Belfast Telegraph

Hobbit rules them all at box office

Peter Jackson's Hobbit finale has gone out on top at the US box office, debuting with 56.2 million dollars (£36 million) over the weekend and taking in 90.6 million dollars (£58 million) since opening, according to studio estimates.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies cut its usual swath through the multiplexes, dominating the pre-Christmas frame. Though the weakest opening of Jackson's six JRR Tolkien adventures, the film was still one of the season's biggest releases.

Opening in a distant second place was Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, another final instalment. The Fox comedy took in 17.3 million dollars (£11 million), well off the pace of previous franchise entries.

Sony, which is reeling from its cancellation of The Interview amid hacking attacks, unveiled its other holiday option. The studio's Annie remake opened with 16.3 million dollars (£10.4 million).

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