JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer
NEW YORK (AP) – Peter Jackson‘s “Hobbit” finale went out on top at the box office, debuting with $56.2 million over the weekend and taking in $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday.
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” cut its usual swath through the multiplexes, dominating the pre-Christmas frame. Though the weakest opening of Jackson’s six J.R.R. Tolkien adventures, the film was still one of the season’s biggest releases.
Opening in a distant second place was “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” another final installment. The Fox comedy took in $17.3 million, well off the pace of previous franchise entries.