Grosses

'Unbroken' Surprises with $15.59M on Christmas Day; 'Into the Woods' a Strong Second with $15.08M; 'The Battle of the Five Armies' Holds Up Well with $13.14MDecember 26, 2014 10:40 AM

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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Feb. 18 - Sun, Feb. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$21,856,389--3,043--$7,183$21,856,3891Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$19,449,893--3,154--$6,167$19,449,8931Disney / DreamWorks
3Gnomeo and Juliet$19,154,010-24%3,01420$6,355$50,174,5422Disney
4Just Go With It$18,478,226-39%3,5480$5,208$61,034,1902Sony / Columbia
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$16,300,803--2,821--$5,778$16,300,8031Fox
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$13,307,933-55%3,11813$4,268$48,180,6822Paramount
7The King's Speech$6,529,530-10%2,086-177$3,130$103,241,50613Weinstein Company
8The Roommate$3,909,742-52%2,160-374$1,810$32,503,3063Sony / Screen Gems
9The Eagle$3,645,485-58%2,2960$1,588$15,152,6832Focus
10No Strings Attached$3,080,033-47%1,966-790$1,567$65,993,3205Paramount
11True Grit (2010)$2,410,521-36%1,465-607$1,645$164,128,0249Paramount
12Sanctum$1,638,615-71%1,377-1412$1,190$21,947,4003Universal
13The Green Hornet$1,524,622-59%1,265-825$1,205$95,076,4656Sony / Columbia
14The Rite$1,130,106-65%1,048-1159$1,078$31,392,4914Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$1,567,302-28%759-290$2,065$87,978,80011Paramount
2Black Swan$1,327,788-37%656-413$2,024$101,536,86312Fox Searchlight
3The Mechanic$1,003,330-69%952-934$1,054$27,886,0234CBS Films
4Cedar Rapids$910,448201%10287$8,926$1,311,9262Fox Searchlight
5Barney's Version$746,69971%322212$2,319$4,465,1366Sony Pictures Classics
6Tangled$534,351-34%389-395$1,374$194,306,67713Disney
7Biutiful$521,607-10%156-35$3,344$3,037,4648Roadside Attractions
8Yogi Bear$464,644-40%725-386$641$97,283,21710Warner Bros.
9TRON: Legacy$452,223-18%312-52$1,449$170,441,51110Disney
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$359,045-23%321-88$1,119$293,901,79414Warner Bros.
11Blue Valentine (2010)$330,177-44%235-158$1,405$8,829,6448Weinstein Company
12127 Hours$319,559-43%240-119$1,331$17,412,20916Fox Searchlight
13The Company Men$298,984-42%242-35$1,235$3,526,2545Weinstein Company
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$286,1180%264-29$1,084$103,373,05111Fox
15Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$284,284-5%10813$2,632$722,4942Shorts International
16Megamind$272,032-16%214-38$1,271$148,244,40516Paramount / DreamWorks
17Little Fockers$266,470-23%285-139$935$147,635,6609Universal
18Another Year$206,934-37%121-53$1,710$2,487,9128Sony Pictures Classics
19The Tourist$202,309154%224124$903$67,239,12811Sony / Columbia
20Gulliver's Travels (2010)$190,367-11%235-73$810$42,174,2759Fox
21The Illusionist (2010)$188,494-38%106-100$1,778$1,467,7899Sony Pictures Classics
22The Dilemma$176,660-83%293-949$603$48,221,7406Universal
23From Prada to Nada$93,155-70%128-124$728$2,810,4914Lionsgate / Pantelion
24The Social Network$88,432-34%113-65$783$96,760,02121Sony / Columbia
25Unstoppable (2010)$68,105-38%105-42$649$81,468,67015Fox
26Season of the Witch$33,293-65%132-44$252$24,529,4877Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$187,41022%52-1$3,604$21,972,94749Warner Bros. / IMAX
27 Khoon Maaf$164,153--65--$2,525$164,1531UTV Communications
3Under the Sea 3D$74,07131%182$4,115$27,157,983106Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Rabbit Hole$56,680-34%78-34$727$1,974,84210Lionsgate
5Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$53,730--8--$6,716$53,7301Vitagraph
6The Last Lions$53,344--4--$13,336$53,3441National Geographic
