(SUN-SENTINEL) — It was the most wonderful time of the year for the box office.
Though the box office total is still down about 5% from last year, three new films, the final “Hobbit” installment and limited-release awards contenders helped give the industry a much needed end-of-the-year boost. Compared to the same weekend last year, the box office was up 6.6%.
Peter Jackson’s "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" finished on top for its second weekend, adding $54.5 million to its domestic haul. The film, based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien, has made almost $170 million to date in the U.S. and Canada.
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