Monday, December 31, 2012

One Movie to Rule Them All

Still #1 for the third straight weekend!
Bilbo Baggins has quite a lot of adventures on his way to the Lonely Mountain, including staying at the top of the Box Office list for three weekends straight.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - the first movie in The Hobbit trilogy - made $149.9 million domestically in ten days at the Box Office, and last weekend it made an extra $33 million domestically to stay at the top. So far the film has made $222.7 million domestically and $686.7 million internationally.

I think it's a blockbuster, don't you?

That was enough to keep The Hobbit in the number one position for three weekends straight and, hopefully, it'll continue to stay at the top for three more weeks to come.

What was surprising (for me, anyway) is that Les Miserables debuted in the number three position, just after Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti Western Django Unchained. Honestly, I thought that a story as well-known as Les Miz with it's star-studded cast of Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried would easily take second place, but I suppose more people preferred to see Tarantino's mixed up view of history (which, seriously, is nothing new).

Django Unchained earned $64 million in its opening weekend, whereas Les Miz took in $28 million, more than half less in terms of revenue; however, Miz did take in a nice $116.2 million worldwide, so maybe it will have longer staying power than Django.

In other related news, the newest James Bond film - Skyfall - has officially passed the $1 billion mark internationally, which makes it the most successful entry in the franchise (which is 50 years old now).

2012 was a year of blockbusters (The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and so many others), and it really shows when you look at all of the numbers. Adding up the total revenue of the films made in the U.S. in 2012, you get an awesome $10.8 billion that people spent at the theaters this year. That officially takes out the previous record of $10.6 nillion in 2009. The Avengers alone made up a huge chunk of that number by taking in $207.4 million in May alone.

Looking at these numbers makes me excited for the 2013 film season. Will it be as great as 2012 was? Will it fall short? Will it break 2012's records?

Time will tell. And I, for one, will be extremely excited to find out.

The estimated ticket sales for Friday December 28th through Sunday December 30th at U.S. and Canadian theaters (courtesy of the Star Tribune):

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - $32.9 million ($106.5 million internationally)
2. Django Unchained - $30.7 million
3. Les Miserables - $28 million ($38.3 million internationally)
4. Parental Guidance - $14.8 million
5. Jack Reacher - $14 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

 - Edessa, signing off


  1. The Hobbit is definately worth of the title of #1 (even though I still havfe not seen it, I'm sure it is...)
    And I can't wait to see it for myself...the music is definately great!

  2. It would be cool if you could do a list or something of the top 10 best selling movies for the entire year. *nods* I'd like to see something that compared the Avengers to the Hobbit to the Dark Knight Rises. =P

  3. WOOOOO!!! GO HOBBIT!!! :D
    Les Miserables is also pretty good :) Awesome post!


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