“The Hobbit” Crosses $500 Million, Fights Back Against “Les Mis”

By Kirsten Anderson Box Office

"The Hobbit" engages in a box office battle.

It’s rare to do box office updates in midweek, but this is an unusual week.

We have two bits of news about “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

  • The first in what will be a very long trilogy has already crossed the $500 million mark worldwide. Domestically it’s earned $190 million, including Thursday’s showings, and internationally it has earned $344 million, but that’s only through Wednesday, so maybe it might be over $550 million by now. Good job, very long movie!
  • Also, after “Les Miserables” led the box office with its smash opening on Christmas Day, followed by a lead on Wednesday, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” squeaked back ahead with $10.6 million to “Les Mis’s” (that looks terrible) $9.4 million. So add in another strong showing for “Django Unchained” and the battle of very long movies is ON this weekend
  • And in a curiosity, Bette Midler and Billy Crystal are beating Tom Cruise: on Thursday “Parental Guidance” earned $4.4 million to “Jack Reacher’s” $3.8 million.

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