The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey enjoyed another weekend atop the domestic box office as it narrowly beat out Django Unchained and Les Miserables.

It was a bit of a strange weekend in terms of the box office, as we’re now in that time between holidays that is still kind of a holiday. Django Unchained, Les Miserables and Parental Guidance all opened on Christmas day, so while this is technically their first weekend in release, they aren’t exactly newcomers either.

In first place for the third straight weekend is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is reporting a $32.9 million in 4,100 theaters for only a 10.9% drop from last weekend, bringing its domestic haul to $222.7 million and up to a whopping $622 million worldwide, as it’s well on its way to the billion dollar club.

In second place was Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which had a major $30.6 million showing and has now reached $64 million from 3,010 theaters in just six days of release. This is a better opening than Inglourious Basterds, which went on to gross $321 million globally.

Third place went to Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables, which took in $28 million in just 2,808 theaters this weekend and is sitting at $67.4 million since its opening. This figure isn’t bad by any means, but it is shocking to see that Django Unchained still beat it in the per theater average this weekend, despite it being an R-rated feature on slavery.

In limited release, Silver Linings Playbook expanded over Christmas to 745 theaters and took in $4.1 million, just missing the top ten, as it now sits at $27.3 million domestically.

Zero Dark Thirty continues to perform strongly in limited release, as it took in $315,000 over the weekend in just five theaters. Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land, meanwhile, opened this weekend in 25 theaters and could only muster a rather measly $190,000.

In terms of 2012 totals, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln now holds the mark of highest grossing drama of the year, with $132 million, passing two C-Tates features in The Vow and Magic Mike, which now sit in second and third, respectively.

With 2013 just days away, next weekend sees Texas Chainsaw 3D as the only new wide release, while Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty expands into more markets before going wide on January 11.

Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 earners for the weekend of Dec. 28, 2012:

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1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Weekend: $32.9 million ($222.7 million total)
Theaters: 4,100
Budget: $150 million
CinemaScore: A
Rotten Tomatoes: 65%
Hypable Grade: C+

2. Django Unchained – $30.6 million ($64 million total)
3. Les Miserables – $28 million ($67.4 million total)
4. Parental Guidance – $14.8 million ($29.5 million total)
5. Jack Reacher – $14 million ($44.7 million total)
6. This Is 40 – $13.1 million ($37.1 million total)
7. Lincoln – $7.5 million ($132 million total)
8. The Guilt Trip – $6.7 million ($21.1 million total)
9. Monster’s, Inc. 3D – $6.3 million ($18.4 million total)
10. Rise of the Guardians – $4.9 million ($90.2 million total)

Cassandra Clare keeps expanding the Shadowhunters’ universe, with the first adult books of the chronicles just announced!

Clare announced via press release this morning that she’ll publish a trilogy about Magnus Bane, the fan-favorite warlock who’s appeared in every single one of her books and already received a collection of eleven spin-off novellas all about him (The Bane Chronicles). There is no word yet on whether the new books will tie in with the stories told in The Bane Chronicles.

Interestingly, this trilogy will be Clare’s first foray into adult literature, after writing extensively in the YA realm. She always pushed the boundaries of YA, though, with the inclusion of “Dirty Sexy Balcony Scenes” and the like. The first Shadowhunter book, City of Bones, was published in 2007, and the teens who picked it up back then will feel right at home in the adult section of a bookstore today.

Also of note, the series will be co-written with Wesley Chu (author of The Lives of Tao). Clare seems to like having co-writers when dealing with Magnus Bane; The Bane Chronicles are the only other Shadowhunter books that have other authors attached.

The first Magnus Bane book is expected to be published in November 2017. This means that Cassandra Clare will have three Shadowhunters series being published concurrently… The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours, and this Magnus Bane series.

If various sources are to be believed, all three will have an installment published in 2017. The second Dark Artifices book, Lord of Shadows, is expected in April. The Magnus Bane book, as mentioned above, is due in November. And the official site of the Shadowhunter Chronicles still says that the first Last Hours book, Chain of Thorns, is expected in 2017. Clare has a sixth series planned after getting some of these finished, The Wicked Powers, so there’ll be more Shadowhunters coming to a bookstore near you at least through the early 2020s.

Perhaps the decision to publish the Magnus Bane trilogy was based on the character’s success on the Shadowhunters TV show, where the fan favorite is portrayed by Harry Shum Jr. Shadowhunters was renewed for a second season by ABC Family, and it looks like they may have many seasons ahead of them.

Clare said, “Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life… There are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”

Are you excited for three books all about Magnus Bane, or is this Shadowhunter overkill?

The Boxcar Children are heading to the big screen for a new movie series.

Many of us grew up with the wonderful Boxcar Children book series when we were kids. The stories by Gertrude Chandler Warner follow Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, who live in a train boxcar as they search for a home. As kids we all wanted to live in that boxcar (or at least I did — I thought it was so cool to live in a train car with friends!).

According to a press release from Shout! Factory Studios and Legacy Classics, work on a new Boxcar Children animated movie series is well underway, with the first movie aiming for a release in 2017 (which marks the 75th anniversary of Boxcar Children #1). Two more Boxcar Children stories are also in development.

If the animation quality is at the Sunday-morning-cartoon level I probably won’t be very excited about it, but if it’s a more mature animation style (like a Pixar or a Coraline) I can imagine myself loving it.

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The Boxcar Children movie series is poised to do well thanks to the overall success of the books they’re based on. The novels have collectively sold over 70 million copies worldwide, with over 160 books (?!) in its arsenal. The two most recent books are titled The Legend of the Irish Castle and The Celebrity Cat Caper, which were both published this year. Looking through the history of the series, roughly four Boxcar Children books have been published annually. The original author, Gertrude Chandler Warner, only wrote the first 19.

A low-budget animated Boxcar Children film debuted two years ago, but today’s announcement marks a reboot with a new studio at the helm.

Arrested Development‘s fourth season aired three years ago today. To celebrate its legacy (and to try to forget how much we’re missing it right now), let’s rank the best recurring Arrested Development jokes!

It’s really no secret that Arrested Development has some of the best recurring jokes and gags of all time. Even people who don’t watch the show are familiar with things like “There’s always money in the banana stand” and “I’ve made a huge mistake.” The jokes in this show are just so understated and catchy that it would’ve been crazy had they not have caught on. Thanks to Arrested Development‘s recurring jokes, pop culture has never been quite the same.

To celebrate our undying love for Arrested Development, we decided to forgo the banner (sorry, everyone) and instead put together a list of all of the gags and jokes that we think are the best ones the show’s ever done. Not only that, but we’re leaving it up to you to rank them!

How to play: Love a certain joke and think that it should be at the top of the list? Upvote it. Really hate another joke and don’t understand how it got on the list in the first place? Hit that little downward-facing arrow. Don’t care either way for some of these gags? Then you can just leave them untouched. It’s all good! We just want to know what YOU think! With everyone participating we’ll be able to build a definitive list of the best Arrested Development jokes!

So, grab your denim cut-offs and hot ham water, and maybe even do a little chicken dance to get yourself pumped up (but not with the hot ham water in your hand, please). If you’re an Arrested Development fan, you’re sure to love ranking these jokes.

(Just be careful about which arrow you hit. You don’t want to hit the wrong one and find yourself saying “I’ve made a huge mistake.”)

Are there any ‘Arrested Development’ jokes missing from the list? Add them below!

 
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