The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies remains theatregoers’ holiday box office favorite.
Director Peter Jackson’s latest adaptation earned $21.9 million over the weekend, which secured its place in first position for the third week in a row. The Battle of the Five Armies was released December 17 and has earned over $722 internationally thus far, according to Box Office Mojo. The feature focuses on Ian McKellen’s wizard character Gandalf and Martin Freeman’s hobbit persona Bilbo as he fights to keep the dragon Smaug from acquiring the kingdom.
Landing in second place is Into the Woods, with gross ticket sales of just over $19 million. Into the Woods uses classic fairytale characters to spin a fresh story about a witch who sets The Baker and his wife with a task that could help them have children. The feature, which was released in the US on Christmas day, was made with a production budget of an estimated $50 million. So far Into the Woods has been successful, as the movie’s made $97 million worldwide.
Finally, Angelina Jolie’s directorial effort Unbroken secured the third position, raking in nearly $18.4 million. The film tells the real life story of veteran Louis Zamperini and his World War II journey of survival. Louis spent nearly two years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during the conflict. Unbroken was made with a budget of $65 million and since its Christmas day release, it’s brought in international gross profits of $94 million.
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