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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has now grossed more than $400 million overseas. The final installment in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy took in $89.2 million from 62 markets over the weekend, reaching a $405.1 million total outside of North America. IMAX showtimes outside of the U.S and Canada contributed $5.4 million from 228 screens over the holiday weekend, claiming an overseas total of $23 million for large-format screenings. The film has now grossed $573.6 million globally.

Australia led new opening with a $10.1 million weekend from 603 screens, posting the biggest three-day opening in franchise history. Poland brought in a strong $5.3 million form 699 screens (including previews).

Germany continues to impress, posting an $11.65 million weekend in its third frame on the market. Battle of the Five Armies is the highest grossing film of the year in Germany with a $56.16 million cume. France posted the second biggest hold of the weekend with a $6.86 million weekend from 884 screens and $35.9M market cume. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies will expand to Argentina on January 1st and China on January 23.

Exodus: Gods and Kings brought in $31 million from 39 markets over the holiday weekend. The film enjoyed the second highest opening in Fox history in Brazil with $6.7 million from 901 screens. Other strong debuts came from France ($5.3M, 587 Screens), the UK ($4.3M, 750 Screens), Germany ($3.6M, 597 Screens), and Sweden ($1.1M, 136 Screens). Exodus has now earned $97 million outside of North America and grossed $149.5 million globally.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb earned $30.3 million from 40 markets this weekend. This brings the ten day overseas cume for the film up to $48.6 million. The film scored Ben Stiller's biggest ever debut in Mexico with $5.8 million from 2,061 screens. Fox scored its biggest debut of all time in Malaysia with the film, grossing $3.1 million from 345 screens. Australia ($2.8M, 268 Screens) and Taiwan ($1.5M, 150 Screens) also registered strong bows. The family flick has now grossed a total of $103.9 million globally.

Big Hero 6 brought in $24.7 million after a moderate expansion over the weekend. The film opened in Australia ($3.2M) and Brazil ($2.8M) on Christmas day. Russia leads hold-over with a $20.2 million haul, closely followed by Japan ($17.2M) and Mexico ($16.4M). The Disney Animation film has grossed a total of $120.9 million overseas and $320.8 million worldwide.

Penguins of Madagascar scored another $16.1 million from 43 markets. The animated film has now grossed a total of $160.6 million overseas and $231.6 million worldwide.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 took $7.9 million from 80 markets over the holiday weekend, bringing its overseas cume up to $363 million. The film's top markets include the United Kingdom ($47.3M), Germany ($37.2M), Australia ($27.2M), France ($24.9M), Mexico ($23.4M), and Brazil ($22.3M). The latest installment in the Hunger Games franchise has grossed $669.8 million worldwide.

Gone Girl takes another step closer to the $200 million overseas mark. The film earned $4.25 million from 6 remaining markets, bringing its overseas cume up to $191 million. Gone Girl has grossed $357 million worldwide.

Unbroken opened day-and-date with North America in the UK and Spain. Director Angelina Jolie's drama grossed $2.9 million from 759 dates. Spain's Christmas day debut helped it get the #5 spot over the weekend with a $1.6 million haul from 322 dates. The UK took a Boxing Day debut that landed it at #7 for the weekend with a $1.1 million tally from 437 dates. Unbroken expands to nine new territories next weekend.

Into the Woods took a $2.7 million day-and-date debut from 6 territories over the weekend. The Disney holiday musical struggled to get started in Russia, where it finished with a $600k debut. South Korea brought in a respectable $1.9 million bow. The film grossed a total of $48.8 million in its first weekend of release. It expands to Slovenia, Hungary, Greece, Portugal, and South Africa next weekend.

 

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By Daniel Garris

Sunday Update: Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took in an estimated $41.42 million this weekend to remain in first place. The third and final installment of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy was down a healthy 24 percent from last weekend. The film's second weekend hold was better than that of 2003's The Return of the King (which fell 30 percent) and nearly on par with that of 2002's The Two Towers (which fell 21 percent). With those comparisons in mind, this weekend's hold was a strong sign for the film going forward. The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $168.52 million in twelve days. That places the film 20 percent ahead of the $140.64 million twelve-day take of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and slightly ahead of the $168.18 million twelve-day gross of 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

It was a very close race for second place this weekend between Universal's Unbroken and Disney's Into the Woods. Weekend estimates for the two films are separated by just $727,000.

