So, it looks like The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has taken over the box office while no one was watching. Well, actually, it turns out a lot of people were watching, and the third instalment of Peter Jackson’s fantasy series checked in at $90,6 million domestic at the end of the weekend.

Martin Freeman, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
Martin Freeman and co. had virtually no competition at the box office this weekend.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, box-office comparisons to the previous Hobbit films aren't exactly parallel as the first two came out on Fridays, but The Desolation of Smaug launched to $73.6 million last year, while An Unexpected Journey opened to $84.6 million in 2012.

So what does this mean for the rest of the new contenders this week?

Check out the trailer for Secret of the Tomb below.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb suffered some severe sequel fatigue and opened to a dismal $17,3 million. This time the team of director Shawn Levy and Ben Stiller failed to bring in the crowds and ended up with a rather spectacular flop, compared to the previous instalments.

Worth the remake? Watch the Annie trailer below.


It wasn’t quite as spectacular as Annie, though. The musical adaptation, starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx and produced by Will Smith and Jay Z fell to third place with a meagre $16,3 million. It was still a success for Sony though. The studio needs a win after a hack of insider communication led studio bosses to cancel the only other holiday release – the Seth Rogen starrer The Interview.