‘The Hobbit’ Holds Off ‘Frozen’ To Top Box Office, ‘47 Ronin’ Tumbles
According to Box Office Mojo’s estimates, The Hobbit made $29.8 million over the weekend, inching above Frozen’s $28.8 million. Frozen made $11 million more than it did last week in a rare box office bounce-back.
The Wolf of Wall Street opened at number 5 with $18.5 million, although it made an impressive $9 million on Christmas Day. Other new releases include The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which made $13 million; 47 Ronin, which made $9.8 million; and Grudge Match, which made 47.3 million.
47 Ronin’s paltry 9th place debut appears to be the final chapter in a troubled film. Originally slated for a 2012 release, expensive reshoots and Keanu Reeves’ directorial duties for Man of Tai Chi delayed the film an entire year.
Director Carl Rinsch was given a $170 million for his Hollywood debut; it is reported that figure ballooned over $200 million due to the reshoots. Reports also claim Rinsch was booted from editing duties and Universal had an in-house team take over to give Reeves a larger role and a love interest. The Hollywood Reporter says Universal will probably take a $175 million loss on the film.
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