Music and some Mistletoe, Hobbits and a Hero

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” was Santa’s favorite film for a second weekend in a row, holding onto that #1 spot at the domestic box office with $41.4 million. Angelina Jolie’s World War II biopic “Unbroken” was breaking hearts while lifting spirits from the #2 place with $31.7 million. There was a song in moviegoers’ hearts this holiday weekend, as mistletoe and music followed our weary holiday shoppers, metaphorically speaking, “Into the Woods” and straight into the melodious #3 land with $31 million. A “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” revealed many secrets worth telling at the #4 zone with $20. 6million. “Annie” was singing a sweet, soulful tune from the #5 area with $16.6 million.

Before Santa (and an odd assortment of stories) sledded off into the sunset, he treated the naughty and the nice with adorable orphans, magical museums, memorable musicals and fantasy-driven tales, gracious gift givers, heroes, hobbits, armies and even Angelina!

Which of our magical tales was Santa’s best gift to you?

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The Heart of Holiday Films

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Charles Dickens

Which of our Christmas tales will hold the highest honor at the box office this long, heartfelt holiday weekend? Will the quarrelsome but heart-of-gold “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” win the battle against frightening opponents and stiff cinematic competition while maintaining the cushiest spot on that luxurious movie throne? Might “Annie” find a family AND fortune on the big screen by day while the folks taking in a “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” locate the successful light at the end of the storytelling tunnel?

Perhaps those traveling “Into the Woods” will have their own secrets to tell, including the clues leading to the heart of those infamous fairy tale creatures. Since Christmas is a time for miracles for the celebrated and the unknown, moviegoers of all ages can expect “Big Eyes” filled with wonder (and stolen works of art) as spirits freed from tyranny (and holiday traffic) will most certainly find themselves magically “Unbroken.” “The Gambler,” meanwhile, is betting on Santa bringing him the gift of success.

Once the presents are finally exchanged, are you ready to follow that magical, unbroken trail of torn wrapping paper and tasty cookie crumbs straight to your local movie theater, where an entertaining selection of holiday treats can be found?

Hobbits and Holiday Spirit

Starting the cinematic party a few days early, the much-anticipated “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” battled bravely and took hold of the #1 spot at the domestic box office with $56.2 million (ultimately taking in $90.6 million over a five-day period). Moviegoers happily spent a “Night at the Museum: (and discovered the) Secret of the Tomb” from the mysterious #2 place with $17.3 million. Little orphan “Annie” could be heard singing a joyful tune at the #3 area with $16.3 million. “Exodus: Gods and Kings” held a party fit for a, well, king at the #4 land with $8. 07million. Stepping down to the #5 zone, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” was expertly conducted to the tune of $7.75 million.

So many debuts added cheer to an already festive time of year, as games were played among the Gods and Kings, secrets were entertainingly exposed, battles were profitably won and movie lovers left theaters with a song in their hearts.

Which of our entertaining tales lifted your holiday spirits this weekend?

The Holidays & the Hobbits are here!

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” finds Bilbo and Company cruising at high velocity to a movie theater near you, where they plan to win the war against the “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” at the festive box office. Following a week at the top spot, the “Exodus: Gods and Kings” are ready to exit stage right while the “Penguins of Madagascar” and the lovable “Big Hero 6” are eagerly completing their last-minute Christmas lists (with thoughts of sugar plums and sweet sequels dancing through their heads).

Feeling lucky to be among last week’s box office “Top Five,” Chris Rock and his entourage are in the holiday spirit, ready to show little orphan “Annie” the Hollywood ropes (with hopes that she won’t steal too much of their thunder). Ben Stiller, meanwhile, is hoping a “Night at the Museum: (will reveal the) Secret of the Tomb” as well as the secret to movie success.

As our cool-but-creative cast get ready for a visit from the always-secretive Santa, one can’t help but wonder during these “Interstellar” days, is there any room on the merry little movie roster for those Scrooge-in-training “Horrible Bosses 2?” Will their lofty positions soon be eliminated?

With only six shopping days left until the biggest gift-giving day, which story will be worth the price of a movie ticket for you?

A Movie Weekend fit for a King

“Exodus: Gods and Kings” came to play this weekend, conquering the rest of the competition from the #1 spot at the domestic box office with $24.5 million. Following three weeks as the biggest ruler, “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” graciously took a step down to the #2 place with $13.2 million. “Penguins of Madagascar” entertained little moviegoers from the #3 area with $7.3 million. Despite a somewhat limited release, Chris Rock managed to make the “Top Five,” bringing his story to the #4 position with $7.2 million. Our “Big Hero 6” was making it big at the #5 corner with $6.1 million.

Games galore, Gods and Kings (and a little bit of everything) graced our movie screens this weekend.  The biggest hero made the best of friends with the littlest of animated animals while Biblical beings and a Rock revival provided welcomed additions.

Which tale ruled your movie kingdom this weekend?

Yuletide Cinematic Cheer

What’s on your “Top Five” wish list this holiday season? Is it seeing a Chris Rock flick, a Biblically-inspired “Exodus: Gods and Kings” tale or one of last week’s top box office five? Will the numero uno “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” continue to find the most satisfactory spot on moviegoers’ list? Do those heroic “Penguins of Madagascar” have a prayer of ice skating their way past those gamers? Can the “Big Hero 6” make an even bigger impression on the littlest of fans? Will the “Horrible Bosses 2” ever find themselves off Santa’s naughty list and onto a better box-office position? So many questions, so little holiday season left!

No matter what list they find their imaginary selves, it is an “Interstellar” time to be a part of the movie roster, where mayhem and magic (as well as the Man in Red) are currently coasting through movie theaters, spreading their own form of yuletide cheer.

Which tale will craft the most magical experience for you this weekend?

Hungry Holiday Entertainment

For the third week in a row, the young-adult adaptation “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” continued to feed the hungry movie masses from the top spot at the domestic box office with $21.6 million. Our frosty DreamWorks’ spinoff “Penguins of Madagascar” friends felt the love once again from the #2 place with $11.1 million. Horrors of the comedic kind were occurring at the #3 zone thanks to those “Horrible Bosses 2” with $8.6 million. The Disney/Marvel “Big Hero 6” was a big hit at the #4 area with $8.1 million. The stars were shining above the “Interstellar” galaxy, also known as the #5 region, with $8 million.

Although a slow weekend at the movies, holiday shoppers with a hunger for huge entertainment were not disappointed, as follow-up films and unconventional heroes united to provide weary bargain hunters a respite from the latest must-have gadgets.

Which of this weekend’s stories offered you Must-See Entertainment?