LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK Dec 29 "The Hobbit: The
Desolation of Smaug," the special-effects-laden tale that pits
dwarfs against a dragon, blasted to its third consecutive box
office title, collecting $29.9 million over the post-Christmas
weekend to beat newcomers "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The
Secret Life of Walter Mitty."
Walt Disney's animated film "Frozen" was second with
ticket sales of $28.8 million in its third week, ahead of Will
Ferrell's quirky comedy "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,"
which collected $20.2 million at domestic theaters.
"American Hustle," which reunited director David O. Russell
with his "Silver Linings Playbook" stars Bradley Cooper and
Jennifer Lawrence, was fourth with $19.6 million in ticket sales
at theaters in the United States and Canada, according to studio
Director Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" was
fifth with $18.5 million after finishing a close second to "The
Hobbit" on Christmas Day, according to estimates from box office
tracking site Rentrak.
"The Wolf of Wall Street," a nearly three-hour movie,
received generally positive reviews but registered only a "C"
rating from CinemaScore, a site that measures audience reaction.