The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey spends Christmas atop the UK box office chart

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd December 2012…

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Journey retained the UK box office crown, pulling in just under £6 million in its second weekend to spend the Christmas period proudly sitting at the top of the chart. The biggest challenge to The Hobbit’s dominance came from Ang Lee’s acclaimed fantasy adventure Life of Pi, which debuted in second place with £3,610,604 (including an extra day of preview screenings) to knock festive offerings Rise of the Guardians and Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger down one place apiece to third and fourth.

Musical comedy Pitch Perfect banked a decent £952,107 from its opening weekend to debut in fifth place, while Skyfall slips out of the top half of the chart for the first time in its 9 week run, banking £554k to edge ever-closer to the magical £100 million mark here in the UK. Disney animation Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings fell two spots to seventh ahead of the newly-released Bollywood action sequel Dabangg 2, which amassed an opening weekend of £341,619, with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 and Seven Psychopaths dropping three places each to fill out the chart in ninth and tenth respectively.

Number one this time last year: Arthur Christmas

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – £5,979,241 (2 weeks)
2. Life of Pi – £3,610,604 (New)
3. Rise of the Guardians – £1,221,504 (4 weeks)
4. Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger – £1,188,380 (5 weeks)
5. Pitch Perfect – £952,107 (New)
6. Skyfall - £554,958 (9 weeks)
7. Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings – £469,630 (2 weeks)
8. Dabangg 2 – £341,619 (New)
9. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 – £167,952 (6 weeks)
10. Seven Psychopaths – £167,952 (3 weeks)

Incoming…

Boxing Day saw several new films entering the UK marketplace, including the Tom Cruise action thriller Jack Reacher (cert. 12A) [read our review here], Colin Trevorrow’s sci-fi comedy Safety Not Guaranteed (cert.15) [read our review here] and family comedy Parental Guidance (cert. U, strangely enough), along with limited releases for Grabbers (cert. 15), Midnight’s Children (cert. 12A) [read our review here] and Zaytoun (cert. 15) [read our review here]. And if none of those takes your fancy, then New Year’s Day sees the arrival of The Impossible (cert. 12A), Playing for Keeps (cert. 12A) and Quartet (cert. 12A).

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