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, May. 13 - Sun, May. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$34,703,035-47%3,9638$8,757$119,455,3522Paramount
2Bridesmaids$26,247,410--2,918--$8,995$26,247,4101Universal
3Fast Five$20,444,270-37%3,793131$5,390$169,690,4703Universal
4Priest (2011)$14,953,664--2,864--$5,221$14,953,6641Sony / Screen Gems
5Rio (2011)$8,275,058-3%2,929-329$2,825$125,243,1985Fox
6Jumping the Broom$7,066,190-54%2,0350$3,472$25,760,0042Sony / TriStar
7Something Borrowed$6,872,221-51%2,9040$2,366$25,518,7332Warner Bros.
8Water for Elephants$4,203,095-31%2,425-189$1,733$48,578,8754Fox
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$2,214,033-47%1,449-432$1,528$50,232,1824Lionsgate
10Soul Surfer$1,826,788-21%1,468-313$1,244$39,232,9566Sony / TriStar
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$1,151,268-44%1,276-1229$902$8,562,8613Weinstein Company
12Prom$939,043-58%1,201-1529$782$8,971,9303Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious$958,323-28%762-239$1,258$51,674,3127FilmDistrict
2Source Code$837,279-33%626-304$1,338$52,233,8017Summit
3Everything Must Go$791,676--218--$3,632$791,6761Roadside Attractions
4African Cats$667,187-37%631-404$1,057$14,039,5664Disneynature
5Hanna$490,646-41%425-323$1,154$38,604,2606Focus
6The Conspirator$464,496-25%370-87$1,255$10,492,6025Roadside Attractions
7Win Win$405,290-23%248-20$1,634$8,934,3329Fox Searchlight
8HOP$401,625-19%459-443$875$106,854,7157Universal
9The Lincoln Lawyer$397,367-15%345-95$1,152$56,111,7529Lionsgate
10Limitless$358,480-26%298-81$1,203$77,563,5889Relativity Media
11Jane Eyre (2011)$337,419-21%2480$1,361$9,971,49710Focus
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$291,37932%311-28$937$51,635,7008Fox
13Scream 4$277,103-60%426-907$650$37,509,3155Weinstein Company
14Rango$258,083-41%216-61$1,195$120,760,01711Paramount
15Arthur (2011)$237,8399%344-11$691$32,568,5076Warner Bros.
16Battle: Los Angeles$186,628-1%225-4$829$83,271,42310Sony / Columbia
17Gnomeo and Juliet$182,256-15%194-56$939$99,292,44514Disney
18The Adjustment Bureau$168,920-40%164-51$1,030$62,295,88511Universal
19The Beaver$161,20150%10583$1,535$311,5582Summit
20There Be Dragons$142,288-80%180-79$790$972,9422IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
21Atlas Shrugged: Part 1$124,978-37%158-70$791$4,563,8735Rocky Mountain
22Go For It!$119,714--218--$549$119,7141Lionsgate / Pantelion
23Paul$104,980-48%181-23$580$37,371,3859Universal
24Your Highness$95,460-47%148-16$645$21,557,2406Universal
25Sucker Punch$76,455-23%139-71$550$36,322,9678Warner Bros.
26I Am Number Four$58,509-23%102-44$574$54,808,29713Disney / DreamWorks
27Red Riding Hood$58,314-30%100-56$583$37,611,98710Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cave of Forgotten Dreams$471,93317%8232$5,755$1,315,6363IFC Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$323,86312%57-2$5,682$4,817,1766Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Incendies$134,910116%3322$4,088$380,4504Sony Pictures Classics
4Hesher$126,046--42--$3,001$126,0461Wrekin Hill Entertainment
5I Am (2011)$109,020-42%671$1,627$1,107,28013Paladin
6The Double Hour$106,73833%269$4,105$381,6795IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
7Meek's Cutoff$96,99058%3011$3,233$344,5536Oscilloscope
8Hubble 3D$92,3015%384$2,429$25,171,64361Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Of Gods and Men$80,382-8%68-16$1,182$3,682,19512Sony Pictures Classics
10Potiche$80,254-27%59-13$1,360$1,330,4938Music Box Films
11In a Better World$65,331-12%513$1,281$617,3157Sony Pictures Classics
12Just Go With It$56,562-35%89-44$636$103,028,10914Sony / Columbia
13Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$52,786-18%110$4,799$2,693,331533D Entertainment
1413 Assassins$52,7179%177$3,101$201,5343Magnolia / Magnet
15The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$49,295-20%5711$865$413,0234Sony Pictures Classics
16Bill Cunningham New York$47,809-19%24-3$1,992$975,0059Zeitgeist Films
17The King's Speech$42,110-27%71-19$593$138,714,56325Weinstein Company
18L'Amour fou$37,250--2--$18,625$37,2501IFC Films
