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 Thu, Sep. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Riddick$1,009,775-15%3,107--$325$24,266,3751Universal
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$714,889-5%3,3300$215$94,459,1184Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$586,428-8%3,4450$170$126,187,0965Warner Bros. / New Line
4Elysium$275,862-9%2,241-298$123$86,337,6155Sony / TriStar
5The World's End$191,948-14%1,520-33$126$22,664,6163Focus
6Planes$190,421-4%3,033-226$63$79,917,6565Disney
7This Is The End$166,864-18%2,1612127$77$99,641,40213Sony / Columbia
8The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$143,123-9%2,519-599$57$28,514,6063Sony / Screen Gems
9Getaway$125,143-17%2,1355$59$9,296,8132Warner Bros.
10One Direction: This Is Us$115,8541%2,7350$42$24,487,2022Sony / TriStar
112 Guns$110,705-14%1,165-246$95$72,578,4006Universal
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$100,2250%2,045-348$49$60,210,4395Fox
13You're Next$83,745-31%1,902-535$44$17,376,9203Lionsgate
14Despicable Me 2$62,9950%1,050-234$60$357,831,32010Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$412,737-10%717369$576$22,330,6982Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$85,662-16%80455$107$5,357,5003Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$71,690-24%8700$82$5,378,7002Focus
4The Spectacular Now$61,687-11%41530$149$5,032,7706A24
5The Wolverine$53,299-13%698-290$76$129,660,8647Fox
6The Conjuring$48,270-9%716-187$67$135,403,5448Warner Bros. / New Line
7Kick-Ass 2$43,030-13%662-984$65$28,306,4004Universal
8World War Z$38,033-4%374-873$102$201,518,83312Paramount
9Jobs$37,189-10%502-800$74$15,690,0264Open Road
10The Ultimate Life$36,574-9%412--$89$829,4631High Top Releasing
11The Way, Way Back$35,251-14%550-104$64$20,560,13710Fox Searchlight
12The Smurfs 2$34,3958%949-417$36$68,318,7936Sony / Columbia
13The Heat$28,421-6%350-43$81$158,015,13211Fox
14Pacific Rim$26,043-2%307-94$85$100,970,2699Warner Bros.
15In a World...$25,347-11%10211$249$1,770,9505Roadside Attractions
16Monsters University$24,984-1%596-1293$42$265,092,05412Disney
17Turbo$20,124-8%358-80$56$80,700,5268Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18Now You See Me$14,820-8%205-34$72$117,448,42415Lionsgate / Summit
19Red 2$14,30414%250-11$57$52,498,1648Lionsgate / Summit
20Fruitvale Station$10,678-16%188-106$57$15,805,3089Weinstein Company
21R.I.P.D.$9,910-9%1810$55$33,327,1208Universal
22Man of Steel$8,837-3%201-83$44$290,960,54813Warner Bros.
23Star Trek Into Darkness$5,2111%106-852$49$228,778,66117Paramount
24Paranoia$4,896-10%178-214$28$7,217,7754Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salinger$6,488-4%4--$1,622$113,7171Weinstein Company
2Satyagraha$4,227-33%79-4$54$700,2372UTV Motion Pictures
3Chennai Express$2,682-24%53-40$51$5,236,1745UTV Motion Pictures
4Passion$2,30418%13-1$177$79,6342eOne Films US
5Epic$2,1742%56-24$39$107,499,81416Fox
6Populaire$1,884-18%3--$628$23,2271Weinstein Company
7Unfinished Song$1,756-4%214$84$1,653,83912Weinstein Company
8Stories We Tell$1,49878%9--$166$1,595,54518Roadside Attractions
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,271-24%196$67$4,284,68514Roadside Attractions
10Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,098-37%1--$1,098$13,2841Rialto Pictures
11Savannah$324-30%50$65$31,1223Ketchup Entertainment
12Mud$1998%4-2$50$21,590,08620Roadside Attractions
13The Servant (2013 re-issue)$181-37%1-1$181$37,3837Rialto Pictures
14Underdogs (2013)$27-71%10$27$35,0174Freestyle Releasing
15Girl Most Likely$16-84%21$8$1,378,5918Roadside Attractions