“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” won the battle for the box office this weekend. From Friday to Sunday the film, which is the third and final installment in Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy, grossed $56.2 million. That alone was enough to blow away its competition, but when the grosses from Wednesday and Thursday, as well as advanced Tuesday night screenings are factored in (the movie opened on Wednesday), it actually opened with around $90 million. Not surprisingly, many fans rushed out to see the film during the week, so a big portion of its opening grosses came from those weekday screenings. $90 million is more than the previous two “Hobbit” movies opened with, although those movies also had a three day, rather than a five day, opening weekend.
With “The Hobbit” racing far ahead of the competition, the weekend’s other two new releases, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” and “Annie” were left compete amongst themselves. It was a very close call—both movies being family-friendly comedies—but “Night at the Museum” edged ahead of “Annie” with $17.3 million, coming in second. It’s probably good that this is supposedly the last installment in the “Night at the Museum” series, as that’s significantly less than the previous two movies opened with. The modern remake of the musical “Annie”, meanwhile, followed in third with $16.3 million. Last weekend’s number one movie, the Biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings”, dropped to fourth with $8.06 million.
The Bollywood dramedy “P.K.” performed very well in limited release this weekend, coming in tenth with a stunning $3.4 million despite opening in less than 300 theaters. “Foxcatcher”, meanwhile, jumped to fourteenth with $954,000 after expanding to more theaters, as did the Reese Witherspoon drama “Wild”, which came in sixth with $4.1 million.
The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film. This list reflects the box office earnings from Friday, December 19-Sunday, December 21.
1. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”: $56.2 million
2. “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”: $17.3 million
3. “Annie”: $16.3 million
4. “Exodus: Gods and Kings”: $8.06 million
5. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1”: $7.7 million
6. “Wild”: $4.1 million
7. “Top Five”: $3.57 million
8. “Big Hero 6”: $3.56 million
9. “The Penguins of Madagascar”: $3.52 million
10. “P.K.”: $3.4 million
11. “Interstellar”: $2.6 million
12. “Horrible Bosses 2”: $2.1 million
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
- Wehrenberg Theatres
- AMC Theatres
- Regal Movie Theatres
- Galleria 6
- Chase Park Plaza
- Granite City
- Moolah Theatre
- Hi-Pointe Theatre
- St. Andrews Cinema
- Plaza Frontenac Cinema
- Tivoli Theatre
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