By Daniel Garris
Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies grossed $1.78 million on Monday to remain in first place. The third and final installment of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy has now led the daily box office for 19 of the past 20 days. The Battle of the Five Armies was down 66 percent from Sunday and down 76 percent from last Monday, as midweek grosses in general have now come back down to earth after the end of the holiday season. The 20-day total for The Battle of the Five Armies stands at $222.38 million. That places the film 6 percent ahead of the $209.33 million 20-day take of 2013's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and 8 percent behind the $242.45 million 20-day gross of 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Unbroken claimed second place with $1.42 million. The Angelina Jolie directed war drama from Universal was down 63 percent from Sunday and down 73 percent from last Monday. Unbroken has grossed a significantly stronger than expected $89.07 million in twelve days and is set to surpass the $90 million mark today. The film is running 10 percent ahead of the $80.74 million twelve-day take of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and 12 percent behind the $100.87 million twelve-day gross of 2012's Django Unchained.
Disney's Into the Woods placed in third with $1.32 million. The modestly budgeted Rob Marshall directed musical featuring Meryl Streep fell 69 percent from Sunday and 78 percent from last Monday. Into the Woods has grossed a strong $92.19 million in twelve days (giving it a slim $3.12 million lead over Unbroken thus far). Into the Woods is running 6.5 percent ahead of the $86.58 million twelve-day take of 2008's Bedtime Stories and 7 percent behind the $99.34 million twelve-day gross of 2012's Les Misérables.
Fox's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb took fourth place with $0.93 million. The third installment of the Ben Stiller led franchise was down 70 percent from Sunday and down 79 percent from last Monday. Secret of the Tomb surpassed the $90 million mark yesterday and has grossed $90.78 million in 18 days. That gives the film a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 5.31 to 1.
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death rounded out Monday's top five with $0.78 million. The PG-13 rated horror sequel from Relativity fell 67 percent from Sunday's performance. The Woman in Black 2 has grossed a stronger than expected $15.81 million in four days. The film is currently running a respectable 28 percent behind the $22.05 million four-day start of 2012's The Woman in Black.
Annie followed closely behind in sixth place with $0.73 million. Sony's musical remake was down 71 percent from Sunday and down 81 percent from last Monday. Annie has grossed a very solid $73.19 million in 18 days. That gives the film a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 4.61 to 1.
The Imitation Game took seventh place with $0.63 million. The awards season hopeful from The Weinstein Company continues to impress in moderate release, as it averaged $839 from 754 locations on Monday. The current total for The Intimation Game stands at a very promising $31.10 million.