December 31, 2012 by Vinnie Leduc
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey three-peated to extend its reign at the domestic box office over the final weekend of the calendar year. After opening to a December record and then repeating to rule them all the previous weekend, the first movie of a new prequel trilogy to Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning blockbuster The Lord of the Rings trilogy joined The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and The Hunger Games as the only movies of 2012 to go back to back to back, with only Katniss & Co. being the only one to score four in a row.
The win for the fantasy action epic literary adaptation meant all three new Christmas Day releases were on the outside looking in… but just barely. Django Unchained, the last of our most anticipated movies of 2012, trailed The Hobbit by less than a couple million dollars. However, the Quentin Tarantino film landed with more than a couple million ahead of musical Les Misérables and over double the gross of family comedy Parental Guidance. Holdover Tom Cruise thriller Jack Reacher rounded out the top five, which you can check out below via BOM.
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — Weekend Gross: $32.0 million — Total Gross: $221.7 million (#1 last week)
- Django Unchained — Weekend Gross: $30.1 million — Total Gross: $63.4 million (new)
- Les Misérables — Weekend Gross: $27.3 million — Total Gross: $66.7 million (new)
- Parental Guidance — Weekend Gross: $14.6 million — Total Gross: $29.3 million (new)
- Jack Reacher — Weekend Gross: $14.0 million — Total Gross: $44.7 million (#2 last week)