The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Warner Bros.) dwarfed its competitors for the third straight weekend. The Peter Jackson directed flick grossed $21.9 million domestically and $52.5 million internationally to lead all others at the box office with a total gross take of $74.4 million. The second place movie, Disney’s Into the Woods, just grossed $19.1 million domestically at the box office, and an additional $1 million international, for a total gross take of $20.1 million.
Altogether, so far, the latest and final Hobbit movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, has grossed over $700 million globally. It has shown that it has staying power at the box office, and it is a movie that appeals to a wide audience of fans.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has yet to open in China, and that is sure to add even more to the estimated $722.9 million the movie has raked in. The film still has a ways to go to make it to the $1 billion mark that the first Hobbit movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, made, or even the $958 million that the second Hobbit movie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, took in.
Coming in third place at the box office this weekend was the Angelina Jolie-directed WWII movie, Unbroken (Universal), with a domestic gross of $18.4 million and an international one of $2.3 million. In Fourth place was the sole movie debuting this weekend at the box office, the horror flick The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (Relativity Media). It had a domestic gross of $15.1 million while grossing an additional $3.5 million internationally.
Fifth place at the box office went to Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, with a domestic gross of $14.5 million. It had a better international take, grossing $26 million in theaters in the rest of the world.
Coming in sixth place was the remake of Annie, starring Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. The movie grossed $11.4 million domestically with an added $4.2 million internationally. Following in seventh place was The Imitation Game, which had a domestic gross of $8.1 million and an international one of $6.5 million.
Eighth place this weekend went to the Jennifer Lawrence film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, with a domestic gross of $7.7 million and an international one of $5.3 million. The Mark Wahlberg flick, The Gambler, came in ninth place at the box office, grossing $6.3 million domestically, while the tenth spot went to Disney’s Big Hero 6, with a domestic gross of just $4.8 million, but an international take of $20.2 million.
According to box-office firm Rentrak, compared to the same weekend last year, ticket sales were strong, up 5.5 percent. Ticket sales were undoubtedly helped out by the continued sucess of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which has retained its hold on the number one spot at the box office for the third consecutive weekend. The final movie in the Hobbit series stars Evangeline Lilly, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom and Richard Armitage.
Written By: Douglas Cobb