Box Office: “Hobbit” devours all, “Museum” $17, “Annie” $16

box“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.

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Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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