Box Office Results for December 21, 2012


This weekend, with many people who might normally go to the movies doing some last minute Christmas shopping and traveling home before the holiday on Tuesday, it was a relatively slow weekend at the box office, yet that didn’t stop the release of five movies in wide release – three of them from Paramount alone.


Despite all the new choices in theaters, Peter Jackson‘s epic The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey remained on top for a second weekend in a row with $36.7M, down 57% from its record-setting December opening weekend.  After becoming the 26th movie in 2012 to cross the $100M mark, it has grossed nearly $150M domestically in 10 days for New Line and MGM.  Internationally, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey added $91M for an overseas total of $284M and a worldwide total of $433.9M.


Tom Cruise‘s newest action-thriller Jack Reacher, based on Lee Child’s popular fictional crime fighter and co-starring Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, and David Oyelowo, opened in second place with an estimated $15.6M for Paramount and Skydance, a fairly disappointing opening following Cruise’s Christmas 2011 release Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.  It should be able to take advantage of the school and work holidays to make up for it over the next week and a half, although it does have some competition for male audiences on Christmas Day when Quentin Tarantino‘s newest offering Django Unchained opens in theaters.


Writer/director Judd Apatow‘s latest R-rated comedy to star his wife and kids, This is 40 (also starring Paul Rudd and from Universal – the same studio that brought us The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Funny People), opened with a disappointing $12M in 2,912 theaters, although it fared better than many other comedies that opened pre-Christmas and should be able to build on it during the week ahead to gross $60M or more.


DreamWorks Animation‘s Rise of the Guardians dropped to fourth place with $5.9M, down just 17% from last weekend, presumably bringing in some holiday shoppers to take its total to $79.7M.  That’s significantly lower than other recent films from the animation studio and it ends their run with distributor Paramount on a low note.  Internationally, Rise of the Guardians added $13.7M for an overseas total of $142.9M and a worldwide total of $222.6M.


On the other hand, Steven Spielberg‘s historical drama Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, and Sally Field – and all of whom received Golden Globe nominations – continued to do big business as it took fifth place this weekend with $5.6M, down just 20% from last week.  It has grossed $117M for Touchstone, DreamWorks, 20th Century Fox, and Reliance without ever playing in more than 2,300 theaters nationwide, which means it still has room to expand and do even more business going into the holidays and awards season.


Opening on Wednesday, Paramount and Skydance’s second new release of the weekend was the road trip comedy The Guilt Trip, starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand, which brought in $5.4M this weekend after grossing $2M on Wednesday and Thursday.


Also opening on Wednesday in just over 2,600 theaters, Pixar‘s Monsters, Inc. 3D, Disney‘s third 3D re-release of the year, failed to entice moviegoers in the pre-Christmas weekend, taking seventh place with just $5M and $6.5M since Wednesday.  Disney will try to regain their top 3D re-releases next year when The Little Mermaid 3D hits theaters in September.


The 23rd James Bond film Skyfall dropped to 8th place with $4.7M for Columbia and MGM, having grossed $280M to date domestically as it remains neck and neck with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 for the fourth-highest grossing movie of 2012.  It also added another $9M overseas bringing its global total to $974.1M.


Ninth place went to Ang Lee‘s Golden Globe-nominated Life of Pi from Fox 2000, which added another $3.8M for a domestic gross of $76.1M.


The top 10 was rounded out by Summit‘s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which added another $2.6M to its total domestic take of $281.6M, putting it just ahead of Skyfall for the year.


Opening outside the top ten, Paramount’s third release of the weekend, the James Cameron-produced, Andrew Adamson-directed Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, brought the popular Canadian circus troop to the big screen in 840 3D theaters where it brought in $2.1M, and a measly per-theater average of $2.500 per site.


The top ten films grossed an estimated $97.4M, which is down 10% from last year when Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions’ Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol opened wide after its IMAX release with $46.2M; while 2 years ago saw Universal Pictures and Paramount Pictures’ Little Fockers top the charts with $34M over the Christmas day weekend.

December 21, 2012 to December 23, 2012 Top Ten

The Hobbit   Jack Reacher   This is 40   Rise of the Guardians   Lincoln

The Guilt Trip   Monsters, Inc. 3D   Skyfall   Life of Pi   Breaking Dawn Part 2

1.   The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

2.   Jack Reacher

3.   This is 40

4.   Rise of the Guardians

  • $5,900,000
  • a Paramount release (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
  • DreamWorks Animation SKG (DreamWorks SKG)

5.   Lincoln

  • $5,630,000
  • a Touchstone release (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • DreamWorks Pictures (DreamWorks SKG), 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group), and Reliance Entertainment

6.   The Guilt Trip

  • $5,390,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group) and Skydance Productions

7.   Monsters, Inc. 3D

  • $5,040,000
  • Pixar Animation Studios (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

8.   Skyfall

9.   Life of Pi

  • $3,800,000
  • Fox 2000 Pictures (Fox Entertainment Group)

10. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2


December 23, 2011 to December 25, 2011 Top Ten

Mission Impossible 4   Sherlock Holmes 2   Alvin and the Chipmunks 3   The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo   The Adventures of Tintin

We Bought a Zoo   War Horse   The Darkest Hour   New Year's Eve   The Descendants

1.   Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

  • $46,210,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group) and Skydance Productions

2.   Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

3.   Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

4.   The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • $19,400,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM Holdings)

5.   The Adventures of Tintin

  • $16,100,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group) and Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

6.   We Bought a Zoo

  • $15,600,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group)

7.   War Horse

  • $15,025,000
  • a Touchstone release (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • DreamWorks Pictures (DreamWorks SKG) and Reliance Entertainment

8.   The Darkest Hour

9.   New Year’s Eve

  • $4,950,000
  • New Line Cinema (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

10. The Descendants


December 24, 2010 to December 26, 2010 Top Ten

Little Fockers   True Grit   Tron 2   The Chronicles of Narnia 3   Yogi Bear

The Fighter   Gulliver's Travels   Black Swan   Tangled   The Tourist

1.   Little Fockers

  • $34,015,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal) and Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)

2.   True Grit

  • $25,600,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group) and Skydance Productions

3.   Tron: Legacy

4.   The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

  • $10,800,000
  • Fox 2000 Pictures (Fox Entertainment Group) and Walden Media

5.   Yogi Bear

  • $8,800,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

6.   The Fighter

  • $8,500,000
  • a Paramount release (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
  • Relativity Media

7.   Gulliver’s Travels

  • $7,200,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group)

8.   Black Swan

  • $6,600,000
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures (Fox Entertainment Group)

9.   Tangled

10. The Tourist

~ by Matt Whitfield on December 27, 2012.

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