 million in ticket sales from midnight showings, according to studio estimates, indicating a strong start for the big-budget movie that continues the fantasy adventure of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey and the dwarves and elves of Middle Earth. That's the second biggest December midnight haul ever, coming up shy of last year's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.