'Hobbit' & 'Jack Reacher' Lead Friday; 'This Is 40' Takes Third Place

on December 22, 2012 by Shawn Robbins

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey increased by an estimated 53.7 percent from Thursday to Friday for a $10.17 million start to the weekend. That figure marks a 73 percent drop from its opening day last week (58 percent when excluding the film's $13 million midnight haul). The eight-day domestic haul for the trilogy kick-off stands at $123.3 million. We're projecting a $34 million sophomore frame.

Paramount's Jack Reacher is off to a solid start so far. After taking in an estimated $5.1 million on Friday, we're currently projecting a $15.5 million opening for the Tom Cruise thriller. Meanwhile, The Guilt Trip isn't faring quite as well after its Wednesday debut. The comedy is on track for a $4.8 million weekend after grossing an estimated $1.5 million on Friday.

Universal reports a $3.7 million opening day for Judd Apatow's This Is 40. While the holiday season could expand its legs outward, the film is on track for a modest debut of $11.5 million this weekend.

The 3D re-release of Monsters, Inc. took in $1.39 million on Friday and has now totaled $2.876 million since opening on Wednesday. The flick is on target for a $5 million weekend. While those figures represent a noticeable decline from recent re-releases such as Finding Nemo 3D, the Christmas and New Year's holidays ahead should guarantee a decent multiplier for Monsters.

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away kicked off its limited engagement showings on Friday with an estimated $0.8 million. We're expecting a $2.3 million weekend.

In its limited debut this weekend (before going wide on January 11), Zero Dark Thirty is off to an excellent start. The Kathryn Bigelow-helmed film took in an estimated $115,000 from just 5 theaters on Friday.

Lastly, The Impossible debuted to $37,660 from 15 theaters on Friday.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

Tags: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Monsters Inc., The Guilt Trip, The Impossible, Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away

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