“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” will have earned over $90 million by midnight Sunday, according to tracking estimates. It opened Wed., and is expected to pick up $56 million this weekend alone.
That’s good, but not spectacular. Let’s face it, your average spring, summer or fall comic book blockbuster is managing $80 million on its opening weekend, without opening on Wed. But “Hobbit” should make a bundle for a few weeks, as families, fanboys included, are off for the holidays next week.
“Annie” is opening rather weakly for a movie shot in New York with the talent signed on for this musical re-imagining of the Depression Era musical. Reviews, early on, were withering, but moderated somewhat once we got past the pack mentality of the New York critics. $16 million, not great.
“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” probably split the kiddie audience with “Annie,” and is managing $17 million or so. “Annie” is the better movie, I thought, but neither is taking the world by storm.