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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug once again held top position on the charts with an estimated $31.7 million in its second weekend. However, there was colorful competition from the debuting Ron Burgundy with his Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues taking a deep $26.3 million bow.

The session’s only other national debut was the animated Walking with Dinosaurs that lumbered toward the tar pits with $7.3 million.

In the niches there was no gloom as Bollywood’s Dhoom 3 generated a record for an Indian import with a $3.3 million tally. The film also set records on its home turf and appears headed for a $25 million plus global gross for the weekend. The frame also saw two Tamil films enter the marketplace with Biriyani getting a decent toehold of $88,700 from 35 locations.

There was also a better than usual opening for China’s Personal Tailor of $108,000 from nine screens while The Past, Iran’s Oscar submission, grossed $30,400 from three strategic sites but the purposeful timing was dimmed when the film failed to make Oscar’s foreign-language shortlist.

Following last week’s appetizer both American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks rapidly expanded with respective box office of $19.3 million and $9.3 million that keeps both titles in the race. And also hot on the award’s trail, Her bowed on six screens and wooed an impressive $259,000.

Overall revenues approached $147 million and dipped 4% from the prior weekend. However, it rose a substantial 30% from 2012 when the first Hobbit chapter grossed $36.9 million and newcomers Jack Reacher and This is 40 followed with respective box office of $15.3 million and $11.6 million.

While the original Anchorman was hardly a box-office behemoth, its ancillary appeal has been unflagging. In the sequel he’s left San Diego behind for the Big Apple and that already looms as a bigger piece of the theatrical pie. According to studio exit polling, the film skewed a decided 62% male and was 56% aged 25-years and older.

Walking with Dinosaurs seemed like ideal family counterprogramming but that niche opted for Frozen leaving the newcomer with the big chill. Unsurprisingly it played like a family film … just not enough of them.

Both American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks unsurprisingly skewed older with the latter chalking up 80% of its weekend crowd in the 25-year plus category. Women also dominated with 57% of the slice while Hustle was more evenly split with a slight distaff slant of 51%.

Weekend (estimates) December 20 – 22, 2013
Title Distributor Gross (avg) % chng Thtrs Cume
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug WB 31.7 (8,070) -57% 3928 127.8
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Par 26.3 (7,500) NEW 3507 39.6
American Hustle Sony 19.3 (7,690) 2505% 2507 20.4
Frozen BV 19.2 (5,430) -15% 3540 191.6
Saving Mr. Banks BV 9.3 (4,420) 2161% 2110 10
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Lionsgate 8.8 (2,980) -36% 2949 371.7
A Madea Christmas Lionsgate 8.4 (3,840) -47% 2194 28.2
Walking with Dinosaurs Fox 7.3 (2,250) NEW 3231 7.3
Dhoom 3 Yash Raj 3.3 (14,030) NEW 236 3.3
Thor: The Dark World BV 1.3 (1,160) -54% 1116 200.7
Philomena Weinstein Co, 1.2 (1,680) -32% 738 13.3
Inside Llewyn Davis CBS 1.1 (7,160) 196% 148 2.1
The Book Thief Fox .75 (1,110) -57% 680 16.6
Nebraska Par .57 (1,840) -37% 310 4.4
Homefront Open Road/VVS .51 (760) -70% 675 19.8
Delivery Man BV .46 (690) -77% 663 29.2
Gravity WB .43 (1,420) -43% 302 253.6
The Best Man Holiday Uni .41 (1.160) -62% 351 69.8
12 Years a Slave Fox Searchlight .36 (1,200) -51% 301 37.1
Dallas Buyers Club Focus/Remstar .35 (1,070) -70% 330 15.1
Out of the Furnace Relativity/VVS .33 (450) -87% 728 10.9
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Sony .29 (930) 186% 313 115.7
Her WB .26 (43,170) NEW 6 0.104
Last Vegas CBS .23 (690) -62% 333 62.2
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $139.00
% Change (Last Year) 30%
% Change (Last Week) -4%
Also debuting/expanding
Personal Tailor China Lion .11 (12,010) 9 0.11
Biriyani ATMUS 88,700 (2,530) 35 0.9
The Great Beauty Janus 67,500 (1,820) -22% 37 0.65
Friend 2: The Legacy CJ Entertainment 45,400 (3,780) -46% 12 0.18
All is Lost Roadside Attractions 43,800 (540) -72% 81 5.8
Blue is the Warmest Color (Adèle) Metropole/IFC 36,700 (1,050) -45% 35 2.5
Mandella: Long Walk to Freedom Weinstein Co, 34,500 (8,620) -2% 4 0.29
The Past Sony Classics 30,400 (10,130) 3 0.03
Endrendrum Punnagai Red Giant 26,200 (1,540) 17 0.03
Fanny Metropole 7,200 (800) 9 0.01
Domestic Market Share (Jan. 1 – Dec. 19, 2013)
Distributor (releases) Box Office (millions) Market Share
Warner Bros. (23) 1728.3 16.70%
Buena Vista (15) 1573.1 15.20%
Universal (17) 1392.1 13.40%
Sony (19) 1066.3 10.30%
Lionsgate (27) 1011.8 9.80%
20th Century Fox (16) 1004.3 9.70%
Paramount (15) 846.1 8.20%
Weinstein Co. (25) 488.6 4.70%
Relativity (9) 236.9 2.30%
FilmDistrict (9) 204.1 2.00%
Open Road (7) 132.7 1.30%
Fox Searchlight (11) 113.3 1.10%
Focus (9) 99.2 0.95%
CBS (5) 83.3 0.80%
Sony Classics (17) 69.6 0.65%
eOne/Seville (28) 60.4 0.60%
Other * (331) 242.3 2.30%
10352.4 100%
* none greater than 0.45%
Top Limited Releases (Jan. 1 – Dec. 19, 2013)
Title Distributor Box Office
Mud Roadside Attractions 21,590,086
The Way, Way Back Fox Searchlight 21,502,690
The Impossible * Lionsgate 18,499,801
Quartet Weinstein Co. 18,390,117
Enough Said Fox Searchlight 17,384,863
Fruitvale Station Weinstein Co. 16,101,339
Dallas Buyers Club Focus/Remstar 14,773,276
Philomema Weinstein Co. 12,111,552
Before Midnight Sony Classics 8,114,627
The Spectacular Now A24/eOne 6,854,611
The Grandmaster Weinstein Co, 6,594,959
Amour * Sony Classics 6,503,477
Hubble 3D * Imax 5,970,199
Pulling Strings Lionsgate 5,872,394
The Bling Ring A24/eOne 5,845,732
All is Lost Roadside Attractions 5,792,024
Closed Circuit Focus 5,763,901
The Wizard of Oz: 3D/Imax Experience WB 5,618,334
Chennai Express UTV 5,307,960
The Company You Keep Sony Classics/eOne 5,133,027
* does not include 2012 box office

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Project X 1.9 (920) -53% 51.7
Safe House 1.4 (1,020) -50% 122.5
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