Box Office: ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Into the Woods,’ ‘Unbroken’ Lead Rousing End to Holiday


Led by Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, a strong slate of Christmas holdovers and new entry The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death drove revenue up more than 8 percent as the prosperous holiday season came to a close.

The spike in moviegoing is welcome news for Hollywood after an overall troubled 2014, when revenue tumbled more than 5 percent over 2013 and attendance hit a two-decade low.

New Line and MGM’s Hobbit topped the North American chart for the third consecutive weekend, earning $21.9 million to jump the $200 million mark and finish Sunday with a domestic total of $220.8 million. Overseas, the final film in the trilogy also continued to dominate as it crossed the $500 million mark, earning $52.5 million from 65 markets for a running global total of $722.9 million (it doesn’t open in China until Jan. 23).

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