‘Hobbit’ Crossing $300 Million Worldwide; Will Beat ‘Anchorman 2’ at Domestic B.O.



It’s shaping up to be a good weekend in Middle Earth as “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is set to cross the $300 million mark worldwide Friday.

At the domestic B.O., the Tolkien sequel’s second weekend looks likely to end up in first place, topping $30 million for the three day period, ahead of the much-buzzed about comedy sequel “Anchorman 2,” which opened Tuesday evening. The second “Hobbit” pic also crossed $100 million domestically on Friday.

Paramount’s “Anchorman 2” is looking at approximately $26 million for Friday- Sunday with about $40 million for the five day period. It earned $13.2 million in its first two days.

Even if the weekend’s grosses are moderate, both family and adult-targeted films typically see long legs over the Christmas to New Year’s period, resulting in hefty cumes.

David O’Russell’s awards contender “American Hustle” from Sony, which saw a huge per-screen average opening on…

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