Hobbit Box Office Champ: Frozen drops to third amid Banks release

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug becomes the weekend box office champ as it held off Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” sequel took in $31.5 million in its second weekend of release for Warner Bros., according to studio estimates Sunday.

Though the film isn’t matching the pace of the first “Hobbit” movie, “An Unexpected Journey,” “The Desolation of Smaug” is doing well abroad. It’s now made more than $400 million worldwide, including $96 million internationally over the weekend.

Anchorman opened last Wednesday following a months-long marketing onslaught and rang up a five-day total of $40 million through yesterday. Ferrell appeared in character seemingly everywhere as the self-important Ron Burgundy, pitching the Dodge Durango in TV commercials, interviewing Peyton Manning for ESPN The Magazine and co-anchoring a local newscast in Nebraska.

The 3D Hobbit sequel stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, who leads a band of dwarves on an epic quest that leads to a clash with a fire-breathing dragon named Smaug.

Frozen slipped to third place. This weekend also saw the expanded releases of American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks, which rounded out the top five releases.

Walking With Dinosaurs opened in eighth place with an estimated $7.3 million. Dhoom 3 debuted in 9th place with $3.3 million, setting the record as the biggest opening weekend ever for a Bollywood movie in North America.

Spike Jonze’s sci-fi dramedy Her opened Dec. 18 on just six screens and has so far made $361,000.

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