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‘The Hobbit’ stays on tip during N. American box office

‘The Hobbit’ stays on tip during N. American box office


Tolkien anticipation epic “The Hobbit” enjoyed a second week during a tip of a North American box office, while argumentative low-brow comedy “The Interview” scored $15 million from online rentals and purchases.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of a Five Armies,” destined by Oscar-winning heavyweight Peter Jackson, is a final of 6 films blending from J.R.R Tolkien’s books and a third and final installment formed on a author’s novel “The Hobbit.”

It took in $41.4 million over a weekend, a second week in theatres, for a sum of $168.5 million given a release, according to box bureau tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Director Peter Jackson arrives for a Los Angeles premiere of “The Hobbit: The Battle of a Five Armies,” on Dec 9, 2014 ©Robyn Beck (AFP/File)

Sony, meanwhile, pronounced a outrageous online rentals and sales volume — dual million times for a $15 million sum — for “The Interview” during a initial 4 days of a holiday weekend done it a studio’s “#1 online film of all time”.

The film usually played in 331 eccentric film houses after threats from hackers who claimed a cyberattack of Sony Studios, that a Whitehouse pronounced was orchestrated by North Korea.

The low-brow comedy featuring Seth Rogen and James Franco revolves around a illusory assassination of North Korean personality Kim Jong-Un. Pyongyang was angry by a film, though has denied any impasse in a hack.

“The Interview” warranted $1.8 million over a weekend, adding to a $1 million it raked in on a Christmas Day singular release.

In second place during a box bureau was “Unbroken,” destined by Angelina Jolie, that tells a story of US bombardier Louis Zamperini, who was taken serf during World War II.

The film, that was snubbed during this month’s Golden Globe nominations, fetched $31.7 million in a entrance weekend.

– Family fun fills cinemas –

Following closely behind was Disney’s “Into a Woods,” blending from a Broadway musical, starring Meryl Streep as a magician who puts a abuse on a childless baker and his wife.

The film, a complicated turn on several Brothers Grimm angel tales, raked in $31 million over a weekend.

In a array 4 mark was “Night during a Museum: Secret of a Tomb,” a third film in a Ben Stiller family-comedy authorization about a museum confidence ensure perplexing to keep lane of exhibits that come to life during a New York Museum of Natural History.

The crack warranted $20.6 million in a second week in theatres.

“Annie,” about a adventures of an waif lady starring Quvenzhane Wallis in a pretension purpose and Jamie Foxx as a aristocrat who takes her underneath his wing, sat in fifth place. In a second week out, a film brought in $16.6 million.

“Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” raked in $10 million, slipping into sixth place.

The sequel, one in a hugely renouned array starring Jennifer Lawrence, has warranted a whopping $306.7 million in a 6 weeks in theatres.

In seventh was visitor “The Gambler,” raking in $9.3 million. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as a high-stakes gambler who offers his possess life as material when he borrows from a gangster.

“The Imitation Game,” about a code-cracking mathematician and logician during World War II, was in eighth with $7.9 million.

Rounding out a tip 10 were Ridley Scott’s biblical blockbuster “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” in ninth with $6.8 million, and “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon, that warranted $5.4 million.

A lady looks during a Google Play squeeze page for a Sony film “The Interview,” in Washington, DC on Dec 24, 2014

Meryl Streep attends a “Into The Woods” World Premiere on Dec 8, 2014 in New York ©Rob Kim (Getty/AFP/File)

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