Cartoons at the box office: “The Hobbit” dominates the final weekend of 2014

The final weekend of 2014 saw “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” once again top the box office. The film earned $41.4 million (-24.3% from last weekend), bringing its domestic total to $168.5 million. Its international total is $405.1 million, for a global total of $573.6 million.

Elsewhere, “Into the Woods” came in third place, earning $31 million. Its totals to date stand at $46.1 million domestic and $2.7 million overseas, for a global total of $48.8 million.

“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” dropped to fourth place, earning $20.6 million (+20.5%). So far, it’s earned $55.3 million domestically, $47.8 million overseas, and $103.1 million globally.

“Annie” came in fifth place, but like “Night at the Museum” also saw an increase in its box office from last weekend, presumably from the Christmas holiday weekend. “Annie” earned $16.6 million (+4.7%), with a total box office to date of $45.8 million.

In sixth place is “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1.” It earned $10 million (+26.9%), for a total of $306.7 million domestically, $363 million overseas, and $669.7 million globally.

Rising to eighth place (with an expansion of theaters) is the biopic “The Imitation Game,” about the life of British World War II code expert Alan Turing, who was later prosecuted for being gay. The film earned $7.9 million (+823.6%); its totals stand at $14.6 million domestic, $19.4 million overseas, and $34.1 million globally.

Dropping from the top 10 are “Big Hero 6” and “Penguins of Madagascar.” “Big Hero 6″‘s totals stand at $199.9 million domestically, $120.9 million overseas, and $320.8 million globally. “Penguins” stands at $70 million domestic, $159.6 million overseas, and $229.6 million globally. While “Big Hero 6″‘s box office rose this weekend 33.3%, “Penguins” dropped 6.5%. Of course, “Penguins” should continue to earn plenty overseas.

Controversial film “The Interview” was finally released to a handful of independent theaters, as well as on digital video services such as Google Play. The film to date has earned $2.8 million at 331 theaters. This weekend, “The Interview” earned $1.8 million, coming in 16th place, below “Big Hero 6″/”Penguins.” It’s also earned $15 million from digital video service sales/rentals.

That finishes up 2014 at the box office. 2015 will open to only one new film next weekend: horror film “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death.”

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