‘Hobbit’ Remains Atop Box Office Battle

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The first weekend of the new year was a good one for Bilbo Baggins, as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies topped the domestic box office with an estimated $22 million in ticket sales. That brings the final chapter in Peter Jackson’s prequel trilogy to an impressive domestic total of $221 million. Its $502 million foreign haul puts its worldwide gross at $772 million.

In second place is Into the Woods, the adaptation of the fairy tale musical from director Rob Marshall, with $19 million in domestic ticket sales. It’s now earned $91 million in domestic ticket sales and about $6 million abroad for $97 million worldwide tally.

In fifth is Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, another threequel, with $14.5 million in domestic ticket sales. The visual-effects-heavy comedy has earned $90 million total domestic and $91 million abroad for a $181 million worldwide gross.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 was the No. 8 film for the weekend, with $7.7 million in domestic ticket sales. The film has grossed $323 million domestic and $372 million foreign for a $695 million worldwide total.

Disney’s Big Hero 6 finished in tenth place in the domestic market for the weekend with $4.8 million in ticket sales. The animated superhero pic has grossed $211 million domestic and $167 million foreign for $378 million worldwide.

DreamWorks Animation’s Penguins of Madagascar finished the weekend with $2.9 million in ticket sales. It’s earned $78 million domestic and $192 million abroad for a $270 million total gross.

And Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar sold $2.4 million worth of tickets to bring its domestic gross to $183 million. With a $470 million gross from foreign markets, the movie has earned a total gross of $653 million.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies