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Box office update: 'The Hobbit' plummets to $10.2M on Friday, but easily leads 'Jack Reacher' and 'This is 40'

Sure, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey set a December record last weekend when it opened with $84.5 million, but after eight days in theaters, it’s now clear that the Lord of the Rings prequel is running well behind the final LOTR film, The Return of the King, which earned $377.8 in 2003 — without 3D and IMAX surcharges.

The Hobbit dropped by a huge 73 percent from its first Friday to $10.2 million yesterday, which puts it on pace for a $33 million weekend. That would give The Hobbit a running total of about $147 million by Sunday, its tenth day of release. The Return of the King had earned $190.8 million after 10 days in theaters, and it was only about halfway to its final total, but The Hobbit is falling much faster, and it will need to hold up remarkably well over the holiday to have a shot at $300 million domestically. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Jack Reacher' leads new releases, but can't compete with 'The Hobbit'


Whether or not the world ends tomorrow, things are looking pretty dire for the four new wide releases entering theaters this weekend: Jack Reacher, This is 40, The Guilt Trip, and Monsters Inc. 3D. Of course, December movies need not earn gargantuan grosses on their debut weekends to eventually end up with respectable totals. In 2010, Yogi Bear opened with a weak $16.4 million, but thanks to easy accessibility over the holiday season, when kids are out of school and adults off of work, the film eventually topped out at $100.2 million.

Studios will be hoping for similar endurance from this week’s crop of newcomers — none of them are tracking particularly well, and all of them will likely be crushed by the second weekend of The Hobbit. Here’s how I think the box office might shake out over the Friday-to-Sunday period:

1. The Hobbit – $37 million

The Warner Bros. release has earned $106.5 million in its first six days (for reference, The Return of the King had earned $137.6 million in the same period of time), and it will likely drop by about 55 percent this weekend to $37 million, which would lift its total to about $150 million after ten days. READ FULL STORY

'Monsters University': Billy Crystal explains the prequel's 'Revenge of the Nerds' connection

We already know from the four trailers released in June that Pixar’s upcoming prequel Monsters University will explore the college years of Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) — and all the hard partying, pranking, and perhaps even studying (yeah, right) that went on as the friends prepared to be professional scream-catchers. But when EW recently caught up with Crystal to talk about his upcoming babysitting comedy Parental Guidance (due Dec. 25), the seasoned Oscar host was feeling so excited about the progress being made on Monsters University, he shed light on a few more details of the otherwise unknown story. (Minor SPOILERS ahead.)  READ FULL STORY

Hunting for Easter eggs in Pixar's 'Brave'

Image credit: Pixar

Pixar animators are renowned for their attention to detail. Like all of its predecessors, the studio’s latest gem, Brave, features obscure objects from other Pixar features. These hidden ”Easter eggs” transform movie watching into a round of Where’s Waldo.

In one particular scene in Brave (in the photo above), the witch, who specializes in carving wooden bear figurines, whittles a miniature replica of the Pizza Planet delivery truck that has appeared in almost every Pixar feature film since 1995’s Toy Story.

Image credit: Pixar

An engraving of Sulley from Monsters, Inc. also appears on a slab of wood in the witch’s home (photo above).

Did you see any other Easter eggs in the film? Let us know in the comments section below.

Read more:
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Could the heroine of Pixar’s ‘Brave’ be gay? (Warning: Spoilers!)

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