Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

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The first of three films based on an adaptation of the 1937 novel by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. It will star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug. Several actors from The Lord of the Rings will reprise their roles, including Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood & Orlando Bloom. Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

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December 17th, 2012

Box Office Recap: What Happened over the Weekend?

-- After much anticipation, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” debuted in theaters on Friday, December 15, earning over $84 million. Peter Jackson once again returns to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, for the first time since “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy ended in 2003. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” follows Bilbo Baggins, a humble hobbit who rarely strays far from home. Thanks to interference from the wizard Gandalf, Bilbo reluctantly ends up part of a daring scheme to retrieve treasure from a dragon. The fantasy epic has a PG-13 rating for frightening images and sequences of intense action and violence.

Continuing Films

“Rise of the Guardians” earned $7,420,000 during the weekend, bringing the total earnings to over $74 million. Free-spirited and irresponsible Jack Frost has a chance to become an unexpected hero when the Immortal Guardians call on him to defend against Pitch the Boogeyman. The innocence of the world’s children hangs in the balance. The film’s PG rating is due to thematic elements and mildly scary action.

With weekend box office profits of $7,244,000, “Lincoln” landed third place in box office rankings. The film has earned more than $107 million overall. During his last months of life, Abraham Lincoln struggles to guide the United States towards his vision of greatness. The movie’s PG-13 rating is due to intense war violence, brief strong languages, and images of carnage.

“Skyfall” added $7 million to its overall profits of $272,366,063. Daniel Craig returns to his role as James Bond. When one of his colleagues ends up at the center of a scandal that could threaten the very existence of MI6, Bond puts his life on the line to restore order. The PG-13 rating is due to mature content, smoking, language, and intense sequences of violence.

“Life of Pi” brought in $5,400,000, adding to total earnings of more than $69 million. After surviving an unexpected shipwreck, young Pi Patel has to struggle to stay alive. As he drifts on a lifeboat and waits for help, Pi also tries to maintain peace between his only fellow survivors: an orangutan, a zebra, a tiger, and a hyena. “Life of Pi” has a PG rating for scary sequences, peril, and emotional thematic content.

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” made $5,175,000 this weekend. The film’s total earnings now equal more than $272 million. Bella’s life has changed drastically since she first met Edward Cullen, especially since the couple has welcomed a new daughter. With hostile forces gathering on the horizon, Bella and Edward have to fight to defend their family. The final installment in the series has a PG-13 rating for sensuality, nudity, violence, and disturbing images.

With weekend profits of $3,273,000, “Wreck-It Ralph” has now earned over $168 million. Tired of being a villain, an arcade game character leaves his own game behind and sets off on a quest to become a hero. He soon learns that it is more difficult than he expected. The family-friendly animated flick has a PG rating for rude humor and mild action sequences.

During its second weekend in theaters, “Playing for Keeps” earned $3,247,000. The overall profits now reach $10,838,092. When George agrees to coach his son’s soccer team, his fame as a former soccer star proves irresistible to many of the local mothers. George tries to navigate the dating world while also figuring out how to turn his life around. The romantic comedy’s PG-13 rating is due to mature content, language, and a brief intense image.

Movies to DVD

“Total Recall” arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, December 18. In this sci-fi remake, an ordinary man accidentally stumbles into a complicated plot, leading him to suspect that he may have a dark and dangerous past that he cannot fully remember. The film’s PG-13 rating is due to mature content, nudity, language, and sci-fi violence and action.

“Trouble with the Curve” stars Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams as Gus and Mickey, a father and daughter who have to face difficult limitations as Gus’s advanced years and failing health threaten his career. The heartfelt drama’s PG-13 rating is due to mature references, language, smoking, and thematic material.

“Pitch Perfect” stars Anna Kendrick as Beca, a newcomer at Barden University who reluctantly joins an all-female singing group. Although she clashes with the group’s strong-minded leader, Beca eventually finds her own voice. However, a campus rivalry might threaten the group’s camaraderie. The PG-13 rating is due to language, drug references, and mature content.

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” follows Greg Heffley during his summer vacation, which ends up being significantly less boring than Greg expected. Between burgeoning crushes and family drama, the eighth grader has a lot of growing up to do. The family-friendly flick has a PG rating for rude humor.