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WILL SMAUG BREATHE FIRE AT BOX OFFICE?

December 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s unlikely that anyone will be feeling desolate about this weekend’s ticket sales for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but they could feel a bit disappointed if the film has an unexpected opening below $70 million. Some box office wizards are predicting that such an outcome could very well occur, while others are saying that the film could open with near-magical numbers. The first Hobbit movie, An Unexpected Journey, opened during the comparable weekend a year ago with $84.6 million, but with mixed critical and audience reaction. This time around critics have generally concluded that Smaug is an improvement over Journey, but their enthusiasm appears mostly tempered and several have fired some lethal arrows at it. Also opening wide this weekend will be Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, which could earn around $25-30 million, according to industry forecasters, Pretty good for a movie that reportedly cost about $25 million to make. Last year’s Madea’s Witness Protection opened with $25.4 million. Opening in limited release will be two movies shooting for Oscar recognition, Sony’s American Hustle, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, which on Thursday nabbed seven Golden Globe Awards nominations, including one for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), and Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks, directed by David O. Russell and starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins, which has also earned solid reviews.