A Madea Christmas may be worst performer in franchise.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was the biggest new release of the weekend, but even Ron Burgundy couldn't take down The Hobbit. Will Ferrell's reprisal of his classic character did well at the box office with $26.8 million, but not well enough to knock The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug out of first place. The Peter Jackson-helmed fantasy epic grossed $31.5 in its second weekend of release.
Disney's animated hit Frozen came in third place, followed by awards contenders American Hustle, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Christian Bale, and Tom Hanks' Saving Mr. Banks.
The news was not so cheery for Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas, which fell 50% to seventh place and $8.5 million in ticket sales. With its $28 million domestic total, A Madea Christmas is on track to becoming the lowest-grossing of Tyler Perry's films featuring his most iconic character. Surely, Madea is hoping a Christmas miracle will drive audiences to theaters over the coming week.
Next week, Martin Scorcese's debaucherous dramedy The Wolf of Wall Street roars into theaters, along with Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which expands nationwide.
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