Magazine article Screen International

Smaug Stays Top in US on $30M

Magazine article Screen International

Smaug Stays Top in US on $30M

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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug held firm at number one in its third session to see out the holiday period as The Wolf Of Wall Street arrived in fifth place on a mediocre $18.5m over three days.

Overall box office climbed 35% on last weekend and gained 13% on the same session of 2012 when The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey held on to number one for the third consecutive weekend.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug brought in a further estimated $29.9m to raise the tally to $190.3m.

Red Granite's The Wolf Of Wall Street is distributed in the US through Paramount and arrived in 2,537 theatres. Universal acquired a raft of territories from Red Granite International.

Leonardo DiCaprio stars as stockbroker Jordan Belfort, whose flamboyant rise and fall inspired the film. Martin Scorsese directs the film and Jonah Hill also stars.

Ben Stiller directed Fox's The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty and stars opposite Kristen Wiig. The romantic adventure opened at number seven on $13m from 2,909 over the three-day portion of the weekend.

Universal launched the Keanu Reeves martial arts adventure 47 Ronin at number nine on a disappointing $9.9m from 2,689.

The comedy Grudge Match starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro opened through Warner Bros at number 11 on a weak $7. …

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