Cartoons at the box office: “The Hobbit” opens 2015 in first place

The first box office of the new year sees “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” remain in first place, easily fending off the only new film opening this weekend, horror film “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death” (it opened with $15.1 million in fourth place.) “The Hobbit” earned $21.9 million (-46.5% from last weekend); to date, it’s earned $220.8 million domestically, $457.8 million overseas, and $678.6 million globally.

In second place is “Into the Woods,” which earned $19.1 million (-38.6%). So far, it’s earned $91.2 million domestically and $5.8 million overseas, or $97 million globally, almost twice its $50 million budget.

In fifth place is “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” which earned $14.5 million (-28.5%). So far, it’s earned $89.7 million domestically, $47.8 million overseas, and $137.5 million globally.

In sixth place is “Annie,” which pulled in another $11.4 million. The film’s earned $11.4 million (-30.9%); its totals stand at $72.6 million domestically and $8.2 million overseas, for a global total of $80.8 million.

In eighth place is “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,” earning $7.7 million (-23.5%). Its totals stand at $323.9 million domestic, $371.6 million overseas, and $695.5 million globally.

“Big Hero 6” rose back up to tenth place, earning $4.8 million (-3.8%). It’s earned $211.3 million domestically, $167.4 million overseas, and $378.7 million globally. I’ll note that “Penguins of Madagascar””s overseas total is currently at $159.6 million, almost matching “Big Hero 6″‘s, and should surpass it soon, since overseas audiences are nuts about “Madagascar.”

“Exodus: Gods and Kings” finally fell out of the top 10, with totals at $61.2 million domestically and $96.3 million overseas, affirming it as a flop. Maybe the next Biblical Hollywood film will actually reflect more diversity in casting, though per the leaked Sony emails, given the type of people¬†in charge in Hollywood, that’s an iffy proposition.

Opening next weekend should be 2015’s first successful film, the Liam Neeson action film sequel “Taken 3.”

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