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“The Hobbit” Leads Friday Box Office, “Madea Christmas” Underwhelms

Its take looks underwhelming in the wake of “Catching Fire'”s recent domination, but “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” will still cruise to an easy box office victory.

The film earned an estimated $31.1 million in its debut Friday, which gave it a significant lead over all other releases. It did, however, mark a decline from the $37.1 million earned on day one by last year’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

“Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas,” this weekend’s next best performer, earned a modest $5.7 million.

“Frozen” followed with $5.1 million, while “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Thor: The Dark World” rounded out the top five on the strength of $4.1 million and $0.8 million.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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