Weekend Box Office: ‘The Hobbit’ Beats Out ‘Django’, ‘Miserables’ For #1 Spot
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey led the New Year's weekend, beating out new films, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, and Parental Guidance.
In its third weekend, Hobbit raked in $31.9 million, capping a record-setting $10.8 billion year in moviegoing. The Warner Bros. fantasy epic from director Peter Jackson, based on the beloved J.R.R. Tolkien novel, made nearly $33 million this weekend, bringing its total to $222.7 million domestically.
Quentin Tarantino's Western-blaxploitation mash-up, Django Unchained, debuted at #2 with $30.7 million. The Weinstein Co. revenge comedy, starring Jamie Foxx as a slave in the Civil War South and Christoph Waltz as the bounty hunter who frees him and then makes him his partner, has earned $64 million since its Christmas Day opening.
In third, with $28 million, is Les Miserables, based on the international musical sensation and the Victor Hugo novel of strife and uprising in 19th century France. It features an A-list cast singing live on camera, led by Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe. It earned $28 over the weekend, but $67.5 million domestically debuting on Christmas.
The week's other new wide release, the Billy Crystal-Bette Midler comedy, Parental Guidance, made $14.8 million over the weekend for fourth place and $29.6 million total since opening on Christmas.
Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher fell to #5 after launching at #2 last weekend. It earned another $14 million.
Additionally, the James Bond adventure, Skyfall, has now hit the $1 billion mark, internationally, to become the most successful film yet in the 50-year franchise. The film stars Daniel Craig for the third time as the iconic British superspy.
That's a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of the Lionsgate horrorflick, Texas Chainsaw 3D.
This weekend's top 10 is as follows:
1. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," $32.9 million.
2. "Django Unchained," $30.7 million.
3. "Les Miserables," $28 million.
4. "Parental Guidance," $14.8 million.
5. "Jack Reacher," $14 million.
6. "This Is 40," $13.2 million.
7. "Lincoln," $7.5 million.
8. "The Guilt Trip," $6.7 million.
9. "Monsters, Inc. 3-D," $6.4 million.
10. "Rise of the Guardians," $4.9 million.