By McKinley Noble | 01-01-2013 | 6:00AM
Despite extreme competition from just about every conceivable film genre, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey managed to win the holiday month of December 2012, closing out the year as Hollywood's top movie.
Box office reports cite that The Hobbit may even be on track to surpass a $300 million gross in North America, while worldwide it's currently standing at a very healthy $685 million.
But focusing on a much smaller scale, here's how the top five films of "Christmas Week" stacked up against each other at year's end in the U.S. market:
- The Hobbit — $31.96 million
- Django Unchained — $30.1 million
- Les Miserables — $27.3 million
- Parental Guidance — $14.55 million
- Jack Reacher — $14 million
Looking at the entire month of December as a whole, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was far and away the clear winner in the domestic market with a $221.7 million haul since its debut on December 14th.
By contrast, the next biggest performers last month were Django Unchained and Les Miserables. Both films hit the $60 million range to close out December, and all three films are looking towards Academy Award nominations that should send a few more viewers to theaters before the movies run their course.