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.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Mar. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$1,157,181-19%2,80549$413$44,976,2062Relativity Media
2Sucker Punch$1,007,104-25%3,033--$332$22,817,4751Warner Bros.
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$969,534-15%3,167--$306$27,127,1071Fox
4The Lincoln Lawyer$913,066-17%2,7070$337$31,669,9982Lionsgate
5Rango$681,392-7%3,645-198$187$108,497,9794Paramount
6Paul$603,565-17%2,8064$215$26,967,5352Universal
7Battle: Los Angeles$551,148-13%3,118-299$177$74,376,8933Sony / Columbia
8The Adjustment Bureau$341,425-15%2,282-378$150$56,011,5554Universal
9Red Riding Hood$325,519-14%2,715-315$120$33,472,9253Warner Bros.
10Mars Needs Moms$181,417-11%2,170-947$84$19,814,6143Disney
11Hall Pass$164,346-4%1,204-701$137$42,828,4495Warner Bros. / New Line
12Beastly$157,288-14%1,585-225$99$25,796,9674CBS Films
13The King's Speech$144,389-4%1,062-187$136$135,294,09618Weinstein Company
14Gnomeo and Juliet$133,579-6%1,364-384$98$96,289,9347Disney
15Just Go With It$126,948-11%1,116-592$114$100,652,1267Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$60,321-12%688-713$88$62,432,5816Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$43,999-2%512-443$86$53,620,9666Disney / DreamWorks
3Cedar Rapids$38,680-6%342-120$113$6,239,3947Fox Searchlight
4Yogi Bear$31,156-11%326-112$96$99,965,85915Warner Bros.
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$26,523-11%406-144$65$37,043,6176Fox
6Black Swan$22,493-8%20716$109$106,646,55617Fox Searchlight
7True Grit (2010)$17,723-5%205-63$86$170,110,69814Paramount
8Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$17,295-7%289-191$60$72,611,2107Paramount
9No Strings Attached$16,440-10%213-19$77$70,527,56810Paramount
10The Fighter$11,5752%179-137$65$93,605,84416Paramount
11The Rite$7,078-6%155-47$46$33,004,3289Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Mechanic$5,440-20%1001$54$29,092,5359CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$93,364-9%9064$1,037$2,168,5273Focus
2Hubble 3D$38,54422%42-7$918$23,221,68054Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$35,4337%2318$1,541$772,5782Fox Searchlight
4Kill the Irishman$12,910-11%4120$315$582,9753Anchor Bay Films
5Biutiful$9,446-7%0-88--$4,852,02813Roadside Attractions
6Miral$6,75625%4--$1,689$84,7971Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$6,3814%85-9$75$294,935,79619Warner Bros.
8The Company Men$5,44611%48-10$113$4,287,60510Weinstein Company
9The Eagle$4,992-12%975$51$19,450,6787Focus
10Take Me Home Tonight$4,976-7%89-192$56$6,832,2494Relativity Media
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$4,773-5%72-10$66$104,313,60116Fox
12Blue Valentine (2010)$4,703-15%441$107$9,643,43113Weinstein Company
13The Music Never Stopped$4,289-24%331$130$163,9152Roadside Attractions
14From Prada to Nada$3,910-14%9164$43$3,028,7569Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Drive Angry$3,766-33%72-23$52$10,571,5055Summit
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,9421%34-9$87$42,740,71214Fox
17happythankyoumoreplease$2,55831%164$160$175,6864Anchor Bay Films
18Rabbit Hole$1,56143%290$54$2,207,86015Lionsgate
19I Love You Phillip Morris$1,344-27%9-2$149$2,018,36817Roadside Attractions
20Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$21571%2-3$108$85,7677Phase 4 Films