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The Hobbit remains on top in US for third weekend

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Story by Jack Foley

PETER Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has remained on top of the US box office for a third weekend.

The opening chapter in the new trilogy took a further $32.9 million to see off Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Les Miserables.

All three films did, however, dominate the American box office over the festive period.

But The Hobbit has now grossed $222.7 million in America and over $600 million globally – it is the 10th highest grossing film of 2012 despite only being released on December 14. Find out more

Tarantino’s violent and controversial Spaghetti Western homage Django Unchained came second with$30.7 million to take its six-day total (since Christmas Day) to $64 million.

And Les Miserables, directed by Tom Hooper, posted weekend earnings of $28 million for a six-day haul of $67.4 million and a worldwide total so far of $116.2 million (the film has yet to open in the UK). Both films have exceeded expectations.

Overall, cinema going surged on the final weekend of the year to round off a record-breaking year for ticket sales in the US.

Revenue will hit $10.8 billion on Monday (New Year’s Eve), eclipsing the $10.6 billion earned in 2009 and up on last year’s $10.2 billion.

And attendance also improved, with an estimated 1.36 billion people going to the movies in 2012.

Elsewhere at the US box office in the final weekend of the year, family comedy Parental Guidance, which marks Billy Crystal’s return to cinemas, came fourth with $14.8 million, while Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher came fifth with $14 million in its second weekend for a US total of $44.7 million.

Judd Apatow’s This Is 40 took $13.2 million over the weekend for a total so far of $37.1 million.

Of the films that failed to live up to expectation, Barbra Streisand-Seth Rogen comedy The Guilt Trip is considered a flop, having taken only $21.1 million to date.

And Disney-Pixar’s re-release of Monsters Inc in 3D also under-performed, having taken only $18.5 million to date.

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