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:

The Hobbit
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)

The Powers That Be have spoken, and they’re saying Guillermo del Toro will not be making a third Hellboy installment.

Fans across the globe are shedding tears as we learn that director/writer del Toro will not be helming another Hellboy movie. It’s time to punch something, smoke a cigar, and then find a kitten before you settle in for the bad news.

In mid-January, del Toro asked fans to vote in a 24-hour poll to show support for making Hellboy III. He promised that if it got 100,000 votes within the time frame, he’d take it to the studio and have a talk with them about making the film.

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The Powers That Be have spoken, and they’re saying Guillermo del Toro will not be making a third Hellboy installment.

Fans across the globe are shedding tears as we learn that director/writer del Toro will not be helming another Hellboy movie. It’s time to punch something, smoke a cigar, and then find a kitten before you settle in for the bad news.

In mid-January, del Toro asked fans to vote in a 24-hour poll to show support for making Hellboy III. He promised that if it got 100,000 votes within the time frame, he’d take it to the studio and have a talk with them about making the film.

Unfortunately, del Toro did not get the answer we were hoping for.

However, there is hope for fans of the comics, as artist and creator Mike Mignola reminded us that just because del Toro isn’t going to be involved anymore, it doesn’t mean there won’t be future Hellboy movies. There’s always hope.

This is good news for those who perhaps didn’t like del Toro’s take on the character. It hints at a possible reboot of the franchise, but if that were to happen, don’t expect Ron Perlman to reprise his role.

For those who fell in love with Perlman’s interpretation of the titular character, this is certainly a blow. However, del Toro does wish the franchise luck, and it’s not like he’s hurting for work (he’s got Netflix’s Trollhunters, Pacific Rim 2, and The Shape of Water, to just name a few).

This tweet is certainly interesting, as it hints that he wanted to take Hellboy in a new direction, but his vision did not match the vision of the studio. Does this mean they’ve got another idea in mind already, and if so, will it be Hellboy III, or a Hellboy for a new generation?

With Ron Perlman out of the picture, it’s likely the studio may try to do a reboot, rather than replace the actor for a potential sequel. If there is a reboot, there could be resistance from fans, but with updated technology and someone else’s vision, we could be looking at an interesting new set of superhero movies that will still feel different from the blockbusters currently taking over cinemas.

Are you interested in a new ‘Hellboy’ franchise?

The movie adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is progressing nicely as Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the cast.

Back in December we relayed news that Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was cast as the titular character in Simon, which would be directed by Arrow-verse helmer Greg Berlanti.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Garner is currently negotiating a deal with the film to star as Simon’s mother. She’ll be joining Robinson, Katherine Langford (Leah Burke), Alexandra Shipp (Abby Suso), and Logan Miller (Martin Addison).

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The movie adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is progressing nicely as Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the cast.

Back in December we relayed news that Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was cast as the titular character in Simon, which would be directed by Arrow-verse helmer Greg Berlanti.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Garner is currently negotiating a deal with the film to star as Simon’s mother. She’ll be joining Robinson, Katherine Langford (Leah Burke), Alexandra Shipp (Abby Suso), and Logan Miller (Martin Addison).

The synopsis for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda reads, “Simon Spier is sixteen and in love. Sure, he has never met the mysterious ‘Blue’ in person, but he’s falling hard and fast for their email love letters. There’s only one problem: Blue is a boy, Simon is gay, and he hasn’t told anyone else.”

The novel made the world (and Hypable) fall in love with the story, and the current cast and creative team have fans excited for this adaptation. With Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment (The Maze Runner series, The Twilight Saga, and the upcoming Power Rangers) behind the scenes, it’s bound to be a big production.

How excited are you for ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’?

Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

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Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

Iwan Rheon is best known for his terrifying turn as Ramsay Bolton in HBO’s Game of Thrones. He has starred in the British series Misfits and Vicious, and may never play a hero again in his life.

Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb, who also serves as an executive producer on Inhumans, suggests that those villainous skills will be well-deployed in the role of Maximus.

“Iwan’s ability to be charming, roguish, and still completely unexpectedly dangerous were all the different sides we needed to bring the character to life,” Loeb says. “We’re thrilled to have him on board.”

Showrunner Scott Buck agrees.

“Maximus is a complex character. Likable, charming, tragic and villainous all in the same moment,” he says, “And I’m very excited to have someone of Iwan’s considerable talent.”

Marvel’s Inhumans will be produced in partnership with IMAX. The first two episodes will screen in IMAX theaters before the show’s network debut in mid September. Spanning the course of eight episodes, the series will tell the story of the Inhuman royal family, with the associated drama that just happens when you’re a family of aliens with magical powers trying to rule a secret city.

A leaked cast list for Inhumans hinted at a complex lineup of characters, including Black Bolt’s wife Medusa and her sister Crystal. Karnak, as well as the three-legged horse Gorgon and amphibious Triton round out the eclectic cast. And with Iwan Rheon in place as Maximus, it seems like just a matter of time before the rest of the family falls into line.

What do you think of Iwan Rheon as Maximus in Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’?

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