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. 22 - Sun, Jul. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The First Avenger$65,058,524--3,715--$17,512$65,058,5241Paramount
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$47,422,212-72%4,3750$10,839$273,539,2812Warner Bros.
3Friends With Benefits$18,622,150--2,926--$6,364$18,622,1501Sony / Screen Gems
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$12,051,735-43%3,375-542$3,571$325,841,1854Paramount / DreamWorks
5Horrible Bosses$11,884,319-33%3,104-30$3,829$82,566,7033Warner Bros. / New Line
6Zookeeper$8,702,055-29%3,215-267$2,707$59,206,2553Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$5,655,857-33%2,668-581$2,120$176,375,2955Disney
8Winnie the Pooh$5,162,046-34%2,4050$2,146$17,594,2972Disney
9Bad Teacher$2,610,925-49%2,034-625$1,284$94,365,6885Sony / Columbia
10Larry Crowne$1,019,475-62%1,035-1252$985$34,327,4054Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$1,804,662-4%621-85$2,906$44,783,20610Sony Pictures Classics
2Bridesmaids$1,325,985-23%680-192$1,950$163,832,87011Universal
3Mr. Popper's Penguins$935,068-32%591-411$1,582$63,500,8206Fox
4Super 8$760,042-61%658-801$1,155$124,235,1027Paramount
5Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$670,258-30%1000$6,703$2,003,9302Eros International
6The Tree of Life$555,573-11%230-5$2,416$11,038,1509Fox Searchlight
7Monte Carlo$475,973-64%360-809$1,322$21,772,5884Fox
8Beginners$425,205-2%157-13$2,708$4,607,4188Focus
9Green Lantern (2011)$381,612-72%421-552$906$113,920,2096Warner Bros.
10X-Men: First Class$348,046-45%295-175$1,180$144,210,3648Fox
11Thor$343,000-11%236-36$1,453$180,136,18812Paramount
12Kung Fu Panda 2$317,481-31%250-104$1,270$160,776,0839Paramount / DreamWorks
13Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$311,464-37%246-127$1,266$238,021,77310Disney
14Rio (2011)$304,210-6%210-31$1,449$142,579,55115Fox
15The Hangover Part II$298,592-41%275-180$1,086$252,459,3099Warner Bros.
16Buck$266,508-12%123-14$2,167$2,679,2306IFC Films
17A Better Life$215,376-36%182-34$1,183$1,413,9605Summit
18Fast Five$169,650-21%174-38$975$209,445,77513Universal
19Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$136,277-5%190-24$717$14,660,0057Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$247,04528%480$5,147$9,719,34316Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Le Sens de l'humour$218,580-30%87-2$2,512$2,085,3813Alliance Films
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$200,33349%6137$3,284$411,1332Fox Searchlight
4Singham$161,064--50--$3,221$161,0641Reliance Big Pictures
5Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$145,2565%5432$2,690$595,7283Sony Pictures Classics
6The Trip (2011)$129,61237%465$2,818$1,269,9257IFC Films
7Hubble 3D$121,4176%27-4$4,497$27,020,08971Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Tabloid$121,05733%3117$3,905$263,5232IFC Films
9Sarah's Key$115,708--5--$23,142$115,7081Weinstein Company
10Page One: Inside the New York Times$95,671-25%652$1,472$762,6846Magnolia Pictures
11Terri$87,67913%366$2,436$372,1934IDP/ATO Pictures
12Another Earth$77,740--4--$19,435$77,7401Fox Searchlight
13Water for Elephants$66,121-25%91-29$727$58,594,03414Fox
14Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$57,000171%87$7,125$130,8373International Film Circuit
15Cave of Forgotten Dreams$54,4108%38-10$1,432$5,032,51513IFC Films
16Project Nim$50,1452%19-3$2,639$171,2273Roadside Attractions
17Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$49,136-5%100$4,914$3,667,749633D Entertainment
18Under the Sea 3D$47,76132%13-1$3,674$29,275,057128Warner Bros. / IMAX
19A Little Help$44,870--24--$1,870$44,8701Freestyle Releasing
20Incendies$40,36114%29-9$1,392$6,708,35914Sony Pictures Classics
21Insidious$37,990-25%59-7$644$53,899,87217FilmDistrict
22Delhi Belly$35,947-66%25-42$1,438$1,501,7654UTV Communications
23Something Borrowed$29,322-61%47-27$624$39,026,18612Warner Bros.
