Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” captured its third consecutive victory at the box office, finishing in first place, earning an estimated $21.9 million domestically.
The final film in “The Hobbit” trilogy has now reached $220 million domestically and $500 million overseas. The fantasy epic is expected to hit the $1 billion milestone at the global box office, according to The Wrap.
The Rob Marshall-directed musical “Into the Woods” and the Angelina Jolie-directed biopic “Unbroken” finished second and third, earning $19 million and $18.3 million respectively, each in their second week.
“The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death” was the only new challenger at the box office, finishing in fourth place with a $15.1 million debut. The horror sequel had a strong showing despite the absence of Daniel Radcliffe, the star of the first film.
Even though “The Interview” opened in more theaters this weekend — now showing on 581 screens versus last week’s 331 — it has dropped off by more than 40 percent according to The Hollywood Reporter, grossing a total $4.8 million during its limited theatrical run.
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