Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: December 28th, 2014

Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: December 28th, 2014

Middle-earth reigned supreme once again at the box office, but plenty of Christmas releases made good money.

In at number 1 is The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies with $41.4 million. Although the final film in the trilogy only dropped 40% from last weekend, it’s a relatively mediocre showing by comparison. Return of the King, for example, dropped 30% in its second weekend and that was not over a Christmas holiday.

Nevertheless, business is still booming for The Hobbit 3. The film has grossed $168 million domestic and $573 million worldwide over the past few weeks.

Unbroken (read our review) comes in at number 2 with $31.7 million. Angelina Jolie’s second directorial effort fared much better than her first film, In the Land of Blood and Honey, which grossed less than $1 million total.

In fact, Unbroken was the clear holiday winner among new releases, tallying $47 million since its Christmas Day opening. Look for this one to hold strong for the next few weeks, as awards season buzz continues to build.

Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: December 28th, 2014

Not far behind is Into the Woods (read our review) with $31 million. That’s the third best debut for a musical, behind High School Musical 3 and Enchanted, and a solid debut for Disney over the holidays.

It’s unclear what was Into the Woods‘ biggest selling point – the cast, the musical, or the Disney brand – but it seems pretty clear that the film is a hit. The only question is whether it can sustain a deep run in the coming weeks.

Coming in at number 4 is Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb with $20.6 million. The family friendly sequel actually saw a 21% uptick from last weekend, despite dropping two spots in the top 10. Now at $55 million total, look for Night at the Museum 3 to finish north of $100 million domestic.

Rounding out the top 5 is Annie with $16.6 million. The 2014 update of the classic musical is now up to $45 million, but should fall slightly short of $100 million total.

Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: December 28th, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is the number 6 film with $10 million. The penultimate Hunger Games film is inching closer to Guardians of the Galaxy‘s top spot with $306 million and doing excellent business worldwide with $669 million.

In at number 7 is The Gambler (read our review) with $9.3 million. Mark Wahlberg’s remake of the 1974 James Caan flick did poor business over the holiday, grossing only $14 million since Christmas. Although Wahlberg is plenty capable of carrying a successful film that was not the case with The Gambler. Weak reviews and a not-so-family-friendly premise likely hurt this one’s chances.

Coming in at number 8 is The Imitation Game with $7.9 million. The Alan Turing biopic saw a major bump after expanding over the holiday and is now up to $14 million.

The number 9 film this weekend is Exodus: Gods and Kings with $6.7 million. Ridley Scott’s big budget biblical epic is up to $52 million domestic and $148 million worldwide.

Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: December 28th, 2014

Rounding out the top 10 is Wild with $5.4 million. Reese Witherspoon’s awards contender is now up to $16 million over 4 weeks.

Outside the top 10: Tim Burton’s Big Eyes (read our review) opened with a paltry $2.9 million on about 1,300 screens; American Sniper made its Oscar qualifying debut and grossed a whopping $610,000 on only four screens; and Selma followed suit with $590,000 on 19 screens.

And finally, The Interview (read our review) grossed $1.8 million during its limited theatrical run. The controversial film also added $15 million in digital downloads, making it an unconventional success.

[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates – based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, December 28th – at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]


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