Grosses

'The Battle of the Five Armies' Remains #1 with $41.4M; 'Unbroken' and 'Into the Woods' in Close Battle for Second with $31.7M and $31.0M RespectivelyDecember 28, 2014 09:13 AM

by Daniel Garris

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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jul. 23 - Sun, Jul. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$42,725,012-32%3,7920$11,267$142,883,4242Warner Bros.
2Salt$36,011,243--3,612--$9,970$36,011,2431Sony / Columbia
3Despicable Me$23,689,060-28%3,60099$6,580$161,289,9053Universal
4The Sorcerer's Apprentice$9,651,495-45%3,5040$2,754$42,609,0202Disney
5Toy Story 3$8,917,512-26%2,766-411$3,224$379,416,5516Disney
6Ramona and Beezus$7,810,481--2,719--$2,873$7,810,4811Fox
7Grown Ups$7,428,742-25%2,859-215$2,598$142,240,8285Sony / Columbia
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$7,186,170-46%3,121-880$2,303$279,827,2624Summit
9The Last Airbender$4,217,021-46%2,127-678$1,983$123,308,7904Paramount
10Predators$3,120,656-56%1,846-823$1,690$46,839,0813Fox
11Knight and Day$1,694,003-53%1,265-660$1,339$72,675,7245Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$2,594,758144%201163$12,909$4,909,9493Focus
2The Karate Kid (2010)$1,100,315-52%780-752$1,411$171,713,1737Sony / Columbia
3Cyrus$709,464-35%4548$1,563$6,329,4016Fox Searchlight
4The Girl Who Played With Fire$563,790-17%15617$3,614$2,944,8913Music Box
5Iron Man 2$438,975-22%330-32$1,330$310,840,82412Paramount
6I Am Love$336,112-19%16626$2,025$3,215,8216Magnolia
7Winter's Bone$322,661-7%1309$2,482$3,556,6477Roadside Attractions
8The A-Team$289,198-37%296-132$977$75,737,6287Fox
9Marmaduke$245,338-10%254-20$966$32,577,2988Fox
10Shrek Forever After$225,825-19%202-38$1,118$234,845,97510Paramount / DreamWorks
11Killers (2010)$197,90764%23367$849$46,362,8588Lionsgate
12Letters to Juliet$183,782-23%234-38$785$52,503,75411Summit
13Get Him to the Greek$170,175-2%221-66$770$60,498,0108Universal
14Jonah Hex$130,94341%176130$744$10,369,2056Warner Bros.
15Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$110,427-21%128-13$863$89,523,4359Disney
16Robin Hood$109,440-37%171-55$640$105,054,74511Universal
17Solitary Man$96,866-47%105-41$923$4,030,73310Anchor Bay
18Date Night$83,632-37%108-58$774$98,428,00116Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$315,09511%530$5,945$11,505,59819Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Khatta Meetha$309,211--83--$3,725$309,2111Eros
3Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$124,345-27%99-13$1,256$2,528,9317IFC
4Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$102,633-10%6611$1,555$1,098,2037Sony Pictures Classics
5Under the Sea 3D$81,45212%130$6,266$23,142,55576Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Restrepo$73,124-24%28-3$2,612$536,8905National Geographic
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$71,322-15%66-4$1,081$9,639,71519Music Box
8The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$63,200-21%15-66$4,213$6,129,37015Sony Pictures Classics
9Sex and the City 2$56,278-44%69-28$816$95,063,7229Warner Bros. / New Line
10Agora$53,1751086%1312$4,090$274,6419Newmarket
11Countdown to Zero$41,307--3--$13,769$41,3071Magnolia
12Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$39,244--6--$6,541$39,2441NeoClassics
13Grease Sing-a-Long$32,776-63%17-4$1,928$259,7303Paramount
14Life During Wartime$30,507--1--$30,507$30,5071IFC
15Please Give$28,823-43%40-24$721$3,850,78813Sony Pictures Classics
