Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" easily topped this weekend's box office with an estimated $73.6 million in its first week of release.

Last week's No. 1, "Frozen", fell to second place with $22.1 million, and "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas" debuted in third place with $16 million.

The top ten:

"The Hobbit; Desolation of Smaug," $73.8M;
"Frozen," $22.1M;
"Tyler Perry's a Madea Christmas," $16M;
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," $13M;

"Thor: The Dark World" $2.9M;

"Out of the Furnace," $2.3M;
"Delivery Man," $2M;
"Philomena," $1.9M;
"The Book Thief," $1.8M;
"Homefront," $1.7M

Figures courtesy of Boxofficemojo.com.