'Hobbit' sequel rakes in $73 million in first weekend in U.S. theaters

Dec. 15, 2013 at 1:03 PM

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, took in a dragon-sized $73.675 million for the No. 1 weekend box office spot.

The animated "Frozen (2013)," with the voice of Kristen Bell and others, was second with $22.184 million.

All studio estimates of gross North American receipts are via Box Office Mojo.

"Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas" was third with $16 million, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" fourth with $13.15 million, "Thor: The Dark World" fifth with $2.7 million, "Out of the Furnace" sixth with $2.32 million, "Delivery Man" seventh with $1.872 million, "Philomena" eighth with $1.756 million, "The Book Thief" ninth with $1.675 million and "Homefront" was 10th with $1.637 million.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt face off in 'The Huntsman' trailer
Ruby Rose, Gigi Hadid react to Kanye West's lyric about Taylor Swift
Kristen Wiig impersonates Peyton Manning on 'The Tonight Show'
Lamar Odom resurfaces at Kanye West's fashion show
UPI Spotlight: Melissa McBride watches 'Walking Dead' on Sundays, just like us