Lee Child

'Hobbit' rules again as Cruise, Apatow, Streisand post soft debuts

It was a ho-ho-ho-hum weekend at the box office, as five new releases failed to draw moviegoers to the multiplex in droves.

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" was the No. 1 film for the second consecutive weekend, collecting an additional $36.7 million, according to an estimate from Warner Bros. The film -- which has now grossed $149.9 million in North America -- saw its ticket sales fall 57% from its opening weekend -- an average drop for a big-budget tent pole.

Of the new releases, Tom Cruise's action flick "Jack Reacher" fared best -- though its $15.6-million debut was still soft. Meanwhile, Judd Apatow had the worst opening of his directorial career by...