Unbroken has the slight edge for second this weekend with an estimated $31.75 million. The Angelina Jolie directed war drama has exceeded expectations in a big way with a four-day start of $47.34 million. Mixed critical reviews clearly haven't hampered the film out of the gates, which was aided greatly by the pre-existing fanbase of the Laura Hillenbrand written book. Unbroken is running an impressive 22 percent ahead of the $38.73 million four-day start of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and 10 percent ahead of the $43.02 million four-day take of 2012's Django Unchained.

Unbroken received an A- rating on CinemaScore, which suggests the film is going over significantly better with moviegoers than it has with critics. The audience breakdown for the film skewed heavily towards moviegoers 25 years and older (71 percent) and towards female moviegoers (52 percent).

Into the Woods placed in third with an estimated $31.02 million. The Rob Marshall directed musical featuring Meryl Streep opened on the high end of expectations with a four-day debut of $46.11 million. The film's start was especially impressive given its relatively modest 2,440 location count. That gave Into the Woods a per-location average of $12,714 for the three-day frame, which was the highest location average among wide releases this weekend. Into the Woods is running 21 percent ahead of the $38.03 million four-day start of 2008's Bedtime Stories and a slim 5 percent behind the $48.75 million four-day gross of 2012's Les Misérables.

The audience breakdown for Into the Woods skewed towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (57 percent) and towards female moviegoers (54 percent). Family audiences made up 38 percent of the film's overall audience. Into the Woods received a B rating on CinemaScore.

Fox's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb claimed fourth place with an estimated $20.6 million. The third installment of the Ben Stiller led franchise was up an impressive 20 percent from last weekend's softer than expected debut. Secret of the Tomb has grossed $55.33 million in ten days. That places the film 12 percent ahead of the $49.53 million ten-day take of 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb has already registered a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.24 to 1 thanks to very strong holiday holding power thus far.

Annie rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $16.6 million. Sony's musical remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz increased 5 percent over last weekend. Annie has grossed $45.84 million in ten days, which places the film 7.5 percent behind the mentioned ten-day gross of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. The total gross to opening weekend ratio for Annie already stands at 2.89 to 1.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 placed in sixth with an estimated $10.0 million. In the process, the third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise surpassed the $300 million domestic milestone this weekend, making it the second release of 2014 to do so (joining Guardians of the Galaxy). Mockingjay - Part 1 was up 27 percent over last weekend and has grossed $306.66 million in 38 days.

Paramount's The Gambler debuted in seventh with an estimated $9.3 million. The Mark Wahlberg led drama was off to a solid four-day start of $14.3 million, especially when considering its modest price tag and that it its scheduled wide release was fairly last minute. However, early long-term signs for the film haven't been as promising, as the film registered a front-loaded four-day to three-day ratio of 1.54 to 1 and received a lackluster C+ rating on CinemaScore.

The Imitation Game had a very successful expansion this weekend with an estimated $7.93 million eighth place take from just 747 locations. The awards season hopeful from The Weinstein Company grossed $11.01 million over the four-day frame and has grossed a very promising $14.63 million to date.

The news wasn't anywhere near as good for fellow Weinstein Company release Big Eyes. The Tim Burton directed drama starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz debuted with an estimated $2.99 million over the weekend and just $4.40 million in its first four days. Big Eyes was launched in a somewhat surprising 1,307 locations this weekend and in hindsight was probably better suited for a more limited release this weekend.

Also opening this weekend was Sony's much buzzed about The Interview. After initially having its wide release canceled, Sony gave the comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco a last-minute limited theatrical release in 331 smaller independent locations (while also giving the film a digital release). The results of the film's theatrical release were mixed, as it grossed an estimated $1.81 million over the weekend and $2.85 million in four days.

