Happy New Year! To kick the first week off with Oscar tension is so exciting! There is no better way to start the new year than with healthy competition that the entire world is watching. Internationally, ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘ (WB) claims #1 in several countries, but #3 domestically. The epic and inspiring journey did, however, place 6th for the year of 2012. And, in America, it managed to stay #1 for a couple of days before the bounty hunters shot it up, and then was massacred by a new release. This week saw, new release, ‘Django Unchained‘ (Wein.) on top, followed by ‘Les Miserables
This weekend, outside the top 10, only one movie was released this weekend, which landed #1 on the first day. After the gory thriller’s release, many of the films jumped around, though not much of a difference during the first week of the year. Putting it at #1 this weekend, ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D‘ (LGF) led the way, followed by ‘Django Unchained‘ at #2 and ‘The Hobbit‘ at #3. The all-star ensemble brings ‘Les Miserables (2012)‘ into #4 and the bubbles go flat as ‘Parental Guidance‘ drops to #5. Tom Cruise’s ‘Jack Reacher‘ rebels to #6, Judd Apatow’s ‘This Is 40‘ (Uni.) falls down to #7, Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln‘ (BV) goes one placement lower to #8, and the funny story of a mother and son traveling together takes #9. Rounding off the top 10 of the weekend, ‘Promised Land (2012)‘ (Focus) takes #10.(2012)‘ (Uni.). ‘Parental Guidance‘ (Fox) climbed up to #4, pushing ‘Jack Reacher‘ (Par.) down to #5, followed in order by Judd Apatow’s comedy, the abolitionist president and Streisand’s feature debut with Seth Rogen. Rounding up the top 10 is Sully and Mike’s 3D adventure and childhood’s best protectors of belief. New release, Matt Damon and John Krasinski’s ‘Promised Land (2012)‘ (Focus) landed at #26 and the captivating documentary ‘West of Memphis‘ (SPC) at #52, just behind ‘The Master‘ (Wein.) at #51.
Luckily, many of the weekend’s top 50 contain the Oscar nominations of 2013. Overall, in 2012, ‘Life of Pi‘ (Fox), sitting on #32, continues to do well domestically and internationally, along with ’Rise of the Guardians’ (Par./DW) at #29. ’Silver Linings Playbook‘ (Wein.) takes #91, ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower‘ (Sum.) sticks to #113, and, surprisingly, Bigelow’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty‘ (Sony) is #151, followed by the much-loved indie ‘The Impossible‘ (Sum.) at #158. The #1 movie of 2012, leading by a whomping $600m, is ‘Marvel’s The Avengers‘ (BV), followed by ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ (WB) with almost $450m, and ‘The Hunger Games‘ (LGF) just over $400m.
|1||Texas Chainsaw 3D||Lionsgate|
|2||Django Unchained||Weinstein Co.|
|3||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Warner Bros.|
|4||Les Miserables (2012)||Universal|
|7||This Is 40||Universal|
|9||The Guilt Trip||Paramount|
|10||Promised Land (2012)||Focus Features|