The movie, 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey', has topped the North American box office for the third weekend in a row. This week it made almost $33 million.
The prequel to Lord of The Rings stands atop of the U.S. box office for a third consecutive week, Box Office Mojo reports. This is despite new releases in the form of Quentin Tarantino's latest, 'Django Unchained', and the lavish musical 'Les Miserables'. These two new movies occupy second and third place.
The first Hobbit movie has made over $200 million in the U.S. and now close to securing $700 million worldwide, after 18 days on release.
The first installment of the three-film Hobbit movies has received mixed-reviews (according to the review of reviews by Rotten Tomatoes). Nonetheless, it has proved popular with movie going fans.
Meanwhile the comedy 'Parental Guidance', starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler as grandparents, is fourth with $14.8 earned million during the week. In fifth spot is Tom Cruise's crime action drama 'Jack Reacher'.
The top movies at the U.S. box office are:
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($32.9m)
2. Django Unchained ($30.7m)
3. Les Miserables ($28m)
4. Parental Guidance ($14.8m)
5. Jack Reacher ($14m)
In totting up the totals for the year, Box Office Mojo notes that the latest James Bond movie 'Skyfall' became the 14th movie ever to reach $1 billion worldwide. This is even before it opens in China. In the UK, 'Skyfall' became the first movie to break the nine figure (£100 million) threshold.