Surprisingly with the release of the Golden Globe nominated films “Les Miserables” and “Django Unchained,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was able to keep top of the box office a third week in a row with $32.9 million over the weekend. Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” took second place with $30.7 million and the musical “Les Miserables” a close third with 28 million. The comedy starring Bette Midler and Billy Crystal debuted at fourth place with $14.8 million and Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher” held on in the top five, coming in at fifth place with $14 million.
With next week being the first week in 2013, watch for the top five films to remain the same and even a possibility of “Lincoln” or “Skyfall” to make a resurgence. January is notoriously known as the month the studios dump their worst films into theaters. My suggestion, look over my Golden Globe nomination article and pick a film from this list. Some, like “The Deep Blue Sea,” that Rachel Weisz has a Golden Globe nomination, are already available to rent via the streaming on Vudu.
This last week the top films at the box office according to imdb.com were:
1. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”……………$32.9 million
2. “Django Unchained”……………………$30.7 million
3. “Les Miserables”……………………….$28 million
4. “Parental Guidance”…………………..$14.8 million
5. “Jack Reacher”………………………..$14 million
Opening this Friday, January 4 (click for show time information):
1. “Texas Chainsaw 3D” starring Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood, Trey Songz
2. “A Dark Truth” starring Andy Garcia, Kim Coates, Deborah Kara Unger, Forest Whitaker
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Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cell phones & no texting, please don’t talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don’t forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged.
-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com