Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson

Director Peter Jackson is ending 2013 on a box office high - The Hobbit THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG has scored a third week as the most popular film in North America.

The second installment of the fantasy series was a big draw on Christmas Day (25Dec13), bringing in $9.3 million (?6.2 million) on the holiday alone, and it continued to attract big crowds with a $30 million (?20 million) take this weekend (27-29Dec13).

Animated Disney film Frozen grossed $28.8 million (?19.2 million) in its sixth weekend on release, while comedy Anchorman 2 The Legend Continues was third with $20.2 million (?13.5 million).

The top five was rounded out by American Hustle in fourth place and Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio's latest collaboration, The Wolf of Wall Street, in fifth.

Meanwhile, there were a number of box office bombs - Keanu Reeves' martial arts movie 47 Ronin scraped in at nine with $9.9 million (?6.6 million), and Justin Bieber's new concert documentary, Believe, failed to set the chart alight, only managing a weekend gross of $2 million (?1.3 million) to place 14th.

Its takings paled in comparison to the 2011 release of his last film, Never Say Never, which opened with an impressive $29.5 million (?19.7 million).