‘Hobbit’ Fends Off ‘Unbroken’ and Other Rivals with $51 Million at Box Office

December 28, 2014 5:32 PM

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‘Hobbit’ Fends Off ‘Unbroken’ and Other Rivals with $51 Million at Box Office

The third “Hobbit” movie stayed on the top of the box office again on what turned out to be a healthy holiday for Hollywood, with the historical drama “Unbroken” and musical “Into the Woods” both posting strong openings while “The Gambler” and “Big Eyes” fizzled.

And in its unprecedented limited theatrical release alongside a digital one, “The Interview” turned out to be more of a curiosity than a phenomenon, grossing a modest $2.8 million between Thursday and Sunday. Given that it played in only 331 theaters — compared with more than 2,000 for most new movi...

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