THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES HOLDS THE NUMBER ONE SPOT ON THE WEEKEND TOP TEN BOX OFFICE 1/4/15
THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES FIGHTS OFF ALL COMPETITION IN THE NEW YEAR TO RETAIN THE TOP SPOT.
1. The Hobbit: Battle of the 5 Armies Wknd/$ 21.9 Total/$ 220.8
2. Into the Woods/Disney Wknd/$ 19.1 Total/$ 91.2
3. Unbroken/Universal Wknd/$ 18.4 Total/$ 87.8
4. The Woman in Black 2/Relativity Wknd/$ 15.1 Total/$ 15.1
5. Night at the Museum: Secret… Wknd/$ 14.5 Total/$ 89.7
6. Annie/Sony Wknd/$ 11.4 Total/$ 72.6
8. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt.1 Wknd/$ 7.7 Total/$ 323.9
7. The Imitation Game/Weinstein Wknd/$ 8.1 Total/$ 30.8
9. The Gambler/Paramount Wknd/$ 6.3 Total/$ 27.6
10. Big Hero 6/Disney Wknd/$ 4.8 Total/$ 211.3
LITTLE BIG MAN
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies holds at number one and I wonder about the future of the actors who play dwarves, because honestly that’s how I see them, even though I know the actual actor, Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin, the leader and king, is 6’2”. You think he shows up for auditions and people are like, “Oh. We thought you’d be…shorter. Sorry.” Notice how the only people in the Lord of the Rings trilogy who really got boosts in their careers played regular sized people. Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom even Ian McKellan. None of The Hobbits found a lot of leading man work, much less Brian Blessed as the dwarf (he’ll always be Voltran the Hawkman who stole the Flash Gordon movie). Martin Freeman’s lucky he already had an established career before he took on the role of Bilbo or he’d be lucky to have a TV show on basic cable talking to a man in a dog suit. Sorry, Elijah.
THE POINT IS THERE IS NO POINT TO BE MADE
Into the Woods rises to number two and in this are Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep, reuniting after both being nominated for Oscars for The Devil Wears Prada. Meanwhile, their other co-star, Anne Hathaway, who wasn’t nominated actually won an Oscar for a musical. I don’t really have a point. I just thought that was interesting and a tad ironic. And this is doing relatively well. Are we really seeing a comeback of the musical? God, I hope not.