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.

Weekend domestic gross

WeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 09)$132,710,403101%$152,816,95778%The LEGO Movie
45 (Nov 07 - Nov 09)$142,643,89591%$156,969,71566%Big Hero 6
51 (Dec 19 - Dec 21)$122,059,38565%$133,771,60861%The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
40 (Oct 03 - Oct 05)$136,249,16142%$148,956,33639%Gone Girl
37 (Sep 12 - Sep 14)$73,297,49352%$91,079,82439%No Good Deed (2014)
47 (Nov 21 - Nov 23)$184,467,35547%$193,539,06338%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
18 (May 02 - May 04)$141,515,37545%$153,996,10832%The Amazing Spider-Man 2
20 (May 16 - May 18)$167,395,91435%$178,372,83331%Godzilla (2014)
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 19)$146,864,92431%$176,250,39825%Ride Along
12 (Mar 21 - Mar 23)$129,583,26131%$141,358,71724%Divergent
26 (Jun 27 - Jun 29)$171,037,68226%$180,004,11323%Transformers: Age of Extinction
31 (Aug 01 - Aug 03)$167,783,61527%$186,309,03620%Guardians of the Galaxy
14 (Apr 04 - Apr 06)$155,800,77425%$167,154,07919%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 16)$155,759,46817%$178,151,93917%The LEGO Movie
10 (Mar 07 - Mar 09)$127,539,95523%$143,771,58816%300: Rise of an Empire
24 (Jun 13 - Jun 15)$177,277,72215%$186,942,08015%22 Jump Street
28 (Jul 11 - Jul 13)$133,801,34416%$150,142,27813%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
38 (Sep 19 - Sep 21)$90,003,66723%$102,539,62313%The Maze Runner
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 02)$104,089,48010%$123,511,32011%Non-Stop (2014)
50 (Dec 12 - Dec 14)$73,808,1388%$83,279,3638%Exodus: Gods and Kings
21 (May 23 - May 25)$175,346,8225%$187,232,5075%X-Men: Days of Future Past
39 (Sep 26 - Sep 28)$95,966,6317%$107,209,9235%The Equalizer
30 (Jul 25 - Jul 27)$132,017,6591%$154,705,0344%Lucy
41 (Oct 10 - Oct 12)$131,948,473-3%$150,548,4601%Gone Girl
32 (Aug 08 - Aug 10)$169,712,5051%$186,189,3020%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 12)$112,448,084-5%$140,546,7740%Lone Survivor
13 (Mar 28 - Mar 30)$124,746,109-4%$140,571,703-1%Noah
29 (Jul 18 - Jul 20)$130,550,571-2%$149,169,987-1%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
23 (Jun 06 - Jun 08)$153,810,858-2%$162,885,920-2%The Fault in Our Stars
16 (Apr 18 - Apr 20)$116,260,430-11%$133,362,817-5%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
35 (Aug 29 - Aug 31)$82,775,516-15%$109,332,503-5%Guardians of the Galaxy
46 (Nov 14 - Nov 16)$125,728,488-12%$140,405,563-11%Dumb and Dumber To
22 (May 30 - Jun 01)$157,680,341-10%$166,449,158-11%Maleficent
19 (May 09 - May 11)$123,849,070-12%$136,682,787-11%Neighbors (2014)
43 (Oct 24 - Oct 26)$97,071,579-16%$115,800,273-12%Ouija
17 (Apr 25 - Apr 27)$97,473,803-16%$116,764,238-12%The Other Woman (2014)
42 (Oct 17 - Oct 19)$115,233,422-13%$131,464,508-13%Fury (2014)
48 (Nov 28 - Nov 30)$151,851,533-18%$162,187,493-16%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
15 (Apr 11 - Apr 13)$131,084,472-16%$140,004,458-16%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
44 (Oct 31 - Nov 02)$74,844,096-23%$94,837,524-18%Ouija
34 (Aug 22 - Aug 24)$97,178,514-22%$114,841,162-20%Guardians of the Galaxy
11 (Mar 14 - Mar 16)$98,624,322-23%$113,857,743-21%Mr. Peabody & Sherman
25 (Jun 20 - Jun 22)$135,785,499-23%$145,793,829-22%Think Like a Man Too
33 (Aug 15 - Aug 17)$124,986,010-26%$142,778,857-23%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
27 (Jul 04 - Jul 06)$115,345,546-33%$132,400,546-26%Transformers: Age of Extinction
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 02)$65,887,288-30%$86,072,092-27%Ride Along
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 26)$93,470,922-36%$118,117,092-33%Ride Along
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 23)$94,308,705-39%$111,652,840-37%The LEGO Movie
36 (Sep 05 - Sep 07)$48,083,368-42%$65,655,749-40%Guardians of the Galaxy
49 (Dec 05 - Dec 07)$68,103,918-55%$77,140,368-52%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 05)$118,936,215--$141,175,697--Frozen (2013)