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, May. 30 - Sun, Jun. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Maleficent$69,431,298--3,948--$17,586$69,431,2981Disney
2X-Men: Days of Future Past$32,551,098-64%4,0015$8,136$162,020,2012Fox
3A Million Ways to Die in the West$16,797,385--3,158--$5,319$16,797,3851Universal
4Godzilla (2014)$12,008,129-61%3,501-451$3,430$174,439,6863Warner Bros.
5Blended$8,144,303-43%3,5550$2,291$29,350,8392Warner Bros.
6Neighbors (2014)$8,080,645-42%2,939-327$2,749$128,966,3654Universal
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$3,778,605-52%2,152-1008$1,756$192,735,9025Sony / Columbia
8Million Dollar Arm$3,588,444-49%2,329-690$1,541$27,985,0533Disney
9The Other Woman (2014)$1,388,886-63%1,114-1040$1,247$81,076,0346Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,911,548-16%624126$3,063$6,826,4304Open Road
2Belle$1,258,965-24%52572$2,398$6,188,8985Fox Searchlight
3Rio 2$1,116,233-55%983-718$1,136$124,320,7378Fox
4Heaven is for Real$800,872-61%722-998$1,109$88,013,3477Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$627,266-64%539-834$1,164$255,176,5509Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$374,752-43%249-111$1,505$57,338,77113Fox Searchlight
7Divergent$327,133-53%373-271$877$148,640,55511Lionsgate / Summit
8The Immigrant$311,769-30%1503$2,078$1,085,3403Weinstein Company
9Moms' Night Out$293,047-62%383-478$765$9,590,2234Sony / TriStar
10The LEGO Movie$276,486-32%302-21$916$255,436,99717Warner Bros.
11The Railway Man$217,942-61%496-104$439$4,049,4718Weinstein Company
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$199,327-30%254-32$785$110,049,68213Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Fed Up$163,917-33%1042$1,576$1,025,2464RADiUS-TWC
14Noah$150,783-31%182-37$828$100,869,01310Paramount
15Muppets Most Wanted$134,741-31%233-36$578$50,646,20611Disney
16God's Not Dead$118,677-50%155-90$766$59,797,17611Freestyle / Pure Flix
17Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$97,148-78%180-494$540$8,157,2924Clarius Entertainment
18Kochadaiiyaan - The Legend$89,042-85%1610$553$817,1922Eros International
19Draft Day$85,01210%17328$491$28,698,3588Lionsgate / Summit
20Bears$84,868-38%110-104$772$17,411,7087Disneynature
21Transcendence$48,178-49%128-74$376$22,930,4887Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$323,743--94--$3,444$323,7431eOne Films US
2Ida (2014)$237,45316%5824$4,094$958,2285Music Box Films
3Fading Gigolo$136,596-51%92-94$1,485$3,399,5357Millennium Entertainment
4Cold in July$115,813187%7064$1,654$175,0402IFC Films
5Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$115,293-23%390$2,956$2,393,2839Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Palo Alto$89,310-7%5715$1,567$510,8864Tribeca Film
7Words and Pictures$78,200-11%133$6,015$217,6792Roadside Attractions
8Chinese Puzzle$64,52452%2919$2,225$169,0683Cohen Media Group
9Locke$62,031-48%69-42$899$1,166,7976A24
10Journey to the South Pacific$56,040-22%16-2$3,503$2,983,79827IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
11The Lunchbox$55,420-43%54-14$1,026$3,972,11814Sony Pictures Classics
12The Hornet's Nest$50,641-39%42-15$1,206$255,8284Freestyle Releasing
13Only Lovers Left Alive$48,566-40%52-18$934$1,556,7938Sony Pictures Classics
14A Haunted House 2$48,496-35%74-14$655$17,263,7677Open Road
15Hubble 3D$45,404-32%222$2,064$44,387,401220Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Oculus$38,558-34%83-22$465$27,603,0308Relativity Media
17Jerusalem 3D$35,676-24%15-6$2,378$4,315,42237National Geographic
