Sideshow: 'The Hobbit' is still on top

Posted: December 31, 2012

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 fans

All 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.

Katt Williams arrested

Katt Williams, the comedian who has repeatedly found himself on the wrong side of the law, is out on bail after being arrested in Los Angeles, charged with suspicion of child endangerment and possession of a stolen gun. Police say Williams was arrested Friday after a welfare check at his home. Authorities said they found more than one firearm, one of which had been reported stolen.

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