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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 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug with $31.4 million. The Hobbit sequel also came in at the low end of expectations, dropping 57 percent from its opening a week ago. However, that was about the same percentage drop that the first film of the Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey experienced in its second week a year ago. The third-place finisher won’t be known until late Monday when final results are disclosed; both David O. Russell’s American Hustle and Disney’s Frozen each took in around $19 million, the studios said. (Frozen was down just 13 percent from last week and was the clear choice of the family audience, who ignored Walking with Dinosaurs, which managed to bring in a disappointing $7.3 million in its debut.) Right behind them was Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks, which rounded out the top five with $9.3 million.

The top ten films at the box office over the weekend according to estimates compiled by Rentrak:
1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, $31.5 million; 2. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, $26.8 million; 3. Frozen, $19.2 million; 4. American Hustle, $19.1 million; 5. Saving Mr. Banks, $9.3 million; 6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, $8.8 million; 7. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, $8.5 million; 8. Walking With Dinosaurs, $7.3 million; 9. Dhoom 3, $3.3 million; 10. Thor: The Dark World, $1.3 million.