The extended frame provided by Wednesday's Christmas holiday meant a long, topsy-turvy weekend at the box office. A mix of powerhouse holdovers with a handful of new releases made for an unusual mix in the rankings, with "Frozen," "Hobbit 2," "Anchorman 2," "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" all in play.
Disney's animated family hit "Frozen," in its sixth week of release took in an estimated $10.3 million on Friday in more than 3,300 theaters, pushing it toward an estimated cumulative gross of nearly $230 million.
"The Hobbit 2: The Desolation of Smaug" brought in an estimated $10.1 million on Friday, but still stands poised to win the weekend overall, pushing its estimated domestic total to $170.6 million.
If "Hobbit 2" does win the weekend it will be its third consecutive weekend atop the box-office charts, and make it the third three-peat winner of the year. Both "Gravity" and "Fast And Furious 6" pulled off a trio of wins earlier in the year.
Paramount's "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" brought in estimated $7.1 million on Friday from about 3,500 locations.
Then there was a seeming box-office battle between a pair of Oscar hopefuls.
Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," the behind-the-scenes story of the making of the classic "Mary Poppins," brought in an estimated $4.7 million on Friday on its way to an estimated total nearing $29 million.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" brought in an estimated $3.6 million Friday, pushing its total above $390 million.
The Sylvester Stallone/Robert De Niro boxing story “Grudge Match,” which
Overall this looks to be a big weekend for Hollywood, as the total box office could top out above $210 million.
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