'Hobbit' goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut

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Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom, Second Unit Director, Andy Serkis and Elijah Wood seen at New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies' on Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom and Elijah Wood seen at New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies' on Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
Elijah Wood arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies at the Dolby Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Lee Pace arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" at the Dolby Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Lee Pace seen at New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies' on Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
Evangeline Lilly, from left, Andy Serkis and writer/director/producer Peter Jackson arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" at the Dolby Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Evangeline Lilly arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" at the Dolby Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Writer/director/producer Peter Jackson arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" at the Dolby Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Orlando Bloom arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" at the Dolby Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Lee Pace seen at New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies' on Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
Elijah Wood seen at New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies' on Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
EXCLUSIVE - Evangeline Lilly and Director/Writer/Producer Peter Jackson seen at New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies' on Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
A general view of atmosphere seen at New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies' on Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
Orlando Bloom seen at New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies' on Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
Orlando Bloom participates in an interview at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" at the Dolby Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
The cast and crew of "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" arrive at the film's Los Angeles premiere at the Dolby Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Evangeline Lilly, from left, Andy Serkis and writer/director/producer Peter Jackson arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" at the Dolby Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Actor Ben Stiller poses with fans upon arrival for the premiere of the film 'Night at the Museum, Secret of the Tomb' in London, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actor Ben Stiller poses for photographers upon arrival for the premiere of the film 'Night at the Museum, Secret of the Tomb' in London, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actor Owen Wilson poses for photographers upon arrival for the premiere of the film 'Night at the Museum, Secret of the Tomb' in London, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actors Ben Stiller, left and Ricky Gervais pose for photographers upon arrival for the premiere of the film 'Night at the Museum, Secret of the Tomb' in London, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
From left, actors Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson, Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais and Dan Stevens poses for photographers at a photo call for the film 'Night at the Museum, Secret of the Tomb' in the British Museum, London, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actors Ben Stiller and Ricky Gervais pose for photographers upon arrival for the premiere of the film 'Night at the Museum, Secret of the Tomb' in London, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Owen Wilson attends the premiere of "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Ben Stiller attends the premiere of "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Steve Coogan and Owen Wilson attend the after party of "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" at the American Museum of Natural History on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Rebel Wilson attends the premiere of "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Actress Rebel Wilson poses for photographers upon arrival for the premiere of the film 'Night at the Museum, Secret of the Tomb' in London, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actor Dan Stevens signs autographs for fans upon arrival for the premiere of the film 'Night at the Museum, Secret of the Tomb' in London, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Ben Stiller greets fans upon arrival for the premiere of the film 'Night at the Museum, Secret of the Tomb' in London, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actors Quvenzhané Wallis, left, and Jamie Foxx pose for photographs during a photo call for the film Annie at the Corinthia hotel in central London, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actors Quvenzhané Wallis, centre, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx, pose for photographs during a photo call for the film Annie at the Corinthia hotel in central London, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actress Cameron Diaz poses for photographs during a photo call for the film Annie at the Corinthia hotel in central London, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actor Jamie Foxx poses for photographs during a photo call for the film Annie at the Corinthia hotel in central London, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actress Cameron Diaz poses for photographs during a photo call for the film Annie at the Corinthia hotel in central London, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actors Quvenzhané Wallis and Cameron Diaz, left, pose for photographs during a photo call for the film Annie at the Corinthia hotel in central London, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actress Quvenzhané Wallis poses for photographs during a photo call for the film Annie at the Corinthia hotel in central London, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actress Quvenzhané Wallis poses for photographs during a photo call for the film Annie at the Corinthia hotel in central London, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actors Quvenzhane Wallis, left, and Jamie Foxx pose for photographs during a photo call for the film Annie at the Corinthia hotel in central London, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actress Quveznhane Wallis attends the world premiere of "Annie" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actress Cameron Diaz attends the world premiere of "Annie" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actress Quvenzhane Wallis poses with Marti the dog at the world premiere of "Annie" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actress Quvenzhane Wallis attends the world premiere of "Annie" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Cameron Diaz poses with the P.S. 153 Chorus at the world premiere of "Annie" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)
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MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 09: Cameron Diaz, Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx on the set of Univision's Despierta America to promote the movie 'Annie' at Univision Headquarters on December 9, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a moviegoing truism: Hobbits sell.

