Box Office: 'Hobbit' Battles Toward $80 Million, 'Annie' Prospects Upbeat Friday

December 20, 2014 12:47 AM

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Box Office: 'Hobbit' Battles Toward $80 Million, 'Annie' Prospects Upbeat Friday

The final installment in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy should earn another $15 million Friday, adding to its current domestic total of $34.4 million. (The film opened Wednesday.) While tracking originally had the film earning around $75 million in its debut, the New Line and MGM film is now on track to earn closer to $80 million for its five days, as it seems fans are turning out in strong numbers for their last visit to Middle-earth.

Also doing stronger-than-expected business this weekend is Sony's remake Annie. Friday business during the day has been strong, partly due to schoolchildren trekking to theaters to see the family film starring Quvenzhane Wallis. It's a rare bit of good news for Sony, which is still reeling from the ...

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