Weekend Box Office: The Hobbit Holds the Top Spot; Other Openers Mixed

Last-minute Christmas shopping, travelling and other holiday-related activities slowed the North American box office this weekend as Warner's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey once again held the top spo.. The Middle-earth saga easily held off the debuts of Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher, The Guilt Trip, Cirque Du Solei: Worlds Away, This Is 40 and the 3D reissue of Monsters Inc. Sony also launched its Oscar hopeful Zero Dark Thirty which had a magnificent bow on only five screens. Overall, business was down approximately 11% from last year at this time when Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows led the pack.

After setting a record last weekend with its $84 million opening, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey took an expected dip in business due to the upfront demand being satiated in its opening days. However, the drop wasn't as steep as many thought. The Peter Jackson
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