For the second consecutive weekend, Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, has failed to impress at the box office. It’s certainly not because it’s a bad film – because it isn’t – I think it mainly has to do with people don’t want to sit in a theater for three hours and listen to half a movie of dialogue. It could also be that some people are just put off by extreme fantasy films – which this is.
Either way, The Hobbit fell nearly 57% over the weekend bringing in $36.7M on a pre-Christmas weekend that will see stiff competition come Tuesday (Les Miserables, Django Unchained).
Second this weekend at the box office was Tom Cruise’s kick ass film, Jack Reacher, which is basically Cruise going around and killing everyone. The film is based off of a series of books, so you can bet that if this film does well over time, we’ll see definitely see other adaptations. Jack Reacher made a very modest $15.6M this weekend. Not impressive at all considering the movie had a budget of $60M.
Third this weekend was Judd Appatow’s not-so-sequel to Knocked Up, This is 40. Starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann as they play characters struggling with marriage in their 40’s. From the reviews I’ve read the movie means well and is pretty funny over all, it just doesn’t really serve a purpose. The film made $12M at the box office this weekend.
Rounding out the top 5 this weekend was the Dreamworks holiday animated film Rise of the Guardians and Steven Spielberg’s historical biography Lincoln. The films made $5.9M and $5M respectively.
Here’s the full top 10:
*Numbers in millions* (TOTALS)
1) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure – $36.7 ($149.8)
2) Jack Reacher – $15.6 (NEW)
3) This is 40 – $12 (NEW)
4) Rise of the Guardians – $5.9 ($79.6)
5) Lincoln – $5.6 ($116.7)
6) The Guilt Trip – $5.3 (NEW)
7) Monsters, Inc. (3D) – $5 (NEW)
8) Skyfall – $4.7 ($279.9)
9) Life of Pi – $3.8 ($76.1)
10) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – $2.6 ($281.6)
Via Box Office Mojo