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

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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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