How was the box office looking before The Hobbit’s arrival?
After some mad, record-breaking weeks at the box office, things finally calmed down a bit before The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opened. Skyfall led with only 11 million in the number one spot, and is now by far the biggest Bond ever. Rise of the Guardians (reviewed here) took second with just over ten million. It’s had some good press across the board, and there is a Christmassy feel to the plot, so with $60 million so far, I reckon this will do solid, if not spectacular, business. All the movies I have been talking about filled the charts, with Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Lincoln and Life of Pi taking third, fourth and fifth respectively.
To be honest, this was always going to be a quiet week. With The Hobbit out now, the studios strayed away from releasing anything major.
Also, On the Road received its USA theatrical release. Although clearly an indie movie, it will be interesting to see how it performs. I think the inclusion of Kristen Stewart could be a major pull for some audiences, and dependent on how many screens the distributor goes for, could perform solidly.
UK Box Office Top 10
|1||Rise of the Guardians||£1.6M||£4.06M||2|
|4||The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2||£980K||£33.4M||4|
|6||Silver Linings Playbook||£446K||£3.61M||3|
|7||Great Expectations (2012)||£339K||£1.36M||2|
|9||End of Watch||£144K||£1.67M||3|
|10||Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted||£139K||£21.9M||8|