It was a very good weekend at the box office with new releases and already released films performing exceptionally well. ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ reined supreme over newly released WWII drama ‘Unbroken’ and Disney musical ‘Into The Woods’. Also, ‘Night At the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ and ‘Annie’ displayed incredible staying power against some very tough competition. Check out a run down of the Christmas box office after the jump.
For a second straight weekend, the final film in The Hobbit series claimed the top spot with $41.4 million. This is only a drop of 24.3 percent which is a Hobbit best and it the lowest second week drop for a Middle Earth Saga film since ‘Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’. ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’ looks likes it is reversing the downward trend of the Hobbit series because is has made nearly $30 million more than its predecessor through the same point last year. Also the final film in this series has grossed an impressive international haul of $573 million so far.
In second place is the Angelina Jolie directed war film ‘Unbroken’ with $37.1 million. The film about Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete turned POW, scored the 4th best debut for a World War II film ever, ahead of Brad Pitts’s ‘Fury’. Factoring in the $15.5 million it made on Christmas, ‘Unbroken’ has earned $47.3 million over the four day weekend.
In third is the the Disney adaptation of the beloved broadway musical ‘Into the Woods’ with $31 million. The musical scored the third best debut for a music ever and makes a personal best for three time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. Including its $15 million debut on Christmas, ‘Into the Woods’ has made $46.1 over the four day weekend. With a ton of awards nomination and buzz already, look for this film to play very well over the coming weeks.
In fourth place is ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ which brought is $20.6 million. This figure is up 20.5 percent from its debut last weekend which makes it the fifth smallest drop by a film playing in 3,000+ theaters. The film has now brought in $55.3 million.
In fifth place is the remake of ‘Annie’ with $16.6 million. This is another great hold for movie this weekend with ‘Annie’ making 4.7 percent more than last weekend. Just like ‘Night at the Museum’, ‘Annie’ made the list of smallest drops coming in tenth.
Other notable new releases this week are ‘Big Eyes’, ’The Interview’, which made $2.98 million and $1.8 million respectively.
Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’ also debuted this weekend in limited release making an incredible $610,000 from only 4 theaters. This is the 11th best per-theater average by a movie in the United States ever.
The top 12 this weekend made a combined $189.4 million which is up 49.2 percent from last weekend. This weekend is also up from last year by about $8 million.