On the platform front, awards season hopefuls American Sniper and Selma were both off to very strong starts this weekend. Warner's American Sniper took in an estimated $610,000 over the weekend and $850,000 in four days from 4 locations, while Paramount's Selma took in an estimated $590,000 over the weekend and $912,000 in four days from 19 locations. That gave American Sniper and Selma respective three-day per-location averages of $152,500 and $31,053. Selma is scheduled to receive a nationwide expansion on January 9th, while American Sniper will receive a nationwide expansion one week later on January 16th.

Saturday Update: After sliding to third place on Christmas Day, Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies returned to first place on Friday with an estimated $15.65 million. The third and final installment of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy experienced a 19 percent daily increase on Boxing Day and was down a very healthy 5.5 percent from last Friday. The film has now led the daily box office for nine of the past ten days. The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $142.75 million in ten days and is set to surpass the $150 million mark today. The film is currently running 12 percent ahead of the $127.55 million ten-day take of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and 5 percent behind the $150.04 million ten-day gross of 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. BOXOFFICE currently projects a first place take of $42.5 million this weekend for The Battle of the Five Armies.

Universal's Unbroken continued to impress on Friday with an estimated second place take of $12.3 million. The Angelina Jolie directed war drama was down a sizable, but understandable 21 percent from its strong Christmas Day performance. The film continues to be critic proof, as mixed critical reviews clearly haven't hampered the film out of the gates. Unbroken has grossed a stronger than expected $27.89 million in its first two days of release. That places the film an impressive 11.5 percent ahead of the $25.02 million two-day start of 2012's Django Unchained. BOXOFFICE is projecting a weekend take of $32.3 million for Unbroken, which would bring the film's four-day start to $47.89 million and place the film in a photo finish with Into the Woods for second place over the weekend. Unbroken received an A- rating on CinemaScore, which suggests the film is going over significantly better with moviegoers than it has with critics.

Disney's Into the Woods continued to run neck and neck with Unbroken, as it placed in third with an estimated $12.21 million. The Rob Marshall directed musical featuring Meryl Streep was down 19 percent from Thursday. Into the Woods, which is playing in a relatively modest 2,440 locations, continued to post strong per-location numbers with a daily location average of $5,003. That was the day's strongest per-location average among wide releases and strongly suggests that the film will expand into additional locations going forward. Into the Woods has grossed $27.29 million in two days, which places the film 10 percent behind the $30.27 million two-day start of 2012's Les Misérables. BOXOFFICE currently projects Into the Woods to take in $32.2 million over the weekend, which would place the film's four-day start at $47.29 million. Into the Woods received a B rating on CinemaScore.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb placed in fourth with an estimated $7.42 million. The third installment of the Ben Stiller led franchise from Fox continued to build momentum on Friday, as it was up 2 percent from Thursday and up an impressive 31 percent over last Friday. Family films released before Christmas often open to underwhelming numbers before holding up very well between Christmas and New Year's and that is definitely looking to be the case for Secret of the Tomb. The film has grossed $42.15 million in eight days, which places it a slim 0.5 percent behind the $42.36 million eight-day take of 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (which had yet to see its Christmas bump at that point in its run). BOXOFFICE is estimating a fourth place take of $20.5 million for Secret of the Tomb.

Annie was up one spot from Thursday to round out Friday's top five with an estimated $6.1 million. Sony's musical remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz was up a strong 33 percent over Thursday and up 15 percent over last Friday. Yesterday's strong daily hold strongly suggests that the film's Christmas Day performance was deflated a bit from the new direct competition from Into the Woods. Annie has grossed $35.34 million in eight days, which places the film 17 percent behind the pace of the mentioned Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. BOXOFFICE projects a fifth place take of $17.0 million for Annie this weekend.

Also holding up nicely on Friday was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise claimed sixth place with an estimated $3.55 million. The film was up 32 percent over Christmas Day and up 56 percent over last Friday. Mockingjay - Part 1 surpassed the $300 million domestic milestone on Friday, making it the second release of 2014 to do so (joining Guardians of the Galaxy). BOXOFFICE is projecting Mockingjay - Part 1 to take sixth place this weekend with $10.2 million.

