Despite a sharp drop of almost 60% from last weekend, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug enjoyed a weekend without major competition and a second weekend at number one. The repeat top spot comes as a surprise given the high expectations for the newcomer sequel to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
After ten days the second The Hobbit entry is still lagging behind The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which had earned $150 million by its tenth day compared with Desolation of Smaug's $127 million. With international sales rolled in the movie is still an incredible cash cow, but by all accounts this second movie isn't doing as well as the first, the opposite trend from The Lord of the Rings trilogy which saw each successive film outperform the previous one.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opened almost ten years after its predecessor, but with a $26 million number two debut it still fell short of the $28 million grossed by the first Anchorman entry. The sequel's opening weekend was thinned by an early release, earning $40 million since hitting theaters Wednesday. That puts it just a little ahead of the $36 milion Anchorman banked in its first five days, and is still a respectable total in the face of the sequel's $50 million budget. But given the increase in ticket prices since 2004, and the fact that the faces in Anchorman 2 are considerably better known now than they were then, it's safe to say that the sequel isn't living up to the legend where attendance is concerned.
Dhoom 3. Ever heard of it? If you're not a rabid Bollywood fan you probably haven't. But it broke the record this weekend for the highest opening of an Indian film in North American theaters. At $3.3 million it topped this summer's Chennai Express and its previous record of $2.2 million. Thanks to the slow holiday weekend Dhoom 3 managed to sneak into the top ten for a number eight debut.
Walking With Dinosaurs got off to a rocky start and faces a quick cinematic extinction. With just $7 million it dropped in at a weak seventh place.
For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below: