Box office roundup: Hobbits and anchormen strong in crowded field

|By:, SA News Editor

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (TWX) edged past The Wolf of Wall Street (VIAB) to win the Christmas Day box office race. Mixed reviews and the mature themes of the Martin Scorsese-directed  Wall Street movie could limit the upside, say analysts.

In a crowded field of new movies, marketing-heavy Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (also from Viacom) has had a solid second week with a $8M Christmas Day hold.

Universal (CMCSA) co-produced film 47 Ronin is off to a slow start and will have to perform very well in Asia to help the studio avoid a write-off.

Disney's (DIS) Frozen is still a factor, landing in the top seven for the  Christmas Day box office ranking and pushing past the $210M mark in the U.S.