The sequel replaced Disney's Frozen at the top with a debut of £9.3m

Smaug soars to UK box office top spot

Warner Bros’ The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has topped the UK box office, reports Screen.

The sequel replaced Disney’s Frozen at the top with a debut of £9.3m. 56.4 per cent of its takings came from 3D and IMAX screenings.

Despite being number one, the debut does mark the lowest of any of the five films in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises. However, Smaug is the first of these films to open without previews, meaning it relied on Friday to Sunday takings, rather than Wednesday to Sunday takings.

Elsewhere, despite being knocked off top spot, Disney’s Frozen only fell 10 per cent in takings, adding £4.2m for a ten day total of £10.3m.

2D screenings proved the more popular, with 63.35 per cent opting to view without the need for 3D glasses.

With kids soon to be off school for the Christmas holidays, Frozen looks likely to pass Wreck-It Ralph’s UK total of £23.7m.

Meanwhile, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire looks on course to pass Man of Steel to become the fifth biggest film of the year. The sequel’s total now sits at £28.8m, just £1m behind Man of Steel’s £29.8m.

This weekend brings competition for Frozen in the form of Universal’s Moshi Monsters: The Movie and Fox’s Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie while other releases include Harry Hill’s big screen debut in Entertainment’s The Harry Hill Movie and American Hustle.

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