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 Mon, Apr. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$1,396,955-74%3,916-221$357$338,063,3184Lionsgate
2The Cabin in the Woods$1,192,968-66%2,811--$424$15,936,5821Lionsgate
3American Reunion$832,885-68%3,20311$260$40,545,4202Universal
4The Three Stooges$802,693-82%3,477--$231$17,812,8181Fox
5Titanic 3D$800,934-76%2,69723$297$45,524,7532Paramount
6Wrath of the Titans$519,087-73%3,102-443$167$71,771,0923Warner Bros.
721 Jump Street$517,088-69%2,735-274$189$120,840,7695Sony / Columbia
8Lockout$458,458-70%2,308--$199$6,690,2941Open Road
9Mirror Mirror$402,173-78%3,206-412$125$49,718,3583Relativity Media
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$179,520-79%2,112-891$85$204,693,4357Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$67,719-68%435-89$156$6,132,6566CBS Films
2Bully (2012)$44,909-72%158152$284$859,5443Weinstein Company
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$43,259-80%502-149$86$100,506,78310Warner Bros. / New Line
4Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$41,966-73%102--$411$683,5081Code Black Entertainment
5John Carter$26,818-72%446-569$60$68,774,6876Disney
6Safe House$22,260-71%371-111$60$125,299,01510Universal
7Act of Valor$19,551-70%352-356$56$69,277,0258Relativity Media
8Jeff Who Lives at Home$18,456-65%183-264$101$3,841,4175Paramount Vantage
9Blue Like Jazz$18,402-69%136--$135$279,5921Roadside Attractions
10This Means War$14,711-70%283-38$52$53,845,5739Fox
11A Thousand Words$11,194-77%277-230$40$17,838,8926Paramount
12The Artist$10,106-61%121-101$84$44,058,73921Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$9,681-58%146-90$66$29,846,98816Weinstein Company
14Chronicle$9,471-74%1653$57$64,175,49011Fox
15Friends With Kids$9,158-69%113-94$81$6,979,3226Roadside Attractions
16Project X (2012)$8,426-60%145-299$58$54,339,6697Warner Bros.
17Casa de mi Padre$8,293-73%121-162$69$5,711,4515Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$5,186-70%125-79$41$34,803,2418Lionsgate
19Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$5,152-82%153-42$34$132,834,54118Fox
20The Woman in Black$5,006-69%122-37$41$54,217,64911CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$13,506-42%400$338$18,162,38854Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Albert Nobbs$8,19772%12-18$683$2,988,38412Roadside Attractions
3Silent House (2012)$4,418-65%59-155$75$12,670,8996Open Road
4Touchback$4,398-73%50--$88$71,3911Anchor Bay Films
5The Descendants$3,719-20%41-37$91$82,574,37222Fox Searchlight
6We Bought a Zoo$2,888-74%83-16$35$75,500,98517Fox
7Coriolanus$2,440-53%181$136$668,11613Weinstein Company
8Red Tails$2,233-65%43-12$52$49,800,42913Fox
9Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,132-72%33-12$65$43,371,61010Fox
10W.E.$1,908-60%17-4$112$548,12411Weinstein Company
11The Grey$1,637-71%13-54$126$51,573,48312Open Road
12Undefeated$1,493-59%172$88$489,2449Weinstein Company