16City Island$28,667-22%40-9$717$6,623,58619Anchor Bay
17Exit Through the Gift Shop$26,196-32%14-11$1,871$3,018,77715Producers Distribution Agency
18Mademoiselle Chambon$21,828860%75$3,118$208,7069Lorber
19Splice$21,113-68%39-78$541$16,980,2298Warner Bros
20South of the Border$20,88933%103$2,089$166,6115Cinema Libre
21Micmacs$19,963-43%34-16$587$1,059,1739Sony Classics
22Standing Ovation$18,056-95%74-551$244$531,8062Rocky Mountain
23Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$17,466--1--$17,466$26,5621Arthouse Films
24Avatar$16,8178%3-1$5,606$749,726,99332Fox
25Breathless (2010 re-issue)$16,625131%118$1,511$233,7079Rialto
26Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$14,760-58%15-8$984$269,0505Sony Pictures Classics
27Ondine$14,409-19%20-5$720$483,36121Magnolia
28Mother and Child$13,897-19%24-3$579$1,058,97812Sony Pictures Classics
29Just Wright$13,387-56%27-29$496$21,507,08711Fox Searchlight
30Orlando (2010 re-issue)$10,885--2--$5,443$10,8851Sony Pictures Classics
31Kisses$10,156-34%53$2,031$32,7092Oscilloscope
32Diary of a Wimpy Kid$9,872-34%25-3$395$63,939,92219Fox
33Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$9,51273%41$2,378$57,7808Indican Pictures
34Harry Brown$8,689-29%15-9$579$1,800,84413Samuel Goldwyn
35The Killer Inside Me$7,474-37%101$747$181,9796IFC Films
36Winnebago Man$7,102-60%50$1,420$54,1283Kino International
37Kings of the Evening$6,896--4--$1,724$87,29824Indican Pictures
38The City of Your Final Destination$6,847117%93$761$472,35315Screen Media Films
39Let It Rain$6,489-4%31$2,163$88,9816IFC
40Love Ranch$6,06513%6-1$1,011$134,9044E1 Entertainment
41U2 3D$5,699440%32$1,900$10,342,668131National Geographic
42Valhalla Rising$5,030-36%21$2,515$17,5462IFC
43La Mission$4,95889%63$826$1,054,22816Screen Media
44The Nature of Existence$4,476360%1-1$4,476$22,2206Walking Shadows
45Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$4,34451%52$869$624,38819Zeitgeist
46The Lottery$4,027--1--$4,027$51,5427Variance Films
47God of Vampires$3,360-63%4-4$840$56,7054Nocturnal Features
48Best Worst Movie$3,18150%21$1,591$81,09014Area23a
49Everyone Else$2,879-7%31$960$83,14258Cinema Guild
50Spoken Word$2,343--1--$2,343$2,3431Variance
51Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,215-19%30$738$23,259,468147National Geographic
52To the Sea$2,148-72%10$2,148$15,0282Film Movement
53Mugabe and the White African$1,907--1--$1,907$1,9071First Run
54The Secret of Kells$1,875-14%4-2$469$689,57621GKIDS
55John Rabe$1,865288%32$622$54,50310Strand
56Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,806-29%10$1,806$40,1895Kino International
57Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$1,572-61%10$1,572$8,6522Flicker Alley
58Princess Kaiulani$1,461-41%2-1$731$858,41811Roadside Attractions
59Small Change (2009 re-issue)$1,457119%10$1,457$31,73335The Film Desk
60Stonewall Uprising$1,213-83%3-3$404$107,5746First Run Features
61[REC] 2$829-83%3-4$276$19,9423Magnolia
62In/Significant Others$582--1--$582$3,47711Fourth Ward Productions
63Around a Small Mountain$502-78%1-1$502$15,6123Cinema Guild
64Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$417--1--$417$26,1886The Film Desk
65The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$324--1--$324$453,66026First Run Features
66The Oath$310--1--$310$42,11712Zeitgeist
67Behind the Burly Q$134-63%10$134$18,82314First Run Features
68OSS 117: Lost in Rio$113-77%1-1$113$87,35367Music Box