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"The Hobbit" Debuts at No. 1 With $73M

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" earned $73.6 million in its opening weekend—the fourth-best December opening weekend ever.

Dec 16, 2013 | 02:40 PM

Peter Jackson's second installment of the epic fantasy adventure trilogy is finally in theaters—and making a big impression on "The Hobbit" fans worldwide. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," based on J.J. Tolkien's 1937 novel, debuted at No. 1 on the box office with earnings of $73.6 million (a 13-percent drop from its 2012 predecessor "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey") during its opening week in the U.S.

The film beat "Frozen" ($22.2 million), "A Madea Christmas" ($16.2 million), "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" ($13.2 million), and "Thor: The Dark World" ($2.7 million). "The Desolation of Smaug" also positioned itself as the fourth-best December opening weekend ever, after "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" ($84.6 million), "I Am Legend" ($77.2 million), and "Avatar" ($77 million).

Check out Luke Evans' pictures from the Berlin premiere here.

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