‘Jack Reacher’ vs. ‘The Hobbit’: Box Office Battle (POLL)

With The Hobbit sitting comfortably in the number one slot this weekend, four films are poised to compete for the box-office bucks necessary to knock it from the throne. All of which makes it unlikely that Gandalf and his crew won’t still be king of the Misty Mountain next weekend, too.

But if any the movies opening this week might threaten the dwarves and their cinematic gold, Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher is the likeliest contender.

The gritty, action-thriller Jack Reacher is named for the title character in a long-running series of adventures by novelist Lee Child. A kind of modern-day, high-functioning Rambo, Reacher is an ex-soldier with no real roots in the world, traveling from city to city as he’s constantly pulled back into the world of American espionage.

Written and directed by the great Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Way of the Gun), Jack Reacher sees Tom Cruise cast in a role that’s poised to replace the dying Bourne franchise in the category of Movies-Named-After-Their-Heroes. A grounded, down-and-dirty actioner, Jack Reacherhas more than a dozen published novels to draw from for future sequels.

Less grounded – and certainly less dirty – the epic, FX-driven fantasy The Hobbit continues its quest through Middle Earth, having pocketed well over a $100 million internationally in just its first week of release. Reuniting several of the characters from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit tells the story of Bilbo Baggins long before the formation of the legendary Fellowship that swept away his beloved Frodo.

Celebuzz imagines that with four new films competing to vote-split the weekend, The Hobbit will remain in the top spot with Jack Reacher firmly in second place. Of course, that’s assuming that families don’t flock to see Pixar’s original Monsters, Inc. film in three all-new dimensions.

Which will you see this weekend – The Hobbit or Jack Reacher? Watch the Jack Reacher trailer, and then let us know which film you’re most interested in — and why — in the comments below!

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