On the heels of a nice start on Christmas Day, Paramount's The Gambler was down two spots and a sharp 31 percent on Friday to place in seventh with an estimated $3.43 million. Yesterday's hold isn't the most promising early sign for the Mark Wahlberg led drama. With that said, The Gambler has grossed a solid $8.43 million in its first two days, especially with its modest price tag in mind. BOXOFFICE is estimating The Gambler to place in seventh over the weekend with $8.7 million, which would give the film a four-day start of $13.7 million. The Gambler received a lackluster C+ rating on CinemaScore.

The Imitation Game placed in eighth on Friday with an estimated $2.89 million from just 747 locations. The awards season hopeful from The Weinstein Company was down a slim 6 percent from Thursday's performance. The Imitation Game has grossed $9.59 million to date and is on course to have a very successful expansion this weekend. BOXOFFICE currently estimates The Imitation Game to gross $8.3 million this weekend.

Other Friday performances for Christmas Day releases included $1.04 million for The Weinstein Company's Big Eyes from 1,307 locations, $0.725 million for Sony's much hyped The Interview from 331 locations, $211,000 for Paramount's Selma from 19 locations and $199,000 for Warner's American Sniper from just 4 locations. Respective two-day starts stand at $2.46 million for Big Eyes, at $1.77 million for The Interview, at $533,000 for Selma and at a promising $440,000 for American Sniper.

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Unbroken debuted in first place on Christmas Day with a stronger than expected estimated opening day take of $15.59 million (which included an estimated $850,000 from Christmas Eve shows). The Angelina Jolie directed war drama proved to be critic proof on Christmas Day, as mixed critical reviews clearly didn't hamper the film out of the gates. Unbroken appears to have been aided greatly by the pre-existing fanbase of the Laura Hillenbrand written book. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Unbroken delivered the third largest Christmas Day debut of all-time, behind only 2009's Sherlock Holmes and 2012's Les Misérables. Unbroken opened an impressive 4 percent ahead of the $15.01 million opening day take of 2012's Django Unchained. The film received an A- rating on CinemaScore, which suggests the film is going over significantly better with moviegoers than it has with critics.

Disney's Into the Woods opened in a very close second with an estimated $15.08 million (which included an an estimated $1.1 million from Christmas Eve shows). The opening day performance of the Rob Marshall directed musical was especially impressive given that the film opened in a relatively modest 2,440 locations. That gave Into the Woods a per-location average of $6,182 for the day. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Into the Woods claimed the fourth largest Christmas Day debut ever. Into the Woods opened 17 percent below the $18.11 million Christmas Day debut of Les Misérables and may prove to be less initially front-loaded than that film was due in part to being more family friendly. Into the Woods received a modest B rating on CinemaScore.

Although Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies slid to third on Thursday with an estimated $13.14 million, the third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy was up a very healthy 118 percent over Wednesday. The sizable percentage increase of The Battle of the Five Armies strongly suggests that Christmas Day grosses in general may have been even more inflated than usual, which has been a growing trend in recent years. The Battle of the Five Armies was the week's top film with a seven-day take of $92.69 million and has grossed $127.10 million in nine days. That places it 9 percent ahead of the $116.94 million nine-day take of last year's The Desolation of Smaug and 7.5 percent behind the $137.39 million nine-day gross of 2012's An Unexpected JourneyThe Battle of the Five Armies is still likely to lead over the weekend given that its Christmas Day performance was within shouting distance of both Unbroken and Into the Woods.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb placed in fourth with an estimated $7.35 million. The third installment of the Ben Stiller led franchise from Fox was up a very strong 164 percent over Wednesday. After a slower than expected start over the weekend, Secret of the Tomb has held up quite nicely during the holiday aided midweek. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb placed in second for the week with a seven-day start of $34.78 million.

Paramount's The Gambler rounded out Thursday's top five with an estimated $5.0 million opening day take. That represented a solid start for the modestly budgeted drama starring Mark Wahlberg, especially since the decision to initially release the film wide was fairly last minute. One potentially troubling early sign for The Gambler is its lackluster C+ rating on CinemaScore.

