The Hobbit tops box office

Martin Freeman

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has continued its victory and the global box office, staying at number one for the fourth weekend in a row.

Peter Jackson's Middle-earth finale has now made over 722.9 million dollars (£472.1 million) worldwide since it opened four weeks ago. The film Is yet to open in China, the world's second largest film market, where it will debut on January 23.

In the US the last of the Hobbit trilogy took in 21.9 million dollars (£14.31 million) over the weekend, according to studio estimates, narrowly edging out the Disney musical Into the Woods and Angelina Jolie's World War II tale Unbroken. Into the Woods made an estimated 19.1 million dollars (£12.48 million) over the weekend, while Unbroken hauled in 18.4 million dollars (£12.02 million).

The weekend's lone new wide-release, Woman in Black 2: The Angel of Death, landed in fourth place with 15.1 million dollars (£9.86 million).

Globally, Ridley Scott's biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings took second place, followed by Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb as the third current box office hit.

In its second week of limited release, Sony Pictures' The Interview earned an estimated 1.1 million dollars (£718,637) theatrically, with digital and video-on-demand figures still to be announced