24The Double Hour$29,14742%20-2$1,457$1,426,69215IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
25Bride Flight$25,974-7%170$1,528$365,1277Music Box Films
26Turtle: The Incredible Journey$25,84174%124$2,153$258,3835Hannover House
27The Undefeated (2011)$24,664-62%144$1,762$101,3822Cinedigm
28Submarine$21,376141%184$1,188$426,9048Weinstein Company
29Space Station 3D$20,020--1--$20,020$84,008,246484IMAX
30Life, Above All$15,57113%105$1,557$39,1682Sony Pictures Classics
31Passione: A Musical Adventure$14,44112%40$3,610$115,0715Abramorama
32Queen to Play$13,88610%123$1,157$448,57917Zeitgeist Films
33Gerry (2011)$13,267-34%11-12$1,206$1,888,6776Entertainment One Films
34Bill Cunningham New York$11,13414%60$1,856$1,436,71019Zeitgeist Films
35Trollhunter$10,305-1%211$491$193,3877Magnolia / Magnet
36The Names of Love$9,788-57%8-4$1,224$180,0495Music Box Films
37The Myth of the American Sleepover$8,700--1--$8,700$8,7001IFC Films
38Meek's Cutoff$6,796-50%5-8$1,359$948,50616Oscilloscope
39In a Better World$6,512-24%8-2$814$947,86717Sony Pictures Classics
40If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$6,272-9%50$1,254$45,1015Oscilloscope
41Everything Must Go$5,99916%9-3$667$2,686,76611Roadside Attractions
42The Conspirator$5,95422%100$595$11,529,67415Roadside Attractions
43The Tree$5,89318%42$1,473$12,8242Zeitgeist Films
44Rapt$5,79119%32$1,930$25,8683Lorber Films
45Winter in Wartime$5,2301889%54$1,046$537,02919Sony Pictures Classics
46Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$5,051--1--$5,051$7,5781The Film Desk
47The Woman with the 5 Elephants$4,988--1--$4,988$6,6771Cinema Guild
4813 Assassins$4,818-31%8-9$602$784,98613Magnolia / Magnet
49The Last Mountain$3,848-52%3-2$1,283$105,2828Dada Films
50Viva Riva!$3,641929%43$910$50,4927Music Box Films
51Road to Nowhere$3,609247%51$722$33,3277Monterey Media
52The Sleeping Beauty$3,234-9%20$1,617$19,4653Strand Releasing
53The Perfect Host$2,488164%31$829$20,5344Magnolia Pictures
54Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$2,283-71%2-3$1,142$247,2355Abramorama
55Rejoice and Shout$2,255-52%4-3$564$85,9798Magnolia Pictures
56Trigun: Badlands Rumble$2,113-48%20$1,057$48,2573Eleven Arts
57The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$2,107-35%3-1$702$147,28817Lorber Films
58Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,047--2--$1,024$229,62045Collective Eye
59Hobo with a Shotgun$1,966-6%50$393$698,26512Magnolia / Magnet
60The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$1,942-42%1-1$1,942$43,1295Rialto Pictures
61The Arbor$1,511130%21$756$15,99613Strand Releasing
62Bbuddah...Hoga Terra Baap$1,405--5--$281$325,5934Viva Entertainment
63Small Town Murder Songs$1,187-56%2-1$594$29,0629Monterey Media
6435 and Ticking$1,078-68%3-2$359$93,03210Image Entertainment
65Hesher$1,004-58%2-1$502$380,20911Wrekin Hill Entertainment
66Salvation Boulevard$968-87%2-2$484$14,0482IFC Films
67Poetry$853--1--$853$351,01124Kino International
68Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$83066%10$830$180,79821Strand Releasing
69Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$816--1--$816$46,65328Kino International
70Summer (2011 re-issue)$801--1--$801$26,3047The Film Desk
71Into Eternity$600-15%1-2$600$53,69825International Film Circuit
72Potiche$520-32%10$520$1,614,33518Music Box Films
73Daylight (2011)$519-46%10$519$2,0522Cinema Purgatorio
74Double Dhamaal$470--2--$235$543,3225Reliance Big Pictures
75Farmageddon$463-7%10$463$17,7166Undefined
76Circo$351--1--$351$73,44017First Run Features
77Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$329--1--$329$30,08511First Run Features
78The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$262-65%2-2$131$630,55314Sony Pictures Classics
79Film Socialisme$215-92%1-1$215$27,1778Lorber Films
80Blank City$202-74%10$202$116,03716Insurgent Releasing
81The Music Never Stopped$193--4--$48$255,77319Roadside Attractions