Weekend Box Office: THE HOBBIT Finale Dominated Pre-Christmas Frame

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the weakest of the three Hobbit films in regards to plot, and is also the weakest opening of Peter Jackson’s six J.R.R. Tolkien adventures. But the threequel still pulled in $90.6 million in the U.S. and Canada and is still one of the season’s biggest releases.

Five Armies debuted on Wednesday after earning an A- CinemaScore and marched straight to the top of the box-office chart this weekend. I am waiting for the super deluxe extended versions box set with tons of extras to come out to see the whole shooting’ match.

Another final installment, the end to Ben Stiller’s family comedy franchise, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (B+ CinemaScore grade), opened in a distant second place far below estimates that were as high as $26 million. The Fox comedy opened to $17.3 million, well behind the previous franchise entries, while the Sony’s revamped musical Annie (A-) came in at $16.3 million. There is no doubt this is a welcomed victory for Sony, which is still reeling from the fallout following its decision to pull the release of The Interview from theaters in the wake of a terrorist threat by the hackers.

Ridley Scott‘s Exodus: Gods and Kings tumbled a steep 67% in its second weekend to $8.1 million, dropping to fourth place with $8.1 million. Christian Bale/Joel Edgerton adventure is doomed, at least in North America.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 rounded out the top five with $7.8 million and $289.2 million grossed domestically.

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In other box office better news, Reese Witherspoon-starrer Wild, expanded nationwide into 1,061 theaters and collected $4.2 million in sixth place, while Dumb and Dumber To earned $730k this weekend and brought its domestic cume to $83.7m.

The treasured Christmas weekend will feature Angelina Jolie‘s Unbroken, Rob Marshall‘s Into the Woods, Tim Burton‘s Big Eyes, Rupert Wyatt‘s The Gambler, Clint Eastwood‘s American Sniper, and Ava DuVernay‘s Selma.

Source: Rentrak