It was a fight to the finish between Martin Scorsese's freshly opened "The Wolf of Wall Street" and the end of the second week of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug" to see who would be crowned box-office king over Christmas.
'Hobbit' looks to have taken the lead on Christmas Day, pulling in $9.32 million for the day compared with "The Wolf of Wall Street" at $9.15 million. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" came in third with $8.1 million, followed by newcomer "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" in fourth with $7.8 million.
Other newcomers on the holiday were Universal's big-budget "47 Ronin" which opened in sixth with $7.0 million, and the De Niro/Stallone team-up "Grudge Match" in ninth with $4.0 million. The real story though will be determined when the five day numbers come in on Sunday morning.
While it's not a major one in the U.S., the Christmas/Boxing Day »
- Garth Franklin
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