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

(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.

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.
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)
This undated publicity photo released by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Tom Cruise as Reacher and Robert Duvall as Cash in the film, Jack Reacher.
This undated publicity photo released by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Tom Cruise as Reacher and Robert Duvall as Cash in the film, "Jack Reacher."   (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Karen Ballard)
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