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.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Nov. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$2,434,29715%3,952--$616$38,623,9581Paramount / DreamWorks
2In Time$1,361,02127%3,122--$436$14,481,8491Fox
3Paranormal Activity 3$1,328,012-48%3,3298$399$84,778,7672Paramount
4The Rum Diary$680,35125%2,272--$299$6,359,9641FilmDistrict
5Footloose (2011)$480,36026%3,224-331$149$39,405,2343Paramount
6The Three Musketeers (2011)$428,10511%3,0170$142$15,661,2132Summit
7Real Steel$381,8660%2,914-498$131$74,704,4684Disney / DreamWorks
8The Ides of March$305,839-12%1,572-470$195$34,255,7774Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$247,280-19%1,631-722$152$67,960,9636Sony / Columbia
1050/50$183,84026%1,194-738$154$31,669,8235Summit
11Johnny English Reborn$179,71010%1,5542$116$6,808,5652Universal
12Courageous$178,262-8%1,134-61$157$28,054,8255Sony / TriStar
13Dolphin Tale$140,417-21%1,838-990$76$67,352,8536Warner Bros.
14The Thing (2011)$97,580-26%1,394-1601$70$16,305,0853Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$117,2896%265--$443$1,249,5031Sony / Columbia
2Margin Call$81,0294%14084$579$1,649,0612Roadside Attractions
3The Way$43,739-4%258-25$170$1,699,1364Producers Distribution Agency
4The Help$43,301-8%450-326$96$166,994,37712Disney / DreamWorks
5The Mighty Macs$41,23329%389-586$106$1,586,4322Quaker Media
6Drive (2011)$39,56133%194-173$204$33,790,2377FilmDistrict
7Contagion$38,737-5%411-490$94$74,181,2938Warner Bros.
8Dream House$26,325-31%585-639$45$20,898,7455Universal
9The Big Year$23,284-14%423-1727$55$6,870,6073Fox
10The Lion King 3D$21,00412%378-713$56$93,183,3077Disney
11Abduction$19,79514%351-402$56$27,200,0016Lionsgate
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$19,18028%250-58$77$83,939,09914Warner Bros.
13Rise of the Planet of the Apes$18,7156%231-18$81$175,925,01213Fox
14Killer Elite$14,1604%257-494$55$24,937,4116Open Road
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$10,8287%163-77$66$380,728,65016Warner Bros.
16Captain America: The First Avenger$7,830-2%139-45$56$176,566,97015Paramount
17Apollo 18$5,6662%120107$47$17,616,4099Weinstein Company
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$3,578-25%151-27$24$38,290,02111Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$32,04019%3228$1,001$506,2482Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$13,67410%490$279$13,839,62630Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Like Crazy$13,40226%4--$3,351$147,2051Paramount Vantage
4The Debt$8,5211%87-32$98$31,163,5509Focus
5What's Your Number?$8,23078%62-281$133$13,868,5335Fox
6Cowboys & Aliens$6,370-13%91-40$70$100,228,76614Universal
7Shark Night 3D$4,01127%90-12$45$18,804,4439Relativity Media
8Laugh at My Pain$3,5794%51-52$70$7,644,2508CodeBlack Entertainment
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$3,140-30%7522$42$23,982,35910FilmDistrict
10The Double (2011)$2,645-17%11--$240$32,4741Image Entertainment
11Our Idiot Brother$2,16344%51-28$42$24,767,61610Weinstein Company
12Machine Gun Preacher$2,05637%13-12$158$508,9216Relativity Media
13Sarah's Key$1,799-3%29-19$62$7,061,01015Weinstein Company
14Inni$1,607191%2--$804$33,8321Cinema Purgatorio
15Warrior (2011)$1,40544%31-34$45$13,654,0438Lionsgate
16Circumstance$1,13078%7-3$161$431,17010Roadside Attractions
17I Don't Know How She Does It$856128%14-15$61$9,604,4177Weinstein Company
18Texas Killing Fields$816-39%73$117$35,8843Anchor Bay Films
19Munger Road$584-64%10-6$58$245,8885Freestyle Releasing
20The Future$557-5%5-9$111$565,80614Roadside Attractions
21Labios Rojos$37786%11-32$34$135,4863Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$2314%6-15$39$483,7399Indomina Media
23Project Nim$5557%3-9$18$405,98017Roadside Attractions
24Thunder Soul$25-55%40$6$143,6496Roadside Attractions
25Dirty Girl$14-76%1-4$14$51,5034Weinstein Company