‘The Hobbit’ beats ‘Django Unchained’ and ‘Les Miserables’ on final weekend of 2012

By Daniel S Levine,

Despite strong openings on Christmas, both Les Miserables and Django Unchained fell behind Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The epic film finished its third weekend in a row at the top of the box office.

The Hobbit grossed an additional $32.9 million over the weekend, an 11 percent drop from the weekend before, notes Box Office Mojo. After just 17 days, the film has reached $222.7 million, which is just behind the $243.6 million The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and the $272.8 million The Return of the King made. It’s starting to look like Jackson’s ambitious idea to turn The Hobbit into a prequel trilogy might be a good one, financially at least.

The film has also blown past the $600 million mark worldwide.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained reached second place, making a stunning $30.7 million. Since opening on Christmas, the violent tribute to Spaghetti Westerns has grossed $64 million. Django has a chance to become the director’s highest-grossing film. Inglourious Basterds, which made $120.5 million in 2009, currently holds that mark.

Although it won Christmas day, Universal’s Les Miserables dropped to No. 3 over the weekend. The film made $28 million and is up to $67.4 million after six days. That means that it’s already made more than its $61 million cost.

Both Django and Les Mis have earned A CinemaScore grades from the audience. They are also considered Oscar favorites, so both films could have long lives in theaters.

The Billy Crystal/Bette Midler film Parental Guidance from Fox made $14.8 million over the weekend. It also hit theaters on Christmas and is up to $29.6 million after six days.

Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher added another $14 million, bringing its total to just $44.7 million.

Meanwhile, the James Bond film Skyfall reached $1 billion over the weekend.



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