Ferrell can't break strong 'Hobbit'
The "Hobbit" topped Will Ferrell's "Anchorman 2" sequel, which nevertheless opened strongly in second place. The Paramount Pictures comedy made $26.8 million over the three-day weekend and $40 million since opening Tuesday night.
David O. Russell's fictionalization of the 1970s Abscam investigation, "American Hustle," earned a robust $19.1 million in its first week of nationwide expansion. The Sony Pictures film, starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, got a boost from its co-leading seven Golden Globes nominations.
The weekend box office was up nearly 30 percent over the same weekend last year.
One obvious casualty from the many options at the multiplexes was 20th Century Fox's "Walking With Dinosaurs," a 3-D attraction that hoped to draw moviegoers with digital dinosaurs. Made for $85 million, it fell flat with just $7.3 million over the weekend.
The family market has instead been cornered by Disney's animated "Frozen," which added $19.2 million over the weekend. In five weeks of release, it's made $344 million worldwide.