U.K. Box Office: The Hobbit Fends Off Moses to Retain Crown

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Still - H 2014
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The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Still - H 2014

'Exodus: Gods and Kings' couldn't claim the number one spot as 'Paddington' stays in the top three

He might be able to part the waters of the Red Sea, but Moses couldn’t knock The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies from the top of the U.K. box office.

Ridley Scott’s biblical beard-fest Exodus: Gods and Kings splashed down in second place behind the final chapter of the Tolkien trilogy, taking $4 million, according to figures released Tuesday by Rentrak. Adding another $6.6 million in its third week at the top, Peter Jackson’s last trip to Middle-earth saw its total earnings so far hit $44.7 million, with a top five positioning in the year’s overall chart thrown into the mix as well.

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Proving that he’s got some decent grips on those bear-like paws of his, Paddington slipped just one spot to third. The year’s surprise U.K. hit added another $4 million after five impressive – and unexpected – weeks in the top three, bringing its total haul to $37.3 million, by far and away distributor and financier StudioCanal’s biggest film to date.

Despite mostly lousy reviews in the U.K. press, the new-look Annie danced and sang its way to fourth spot with $3.6 million, the week’s second highest new-entry, pushing Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Dumb & Dumber To down a couple of rungs.

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The last new entry slot in the top ten was reserved for Angelina Jolie’s WWII drama Unbroken, which despite its British star in Jack O’Connell didn’t attract nearly as much interest as it did in the U.S., landing in 7th with $1 million.