The third Hobbit rationalized its strained existence again at the box office over the weekend, but really, the bigger success story may have happened outside theaters. While earning just under $2 million in 331 theaters, The Interview ended up bringing in another $15 million in its video on-demand debut, nearly bringing the film to the $20 million it was originally projected to make in the first place. Turns out simultaneous digital release is viable. Just so long as the film somehow first becomes an unlikely anti-terrorist symbol of free speech.
Here's the weekend top five:
1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - $41.2 million
2. Unbroken - $31.7 million
3. Into the Woods - $31 million
4. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb - $20.6 million
5. Annie - $16.6 million
Weekend Box Office Results [Box Office Mojo]