"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" fought its way to a consecutive first-place finish at the box office this weekend, battling the Christmas debuts of the Angelina Jolie-directed "Unbroken" and the Disney musical "Into The Woods." The final box office of the weekend ended on a a strong note, according to Box Office Mojo.
The final "Hobbit" has film earned an estimated $54.5 million since Christmas -- $41.4 million of that over the weekend -- bringing its total domestic gross up to $168 million. Peter Jackson's final film set in Middle Earth has now earned a reported $573.6 million worldwide, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In second place, "Unbroken," the true story of WWII hero Louis Zamperini, earned $31.7 on the weekend and $47.3 million since its Thursday debut. "Into The Woods," starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp, finished third with $31 million on the weekend and an estimated $46.1 million domestic haul since opening on Christmas Day.
The controversial Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy was first slated to open in over 3,000 theaters before the film was pulled from major theater chains after threats of a terrorist act. While Sony announced it would shelf the comedy, the studio had a change of mind in the lead-up to Christmas. The film has also been released on several streaming and on-demand services.