19Under the Sea 3D$37,18441%16-3$2,324$28,399,249118Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Winter in Wartime$32,048-6%264$1,233$365,8239Sony Pictures Classics
21Queen to Play$31,4374%185$1,747$209,2187Zeitgeist Films
22Beastly$26,350-36%46-30$573$27,854,89611CBS Films
23Certified Copy$25,038-34%35-1$715$1,255,80410IFC Films
24No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$24,88273%5029$498$1,331,5186Lionsgate / Pantelion
25The Princess of Montpensier$23,834-26%19-2$1,254$214,9475IFC Films
26Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$23,029-34%38-14$606$37,892,60513Fox
27The First Grader$20,437--3--$6,812$20,4371National Geographic
28Last Night (2010)$20,130-32%6-4$3,355$67,6362Miramax / Tribeca
29Battle of the Brides$16,816-29%61$2,803$48,4362Variance Films
30Kill the Irishman$15,211-42%13-10$1,170$1,135,22510Anchor Bay Films
31Cedar Rapids$11,265-46%12-10$939$6,844,89214Fox Searchlight
32Dum Maaro Dum$11,242-55%20-13$562$551,3984Fox Searchlight
33My Perestroika$11,19335%125$933$157,2328International Film Circuit
34Mars Needs Moms$10,994-33%27-10$407$20,922,47610Disney
35Lebanon, PA$9,40413%62$1,567$30,3813Truly Indie
36Exporting Raymond$9,209-51%5-4$1,842$83,8943IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
37Nostalgia for the Light$8,994106%64$1,499$100,2209Icarus Films
38Biutiful$8,22023%11-5$747$5,085,42420Roadside Attractions
39The Tenant (2011)$7,210--3--$2,403$9,5861Indican Pictures
40Poetry$6,748-33%5-3$1,350$320,71814Kino International
41Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$6,702-93%34-430$197$1,183,3543Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
42Hobo with a Shotgun$6,689-44%31$2,230$539,3702Magnolia / Magnet
43Tangled$6,35119%9-8$706$199,714,63025Disney
44City of Life and Death$5,610--1--$5,610$7,9471Kino International
45Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$5,457--3--$1,819$5,4571First Run Features
46Skateland$5,254--2--$2,627$5,2541Freestyle Releasing
47The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$5,153148%32$1,718$101,2357Lorber Films
48The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$5,15044%30$1,717$868,75041National Geographic
49Super$4,979-69%15-15$332$315,5057IFC Films
50The Company Men$4,001-62%11-24$364$4,439,06317Weinstein Company
51Octubre$3,797-46%1-1$3,797$14,6232New Yorker Films
52How To Live Forever$3,716--1--$3,716$3,7161Variance Films
53Rubber$3,588-40%8-7$449$80,1407Magnolia / Magnet
54The Robber$3,185-68%1-5$3,185$42,2753Kino International
55Circo$3,092-34%2-1$1,546$50,0157First Run Features
56The Salvation Poem$3,069-66%4-1$767$864,82431CanZion Films
57Blank City$3,04332%31$1,014$75,3106Insurgent Releasing
58Henry's Crime$3,035-64%2-3$1,518$94,1956Moving Pictures Film & Television
59Miral$2,866-17%50$573$371,3528Weinstein Company
60Barney's Version$2,801-41%7-9$400$7,470,66018Sony Pictures Classics
61Dumbstruck$2,544163%10$2,544$9,4345Truly Indie
62Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,514--2--$1,257$23,615,670189National Geographic
63The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$2,506--1--$2,506$2,5061Argot Pictures
64Ceremony$2,237112%43$559$21,6666Magnolia Pictures
65Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,998--1--$1,998$1,9981Strand Releasing
66Another Year$1,922216%65$320$3,203,72520Sony Pictures Classics
67Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$1,913-26%3-1$638$35,6534Variance Films
68American: The Bill Hicks Story$1,807-56%3-1$602$78,6536Variance Films
69The Music Never Stopped$1,618-11%5-2$324$239,5769Roadside Attractions
70My Dog Tulip$1,595138%32$532$245,30837New Yorker Films
71Meet Monica Velour$1,530--1--$1,530$28,3236Anchor Bay Films
72The Last Lions$1,297509%1-3$1,297$631,92513National Geographic
73Into Eternity$1,046--3--$349$34,29815International Film Circuit
74The Arbor$860-73%21$430$12,4243Strand Releasing
75Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$646-64%2-1$323$243,64019First Run Features
76Orgasm Inc.$481--1--$481$46,10414First Run Features
77Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$228-72%2-1$114$158,43711Strand Releasing
78Harvest$130-98%10$130$18,1982Monterey Media