For the third straight week, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey rules them all at the box office, staying on top and bringing in nearly $33 million for the weekend.
The Warner Bros. fantasy epic from director Peter Jackson, based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novel, has made $222.7 million domestically alone.
Two big holiday movies - and potential Academy Award contenders - also had strong openings. Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti Western-blaxploitation mash-up, Django Unchained, came in second place for the weekend with $30.7 million. The Weinstein Co. revenge epic starring Jamie Foxx as a slave in the Civil War South and Christoph Waltz has earned $64 million since its Christmas Day opening.
And in third place with $28 million was the sweeping, all-singing Les Misérables, based on the international musical sensation and the Victor Hugo novel of strife and uprising in 19th-century France. The Universal Pictures musical starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway has made $67.5 million since its debut on Christmas.
Additionally, the smash-hit James Bond adventure Skyfall has now made $1 billion internationally, becoming the most successful film yet in the 50-year franchise. The film stars Daniel Craig for the third time as the iconic British superspy.
Calling Beyonce fansAll the single ladies - and fellas - will have a chance to join Beyonce on the field at the Super Bowl. Pepsi announced that fans will introduce the Grammy-winning diva when she takes the stage Feb. 3 at New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome. A contest that kicked off Saturday will allow fans to submit photos of themselves in various poses, including head bopping, feet tapping, and hip shaking. Those pictures will be used in a TV ad to air ahead of Beyonce's halftime performance, and 50 of those who submit photos - along with a friend - will be selected to introduce the singer.
Photo contest details are at www.pepsi.com/halftime. The contest ends Jan. 19, but Jan. 11 is the cutoff date for those interested in introducing Beyonce.