7Space Station 3D$39,30488%51$7,861$82,809,201462IMAX
8Somewhere (2010)$33,566-7%29-3$1,157$1,723,5229Focus
9Inside Job$23,523-12%24-5$980$3,969,89120Sony Pictures Classics
10Poetry$17,832-6%30$5,944$46,2152Kino International
11Winter's Bone$17,713-8%20-6$886$6,421,49037Roadside Attractions
12Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$16,12324%21$8,062$34,1942Phase 4 Films
13The Way Back$14,912-62%15-22$994$2,673,8545Newmarket Films
14The Housemaid (Hanyo)$14,704198%60$2,451$87,4255IFC Films
15Immigration Tango$14,432--30--$481$14,4321Roadside Attractions
16Galapagos$14,04062%30$4,680$17,864,405591IMAX
17Kaboom$11,53565%61$1,923$64,0214IFC Films
18Casino Jack$10,460-31%12-3$872$949,38410IDP/ATO Pictures
19Made in Dagenham$8,906-51%15-14$594$1,017,24614Sony Pictures Classics
20Cold Weather$8,548-34%31$2,849$46,1993IFC Films
21Brotherhood (2010)$7,873--1--$7,873$7,8731Phase 4 Films
22Carancho$7,296-54%4-1$1,824$30,3782Strand Releasing
23Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$7,187-66%7-6$1,027$167,7384Variance Films
24Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$6,857611%32$2,286$90,7847First Run Features
25What Women Want (2011)$5,523-73%3-18$1,841$117,8933China Lion Film
26Waste Land$5,351-17%4-2$1,338$154,23517Arthouse Films
27I Love You Phillip Morris$5,101-46%9-14$567$1,946,13712Roadside Attractions
28Putty Hill$4,868--1--$4,868$4,8681Cinema Guild
29The Salvation Poem$4,757-65%40$1,189$593,15719CanZion Films
30Orgasm Inc.$4,399-50%32$1,466$18,5012First Run Features
31When We Leave (Die Fremde)$4,028180%10$4,028$18,9184Olive Films
32All Good Things$3,662-13%40$916$537,34212Magnolia Pictures
33Zero Bridge$3,304--1--$3,304$4,6211The Film Desk
34The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$3,011--1--$3,011$146,01946International Film Circuit
35The Other Woman (2011)$2,982328%53$596$14,0893IFC
36Vanishing on 7th Street$2,898--1--$2,898$2,8981Magnolia / Magnet
37Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$2,605-42%1-1$2,605$87,1549Saint Juste International
38Tiny Furniture$2,513-49%6-2$419$389,33415IFC
39Enemies of the People$2,400170%42$600$65,26330International Film Circuit
40Bhutto$1,941-8%32$647$86,49112First Run Features
41Four Lions$1,90947%63$318$303,82416Drafthouse Films
42Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$1,667-72%2-2$834$408,13319Zeitgeist Films
43Every Day$1,566-37%20$783$30,6486Image Entertainment
44My Dog Tulip$1,550-29%10$1,550$208,96525New Yorker Films
45Now & Later$1,516--1--$1,516$1,5161Cinema Libre
46Marwencol$1,516-19%31$505$97,23720Cinema Guild
47The Time That Remains$1,362-47%20$681$31,7887IFC
48What If...$1,272-42%1-1$1,272$814,34827Five & Two Pictures
49Kings of Pastry$1,25736%10$1,257$311,95323First Run
50The Strange Case of Angelica$1,134-16%10$1,134$36,7308Cinema Guild
51Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$1,048-12%10$1,048$18,0306Kino International
52The Tempest$84438%30$281$277,51511Disney
53The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$844-66%2-4$422$5,188,92417Music Box
54Get Low$793-88%4-15$198$9,176,46930Sony Pictures Classics
55Night Catches Us$724-10%42$181$75,34312Magnolia
56Tamara Drewe$71246%42$178$559,55620Sony Pictures Classics
57Animal Kingdom$450-74%20$225$1,041,08228Sony Pictures Classics
58Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$339-91%1-4$339$105,16835Kino International
59Mesrine: Killer Instinct$322-9%10$322$551,53126Music Box
60Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$252-55%21$126$66,04317Variance Films
61The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$137--1--$137$10,095,17049Music Box
62Nenette$120-35%10$120$14,2279Kino International
63Rabia$59-98%1-1$59$5,4144Strand