Still King: "The Hobbit' Beats Streisand, Cruise at Box-Office 


Both Barbra Streisand and Tom Cruise have no powers over little Bilbo Baggins.

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" remains on top as the No. 1 movie in America with $36.7 million. Sure, the Peter Jackson movie based on J.R.R. Tolkien's novel dropped a steep 57 percent, but still held the crown.

Meanwhile, low expectations for Tom Cruise's "Jack Reacher" yielded a modest $15.6 million opening. Based on Lee Child's "One Shot," the Paramount film needed a strong word of mouth to keep it rolling past the Holidays.

At No. 3 was Judd Apatow's "This is 40," a quasi-sequel to "Knocked Up." Starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, "This is 40" opened with $12 million.

The certifiable flop of the week is Paramount's "The Guilt Trip" starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand. The mother-son road trip film debuted at No. 6 with $5.4 million, yikes!

In limited release was Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar bait "Zero Dark Thirty" about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. In just five theaters, the movie opened with $410,000 averaging $82,000 per cinema.

We'll see if Bilbo can still claim the box-office crown when "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained" open Christmas Day.

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office films for weekend of Dec. 21:

1. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," $36.7 million ($91 million international).

2. "Jack Reacher," $15.6 million ($2.5 million international).

3. "This Is 40," $12 million.

4. "Rise of the Guardians," $5.9 million ($13.7 million international).

5. "Lincoln," $5.6 million.

6. "The Guilt Trip," $5.4 million.

7. "Monsters, Inc." in 3-D, $5 million.

8. "Skyfall," $4.7 million ($9 million international).

9. "Life of Pi," $3.8 million ($23.2 million international).

10. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2," $2.6 million ($6.6 million international).

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