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Final Hobbit Goes Out With $56.2M Win

It's Peter Jackson's final visit to Middle Earth
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 21, 2014 1:11 PM CST

(Newser) – Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" finale went out on top at the box office, debuting with $56.2 million over the weekend and taking in $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates today. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies cut its usual swath through the multiplexes, dominating the pre-Christmas frame. Though the weakest opening of Jackson's six JRR Tolkien adventures, the film was still one of the season's biggest releases. Opening in a distant second place was Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, another final installment. The Fox comedy took in $17.3 million, well off the pace of previous franchise entries.

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Sony, which is reeling from its cancellation of The Interview amid hacking attacks, unveiled its other holiday option. The studio's Annie remake opened with $16.3 million. "“There have been six visits to Middle Earth and this is the final one and it became so important for people to come out to see this in a big way," a Warner Bros. exec tells Variety. "The action was there and Peter made a fabulous movie.” (Read more The Hobbit stories.)

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