Audiences dove back into Middle Earth in the new year. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies topped the box office for the third weekend in a row with a $21.9 million gross. The film, a prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has a domestic total of $220.8 million.
Coming in second place was Disney’s film adaptation of the musical Into the Woods, starring Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, bringing in an additional $19.1 million.
The Angelina Jolie-directed war film Unbroken, which grossed $18.4 million for a domestic total of $87.8 million, followed closely behind in third place.
Rounding out the top five were Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death and Ben Stiller‘s Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb sequel, which brought in $15.1 million and $14.5 million, respectively.
Meanwhile, the controversial Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy, The Interview, dropped more than 40 percent to earn $1.1 million in its second weekend in theaters.
Next weekend, Golden Globe-nominated Selma expands to more screens and Taken 3 will attempt to take The Hobbit out of first place.
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