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. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$2,611,125-29%3,729--$700$79,988,8551Universal
2Project X (2012)$1,565,997-30%3,055--$513$26,971,7311Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$891,491-22%3,05314$292$48,175,2582Relativity Media
4Safe House$561,660-20%2,553-499$220$110,216,6254Universal
5The Vow$456,832-24%2,826-212$162$113,117,0234Sony / Screen Gems
6This Means War$404,675-20%2,342-847$173$42,696,4233Fox
7Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$378,813-25%2,1320$178$27,153,9412Lionsgate
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$378,395-32%3,060-290$124$86,543,6674Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Artist$321,855-19%1,756790$183$37,833,51915Weinstein Company
10Wanderlust$320,320-24%2,0020$160$13,533,7902Universal
11Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$281,378-24%2,487-687$113$45,791,5523Sony / Columbia
12Gone$191,098-33%2,1860$87$9,620,3692Summit
13Chronicle$117,195-17%1,054-743$111$61,236,6075Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$90,558-17%1,431-91$63$17,048,9073Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$93,910-14%694-195$135$80,683,18416Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$89,998-16%511-11$176$27,279,14510Weinstein Company
3Hugo$76,400-29%406-95$188$71,570,55915Paramount
4The Woman in Black$69,433-16%812-915$86$52,647,2305CBS Films
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$63,224-13%731-887$86$42,425,0324Fox
6The Grey$23,383-18%308-609$76$50,809,6456Open Road
7Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$22,600-11%266-67$85$186,340,57512Warner Bros.
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$22,599-15%3143$72$130,874,59612Fox
9Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$20,514-13%126-38$163$23,727,95913Focus
10Red Tails$19,28715%249-240$77$49,074,0087Fox
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$18,701-18%30323$62$31,575,53011Warner Bros.
12Big Miracle$17,950-23%359-269$50$19,421,3605Universal
13My Week with Marilyn$17,694-4%120-282$147$14,390,21415Weinstein Company
14We Bought a Zoo$16,964-20%266-14$64$74,461,89511Fox
15The Adventures of Tintin$16,529-25%215-57$77$77,222,50411Paramount
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$12,806-33%107-71$120$208,065,31912Paramount
17Contraband$11,150-20%148-49$75$66,398,3058Universal
18Joyful Noise$9,350-22%202-75$46$30,798,9788Warner Bros.
19One For the Money$5,873-8%117-112$50$26,077,9616Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$27,62645%400$691$16,858,16848Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Albert Nobbs$7,068-13%68-32$104$2,744,5446Roadside Attractions
3Undefeated$7,064-47%138$543$190,7253Weinstein Company
4Shame$5,68737%22-3$259$3,869,18614Fox Searchlight
5W.E.$5,239-7%194$276$343,6525Weinstein Company
6Being Flynn$4,0606%4--$1,015$55,3311Focus
7Coriolanus$3,603-16%146$257$421,3067Weinstein Company
8Happy Feet Two$3,028-28%850$36$64,003,13416Warner Bros.
9Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$2,402-44%26-22$92$163,6812UTV Communications
10Paan Singh Tomar$2,04655%10--$205$24,8271UTV Communications
11Pariah (2011)$1,47119%130$113$734,20110Focus
12Haywire$934-18%32-5$29$18,856,0047Relativity Media
13In the Land of Blood and Honey$72112%84$90$303,22211FilmDistrict
14The Devil Inside$417105%17-8$25$53,202,6779Paramount
15Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$382-49%25-10$15$1,151,6864UTV Communications