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 Sat, Apr. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$13,017,3932%4,1370$3,147$295,156,3903Lionsgate
2American Reunion$7,485,240-19%3,192--$2,345$16,758,0001Universal
3Titanic 3D$6,658,708-6%2,674--$2,490$22,140,0651Paramount
4Wrath of the Titans$5,675,1365%3,5450$1,601$54,960,4632Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$3,955,230-14%3,61815$1,093$34,241,0712Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$3,855,5726%3,009-139$1,281$106,899,8284Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,711,710-24%3,003-261$570$197,138,3106Universal
8John Carter$327,42512%1,015-1382$323$67,773,5045Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$422,95331%52441$807$4,409,9865CBS Films
2Safe House$228,9506%482-247$475$124,616,0029Universal
3Act of Valor$220,69117%708-531$312$68,641,8667Relativity Media
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$186,018-16%651-257$286$99,256,0899Warner Bros. / New Line
5A Thousand Words$181,4595%507-500$358$17,298,8015Paramount
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$172,19728%447-66$385$3,289,0144Paramount Vantage
7Project X (2012)$122,1230%444-459$275$53,978,8316Warner Bros.
8The Vow$116,1883%479-35$243$123,857,6079Sony / Screen Gems
9Casa de mi Padre$103,62829%283-156$366$5,412,7254Lionsgate / Pantelion
10This Means War$93,6601%321-254$292$53,426,2808Fox
11Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$93,16115%277-103$336$51,066,5918Sony / Columbia
12Friends With Kids$89,87913%207-101$434$6,672,5035Roadside Attractions
13The Artist$75,49330%222-93$340$43,800,02020Weinstein Company
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$64,26318%204-117$315$34,624,1977Lionsgate
15The Iron Lady$54,38932%236-48$230$29,617,65215Weinstein Company
16Chronicle$47,43110%162-36$293$63,921,17010Fox
17Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$47,176-17%195-27$242$132,619,95017Fox
18Silent House (2012)$45,0128%214-111$210$12,526,8635Open Road
19The Woman in Black$43,0387%159-20$271$54,089,01510CBS Films
20Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$29,0241%102-48$285$209,352,51817Paramount
21Hugo$23,875-7%101-73$236$73,801,19920Paramount
22Gone$21,553-2%12160$178$11,640,2577Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$37,897-12%400$947$17,869,70453Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$26,567-1%61$4,428$213,9422Weinstein Company
3We Bought a Zoo$21,870-9%99-37$221$75,395,43716Fox
4The Descendants$19,61416%78-40$251$82,513,08621Fox Searchlight
5Being Flynn$15,46571%33-7$469$519,7876Focus
6Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$14,3890%4515$320$43,311,8199Fox
7The Grey$11,28831%67-137$168$51,526,95011Open Road
8Coriolanus$10,87041%171$639$627,78912Weinstein Company
9Red Tails$10,64010%55-46$193$49,754,56212Fox
10Undefeated$10,23929%15-1$683$455,0208Weinstein Company
11W.E.$7,50534%210$357$514,90010Weinstein Company
12One For the Money$6,51211%49-53$133$26,401,16911Lionsgate
13Albert Nobbs$5,23729%301$175$2,959,80711Roadside Attractions