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Box-office report: 'Taken 3' takes the cake

While forecasts predicted Taken 3 would have a similar opening to the first in the trilogy, the Liam Neeson-led action flick went above and beyond that by bringing in an estimated $40.4 million this weekend—a number closer to Taken 2′s $49.5 million opening than Taken‘s $24.7 million.

This number proves the power of a good old-fashioned action movie, a type of film that’s been absent from theaters in favor of Oscar bait as of late. And it proves the power of Neeson, an actor with definite pull—especially when it comes to this genre: He led both the previous Taken films, as well as last year’s Non-Stop, which brought in $222.8 million worldwide.

None of the weekend’s other films were able to match even a third of Taken 3‘s take: The next highest grossing film was Selma, which expanded to over 2,000 locations this weekend, with $11.2 million. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'The Hobbit' wins again

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the victor of the holiday season box office: The film has nabbed the No. 1 spot for three weekends in a row.

The Hobbit is following in the footsteps of its predecessors — both movies also spent three consecutive weeks as the box office winner — but its numbers aren’t as impressive. While An Unexpected Journey made $31.9 million its third weekend and The Desolation of Smaug $29 million, The Battle of the Five Armies made $21.9 million.

Though a third-weekend total of $21.9 million isn’t disappointing by most standards — Unbroken and Into the Woods didn’t even reach the $20 million mark in their second weekends — it does show that the appetite for The Hobbit has weakened, however slightly, over time. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'The Hobbit' continues its strong run, 'Woman in Black 2' debuts

December was full of wide releases, from family-friendly films like Annie to darker fantasies like The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies—but in the first weekend of the new year, there’s only one huge release: The Woman in Black 2, the sequel to 2012’s horror starring Daniel Radcliffe, is opening in about 2,600 locations.

The first Woman in Black made $20.8 million its debut weekend in February 2012—much more than expected—and it went on to make $54.3 million total in the U.S. While these numbers could indicate the film’s sequel will have a similarly successful debut weekend, the movie also has some factors working against it, including its cast: Radcliffe was a big draw with the first one, especially since The Woman in Black came out just a year after the Harry Potter film series ended, when audiences were extra invested in the actor—but the follow-up doesn’t feature any recognizable stars.

It’s also arriving in theaters at a time when audiences still have multiple new, much-hyped films to see, such as Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and the musical Into the Woods—and when Night at the Museum and Annie are holding onto their spots in the top five thanks to moviegoers looking for PG-rated options. But there’s hope The Woman in Black 2 could crack the top five. Here’s how it could play out:


Box office report: 'The Hobbit,' 'Unbroken' beat 'Into the Woods'

Betting against Disney is usually a bad idea, but not this time: Into the Woods opened this weekend and came in third at the box office behind The Hobbit and Unbroken.

But just because Into the Woods didn’t top the box office doesn’t mean it bombed. The film grossed $15.1 million Christmas day, meaning it had the fourth largest Christmas day opening gross in history behind 2009’s Sherlock Holmes, 2012’s Les Miserables, and this year’s Unbroken. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'The Interview' eyes strong limited release, 'Into the Woods' opens


After dozens of leaked emails, one scary threat, and some flip-flopping later, it’s official: The Interview isn’t opening wide on Christmas day as planned, but it will be available in more than 200 locations across the country. (You can see the full list here.)

The Interview will likely bring in strong numbers due to the overwhelming amount of controversy surrounding the film in recent days. Tickets are already selling fast, and people will go see it not just because it’s a comedy they’re interested in but because going to the theater to see it is a statement.

But because it is only opening in a limited number of locationsmore than 200 as of nowThe Interview won’t have a chance to make a big dent in the box officeor to get a spot in the top five. These spots are reserved for Into the Woods, Unbroken, andmaybeThe Gambler. All three are opening in at least 2,000 theaters Christmas day, and all but one (sorry, Gambler) have great chances of dominating the weekend box office.

But they still have some solid competition in the form of some older films: The Hobbit came out last weekend and grossed $54.7 million from Friday to Sunday, a total that won’t likely drop any more than 50 percentif even that. Annie and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb also arrived in theaters last weekend and made about $16 million each, but Night at the Museum is more likely to stay ahead this weekend thanks to families who want to use the time off to head to the moviesand whose kids aren’t thrilled by the idea of a light musical (Annie) or a darker one (Into the Woods). READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'The Hobbit' wins the weekend's battle

Although there were three huge wide releases in theaters this weekend, the third and final Hobbit beat them all by a landslide. The Peter Jackson film brought in $56.2 million over the weekend (and $90.6 million since its Wednesday opening), while Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie — all films showing in more than 3,000 locations — made almost $40 million less.

This is a win at the weekend box office, but compared to the rest of the Hobbit films, The Battle of the Five Armies didn’t fare as well: The first film in the trilogy made $84.6 million its opening weekend while the second took in $73.6 million.

Box office preview: 'The Hobbit,' 'Annie,' and 'Night at the Museum' arrive

It’s the battle of the three wide releases at this weekend’s box office: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and Annie are all opening in at least 3,000 theaters each.

These huge releases will kick some of the top five mainstays, like The Hunger Games and Penguins of Madagascar, down on the list, and will kick off what’s likely to be a successful couple weeks at the box office: Unbroken, The Gambler, and Into the Woodsall films opening in at least 2,000 theaters eachare all opening Christmas week.

While Night at the Museum and Annie open Friday, The Hobbit already started arriving in theaters Wednesday and has made $24.5 million domestically.

As for smaller releases, Wild is expanding into over 1,000 theaters this weekenough to earn it a place closer to the top five, but not quite enough to earn it a place in the top five. Here’s the movies that should have top five-worthy weekends though: READ FULL STORY

'The Hobbit: An exclusive look at 'The Battle of Five Armies'

Peter Jackson’s sprawling tripartite telling of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit comes to a close next week with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. As part of this week’s cover story—written by an up-and-coming freelancer named Stephen Colbert—EW got its hands on a couple of exclusive images from the third and final film.  READ FULL STORY

Bilbo risks his life to save the Dwarves in new 'Hobbit' clip

In a new clip from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Gandalf has bad news for the Dwarves. After telling Thranduil that Thorin needs to be warned before the dwarves are overrun, it seems Thranduil isn’t willing to do the warning. As he puts it, he’s done spilling Elf blood. Luckily, there’s Bilbo, who not only volunteers to make the risky journey, but denies Gandalf’s pleas to rethink his decision.


See the exclusive music video for 'The Hobbit's 'Last Goodbye,' with Billy Boyd and goosebumps aplenty


When it came to finally bid farewell to Middle-earth after 16 years and six epic films, Peter Jackson gave the last word to one of the original members of the Fellowship. Billy Boyd, who portrayed loyal hobbit Pippin in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, collaborated with Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens to write “The Last Goodbye,” the song that will play over the credits when The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens on Dec. 17.

“We had to get the song just right, to send the audience out of the movie theater in the most perfect way we could,” says Boyd, in an e-mail. “But I don’t think it was until I was sitting on the long flight down to New Zealand that I started to really think about what the song would be. Luckily all the Middle-earth movies were on the flight so I could remind myself of them as I flew south.”

If you thought the ballad stirred some powerful goosebump emotions when it debuted online last week, you haven’t got a prayer this morning. EW has the exclusive music video for the franchise-capping song, and it includes Boyd’s performance, mixed with classic scenes from the series and touching behind-the-scenes footage of your favorite characters. This is the moment when you suddenly panic that the amazing journey is really coming to an end.   READ FULL STORY

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