The other three December films that topped Smaug's debut are: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (last year), which set the December record with $84.6 million, I Am Legend ($77.2 million) and Avatar ($77 million).
Disney's Frozen snapped up the number two spot and the other new edition this weekend Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas, which is the eighth comedy starring Perry, came in third with $16.0 million.
TOP 5 BOX OFFICE FILMS
American Hustle - A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock the States, "American Hustle" tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper).
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - With the 70's behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."
Walking With Dinosaurs - For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. "Walking With Dinosaurs" is the ultimate immersive, big-screen, 3D experience.
Saving Mr. Banks - Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney's classic "Mary Poppins" made it to the screen.