Crowds Love Jack Reacher, But Hobbit Still Wins
Judd Apatow's 'This Is 40' takes 3rd at weekend box office
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2012 1:42 PM CST
This publicity film image released by Universal Pictures shows, from left, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in a scene from the film, "This is 40."   (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Suzanne Hanover)

(Newser) – Christmas weekend is weird for Hollywood because movies often gain traction as the holiday week goes on, the New York Times reports. Still, the box office looks plausible enough: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey held onto first with $36.7 million, ahead of Jack Reacher ($15.6 million) and Judd Apatow's This Is 40 ($12 million). Reacher received an A-minus exit-poll score and This Is 40 a B-minus, which could predict future sales. Rise of the Guardians took fourth with $5.9 million and Lincoln fifth with $5.6 million, bringing its seven-week gross to $116.8 million.

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