'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, May. 31 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$13,749,371-9%4,3678$3,148$146,810,7852Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$7,717,816-19%3,646--$2,117$37,813,0751Disney
3Sex and the City 2$5,833,000-28%3,445--$1,693$51,043,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
4Iron Man 2$4,617,249-21%3,804-373$1,214$279,653,1494Paramount
5Robin Hood$3,019,000-19%3,373-132$895$86,144,0003Universal
6Letters to Juliet$1,658,752-11%2,825-150$587$38,195,9423Summit
7Just Wright$679,124-7%1,195-636$568$18,833,2203Fox Searchlight
8Date Night$489,902-22%1,126-743$435$94,005,3658Fox
9MacGruber$458,000-20%2,546-5$180$7,674,0002Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon$362,843-10%825-926$440$213,117,89610Paramount / DreamWorks
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$205,000-35%891-1234$230$61,906,0005Warner Bros. / New Line
4Alice in Wonderland (2010)$143,206--341-70$420$333,160,34513Disney
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$124,531--166--$750$6,938,56911Music Box
6City Island$120,987-17%201-33$602$4,862,13711Anchor Bay
7The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$119,986--155--$774$3,452,7747Sony Pictures Classics
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$82,7524%283-69$292$62,769,86811Fox
9The Bounty Hunter$79,184-19%287--$276$65,652,47911Sony / Columbia
10Death at a Funeral (2010)$71,552-13%247-314$290$41,945,5967Sony / Screen Gems
11The Back-up Plan$68,495-34%391-688$175$36,594,9906CBS Films
12Hot Tub Time Machine$62,000-28%36486$170$50,007,00010MGM
13Clash of the Titans (2010)$57,000-30%225-187$253$161,380,0009Warner Bros.
14Kites$53,983-42%176-32$307$1,497,6452Reliance Big Cinema
17The Last Song$38,376--214-143$179$61,971,2489Disney
18Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$38,260-9%17744$216$59,982,6299Lionsgate
19Furry Vengeance$37,555-47%247-1122$152$16,501,8585Summit
20Shutter Island$33,067-50%201-55$165$127,845,04115Paramount
21Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$21,98623%108-58$204$88,603,07816Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$90,000-25%480$1,875$7,097,00011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Exit Through the Gift Shop$66,117--46--$1,437$1,950,3487Producers Distribution Agency
3Please Give$55,398--50--$1,108$1,395,2905Sony Pictures Classics
4Harry Brown$37,940--54--$703$1,066,7585Samuel Goldwyn
5Princess Kaiulani$33,518-1%38-9$882$626,9853Roadside Attractions
6Our Family Wedding$32,047226%52-32$616$20,217,84512Fox Searchlight
7Solitary Man$26,252-13%62$4,375$243,0872Anchor Bay
9The Ghost Writer$19,970-25%58-28$344$15,331,63915Summit
10Mother and Child$17,037--33--$516$336,5454Sony Pictures Classics
11Holy Rollers$16,513--20--$826$126,08518First Independent Pictures
12The Losers$16,000-59%83-102$193$23,247,0006Warner Bros.
13La Mission$12,000--25--$480$863,0008Screen Media
14The Father of My Children$11,119--5--$2,224$56,0242IFC Films
16Survival of the Dead$10,848--20--$542$54,6051Magnolia / Magnet
17The Tooth Fairy$10,7631%76-39$142$59,965,64919Fox
18Breathless (2010 re-issue)$9,200--4--$2,300$41,4001Rialto
19Micmacs$9,163--4--$2,291$51,9141Sony Classics
20The Secret of Kells$8,785-2%252$351$541,97313GKIDS
21Under the Sea 3D$8,500-29%180$472$22,221,00068Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Casino Jack and the United States of Money$7,089--21--$338$136,6914Magnolia
23The City of Your Final Destination$6,400--14--$457$291,0007Screen Media Films
24Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$6,344--12--$529$456,59211Zeitgeist
25The Square (2010)$4,577-22%153$305$288,7318Apparition
26The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$3,751--1--$3,751$52,6798International Film Circuit
27A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$2,743--14--$196$2,063,52014Sony Classics
28The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$2,356--14--$168$135,9625IFC
29Looking for Eric$2,341--8--$293$34,0353IFC
31Chloe$2,179--18--$121$3,014,59210Sony Pictures Classics
32The Good, the Bad, the Weird$2,105--13--$162$101,7738IFC
33Madeo (Mother)$1,803--12--$150$526,45353Magnolia
34Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$1,627--6--$271$23,196,718139National Geographic
35Racing Dreams$1,616-16%8-23$202$29,4092Hanover House
36Letters to God$1,500--14-25$107$2,839,0008Vivendi
37The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$1,241--5--$248$444,29518First Run Features
38The Runaways$1,1150%11-19$101$3,571,73511Apparition
39OSS 117: Lost in Rio$1,080--3--$360$49,86659Music Box
40180┬░ South$1,079--4--$270$24,2062Magnolia
41The Eclipse$914--5--$183$119,37710Magnolia
42John Rabe$911--4--$228$12,8242Strand
43The Joneses$670-29%8-19$84$1,435,7547Roadside Attractions
44Best Worst Movie$665--2--$333$41,1466Area23a
45Sweetgrass$651--3--$217$164,10136Cinema Guild
46No One Knows About Persian Cats$599--7--$86$69,6337IFC
47Daddy Longlegs$497--2--$249$20,7283Sundance Selects
48Crazy Heart$450--7-21$64$39,462,00024Fox Searchlight
49After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$327--2--$164$5,5072Variance Films
50U2 3D$202--1--$202$10,329,092123National Geographic
51The Last Station$198--3--$66$6,606,85220Sony Pictures Classics
52Terribly Happy$190--3--$63$168,16817Oscilloscope
53Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$183--4--$46$15,9793Cinema Purgatorio
54The Girl on the Train (2010)$90--2--$45$201,79519Strand Releasing
55The White Ribbon$15--1--$15$2,222,64722Sony Classics