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MEDIOCRE RATINGS — ER, TICKET SALES — FOR ANCHORMAN 2

December 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Anchorman 2 didn’t make quite as big a splash as many box-office pundits had predicted. While many had praised the film’s marketing campaign and predicted that it would power the film’s debut to around $30-35 million, the Will Farrell starrer actually wound up with an estimated $26.7 million, placing second to the second week of […]

SMAUG IS LESS THAN BREATHTAKING IN DEBUT

December 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

With an estimated $73.6-million opening, Warner Bros. and MGM executives had nothing to feel desolate about, but The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug earned 13 percent less than The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey did over the comparable weekend a year ago. That film set a record for December, and some forecasters had predicted that the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

December 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Virtually every review of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug compares it with the previous installment of The Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey — mostly favorably. For example, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Steven Rea remarks that it “is not only eight minutes shorter than its forebear, it’s at least eight minutes better — less twee, less […]