‘The Hobbit’ Battles its Way to the Top of the Box Office (Dec. 19 – 21)

After a successful release on Wednesday, ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ fought its way to the top spot at the weekend box office. The epic conclusion to the Hobbit trilogy beat other newly released films such as the final ‘Night at the Museum’ and ‘Annie’ remake.

‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ was the first film in the Hobbit series to be released on a Wednesday where is made more than $24 million dollars and nearly $10 million on Thursday. Combined with a weekend haul of $56.22 million, the final movie in the series has made $90.6 million dollars in the U.S. so far. This is about $20 million more than analysts were predicting which is a good sign for the series which has had a tough time matching the Lord of the Rings’ success in the United States. ‘Battle of the Five Armies’ is currently projected to make $280 million in the U.S. by the end of its run and with a guaranteed $700 to $800 million international haul, the movie should have no problem breaking the billion dollar mark. Make sure to check out Film Mention’s review of the film HERE.

In second place is another conclusion to a series – ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’. The film brought in $17.3 million which is down from the previous installments in the series. This is probably due in part to the fact that ‘Battle of the Smithsonian’ came out 5 years ago, losing some of its luster. This film marks the last big budget release staring Robin Williams.

The Annie remake came in at #3 with $16.3 million which is about a million above estimates. This is a good haul for Sony considering that the movie leaked due to a massive hack a month ago.

In fourth, ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings plummeted 66.6 percent in its second weekend, taking in a little more than $8 million. So far the Ridley Scott film has brought in nearly $39 million.

Mockinjay Part 1 came in at fifth, raking in $7.75 million. In five weeks of release, the film has grossed nearly $290 million.

The top 12 made $128.7 million this weekend, which is off from this time last year. Overall, the box office is down 5 percent from 2013.

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