‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Poised for No. 1 at Christmas Box Office with $10 Million

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Holiday sales strong for several releases at box office

The stock market might be closed but Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” had no trouble cashing in at the holiday box office on its first day of release.

According to early estimates, Paramount’s R-rated drama led all Christmas sales with approximately $10 million Wednesday while Warner Bros.’ “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” was close behind with $8.9 million.

“Wolf of Wall Street,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, earned a low ‘C’ Cinemascore with audiences but is still projected to earn north of $35 million through Sunday and could very well give Bilbo Baggins a run for his money this holiday weekend.

“The Hobbit,” having grossed over $400 million worldwide, is expected to add another $40 million to its U.S. cume.

Christmas sales were overall stronger-than-expected Wednesday for newcomers. 20th Century Fox’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (Fox) is projected to earn $7.5 million opening day and Universal’s “47 Ronin,” despite its dreary B.O. forecast, grossed $6.7 million.

The day’s other wide release, Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro’s boxing pic “Grudge Match,” entered the ring with $4.5 million.

Paramount’s “Anchorman 2” rounded out the top 3 with over $8 million.

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  1. Gloria W says:

    I felt as if I had stepped in Martin Scoreses’ shoes, I would have taken a different approach in delicate matters of directing humans without inhibitions. A great director as Mr. Scoreses has given us great movies before, and he still is able to provide his talent. I had my family with me, and I thought they were embarassed by some of the nutty scenes. However, Leonardo took his acting ability to the top, but his character is too much to be desired. Think again. I have seen movies all my life, and as a 65 year old mother, I could done better if I had stepped in their shoes.

  2. Melanie M says:

    I think the negative word of mouth about the Wolf of Wall Street will be huge and it will drop rapidly at the box office as a result. Saw it – thought it was awful and there were walkouts in the theatre I saw it in.

  3. cadavra says:

    But…but…who will break the news to Hope Holiday? :-D

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