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.

Weekly domestic gross

WeekTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
51 (Dec 19 - Dec 25)$240,687,50686%$286,128,00096%The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
50 (Dec 12 - Dec 18)$129,511,98448%$145,813,00043%The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
49 (Dec 05 - Dec 11)$87,660,059-51%$101,650,000-48%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
48 (Nov 28 - Dec 04)$180,547,923-35%$195,821,000-35%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
47 (Nov 21 - Nov 27)$279,179,00181%$300,872,00072%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
46 (Nov 14 - Nov 20)$154,643,374-22%$174,608,000-20%Dumb and Dumber To
45 (Nov 07 - Nov 13)$197,207,68097%$218,087,00068%Big Hero 6
44 (Oct 31 - Nov 06)$99,964,533-21%$129,784,000-14%Nightcrawler
43 (Oct 24 - Oct 30)$126,307,561-16%$151,200,000-12%Ouija
42 (Oct 17 - Oct 23)$150,451,372-16%$172,254,000-16%Fury (2014)
41 (Oct 10 - Oct 16)$178,679,7542%$204,967,0006%Gone Girl
40 (Oct 03 - Oct 09)$175,329,01643%$193,066,00039%Gone Girl
39 (Sep 26 - Oct 02)$122,343,7867%$138,699,0005%The Equalizer
38 (Sep 19 - Sep 25)$114,768,66225%$132,059,00014%The Maze Runner
37 (Sep 12 - Sep 18)$91,833,86445%$115,981,00033%No Good Deed (2014)
36 (Sep 05 - Sep 11)$63,265,254-49%$87,343,000-47%Guardians of the Galaxy
35 (Aug 29 - Sep 04)$122,883,981-6%$163,465,0004%Guardians of the Galaxy
34 (Aug 22 - Aug 28)$130,765,914-26%$157,657,000-23%Guardians of the Galaxy
33 (Aug 15 - Aug 21)$176,836,799-28%$203,647,000-26%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
32 (Aug 08 - Aug 14)$246,226,8392%$276,135,0002%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
31 (Aug 01 - Aug 07)$240,966,02025%$271,893,00019%Guardians of the Galaxy
30 (Jul 25 - Jul 31)$192,387,4451%$228,446,0004%Lucy
29 (Jul 18 - Jul 24)$191,126,930-5%$220,449,000-3%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
28 (Jul 11 - Jul 17)$200,657,60514%$226,676,00011%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
27 (Jul 04 - Jul 10)$176,616,643-32%$204,661,000-29%Transformers: Age of Extinction
26 (Jun 27 - Jul 03)$260,558,19728%$289,843,00032%Transformers: Age of Extinction
25 (Jun 20 - Jun 26)$203,528,148-22%$220,078,000-20%22 Jump Street
24 (Jun 13 - Jun 19)$259,565,76818%$274,816,00017%22 Jump Street
23 (Jun 06 - Jun 12)$220,504,2242%$235,537,0002%The Fault in Our Stars
22 (May 30 - Jun 05)$216,842,737-15%$230,493,000-17%Maleficent
21 (May 23 - May 29)$256,416,76318%$276,208,00019%X-Men: Days of Future Past
20 (May 16 - May 22)$216,442,29134%$232,164,00030%Godzilla (2014)
19 (May 09 - May 15)$160,996,916-8%$179,009,000-7%Neighbors (2014)
18 (May 02 - May 08)$175,759,58740%$193,165,00027%The Amazing Spider-Man 2
17 (Apr 25 - May 01)$125,165,476-20%$151,557,000-16%The Other Woman (2014)
16 (Apr 18 - Apr 24)$156,755,754-16%$181,228,000-11%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
15 (Apr 11 - Apr 17)$186,574,452-5%$203,310,000-4%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
14 (Apr 04 - Apr 10)$196,678,72423%$212,524,00017%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
13 (Mar 28 - Apr 03)$159,801,347-6%$181,733,000-3%Noah
12 (Mar 21 - Mar 27)$170,465,44533%$188,052,00026%Divergent
11 (Mar 14 - Mar 20)$127,965,571-25%$149,568,000-23%Mr. Peabody & Sherman
10 (Mar 07 - Mar 13)$170,490,79928%$193,723,00021%300: Rise of an Empire
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 06)$132,712,05313%$159,661,00012%Non-Stop (2014)
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 27)$117,537,472-44%$142,091,000-41%The LEGO Movie
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 20)$208,274,58529%$241,277,00025%The LEGO Movie
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 13)$161,597,23089%$192,940,00069%The LEGO Movie
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 06)$85,426,599-29%$114,101,000-26%Ride Along
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 30)$120,508,099-41%$154,687,000-37%Ride Along
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 23)$203,205,96535%$246,792,00031%Ride Along
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 16)$150,397,106-6%$188,786,000-1%Lone Survivor
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 09)$159,343,109--$190,069,000--Frozen (2013)