'The Hobbit' Beats All Comedies and Wins the Christmas Box Office After Last Year's Loss
There are so many Christmas movies, all of which somehow play on TV constantly for the entire month of December, that by Christmas day, a lot of people are already sick of them. Buddy the Elf can only ask someone what their favorite color is so many times before you want to throw a candy cane at the screen. Lucky for all of us, every Christmas, Hollywood delivers big movies that allow an escape from family and all the other stress that the holidays bring and this year the big holiday season movies included American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Ben Stiller's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 47 Ronin and a whole bunch of others.
It's a lot of competition — every movie wants to capture the attention of those who need something to do while off from work and school — and his year, the big winner may have been driven by revenge.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug just barely won the box office on Christmas day, bringing in $9.3 million, even though it's been out since Dec. 13. It may seem obvious that the only major franchise film beat out the other movies, but that wasn't the case last year when The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey came in second to Les Miserables, which had an enormous Christmas opening.
Following this year's Hobbit victory was Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, which made $9.2 million on Christmas, its opening day. After that came Anchorman: The Legend Continues with $8.1 million a week after its premiere. Surprisingly, the star-filled American Hustle came in fifth after being topped by Ben Stiller's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
The films that didn't fare so well, however, were completely expected. Justin Bieber's Believe barely made over $1 million, proving that retirement may not too bad of an idea. He was even beat by the Keanu Reeves ninja movie 47 Ronin and Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro's last attempt at relevancy, Grudge Match.
If there are any Beliebers left out there, you might want to show yourselves before its too late... or not. That'd be good, too.