The holiday season's new films drew crowds of people to theaters on Wednesday to make it the second highest-grossing Christmas Day on record for the U.S. and Canadian box office, according to estimates from box office tracking site Rentrak.
Wednesday's box office haul was estimated at between $76.5 and $78 million, topping 2012's $74.9 million Christmas day earnings.
It was led by the Tolkien-based "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," which took in $9.3 million for a total of $149.9 million since its opening on December 13. "The Wolf of Wall Street" was right behind with $9.2 million on its first day in theaters.
Cult comedy Ron Burgundy sequel "Anchorman 2" took in $8.1 million for third place. Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" took $7.8 million on its first day in theaters to put it in fourth place for Christmas Day. Crime drama "American Hustle" rounded out the top five with$7.4 million.