Weekend Box Office: THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Edges Out Newcomers DJANGO UNCHAINED and LES MISERABLES for 2012’s Last Box Office

     December 30, 2012

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It looks like Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has outpaced the competition to take the top spot in 2012’s final box office with $32.9 million.  Opening films Django Unchained, Les Miserables and Parental Guidance followed in box office order with Jack Reacher rounding out the top five.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Hobbit $32,920,000 $222.7
2.  Django Unchained $30,688,000 $64
3.  Les Miserables $28,027,000 $67.4
4.  Parental Guidance $14,800,000 $29.6
5.  Jack Reacher $14,010,000 $44.7
6.  This Is 40 $13,186,000 $37.1
7.  Lincoln $7,509,000 $132
8.  The Guilt Trip $6,700,000 $21.1
9.  Monsters, Inc. (3D) $6,363,000 $18.4
10.  Rise of the Guardians $4,900,000 $90.2

the-hobbit-gollum-andy-serkisThe Hobbit managed to regain the ground it conceded on Christmas Day to Les Mis and Django Unchained.  Audiences clearly didn’t mind keeping their butts in the seats for a long afternoon since the top three films had an average of 164-minute run times.  The top five films stayed the same throughout the week with a bit of shuffling as the weekend closed out.  Django Unchained and Les Miserables swapped spots with the Quentin Tarantino film out-earning the Tom Hooper musical for the weekend, though the Broadway play-turned-feature film still holds a slight edge overall.  The adaptation of the Lee Child book starring Tom Cruise in the title role of Jack Reacher held strong in the fifth spot.

Some of the weekend’s big movers include Steven Spielberg’s Lincolnwhich saw nearly a 36% box office bump after being in theaters for eight weeks.  The Disney/Pixar re-release of Monsters, Inc in 3D also experienced a family-friendly viewing increase of 33%.       Rise of the Guardians tumbled from fourth to tenth this weekend, while Skyfall, Life of Pi and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 were bumped out of the top ten.

Happy New Year! We’ll see you in 2013!

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