BOX OFFICE: THE HOBBIT Closes In On $300M Worldwide Despite A 73% Drop In North America

BOX OFFICE: THE HOBBIT Closes In On $300M Worldwide Despite A 73% Drop In North America

During its second week of release, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey suffered a fairly steep drop in ticket sales, but still beat new release Jack Reacher to the top spot in North America. Hit the jump to check out all of the latest box office figures!

Before a slew of new releases open on Tuesday (Django Unchained, Les Miserables), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has once again taken the top spot despite a drop of 73% since last week. Because of the holidays, up-to-date figures may not be released until this evening or later this week, but Peter Jackson's return to Middle-Earth went in to the weekend with a domestic haul of $113.1 million and an international total $189 million (resulting in a worldwide cume of $303 million). It's thought that it will earn an additional $31.5 million, raising its domestic takings to $145.2 million. Taking the #2 spot was Jack Reacher; the big screen adaptation of Lee Child's One Shot starring Tom Cruise in the title role. That film is on course for a $17.5 million weekend, a little less than the studio were hoping for. What did you decide to watch this weekend?

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.


Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey
Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield
Andy Serkis as Gollum
Hugo Weaving as Elrond
Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug
Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman
Christopher Lee as Saruman the White
Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins
Orlando Bloom as Legolas


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