DOMESTIC BOX OFFICE RESULTS FOR WEEKEND OF DECEMBER 30
By Douglas Pucci
Warner Bros.’ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey continues to rule the U.S. box office with $32.9 million over the weekend after Christmas.
While Universal’s critically-lauded musical Les Miserables has grossed the most total out of the new Christmas Day releases with $67.4 million since December 25th, it was Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained from The Weinstein Company that took the weekend’s No. 2 spot with $30.7 million, to Les Miz’s 3rd place showing at $28.0 million.
Fox’s Parental Guidance starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler ranked fourth and earned $14.8 million. Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher from Paramount rounds out the Top 5 with $14.0 million.
This weekend’s Top Ten films’ grosses were up 18 percent from the same weekend in 2011, thanks to the various solid box office draws which also includes Disney’s Lincoln, a film that is expected to continue its consistently successful trek to $200 million (and beyond) in North America alone through the upcoming awards season.
The top-13 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, December 30, 2012 is available as follows [in brackets: percent difference from last weekend's domestic gross, if available, and total domestic gross to-date]:
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Warner Bros.): $32.9 million [down 10.9 percent; $222.7 million]
2. Django Unchained (The Weinstein Company): $30.7 million [$64.0 million since Christmas Day]
3. Les Miserables (Universal): $28.0 million [$67.4 million since Christmas Day]
4. Parental Guidance (20th Century Fox): $14.8 million [$29.6 million since Christmas Day]
5. Jack Reacher (Paramount): $14.0 million [down 10.2 percent; $44.7 million]
6. This Is 40 (Universal): $13.2 million [up 13.9 percent; $37.1 million]
7. Lincoln (Disney): $7.5 million [up 35.9 percent; $132.0 million]
8. The Guilt Trip (Paramount): $6.7 million [up 24.3 percent; $21.1 million]
9. Monsters, Inc 3D (Disney/Pixar): $6.4 million [up 33.3 percent; $18.5 million]
10. Rise of the Guardians (Paramount): $4.9 million [down 16.9 percent; $90.2 million]
11. Skyfall (MGM/Sony): $4.6 million [down 2.1 percent; $289.6 million]
12. Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company): $4.1 million [up 130.7 percent; $27.4 million]
13. Life of Pi (20th Century Fox): $3.8 million [down 4.8 percent; $84.7 million]