Showing some staying-power, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is once again on track to take the top spot at the box office for the weekend of December 21-23, 2012.
The Peter Jackson-directed tale of Bilbo Baggins earned a Friday total of $10.5 million, and enjoyed a $36.7 million weekend.
The newly released “Jack Reacher” grabbed $5.7 million in Friday sales to take the second slot. The Tom Cruise thriller took in a respectable $15.6 million for its first weekend in theaters.
Rounding out the box office in weekend earnings are Universal’s “This is 40” ($12 million) in third, followed by Dreamworks Animation’s “Rise of the Guardians” ($7 million) in fourth, and the historical drama Lincoln ($5.8 million) in fifth.