The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey rounded out its first week in theatres with a first place take of $6.62 million on Thursday. The Peter Jackson directed 3D fantasy film was up a solid 5 percent over Wednesday. The Hobbit was easily the week's top film with a seven-day start of $113.15 million. That places The Hobbit 10 percent ahead of the $103.27 million one-week start of 2007's I Am Legend and 8 percent behind the $123.35 million seven-day take of 2002's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, though it should be reminded that both of those films didn't have the advantage of higher priced 3D admissions. The Hobbit will hope to hold up well throughout the holiday season and is widely expected to remain in first place with absolute ease this weekend.
The Guilt Trip held steady in second place on Thursday with $1.00 million. The PG-13 rated comedy starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen was down 3 percent from Wednesday's opening day performance. The Guilt Trip has grossed $2.03 million in its first two days of release. That certainly isn't a good sign for the film heading into the weekend, though it will still have the opportunity to hold up well throughout the holidays.
Fellow new wide release Monsters, Inc. 3D was even softer on Thursday. The 3D re-issue of the 2001 computer animated Pixar film was down 9 percent and three spots from Wednesday to place in seventh with $0.71 million. Monsters, Inc. 3D has managed only $1.48 million in its first two days of release. Given its family audience Monsters, Inc. 3D could still move ahead of The Guilt Trip over the weekend, but odds are strong that the re-issue will be more front-loaded in general towards its first five days than The Guilt Trip will be.
Sony's Zero Dark Thirty remained very strong on Thursday in platform release. The Kathryn Bigelow directed awards season hopeful was down an understandable 17 percent from Wednesday's impressive start. With a two-day total of $229,012 from just 5 locations in New York and Los Angeles, Zero Dark Thirty has earned a per-location average of $45,802 in its first two days.
Also launching in platform release this week is Sony Pictures Classics' Amour. The Michael Haneke directed film has grossed $29,551 in its first two days of release from 3 locations in New York and Los Angeles. That gives Amour a solid two-day per-location average of $9,850.