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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies leads prosperous end to US holiday season

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Story by Jack Foley

PETER Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has topped the US box office for a third consecutive weekend and helped to maintain a prosperous end to 2014.

The franchise finale took $21.9 million to jump the $200 million mark in the US and finish Sunday (January 4, 2015) with a total of $220.8 million. Internationally, it has now taken $722.9 million and looks on course to break $1 billion given that it has yet to open in China.

Also performing well, in second and third place respectively, were Rob Marshall’s musical Into The Woods and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken.

The former, a star-studded cast that includes Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, took in $19.1 million for a US total of $91.2 million and early world-wide haul of $97 million for Disney.

Unbroken, meanwhile, continues to do far more business than expected. The true life tale of World War II hero Louis Zamperini has now grossed $18.4 million for a US total of $87.8 million.

Another box office success was Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, which came in fourth with a strong $15.1 million despite the absence of Daniel Radcliffe.

The horror film proved popular with younger movie-goers, with 62% of ticket buyers under the age of 25.

The third Night At The Museum, which re-teams director Shawn Levy with actor Ben Stiller, rounded out the top five with $14.5 million for a US total of $89.7 million.

Put together, the box office winners helped to ensure that the Christmas holiday period ended with revenue being more than 8% up on last year, which went a little way to boosting coffers at the end of a troubled 2014.

Indeed, 2014 saw when revenue tumble by more than 5% compared to 2013 with attendance falling to a two decade low.

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