The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug came out in front at the U.S. Box Office this weekend, racking up a solid $73.7 million in its first few days.
This is the second highest December opening for director Peter Jackson. Jackson’s first Hobbit film opened up with $84.7 million, 13 percent higher than Desolation of Smaug, and his final Lord of the Rings film The Return of the King, opened up to $72.6 million in 2003.
In second place this weekend was Disney’s Frozen with $22.2 million, and Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas followed with a $16.16 million debut.
The Desolation of Smaug is currently on track to make $1 billion in worldwide sales, matching the first film. The movie is set to premiere in 49 additional territories next weekend following its U.S. release.