“The Hobbit” three-peats as box office champ nears $700 million worldwide

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1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – $22 million [3rd week; $220 million in total] The final saga of “The Hobbit” trilogy has held up well in a jam-packed Christmas/New Year’s holiday season holding back numerous challengers to retain its box office crown for a third consecutive week. “Armies” now seems poised to catch the $258 million total gross of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” even if the first chapter, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’s” total of $303 million seems far out of reach. It looks like it may take Liam Neeson’s “Taken 3” to finally drop Bilbo and company down a spot or two next week, but with its continued excellent hold, it could be a closer than expected contest.

2. Into the Woods – $19 million [2nd week; $91.1 million] The Disney adaptation of the Broadway play continues to be a strong performer as well and managed to beat out “Unbroken” for the No. 2 slot after settling for the third slot last week. Look for this to catch “Hairspray’s” $118 million gross to earn the sixth spot on the all-time musical list. Certainly a happily ever after the suits at Disney can be proud of for a late Christmas treat.

Film Title: Unbroken3. Unbroken – $19 million [2nd week; $87.8 million] The Oscar hopeful is finding a very positive response from audiences, which will certainly aid the case of Angelina Jolie’s World War II drama. It’s already made back its $65 million budget and could reach as high as $125 million before it ends its run, especially if the film gets a shot in the arm from an Oscar nomination.

4. The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death – $16.5 million [debut week] Despite a strong Friday showing where it finished just behind “Armies,” the horror film settled in to fourth place. Its 2012 predecessor opened to $20.8 million, but benefited from the star power of “Harry Potter’s” Daniel Radcliffe in the lead role while this stars relative unknowns so this is actually a fairly impressive showing.

Robin Williams Ben Stiller Night at the Museum 35. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – $15 million [4th week; $89 million] As it nears $100 million, it’s incredible that this third installment will easily be considered a disappointment despite a gross that would make a lot of franchises happy. The previous films fared no worse than $177 million and this one may struggle to get to $125 million.

  • Fred

    “The Hobbit” has indeed shown some pretty decent legs should finish between 260-280 million domestic the way it’s looking right now. Yeah “Taken 3” will be number one for sure next week, but it’s reign won’t last long because that upcoming Hemsworth film which is out Jan 9 looks pretty good and should have no problem knocking “Taken 3” from the top when it releases.

  • Fred

    I meant it releases Jan 16 lol.

  • Yep, “Blackhat” has the benefit of Michael Mann directing it too and has a very engaging trailer. Looking forward to that one.

  • Fred

    Yes Michael Mann is an incredible and legendary director to say the least. The combination of his directorial greatness and Hemsworth’s growing popularity will certainly be two keys to this film’s success, and like you said the trailer is outstanding too which provides another plus.