Box Office Results (12.23.12)

jack reacher posterWith the international release of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure‘ (WB), it claims #1 wherever it has been released, including the American box office. Domestically, it is followed by ‘Lincoln‘ (BV) and ‘Rise of the Guardians‘ (Par./DW). ‘Skyfall‘ (Sony) is down to #4 but ‘Life of Pi‘ (Fox) remains at #5. ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2‘ (Sum.)  falls to #6 and ‘Wreck-It Ralph‘ holds onto #7, followed by ‘Playing for Keeps’ (FD), ‘Red Dawn (2012)’ (FD) and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ (Wein.).

Newly released, ‘Any Day Now’ (MBox) fights it’s way to #46 as ‘Save the Date’ (IFC) takes #67. Noted for it’s great story and comedic elements, ‘The Intouchables’ (Wein.) makes it to #53, while ‘Samsara’ (Osci.) sweeps into #58 and the body-building army falls to #95. Doing quite well are the 3D versions of the crew monsters and school of fish who did well during their initial releases. Some special jumps from last week to this week include ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’ (Focus) from #32 to #20, and the Halloween releases, ‘Sinister’ (Sum.) from #46 to #29 and ‘Paranormal Activity 4’ (Par.) from #63 to #36.

This weekend, almost half of the top 10 was new releases, starting with ‘Jack Reacher’ (Par.) at #2, unable to dethrone ‘The Hobbit’, and Judd Apatow’s ‘This Is 40’ (Uni.) laughed it’s way to #3. The guardians fell to #4 and ‘Lincoln’ followed at #5. Starring Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogan, ‘The Guilt Trip’ (Par.) drives into #6, followed by ‘Monsters, Inc. (3D)’ (BV) at #7. Double it’s placement this week, Bond shoots into #8, followed by the Bengal tiger and the Vampires.

Just shy of #10, new release, ‘Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away’ (Par.) manages to swing above the confused building wrecker, as ‘Debangg 2’ (Eros), the foreign, unrated, film slides behind the #13 psychologically scarred ballroom dancers. Multi-awarded, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ (Sony) places at #21, ‘The Impossible’ (Sum.) finds it’s way to #24, behind ‘Taken 2’, and ‘Amour’ (SPC), the international feature noted at several festivals, takes #30. Several 2013 Oscar racers, including ‘Argo’ (WB), ‘Anna Karenina’ (Focus), and ‘Rust and Bone’ (SPC), dance around the numbers during the nearing day of announcement in January. Feature documentaries, mostly, have fallen down the lists, as ‘Chasing Ice’ (SD) holds onto #28 this weekend. Moving the horrors and thrillers out of the top spots, comedy and action fill in the gaps the dramatic and visually astounding leave.

Chart #TitleStudio
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyWarner Brothers
2Jack ReacherParamount
3This Is 40Universal
4Rise of the GuardiansParamount/Dreamworks
5LincolnBuena Vista
6The Guilt TripParamount
7Monsters, Inc. (3D)Buena Vista
9Life of PiFox
10Breaking Dawn Part 2Summit Entertainment