‘Hobbit 3’ Scares Off the Competition at the Box Office (Jan. 2-4)

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In its third weekend of release, ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ claimed the top spot this weekend at the box office. The final Hobbit film was able to stave off some stiff competition from many holiday hold overs and the newly released horror sequel ‘The Woman in Black: Angel of Death’. For a full rundown of this weekend’s box office, continue reading!

Coming in at #1 this weekend was ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’, taking in $21.9 million. The film has stayed in the #1 spot for three consecutive weekends grossing $220.7 million at the domestic box office. This is a theme because all 6 films in the Middle Earth Saga have spent three straight weekends at #1.

In second place is the Disney musical ‘Into The Woods’, earning $19 million this weekend. Since its release on Christmas Day, the film has made $91.2 million at the domestic box office, becoming the 9th highest grossing musical. I expect that it will move up a few more spots on the list by the time it is done in theaters. If you are interested in seeing the film, check out our review of ‘Into The Woods’ by clicking HERE

The Angeline Jolie directed film, ‘Unbroken’, came in at #3 with $18.3 million. The film is off 40 percent from last weekend and has now grossed $87.8 million so far. ‘Unbroken’ is currently the 6th highest grossing WWII film.

In fourth place is the newly released ‘The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death’ which was able to scare up $15.1 million. The horror sequel was able to exceed expectations on Friday when it earned a very good $7.75 million but fell off as the weekend progressed. Horror movies tend to be very front loaded and ‘Woman in Black 2’ appears to be no different because 51.2 percent of its weekend haul came from Friday. Look for this one to fall off considerably next weekend.

‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ eased a light 28.5 percent this weekend, earning $14.4 million. The film may not have opened with a bang but it is showing longevity, having grossed nearly $90 million since its release.

Other notable box office winners this weekend are ‘The Imitation Game’, ‘Mockingjay Part 1’, and ‘American Sniper’.

‘The Imitation Game’ continues its impressive run, earning $8.1 million. This is up 2.3 percent from last weekend and I expect the movie will continue to do well with all the Oscar buzz surrounding it.

‘Mockingjay Part 1’ is on the cusp of being the highest grossing film of 2014. The film which made $7.7 million this weekend has earned $323 million since its release. This is only $9 million away from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ which is the current title holder. Look for ‘Mockingjay Part 1’ to snatch this away by the end of next weekend.

‘American Sniper’ continues to be very impressive, pulling in $640,000 from only 4 theaters. The film has been in limited release for two weekends and has already made nearly $2.2 million from ONLY 4 THEATERS! The film expands nationwide on January 16th.

The box office is off to a good start in 2015 with the top 12 making $135.4 million. This is up 6.1 percent from this time last year.

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