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Monday 22 September 2014

Hobbit 2 tops Christmas box office

The Hobbit sequel is top of the Christmas box office

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug has held on to the number one spot at the US box office over Christmas and Boxing Day.

Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and David O Russell's American Hustle, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, were in a close race at the US box office on December 26, with both films expected to gross up to six and a half million dollars (£3.95 million).

But Peter Jackson's second film in his 3D Hobbit trilogy starring Martin Freeman, also number one in the UK, managed to hold on to the top spot, taking an estimated 10 million dollars (£6.08 million).

Disney animation Frozen and comedy Anchorman: The Legend Continues rounded off the top three taking nine million (£5.47 million) and seven million dollars (£4.6 million), respectively. The Wolf Of Wall Street is expected to pull just ahead of American Hustle to take the fourth spot.

Meanwhile, Keanu Reeves samurai tale 47 Ronin, Justin Bieber's concert film Believe, and comedy Grudge Match, starring Sylvestor Stallone and Robert De Niro all looked set to flop after opening on Christmas Day.

Bieber's Believe didn't even make it into the top 10 and may have trouble taking 10 million dollars in its first five days. The documentary was at number 13 in the chart on Boxing Day, taking just one million dollars (£610,000). In February 2011, Beiber concert movie Never Say Never opened in more than 3,000 cinemas and raked in 29.5 million dollars (£17.94 million).

47 Ronin was placed at number eight on its second day with less than four million dollars (£2.43 million). The film, a remake of a Japanese classic, cost at least 175 million dollars (£106.4 million) to make.

Grudge Match, about a pair of ageing boxers who decide to take each other on one last time is expected to make around two million dollars (£1.22 million) in its first few days at the cinema.

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