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Mark Newton

Thorin might still be waiting to reclaim his kingdom of Erebor, but he's already been crowned with this year's Christmas movie top spot.

Although many pundits expected Disney's Frozen to retake the box office number one, it looks like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is still holding strong, racking in another $30 million in its third weekend. That places its total domestic earnings at around $200 million, while globally it's currently at $190,304,000. With the movie still waiting to hit theaters in Japan and China, I think we can definitely expect 's Hobbit sequel to break the $1 billion mark — making it the 18th movie to ever do so.

's American Hustle, and 's The Wolf of Wall Street also entered the Christmas cinema battlegrounds this weekend. Both star-studded crime dramas did well, although American Hustle just nosed ahead, making $19.5 million domestically compared to The Wolf of Wall Street's $18.5 million. Internationally, the difference is more marked, with American Hustle making a respectable $60 million, while Wolf banked $34 million.

The Christmas weekend also saw the release of 's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Despite great trailers, the movie was mostly received coolly by critics. Perhaps due to this, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty took $13 million, placing it seventh in this week's top 10. You can check out the whole list below:

1: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros.) - $29,850,000 ($190,304,000)

2: Frozen (Buena Vista) - $28,845,000 ($248,366,000

3: Anchorman: The Legend Continues (Paramount) - $20,150,000 ($83,667,000)

4: American Hustle (Sony) - $19,550,000 ($60,035,000)

5: The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount) - $18,510,000 ($34,302,000)

6: Saving Mr. Banks (Buena Vista) - $14,021,000 ($37,844,000)

7: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Fox) - $13,000,000 ($25,595,000)

8: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate) - $10,200,000 ($391,124,000)

9: 47 Ronin (Universal) - $9.869,000 ($20,571,000)

10: Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas - $7,400,000 ($43,719,000)

Which movies did you go see over the holiday period? Let us know below.

Source: IndieWire


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