Box office: ‘The Hobbit’ tops ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Django Unchained’

12.29.12 5 years ago 3 Comments

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With no new wide openings this weekend, Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” prequel “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” easily made the return journey to the No. 1 spot at the Friday box office, picking up another $10.7 million. 

Prestige pics “Django Unchained” and “Les Miserables” battled it our for second place on Friday, with the Quentin Tarantino western carving up $9.6 million and the Anne Hathaway-Hugh Jackman musical scoring $9.4 million.

They’ll be neck-and-neck all weekend, with both expected to earn around $27 million for the weekend. 

“The Hobbit,” the first of three films based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien, will likely earn around $33 million for the three-day.

While it isn’t quite living up to “LOTR” numbers, it has nonetheless already passed the $200 million mark in North America.  

Since opening on Christmas Day, “Django Unchained” has earned an impressive $42.9 million, while “Les MIserables'” total stands slightly higher, at $48.8 million.

Meanwhile, the Billy Crystal-Bette Midler comedy showcase “Parental Guidance” continues to surprise, walking away with another $5.0 million. Its domestic total now stands at $19.8 million. 

The Tom Cruise actioner “Jack Reacher” rounded out the top five, fighting its way to $4.5 million on Friday, bringing its domestic total up to $35.4 million. 

Look for complete weekend estimates Sunday on HitFix.

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