Hobbit, “Woman,” “Sniper” Heat Box-Office

As we enter the doldrums of January, Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” remains king at the box-office with the project staying in the top spot for a third consecutive weekend.

The seemingly last film Jackson will make in his Middle Earth saga scored $21.9 million and now sits on a total of $220.8 million domestic and a further $457 million globally.

Musical “Into the Woods” and historical drama “Unbroken” came in close behind with $19.1 million and $18.4 million respectively. Both have managed a domestic haul of around $90 million each so far.

The Daniel Radcliffe-led supernatural spooker “The Woman in Black” opened to good reviews and a very strong $20.8 million domestic opening back in 2012. This year’s follow-up “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death”, the sole new wide release this past week, opened to poor reviews and fourth place but with a stronger than expected $15.1 million opening.

Most other films held fairly steady. In limited release, “A Most Violent Year” opened on four screens with a stunning $47,000 per screen average. However, Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” astonished with its four screens taking in an average of $160,000 each – actually an increase on the $158,250 they each earned during their opening weekend last week.

Source: Box-Office Mojo