HBT2-fs-325387.DNGThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug took the top of the of the box office this weekend, which is no surprise. It’s a big movie and part of one of the most successful franchises in cinema. Who would guess that Orlando Bloom would star in seven of the biggest movies of all time?
Especially after Elizabethtown?

Film Weekend Per Screen Total
1 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $73,675,000 $18,877 $73,675,000
2 Frozen $22,184,000 (-29.8) $5,970 $164,388,000
3 A Madea Christmas $16,000,000 $7,293 $16,000,000
4 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $13,150,000 (-49.8) $3,691 $356,982,000
5 Thor: The Dark World $2,700,000 (-43.9)
$1,193 $198,125,000
6 Out of the Furnace $2,320,000 (-55.6) $1,104 $9,468,000
7 Delivery Man $1,872,000 (-50.0) $917 $27,995,000
8 Philomena $1,765,000 (-20.0) $2,103 $11,019,000
9 The Book Thief $1,675,000 (-36.2) $1,446 $14,877,000
10 Homefront $1,637,000 (-52.3) $778 $18,438,000

Smaug took the top slot, but the box office seems a little sleepy otherwise. Frozen is holding strong, which is no surprise and it should easily clear $200 Million before it wraps up, but Catching Fire has been dropping steady, and will likely miss four hundred million domestic.

The latest Tyler Perry movie suggests that audiences are getting a little tired of his brand, as it’s the lowest opening gross for a Madea film, and one of his lowest openings ever. Perhaps he’s saturated the market at this point, though considering that he makes his films dirt cheap, the movie will more than likely turn a profit.

Thor: The Dark World has been limping to get over two hundred million and it looks like it will get there next weekend, but it did much better internationally, which is the name of the game. Next week should spice things up a bit.

Reality Check: I went way too high on the new Tyler Perry, but otherwise, not bad.

What did you watch this weekend?