“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is the victor once again at the North American box office in its second week since its release. J. R. R. Tolkien’s Bilbo and the Dwarves fought off two major rivals to retain the top spot. Raking in an estimated $41.4 million, the follow-up to “The Desolation of Smaug” ousted newcomers “Unbroken” and “Into the Woods” which collected $31.7 million and $31 million respectively, to take second and third place. The film directed by director Peter Jackson garnered an estimated $168.5 million domestically since its release, with a total worldwide cume of approximately $573.6 million.
The Angelina Jolie-directed WWII drama “Unbroken” follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s (“Seabiscuit: An American Legend”) enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini’s unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit. Meryl Streep’s “Into the Woods” follows shortly in third with an estimated $31 million. The story follows a witch who tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.
“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” and musical film “Annie” round out the top five with $20.6 million and $16.6 million respectively. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” is still holding on at number 6 by adding $10 million for a total worldwide take of $669,7 million in its 6th week at the box office.
Quick look at the top-grossing pictures in North American theaters, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:
- “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” – $41.4 million
- “Unbroken” – $31.7 million
- “Into the Woods” – $31 million
- “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” – $20.6 million
- “Annie” – $16.6 million
- “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” – $10 million
- “The Gambler” – $9.3 million
- “The Imitation Game” – $7.9 million
- “Exodus: Gods and Kings” – $6.7 million
- “Wild” – $5.4 million