'Hobbit' finale conquers box office for third week

January 4, 2015 4:53 PM

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The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies vanquished the competition for a third straight week with $21.9 million, according to studio estimates from Rentrak. Since opening Dec. 17, the final installment in the blockbuster fantasy trilogy has earned $220.8 million.

Despite earning mixed reviews – 61% critics' approval on RottenTomatoes.com, and a more positive 78% from audiences – Battle is yet another high-grossing entry in Peter Jackson's Hobbit franchise, following the $303 million tally of 2012's An Unexpected Journey, and last year's The Desolation of Sma...

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