Naomi Watts' critically-acclaimed drama The Impossible has failed to break The Hobbit's hold on the U.K. box office as Peter Jackson's fantasy epic held on to the number one spot for a fourth consecutive weekend.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which stars Sir Ian MCKellen and Martin Freeman, raked in a further $6.5 million (£4.1 million) over the weekend (05-06Jan13), bringing its U.K. gross total to $70.5 million (£44.9 million) since its release date last year (Dec12).
Tsunami movie The Impossible, which recently won Watts a coveted Golden Globe nomination, failed to overtake The Lord of the Rings prequel, scoring second place with $6.4 million (£4 million) in its opening weekend.
Ang Lee's acclaimed Life Of Pi was knocked into third place with takings of $5.4 million (£3.4 million), while Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut Quartet, starring Dame Maggie Smith and Billy Connolly, settled for fourth after earning $3.7 million (£2.3 million) in its opening weekend.
The top five is rounded out by Tom Cruise's latest blockbuster Jack Reacher, which took $2.7 million (£1.7 million).