Hobbit Holds Against “Django,” “Les Mis”

Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” held onto the top spot for the third weekend in a row at the U.S. domestic box-office, holding steady against key newcomers “Django Unchained” and “Les Miserables” which still pulled in impressive numbers.

Dropping just 11% from last weekend, “The Hobbit” took an estimated $32.9 million which gives it a total thus far of $222.7 million.

Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” scored an estimated $30.7 million in its first weekend and, with its mid-week opening numbers added, already has grossed around $64 million. That puts it well ahead of “Inglourious Basterds” at the same point in time a few years ago with ‘Django’ likely to become QT’s highest-grossing movie.

“Les Miserables” came in third with $28 million, giving it a six-day total thus far of $67.5 million. The film is expected to double that by the end of its run.

The Billy Crystal-Bette Midler comedy “Parental Guidance” also did better than expected with $14.8 million over the weekend and a $29.6 million total thus far. The Tom Cruise-led “Jack Reacher” dropped 10% to $14 million, giving it a $44.7 million total so far.

“This Is 40” actually improved by 14% from last week with an additional $13.2 million over the weekend. Its total remains a fairly anaemic $37.1 million, but it will outgross Apatow’s “Funny People”.

Finally, “Skyfall” passed the $1 billion worldwide mark and is on track to surpass “The Dark Knight” by next week.