The Hobbit Smaugs Up The US Box Office

Tyler Perry's Madea arrives third

Though it couldn’t quite challenge the huge opening figure of the first film, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug launched to a successful $73.6 million in the US, devastating what competition there was like a massive, greedy, fire-breathing dragon.

Last weekend’s champ, Frozen, held up well despite the fiery onslaught, slipping just one place to second with $22.1 million and more than $164 million so far. The only other new wide release was Tyler Perry’s latest, A Madea Christmas, which made $16 million in third place. Fourth was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which earned $13.1 million, while Thor: The Dark World rounded out the top five with $2.7 million

Out Of The Furnace was down a few places to sixth, earning $2.3 million, ahead of Delivery Man in seventh with $1.8 million and Philomena at eighth with $1.7 million. Finally, we have The Book Thief falling to ninth and $1.67 million and Homefront slipping to 10th with $1.63 million in the bank this weekend.

To see dwarves take on a talking snowman in the full chart listings, head to Box Office Mojo.