B.O. Roundup, December 19-21: 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Rules Them All

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B.O. Roundup, December 19-21: 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Rules Them All

With a phrase familiar to a bad boyfriend seducing a woman who knows better or a reformed addict holding a bag of junk, audiences were encouraged to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies by indulging "One Last Time."

That was Warner Bros.' big hook: that after three Lord of the Rings epics and two super-sized Hobbits, this trilogy-capper represents the last time we'll see J.R.R. Tolkien's sprawling fantasy setting on the big screen.

So did the "One Last Time" cajoling and the "Defining Chapter" hyperbole work on moviegoers?

Indeed.  The hype, combined with stronger reviews and the sense that something finally happens in this one allowed The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies to gross $56.2 million from 3,875 theaters in North America over the weekend proper.  Add to that The Hobbit's haul from the week (it opened on Wednesday), and Peter Jackson's last whirl in Middle Earth has collected $90.6 million so far.

That five-day domestic total is wedged between its predecessors at the same stage: more than The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ($86.1 million)but less than The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($100.2 million).

Having opened in many foreign markets already, The Battle of the Five Armies added another $105.5 million for an international total of $265.0 million and a global total of $355.6 million.

Duking it out for second place at the Stateside box office were two new family-friendly releases, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie.  The sequel triumphed over the remake, though not by much.  According to current estimates, Night at the Museum earned $17.3 million from 3,785 theaters and Annie collected $16.3 million from 3,116 theaters.

It's good news for the beleaguered Sony that its musical remake stacked up well against Secret of Tomb, but it's worth noting that The Hobbit grossed more than three times what either of those movies managed.

Last place's top dog, Exodus: Gods and Kings took a bit of a nosedive, declining a steep 66% and bringing its ten-day total to $38.9 million.

With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 rounding out the top five, Wild expanded to almost a thousand additional theaters and hopped up to number six in the process, earning an estimated $4.1 million.

There was a surprise in the top ten, too, aside from the fact that numbers seven through ten are all tightly clustered within about $100,000 of each other.  The other surprise was P.K., an Indian comedy-drama drama starring Aamir Khan.  The Hindi-language release came in tenth place with an estimated $3.5 million.

Check out the top ten for the weekend below:

1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies...............................$56.2 million...............$90.6 million

2. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.................................$17.3 million...............New Release

3. Annie............................................................................................$16.3 million...............New Release

4. Exodus: Gods and Kings...........................................................$8.0 million.................$38.9 million

5. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1..................................$7.7 million.................$289.2 million

6. Wild..............................................................................................$4.1 million.................$7.2 million

7. Top Five.......................................................................................$3.5 million.................$12.4 million

8. Big Hero 6....................................................................................$3.5 million.................$190.4 million

9. Penguins of Madagascar...........................................................$3.5 million.................$64.1 million

10. P.K..............................................................................................$3.5 million.................New Release

The box office is going to get a whole lot more competitive in several days. 

The Interview, Into the Woods, Unbroken, and The Gambler are all opening wide on Christmas, with American Sniper, Selma, and Big Eyes hitting in limited release.

Will The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies remain on top?  Or is this handsome fellow getting coal in his stocking?


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