Once again “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” took first place at the box office this past weekend, adding $54.5 mn to its kitty, making it a total of about $170 mn from its United States and Canadafilm market alone. Directed by Peter Jackson, the film is based on the story by J.R.R. Tolkien. Rounding the top three spots were Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”. Both these movies brought in a haul of $47.3 mn and $46.1 mn, respectively during the holiday week.

Satisfactory performance from the controversial “The Interview”!

Besides these three films, moviegoers lined up outside independent theaters to watch the Sony comedy, “The Interview.” Releasedin about 331 theaters as well as online, the James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy collected $2.8 mn from theaters and over $15 mn from online sales. Sony Pictures revealed that according to figures available till Saturday, the film wasborrowed or purchased online over two million times.On the whole, analysts and trade specialists predict that the year will end with industry box office earnings in the range of $10.4 bn-$10.5 bn.

A Disney musical and a biopic make up the top three spots!

Receiving mixed reviews from film critics, the biopic on Louis Zamperini, “Unbroken” performed splendidly and finished second, outpacing other entrants. The film cost about $65mn to make, andwas expected to earn about $20 mn on its debut. The Disney musical “Into the Woods” finished third and receiving good reviews on the whole and scored three Golden Globes nominations. With Rob Marshall at the helm, the Disney musical – a modern take on a number of fairy tales – features stars like Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep and Chris Pine.