"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" held off "Frozen" on a typically slow Christmas Eve Tuesday.
"The Desolation of Smaug" pulled in $5.25 million viewers on December 24, bringing its domestic total to $140 million, still well below the 12-day total for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."
The "Hobbit" sequel was able to maintain its slim advantage over the Disney animated hit "Frozen," which made $4.78 million domestic and passed $200 million after 33 days in release, currently standing at $204 million.
"American Hustle" moved up to third with $2.9 million, as its total domestic take hit $26.7 million. That meant that "American Hustle" moved ahead of the slipping "Anchorman 2," which slipped to $2.8 million, as its domestic take stands at $48.59 million.
Coming in fifth was "Saving Mr. Banks," which took in another $1.92 million and has now made $14.02 million domestic. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" inched past $375 million after a $1.365 million Christmas Eve.
The most unexpected of the films cracking the Christmas Eve Top 10, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com, was the Yash Raj release "Dhoom 3," which was ninth with $675,000 and has made over $4.55 million domestically.
Stay tuned tomorrow for Christmas Day figures for "Wolf of Wall Street," "Grudge Match," "Believe," "47 Ronin" and more.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.