The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey held off an onslaught of new films to retain the top spot at the box office. In its second week of release, the Peter Jackson directed prequel to The Lord of the Rings series pulled in over $36 million to stay number one. Last week’s number two film, Rise of the Guardians, dropped to number four, but had a strong showing of nearly $6 million, a slight drop of only 17.4% from last week’s haul.
The wave of new films all under performed at the box office. Jack Reacher, the winter Tom Cruise vehicle, finished a distant second to The Hobbit with $15.6 million. Judd Apatow‘s This Is 40 finished in third with just over $12 million. The Barbra Streisand/Seth Rogen comedy, The Guilt Trip, grossed nearly $5.4 million to finish in sixth, and the re-release of Monsters, Inc. in 3D grossed just over $5 million to finish in seventh.
Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln rounded out the top five with over $5.6 million in its seventh week of release. Lincoln has brought its total U.S. box office gross to over $116 million and continues to steadily perform week in and week out.