'Hobbit' stays strong at top of weekend box office
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," $36.7 million ($91 million international). (Review by The News-Herald's Mark Meszoros: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' has familiar ring to it)
2. "Jack Reacher," $15.6 million ($2.5 million international). (Review by The AP's Christy Lemire: In twisty thriller 'Reacher,' Tom Cruise oozes low-key charisma)
3. "This Is 40," $12 million. (Review by Lemire: Apatow's latest comedy, 'This Is 40,' shows growth, reunited Rudd, Mann)
4. "Rise of the Guardians," $5.9 million ($13.7 million international). (Review by The AP's Todd McCarthy: Animated 'Rise of the Guardians' overly busy, should appeal to kids)
5. "Lincoln," $5.6 million. (Review by Meszoros: 'Lincoln,' powered by Daniel Day-Lewis' portrayal, engrossingly brings to life crucial bit of presidential history)
6. "The Guilt Trip," $5.4 million. (Review by McCarthy: ‘Guilt Trip’ a flick only a mother (or Streisand fan) could love)
7. "Monsters, Inc." in 3-D, $5 million.
8. "Skyfall," $4.7 million ($9 million international). (Review by Meszoros: New Bond film 'Skyfall' almost lives up to all that buzz)
9. "Life of Pi," $3.8 million ($23.2 million international). (Review by The AP's David Germain: Ang Lee's 'Life of Pi' is inspiring 3-D art)
10. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2," $2.6 million ($6.6 million international). (Review by Meszoros: 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,' although still painful for non Twi-hards, has welcome sense of humor)
-- Cheryl Sadler | CSadler@News-Herald.com | @nhcheryl