The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey took the top spot at the weekend box office with $37 million in ticket sales to beat Tom Cruise and Jack Reacher.
In its second week of release, The Hobbit won the pre-Christmas weekend box office with $37 million in estimated box office receipts. In second place was the new crime drama Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise, with $17 million in sales followed by the This is 40 with Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann at $12 million in weekend box office sales.
Although The Hobbit won this weekend’s box office, the Jack Reacher debut was pushed back a week due to the tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Despite the setback, with the Tom Cruise film earning $20 million less than The Hobbit, it’s clear that Reacher wouldn’t have surpassed the Lord of the Rings sequel had it debuted last week.
Jack Reacher, created by author Lee Child (aka Jim Grant), was adapted from the character in the long line of 17 books in the Jack Reacher novel series.
“The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.”
“In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But the accused man claims he’s innocent and says “Get Jack Reacher.” Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defense is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused’s request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man’s guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for.“