“Hobbit,” “Wolf of Wall Street” in tight fight for holiday box office title

“Wolf of Wall Street” opened strong on Wednesday, and is neck and neck with the almost-as-long “The Hobbit” sequel for the big prize on this year’s contested holiday box office race.

“Smaug” appears to have collected a couple of hundred thousand bucks more on Wed., but “Wolf” was close behind it and could take the lead by the weekend — depending on the word of mouth. A $9.2 or $9.3 million to $9.1 million finish on Wed.

“Anchorman 2” is still doing well, but not great — over $8 on Wednesday. Plainly, the character is over-exposed. Too many TV reruns of the original film, too much Ferrell foolishness in all those in character appearances. Overdid it. It is sticking around though, a week after opening.

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” came in close to $8.

“47 Ronin” opened at over $7 million on Wed. Will that hold up over the weekend? Terrible reviews won’t help.

And as expected, “Grudge Match” bombed. Studios should stop spending money on Stallone. His audience has aged out of going to the movies.

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