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December 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey may have taken a back seat to two newcomers, Les Misérables and Django Unchained on Christmas Day, but it came galloping back, overtaking both films over the weekend with an estimated gross of $32.9 million to record its third consecutive weekend box-office victory. It was down just 8.6 percent from last weekend’s $36 million. Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained surged into second place capturing about $30.6 million on its first weekend, after opening on Christmas Day with $15 million. Les Misérables, which had topped the Christmas Day box office with $18.1 million, slipped to third place over the weekend with around $28 million. Parental Guidance, the Billy Crystal-Bette Midler comedy that also opened on Christmas Day, claimed fourth place with $14.8 million, just ahead of the Tom Cruise action flick Jack Reader with $14 million. Meanwhile, with $4.6 million at the domestic box office and $10.3 million overseas, the James Bond thriller Skyfall passed the $1-billion mark worldwide. It still has room to grow. It was not among the limited number of foreign films China had originally allowed to be imported in 2012, and since it was not filmed in 3D it could not be imported under the country’s expanded import allowance for 3D and IMAX films announced in February. It is now scheduled to open in China on Jan. 21.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, $32.9 million; 2. Django Unchained, $30.7 million; 3. Les Miserables, $28 million; 4. Parental Guidance, $14.8 million; 5. Jack Reacher, $14 million; 6. This Is 40, $13.2 million; 7. Lincoln, $7.5 million; 8. The Guilt Trip, $6.7 million; 9. Monsters, Inc. 3-D, $6.4 million; 10. Rise of the Guardians, $4.9 million.