“The Hobbit” Finale Dominates Pre-Christmas Box Office

By Staff  |  12/22/2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

While Hollywood is dealing with the current Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office was a bright note, as The Hobbit finale topped all films.

Peter Jackson's final installment, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, dominated the pre-Christmas box office, earning $56.2 million over the weekend and $90.6 million since opening Wednesday (Dec. 17)/

Another final installment in a trilogy, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, opened in a distant second place with $17.3 million. It features Robin Williams' final performance, but its performance was sharply less than the franchise's previous debut of $54.2 million for 2009's Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

Sony's Annie remake, starring Quvenzhane Wallis as the iconic orphan, opened with $16.3 million.

Last weekend's top film, Exodus: Gods and Kings, fell to #4 with $8 million this weekend, while The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 closed out the top 5 with $7.7 million.

That's a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of Mark Wahlberg's The Gambler, Meryl Streep's Into The Woods, and Unbroken, helmed by Angelina Jolie as the director.

This weekend's top 10 is as follows:

1. "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies," $56.2 million ($105.5 million international).
2. "Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb," $17.3 million ($10.8 million international).
3. "Annie," $16.3 million ($1 million international).
4. "Exodus: Gods and Kings," $8.1 million ($7.6 million international).
5. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1," $7.8 million. ($9.3 million international).
6. "Wild," $4.2 million.
7. "Top Five," $3.6 million.
8. "Big Hero 6," $3.6 million ($11.5 million international).
9. "Penguins of Madagascar," $3.5 million ($16.5 million international).
10. "P.K.," $3.5 million ($22.1 million international).