U.K. Box Office: The Hobbit Fends Off Moses to Retain Crown

December 31, 2014 8:39 AM

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U.K. Box Office: The Hobbit Fends Off Moses to Retain Crown

Ridley Scott’s biblical beard-fest Exodus: Gods and Kings splashed down in second place behind the final chapter of the Tolkien trilogy, taking $4 million, according to figures released Tuesday by Rentrak. Adding another $6.6 million in its third week at the top, Peter Jackson’s last trip to Middle-earth saw its total earnings so far hit $44.7 million, with a top five positioning in the year’s overall chart thrown into the mix as well.

Proving that he’s got some decent grips on those bear-like paws of his, Paddington slipped just one spot to third. The year’s surprise U.K. hit added another $4 million after five impressive – and unexpected – weeks in the top three, bringing its total haul to $37.3 million, by far and away distribu...

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