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December 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Two of the box office’s biggest stars, Tom Cruise and Barbra Streisand, came crashing to Earth — well, Middle Earth — over the weekend as Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey overwhelmed all of its competition with an estimated $36 million, to bring its domestic tally to just under $150 million. It brought in additional $91 million overseas. Cruise’s Jack Reacher was clearly no Bilbo Baggins, nor was he even Ethan Hunt, as his latest film opened with about $15.6 million, just about half what Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol took in over the same weekend a year ago ($29.6 million). Streisand’s Guilt Trip with Seth Rogen fared even worse — far worse, in fact — earning just $5.4 million, and coming in sixth on the list of top ten films. (Next Tuesday it faces another movie aimed at virtually the same audience — Parental Guidance, starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler.) Moviegoers looking for comedy much preferred Judd Apatow’s This Is 40, which opened in third place with $12 million. Also this weekend, Disney/Pixar rereleased another relatively recent animated feature, Monsters Inc., in 3D. Demonstrating the declining interest in 3D fare, the movie took in just $5.04 million, the worst ever for a Disney 3D re-release and below the fifth weekend of Paramount/DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians, which placed fourth with $5.9 million. Overall, the box office was down nearly 13 percent from the same weekend a year ago. But with kids out of school for the winter break, and with Christmas falling on Tuesday, ticket sales are expected to pick up over the next two weeks.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, $36.7 million; 2. Jack Reacher, $15.6 million; 3. This Is 40, $12 million; 4. Rise of the Guardians, $5.9 million; 5. Lincoln, $5.6 million; 6. The Guilt Trip, $5.4 million; 7. Monsters, Inc. (3D), $5 million; 8. Skyfall, $4.7 million; 9. Life of Pi, $3.8 million; 10. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn ‹ Part 2, $2.6 million

Final Figures for the Top Five Films

NOTE: Some studios did not report weekend figures today (Monday) due to the holiday.
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, $36,940,000
2. Jack Reacher, $15,600,000
3. This Is 40, $12,030,690
4. Rise of the Guardians, $5,900,000
5. Lincoln, $5,525,774