Annie rounded out its first week of release with an estimated sixth place take of $4.6 million. Sony's musical remake increased 127 percent over Wednesday. Annie held up well on Thursday, especially given the new direct competition from Into the Woods. Annie placed in third for the week with a seven-day start of $29.24 million.

The Weinstein Company's The Imitation Game had a very successful expansion on Christmas Day as the awards season hopeful placed in seventh with an estimated $3.08 million from 747 locations. The Imitation Game has grossed $6.70 million to date and looks to have a very lengthy box office run ahead of it.

Other estimated opening day performances on Christmas included $1.42 million for The Weinstein Company's Big Eyes from 1,307 locations, $1.04 million for Sony's much buzzed about The Interview from 331 locations, $322,000 for Paramount's Selma from 19 locations and a promising $240,000 for Warner's American Sniper from just 4 locations.

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By Alex Edghill

Friday Morning Update: The Interview kept rolling this past week as it racked up a staggering 470k tweets leading up to its release. The worldwide buzz has been huge for the film and reached a pinnacle over the last few days. Critic reaction has been mixed at best but the word from those who have actually seen it is strong as evidenced by its 8.4/10 at IMDb from almost 70,000 votes as I write this. Though not as precise, my spot-checking of its Twitter reaction has also been largely positive. Sony appears to be harnessing all the buzz surrounding the release well with its multi-tiered release strategy and based on these early reactions it should have no problem making back its money even if it takes a little longer than usual.

After a long wait the first trailer for the Bros In The City movie aka Entourage hit on Tuesday where it generated close to 38,000 tweets. Strong start here as it seems as though the characters from the now-ended TV show still has a lot of loyal followers.

Focus also saw a mini-bump again with another trailer, leading to a 7,447 tweet day on Monday. The Will Smith actioner has been doing well over the past few weeks in general and should be making many for top 5 appearances over the next few weeks leading up to release.

Twitter Top 5 Movies for the week of December 19th to December 25th

Date Movie Tweets Rank Peak Change
12/25/14 The Interview (2014) 471,913 1 (-) 1 358.18%
12/25/14 Into The Woods 96,143 2 (+2) 2 106.67%
6/05/15 Entourage 48,427 3 (+38) #N/A 3411.75%
2/27/15 Focus (2015) 29,114 4 (+6) 4 22.68%
12/25/14 Unbroken 29,062 5 (-) 5 -26.04%

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By Alex Edghill

The Minions led all films we track over the past couple weeks on Facebook for total likes gained. A position it has firmly occupied for the better part of a month now. Really can't say much more about it at this point outside of echoing my previous columns' conclusion that the brand here is so strong and this is shaping up to be an event movie which has triple digit opening potential. Something which Hollywood greatly needs for next year. 

The Boy Next Door has started to heat up as well ahead of its January release and crossed the 130,000 like mark yesterday. Lopez's last film Parker had only 50k likes at this point before release and she had Jason Statham to help attract more people for that film too. This could be a winner in January and something else for Lopez to add to her expansive mantle.

The only other film I'll mention is Get Hard which started its Facebook page recently and has quickly moved up to 20k likes in the past couple weeks. Both Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart have a strong draw on social media so this could quickly climb into the hundreds of thousands of likes over the next couple months. This will be a good page to keep an eye on, anything more than 750k likes prior to release should translate to $40 million+ on opening weekend.

Facebook Top 15 Movies by Like Increase for the Week Ending Thursday December 25th

Rank Release Movie Likes Previous Change % Change
1 07/10/15 Minions 27,837,133 27,544,841 292,292 1.06%
2 03/13/15 Cinderella (2015) 12,949,015 12,847,704 101,311 0.79%
3 03/20/15 The Divergent Series: Insurgent 4,052,761 3,977,215 75,546 1.90%
4 01/23/15 The Boy Next Door 133,550 63,091 70,459 111.68%
5 02/13/15 Fifty Shades of Grey 6,811,337 6,751,439 59,898 0.89%

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