Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: Dec 16 2012

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There was a clear (and unsurprising) winner in the box office this weekend with at least one record broken.

At number 1 is, of course, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (read our review), the first film in a planned trilogy based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, with $84 million. Although Peter Jackson’s return trip to Middle-Earth broke I Am Legend‘s opening weekend record for December ($77 million), the film opened slightly below early predictions of $90-$100 million.

And considering the film was available in 3D, IMAX, and the new HFR (48 fps) format, there was some expectation it would use that extra per ticket cost to post stronger opening weekend numbers. Regardless of expectations, though, the film is still a new December record holder and has amassed $222 million in global box office revenue.

The animated feature Rise of the Guardians is the number 2 film for the second weekend in a row with $7.4 million. Though analysts have already labeled the film a failure for DreamWorks, it continues to hold its place in the top 3 as other films drop. Unfortunately, a $71 million domestic total compared to a $145 million budget overshadows its staying power.

At number 3 is Lincoln with $7.2 million, which presumably got a boost from the Golden Globe nominations that were announced on Thursday. Steven Spielberg’s biopic also eclipsed the $100 million mark this weekend, and is now up to $107 million.

Right behind Lincoln is Skyfall with $7 million, which brings its domestic total up to $272 million. As we mentioned in last weekend’s box office, the Sam Mendes directed Bond film is Sony’s highest grossing film ever, and it is also now only $50 million away from crossing the $1 billion worldwide threshold.

Rounding out the top 5 is Life of Pi, which made $5.4 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total up to $69 million. Like Lincoln, Pi surely reaped the benefits of some Golden Globe love, even if it might not make back its entire $120 million budget.

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 continues its fall from grace and is this week’s number 6 film with $5.1 million. Before it started getting leapfrogged by the likes of Guardians, Skyfall, and Lincoln, however, the film was able to amass $276 million in domestic grosses.

At number 7 this weekend is Wreck-It Ralph, Disney’s animated videogame-themed adventure, with $3.27 million. The film’s domestic total is now $168 million.

The Gerard Butler romantic comedy Playing for Keeps comes in at number 8 with $3.24 million. The good news: The film’s $10 million domestic total helped it beat out Butler’s other 2012 film Chasing Mavericks. The bad news: The once promising action star has continued his recent streak of flops.

Red Dawn, the remake of the ’80s cult classic, is this week’s number 9 film with $2.3 million. Even though the film is unlikely to make back its $65 million budget, a $40 million domestic total was presumably bolstered by the post-Thor success of Chris Hemsworth.

And finally, at number 10, is Silver Linings Playbook with $2.0 million on only 371 screens. The David O. Russell directed film is up to $16 million in domestic grosses – $5 million shy of its budget – and should continue to perform well thanks to its Golden Globe nominations.

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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TAGS: box office, breaking dawn, life of pi, lincoln, playing for keeps, red dawn, rise of the guardians, skyfall, the hobbit, the silver linings playbook, twilight, wreck-it ralph

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  1. And VERY well deserved too – a blockbuster with a heart. Well directed, acted, shot. With a terrific rousing score. How they used to make ‘em before hacks like Bay bought blockbusters down in tone. Hope this will mark a resurgance in a better standard of popcorn movie again.

    Well done Mr Jackson and Co. haven’t had so much fun at the movies in years! Surely destined to become a classic well-loved family film.

  2. Weekend gross…. is precious… SHUT UP!… yes precious

  3. I’ve been predicting that The Hobbit would be the highest earner of the year (and beat The Avengers as well), but now I’m not sure about that.
    I still think it’ll cross the $1 billion mark though.

  4. I don’t think this is a surprise to anyone. I loved the Hobbit, going to see it again this weekend.

  5. I would have seen the hobbit this weekend but due to lack of money I will wait to see it on thursday this week. Im determined too

  6. Yes I will also be watching the Hobbit next week. My anticipation has slightly diminished from some of the mixed critical reaction, but it seems that many of the general public overall satisfied with it.

    I’m sure it will still be worth the wait and still believe it will go on to outgross the Avengers. I actually predict it will gross a billion in just the overseas markets alone.

    Still can’t believe Bond will actually gross a billion. It’s a great achievement with part of it’s success down to giving audiences time to breathe after Quantum of Solace was released. Will be interesting to see how the next installment does (first $100 million dollar opening weekend?)where expectations will be higher than ever.

  7. Rise of the Guardians is awesome though, I don’t know why it’s not making more. I loved it! The characters were great, I loved the whole concept as a whole too!