“The Hobbit” takes the box office?!
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“The Hobbit” takes the box office?!

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” remains number one at the US box office.

Director Peter Jackson’s latest installment in the movie franchise based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novels raked in $41.4 million over the Christmas holidays. The movie was released December 17 and so far it has earned over $573 million in ticket sales. The feature focuses on Ian McKellen’s wizard character Gandalf and Martin Freeman’s hobbit character Bilbo as he fights to keep the dragon Smaug from acquiring the kingdom.

Angelina Jolie’s directorial effort “Unbroken” came in second with gross profits of $47 million in its domestic debut. The historical drama centers on ex-Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini, who spent two years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II.

The Academy Award-winning actress has two other movies in the works where she is behind the camera, as “By the Sea” and “Africa” are scheduled to reach theaters in the next few years.

Fairytale based family movie “Into the Woods” secured a close third at the box office this week, earning $46 million. The picture centers on a witch who orders a childless baker to procure magical items to heal a curse placed on his family.

“Into the Woods” boasts an all-star ensemble, with Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden and Chris Pine on the cast.


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