18Need For Speed$31,104-24%74-15$420$43,496,67212Disney / DreamWorks
19The Dance of Reality$30,17622%86$3,772$76,0442ABKCO Films
20Under the Skin (2014)$28,784-44%28-4$1,028$2,395,3569A24
21The Quiet Ones$27,135-30%72-20$377$8,496,1126Lionsgate
22Frozen (2013)$22,921-34%57-16$402$400,617,40928Disney
23Night Moves$21,488--2--$10,744$21,4881Cinedigm
24Brick Mansions$20,834-87%45-123$463$20,031,3746Relativity Media
25Finding Vivian Maier$18,403-35%29-11$635$1,362,27710IFC Films
26The German Doctor$18,240-46%17-6$1,073$378,2466IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
27We Are the Best!$17,664--3--$5,888$17,6641Magnolia Pictures
28Korengal$14,630--1--$14,630$14,6301Saboteur Media
29Elena (2014)$10,341--1--$10,341$10,3411Variance Films
30Redwood Highway$9,128-39%7-1$1,304$60,0348Monterey Media
31Jodorowsky's Dune$8,877-24%14-3$634$596,77011Sony Pictures Classics
32Heropanti$8,454-74%11-5$769$57,1502UTV Motion Pictures
33Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$8,309-40%20$4,155$32,0462IFC Films
34Filth$7,526--3--$2,509$7,5261Magnolia / Magnet
35Under the Sea 3D$6,73347%123$561$33,983,419277Warner Bros. / IMAX
36The Double (2014)$6,205-74%14-2$443$117,7494Magnolia Pictures
37Walking with the Enemy$5,725-54%9-12$636$839,5836Liberty Studios
38Particle Fever$5,446-22%41$1,362$854,15713Abramorama / Bond 360
3950 to 1$4,460-70%5-5$892$714,55711Ten Furlongs
40Son of God$4,32615%210$206$59,696,17614Fox
41Lucky Them$3,728--1--$3,728$3,7281IFC Films
42Nymphomaniac: Volume I$3,718-24%2-3$1,859$778,83511Magnolia Pictures
43For No Good Reason$3,56269%73$509$39,5606Sony Pictures Classics
44Le Week-End$3,405-74%9-12$378$2,198,82512Music Box Films
45The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$3,246-60%5-6$649$226,4129Zeitgeist Films
46Born to Be Wild 3D$3,24651%153$216$23,342,561165Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Half of a Yellow Sun$3,198-67%60$533$22,9853Monterey Media
48To the Arctic 3D$2,352-52%61$392$14,070,653111Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Young and Beautiful$2,309-63%6-2$385$48,0226IFC Films
50Sweet Dreams (2013)$2,193585%30$731$56,58031International Film Circuit
51Nymphomaniac: Volume II$2,113-4%3-3$704$322,5929Magnolia Pictures
52Next Year Jerusalem$2,067147%21$1,034$6,9313First Run Features
53Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,962-71%40$491$134,1207Rialto Pictures
54Blue Ruin$1,93673%61$323$250,0146RADiUS-TWC
55Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,779--2--$890$46,58517Rialto Pictures
56Half the Road$1,709--1--$1,709$4,6327First Run Features
57Before You Know It$1,591--1--$1,591$1,5911Untitled Films
58Bicycling with Molière$1,315-28%20$658$37,8616Strand Releasing
59For a Woman$1,298110%10$1,298$17,0305Film Movement
60Just a Sigh$1,226--3--$409$66,97011Distrib Films
61Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$1,015-78%4-1$254$21,2903International Film Circuit
62The Retrieval$947--2--$474$48,82812Variance Films
63Manakamana$855--2--$428$19,9877Cinema Guild
64That Demon Within$76421%10$764$172,0107China Lion Film
65Deep Sea 3D$588-15%2-1$294$46,049,670431Warner Bros. / IMAX
66The Jewish Cardinal$502-46%20$251$129,40721Film Movement
67Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$367-57%10$367$57,73616Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
68The Raid 2$356-84%2-4$178$2,611,78910Sony Pictures Classics
69Tasting Menu$204-60%10$204$15,6247Magnolia Pictures
70The Unknown Known$177-85%1-4$177$269,1519RADiUS-TWC
71Stage Fright (2014)$133-56%10$133$7,0784Magnolia / Magnet
7220 Feet from Stardom$125-62%1-1$125$4,945,91051RADiUS-TWC