New Zealand Herald - Monday Dec 24, 2012
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey took in $NZ44.6 million to stay number one in North America, easily beating a rush of top-name holiday newcomers.
The film raised its US domestic total to $182 million after 10 days.
It also took in $110 million overseas to bring its international total to $345 million and its total earnings to $527 million.
The Hobbit took a steep 57 per cent drop from its US domestic $103 million opening weekend, but business was soft in general as many people skipped movies in favour of last-minute Christmas preparations.
Tom Cruise's action thriller Jack Reacher debuted in second place with a modest $18.9 million debut, according to studio estimates.
Based on the Lee Child best-seller One Shot, the Paramount Pictures release stars Cruise as a lone-wolf ex-military investigator tracking a sniper conspiracy.