Peter Jackson's final installment of his six J.R.R. Tolkien adventures, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," debuted with $56.2 million over the weekend and $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday. For an industry reeling from the cancellation of "The Interview" and terrorist threats against moviegoers, Middle-earth provided reliable refuge.

Aided by popularity on Imax screens, "The Battle of the Five Armies" dominated the pre-Christmas frame with a five-day haul similar to the franchise's previous entry, "The Desolation of Smaug," even if its actual debut weekend was notably less than both prior "Hobbit" movies. In its second week of release overseas, Warner Bros.' "Five Armies" added $105.5 million to bring its two-week global total past $350 million.

Jeff Goldstein, head of domestic distribution for Warner Bros., said the healthy weekend of moviegoing was a welcome respite after an "upsetting and so disturbing" week.

"Not only did we do business in places that I would expect, like the West Coast, we did business everywhere in the country," Goldstein said. "We didn't see that on the prior two 'Hobbit's.'"

Another final installment in a trilogy, "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," opened in a distant second place. The Fox comedy, which features Robin Williams' final performance, took in $17.3 million, well off the pace of previous franchise entries. The franchise's previous debut was $54.2 million for 2009's "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian."

Sony Pictures, which on Wednesday shelved the Dec. 25 release of the North Korea satire "The Interview" following hacker threats of violence against theaters showing the film, unveiled its other holiday option. The studio's "Annie" remake, starring Quvenzhane Wallis as the titular orphan, opened with $16.3 million.

"It was nice shot in the arm," said Rory Bruer, head of distribution for Sony, who declined to discuss issues related to "The Interview." "We're focused on `Annie,'" he said.

Last week's top film, Ridley Scott's Moses epic, "Exodus: Gods and Kings," tumbled to fourth place with $8.1 million in its second week. The Fox release slid a dramatic 67 percent.

Heading into one of Hollywood's most lucrative weekends of the year, the Christmas box office will be without its top comedy option in "The Interview," directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The film had been expected to take in about $25-30 million.

With one major release now out of the mix, that will leave more room for the Disney musical "Into the Woods," Angelina Jolie's World War II tale "Unbroken" and "The Hobbit."

"There's a huge opportunity there," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. "There's enough product out there to give it a very satisfying, Christmas holiday leading into the new year. Yeah, we are down one film, but it's a nice mix of films out there."

On Sunday, David Boies, a lawyer for Sony, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that "The Interview" "will be released." The studio has been criticized by many, including President Barack Obama, for dropping the film following data leaks and intimidations from hackers the FBI has said came from North Korea.

"How it's going to be distributed, I don't think anybody knows quite yet," Boies said.

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies," $56.2 million ($105.5 million international).

2. "Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb," $17.3 million ($10.8 million international).

3. "Annie," $16.3 million ($1 million international).

4. "Exodus: Gods and Kings," $8.1 million ($7.6 million international).

5. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1," $7.8 million. ($9.3 million international).

6. "Wild," $4.2 million.

7. "Top Five," $3.6 million.

8. "Big Hero 6," $3.6 million ($11.5 million international).

9. "Penguins of Madagascar," $3.5 million ($16.5 million international).

10. "P.K.," $3.5 million ($22.1 million international).

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Rentrak:

1. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," $105.5 million.

2. "Gone With the Bullets," $36 million.

3. "P.K.," $22.1 million.

4. "Penguins of Madagascar," $16.5 million.

5. "Big Hero 6," $11.5 million.

6. "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," $10.8 million.

7. "Paddington," $10 million.

8.(tie) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1," $9.3 million.

8.(tie) "International Market," $9.3 million.

10. "Exodus: Gods and Kings," $7.6 million.

Box Office Top 3: Christmas Comes Early for 'The Hobbit'

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