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The Hobbit wins a three-peat at the top of the box office

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Sunday, December 30, 2012

Even with its so-so reviews and a nearly three-hour running time, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is turning out to be a sizeable hit for New Line Cinema and director Peter Jackson. For the third weekend in a row the first Hobbit movie has captured the number one spot at the box office, this time grossing an estimated $32.9 million dollars. That brings the film's 13 day domestic total up to $222.7 million dollars. Factor in another $464 mil from The Hobbit's international venues and the combined box office total -- so far -- now stands at $686 million bucks.

How does The Hobbit stand in terms of box office with the Lord of the Rings movies? Well, if you stand An Unexpected Journey up against the previous three Middle-earth pictures, the first Hobbit movie has a way to go before it passes the money mark of the earlier pictures. The Fellowship of the Ring ended its domestic run with a gross of $313 million; The Two Towers collected $339m; and The Return of the King grossed the most of any of the Middle-earth films with $377m.

Quentin Tarantino's new film Django Unchained came close to becoming the new #1, but fell just $3 mil short. In Django's opening weekend the so-called "southern western" movie grossed $30.7 million this weekend. Since the movie opened on Christmas Day, Django Unchained already had $34m, so it's six day total now stands at $64 million dollars.

Also new in theaters was the most recent screen adaptation of Les Miserables, this one starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. Another Christmas Day baby, Les Mis took in $28 million this weekend and now has a six day showing of $67.4m.

Parental Guidance offered up some comedy with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler as its stars, and closed the weekend in fourth spot ($14.8m new, $29.5m total.)

Tom Cruise might not have a new franchise after all. Jack Reacher, his latest, dropped to #5 overall with $14 million in ticket sales this weekend. After two weeks it's made $44.6m.

Another one that isn't doing that great is This is 40, the new comedy from Judd Apatow. Now in sixth position, this Knocked Up-sidequel earned $13.1m this weekend and has a total domestic gross of $37.1m.

Lincoln, Steven Speilberg's historical opus, is proving to have long legs. Audiences are keeping the movie from falling out of the top ten, and this week it tumbled just two spots to #7 ($7.5m new, $132m total.)

While This is 40 isn't doing great box office, it's far better than what's happening to The Guilt Trip, the comedy featuring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand as son and mother. At #8, it took in $6.7m this weekend to bring it's two week showing up to a paltry $21.1m.

The 3D reissue of Monsters Inc. drops from #6 to #9 this week ($6.7m new, $21.1m total.)

And the biggest drop this week was had by out #10 movie, Rise of the Guardians. It was at #4 last week but there was simply too much new competition to keep this kids cartoon up there. Add another $4.9m to the film's total, now at $90.2m.

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