After beating Will Ferrell this weekend, Peter Jackson's sequel looks set to reign supreme across Christmas.
It's official: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the film to see this year to top off what has hopefully been a great 2013. Peter Jackson's epic sequel took flight 10 days ago and has since swept to top box office lists worldwide.
Fans Worldwide Have Flocked To See The Second 'Hobbit' Movie.
Though Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was set for a strong start upon its release this weekend, the long-awaited sequel could still only muster second place in the rankings. Will Ferrell's comedy sequel, which sees news anchor Ron Burgundy return to make more mischief, had a strong performance with weekend takings estimated at $26.8 (£16.4) million according to box office mojo. Unfortunately for Burgundy and co., this wan't enough to overtake the storming Hobbit movie which managed $31.5 (£19.3) million.
Anchorman's performance, as well as all the other holiday releases this year, will determine whether 2013 is a record breaking year for ticket sales. After Sunday's takings, total grosses for 2013 has risen 0.8 percent from a year earlier to nearly $10.37 (£6.3) billion, according to Rentrak. The record for total box office sales was $10.77 (£6.58) billion, set in 2012.
2013's figure is likely to be helped along by the other big name releases scheduled for this year, including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Wolf of Wall Street.
We Could See Ron Burgundy & The 'Anchorman' Team Return For A Third Time After The Sequel's Success.