'The Hobbit' stays atop box office for third week
"That $18.2 million Christmas Day opening — people were shocked ... This is a musical!" she said. "Once people see it, they talk about how fabulous it is."
It all adds up to a record-setting year at the movies, beating the previous annual record of $10.6 billion set in 2009. Dergarabedian pointed out that the hits came scattered throughout the year, not just during the summer blockbuster season or prestige-picture time at the end. "Contraband," ''Safe House" and "The Vow" all performed well early on, but then when the big movies came, they were huge. "The Avengers" had the biggest opening ever with $207.4 million in May. The raunchy comedy "Ted" and comic-book behemoth "The Dark Knight Rises" both found enormous audiences. And Paul Thomas Anderson's challenging drama "The Master" shattered records in September when it opened on five screens in New York and Los Angeles with $736,311, for a staggering per-screen average of $147,262.
"We were able to get this record without scratching and clawing to a record," he said.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," $32.9 million ($106.5 million international).
2. "Django Unchained," $30.7 million.
3. "Les Miserables," $28 million ($38.3 million international).
4. "Parental Guidance," $14.8 million ($7 million international).
5. "Jack Reacher," $14 million ($18.1 million).
6. "This Is 40," $13.2 million.
7. "Lincoln," $7.5 million.
8. "The Guilt Trip," $6.7 million.
9. "Monsters, Inc. 3-D," $6.4 million.
10. "Rise of the Guardians," $4.9 million ($11.6 million).
Estimated weekend ticket sales at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:
1. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," $106.5 million.
2. "Life of Pi," $39.2 million.
3. "Les Miserables," $38.3 million.
4. "Wreck-It Ralph," $20.4 million.
5. "Jack Reacher," $18.1 million.
6. "Rise of the Guardians," $11.6 million.
7. "Parental Guidance," $7 million.
8. "The Tower," $6.6 million.
9. "Pitch Perfect," $6.2 million.
10. "De L'autre Cote Du Periph," $4 million.
Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.
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