'Anchorman 2' Bows to $8.1 Million on Wednesday; 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Crosses $90 MillionDecember 19, 2013 07:20 AM
Paramount reports that Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues grabbed $8.1 million in its Wednesday opening, including the $2.3 million from Tuesday night shows. That represents 67 percent of Meet the Fockers' $12.1 Wednesday opening in 2004 and 13 percent more than Little Fockers' $7.1 million in 2010. However, those sequels opened three days before Christmas, skewing the comparison somewhat. While the Wednesday opening is softer than many were expecting, the late release date change and proximity to Christmas next week could potentially mean an even more weekend-heavy performance starting on Friday.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug took in another $4.86 million yesterday, representing a 23 percent drop from Tuesday. The latest Middle-earth entry has grossed $91 million domestically in its first 6 days, roughly 15 percent off the pace of last year's An Unexpected Journey. Smaug has thus far maintained a similar overall daily pattern as its predecessor, although it remains to be seen how the upcoming holiday competition may affect it.
Disney's Frozen came in third place with $1.79 million on Wednesday, impressively up 4 percent from the same day last week. To date, the animated hit has bagged $170.2 million domestically and is running 19 percent ahead of the pace of 1999's Toy Story 2 (which ultimately grossed $246 million).
Lionsgate reports a $1.24 million fourth place performance for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire yesterday. That brings the blockbuster sequel's tally to $361.6 million through 27 days of release. Catching Fire is currently ahead of its predecessor's same-point gross by 6 percent.
Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas slipped 23 percent from Tuesday to $809,906 yesterday. With a total of $18.86 million through its first 6 days, the latest Madea flick is behind the performance of last year's Madea's Witness Protection by 44 percent.
Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Feb. 23 2002← previous next →
|#||Title||Sat, Feb. 23 2002||Locations||Avg.||Total||Wks.||Dist.|
|1||John Q.||$5,827,793||56%||2,505||39||$2,326||$37,179,526||2||New Line|
|2||Queen of the Damned||$5,621,039||-4%||2,511||--||$2,239||$11,450,591||1||Warner Bros.|
|4||Return to Never Land||$4,224,496||106%||2,626||21||$1,609||$24,551,401||2||Disney|
|6||Big Fat Liar||$2,997,795||82%||2,437||-97||$1,230||$31,553,498||3||Universal|
|7||A Beautiful Mind||$2,669,405||80%||2,069||-12||$1,290||$131,533,335||8||Universal|
|9||Collateral Damage||$1,802,893||75%||2,410||-414||$748||$33,583,212||3||Warner Bros.|
|10||Black Hawk Down||$1,751,362||79%||1,802||-348||$972||$100,439,653||6||Sony / Columbia|