17 December 2012 6:30 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

This Weekend’s Winner: No surprise that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (No. 1 with just shy of $85 million) ruled them all on its debut weekend. But what is a bit, well, unexpected, is that it didn’t do even better. This Weekend’s Loser: It’s not quite fair to call Life of Pi (No. 5 with $5.4 million, a decrease of a third of last week's audience) a loser — yet. But the hugely expensive Ang Lee film has grossed just $69.6 million here in the States, and may wind up a money loser for Fox unless international grosses end up picking up the slack. The next couple of weeks will be crucial, especially in China, where Pi has become the second U.S. film (behind the 3=D version of Titanic) to gross more in that nation than in America.How It All Went Down: Lost in all the usual box-office hyperventilating »


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