After a decent opening, the big-budget film has proved to have legs with moviegoers: Domestically, “The Hobbit” has collected $222.7 million; abroad, it has grossed $464 million.
Quentin Tarantino's slavery tale “Django Unchained,” meanwhile, lassoed the runner-up spot, as the violent R-rated flick took in $30.7 million. Since debuting Tuesday, the movie has made a strong $64 million.
“Les Miserables,” a star-studded adaptation of the classic Broadway musical, sold $28 million worth of tickets this past weekend, raising its six-day total to $67.5 million.
Even the critically lambasted family comedy “Parental Guidance” did solid business. Though its weekend take of $14.8 million wasn't especially impressive, the film starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler has now made $29.6 million — far more than pre-release audience polling suggested it would gross.
Focus Features, meanwhile, debuted its environmental drama “Promised Land” in 25 theaters. The movie, co-written by and starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski, took in only a weak $72,047, amounting to a disappointing $2,882 per-theater average. The $16 million film, about a small town weighing whether to allow hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to extract underground natural gas, will expand to about 1,500 locations next weekend.
Overall, ticket sales were up 20 percent compared with the final three-day period in 2011, according to Hollywood.com.