Pre-Holiday Box Office: 'Jack Reacher' Best of So-So New Openers

Pre-Holiday Box Office: 'Jack Reacher' Best of So-So New Openers
Warning signs for this year's year-end box office prospects appeared in Friday's numbers. Even though pre-Christmas Friday was two days earlier this year (generally the closer the day is to the holiday, the fewer people are going to movies), the take for the Top Ten was only $28 million yesterday, compared to $37 million on the same Friday last year. That's despite the #1 film for the day - "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (Warner Brothers) - grossing more (because of 3-D and other surcharges) than last year's "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," also in its second week. But while "The Hobbit" was tops for the day, the prequel dropped a staggering $26 million from its opening day. Even with the $13-million midnight first show grosses removed, it still dropped nearly 60% - not a good sign for a film that, while its Us and international take already is impressive (over $300 million), doesn't look certain to
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