The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey continues its reign on the top of the box office chart, with neither the combo of Barbra Streisand & Seth Rogen nor Tom Cruise in full-on action mode in Jack Reacher able to topple The Hobbit from 1st place. Cruise and Jack Reacher had a pretty disappointing opening weekend, grossing only $15 million-ish and with the over-the-top action of Django Unchained opening on Christmas and drawing away action fans, the odds aren't in Jack Reacher's favor of catching on with audiences.
No one seems to want to join Streisand and Rogen on their mother-son roadtrip, and Judd Apatow's new comedy (which actually tilts toward drama but you wouldn't know that from just watching the trailers), This is 40, only managed to ring up $12 million. Starring Apatow's wife and two daughters - and Paul Rudd - This is 40 is the sort of sequel to Knocked Up without either Seth Rogen or Katherine Heigl. In comparison, Knocked Up opened on June 1, 2007 and did $30.7 million over its opening weekend.
Next up: Tarantino outdoes himself with Django Unchained (definitely not for younger audiences) and the big screen adaptation of the musical Les Miserables open on Christmas Day.
Top 10 Films for the Weekend of December 23, 2012
1) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - $36,705,000
2) Jack Reacher - $15,600,000
3) This is 40 - $12,030,690
4) Rise of the Guardians - $5,900,000
5) Lincoln - $5,633,000
6) The Guilt Trip - $5,390,000
7) Monsters, Inc. - $5,040,000
8) Skyfall - $4,700,000
9) Life of Pi - $3,800,000
10) Breaking Dawn Part 2 - $2,600,000
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