Box Office: ‘The Hobbit’, ‘Unbroken’ and ‘Into the Woods’ Remain Strong
It was a great holiday weekend for the film industry, as box office revenue is up over 8 percent from last year thanks to three blockbusters and one solid newcomer.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has retained the No. 1 spot for a third consecutive weekend, raking in $21.9 million. This pushed the film above the $200 million, as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has now grossed $220.8 million worldwide. The movie is doing even stronger internationally, as its $52.5 million gross has shot it past the $500 million in overseas ticket sales. This brings the film’s total to $722.9 million worldwide. At this rate, it could pass $1 billion in a month’s time, since the film hasn’t even opened in China yet (that opening will be on January 23).
Into the Woods took No. 2, continuing to perform impressively. The all-star musical extravaganza earned $19.1 million for the weekend, bringing it closer to the $100 million milestone in its two weeks of release, as its worldwide total is currently $97 million. Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie’s World War II epic Unbroken earned $18.4 million to land at No. 3. This was enough to fend off the weekend’s big newcomer, Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death. Although the horror sequel finished the weekend at No. 4, it earned a solid $15.1 million. This is impressive not only relative to the competition the film was facing, but also the relative lack of any big names to carry the film, since original star Daniel Radcliffe does not return for this sequel. Even more encouraging for Relativity Media, which acquired the U.S. rights to the film for just $1 million, its debut gross wasn’t too far off from the $20.9 million opening of the original in February 2012.
Rounding out the Top 5 is a family feature, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. The sequel brought in $14.5 million to bump its domestic gross up to $89.7 million. Overseas, the movie earned an additional $26 million to bring its foreign total to $92.4 million. Thus, the film has made $182.1 million to date.
As for the rest of the Top 10, Golden Globe nominees continue to hold strong. Annie may be losing some of its audience to Into the Woods, but the family-targeted musical still seems to be doing well, bringing in $11.4 million to land at No. 6. Meanwhile, potential Oscar nominee The Imitation Game is at a healthy No. 7 with $8.1 million, driven largely by its awards buzz and the performance of lead star Benedict Cumberbatch.
But what else made the Top 10 this weekend? Check out the full list below and let us know what you saw and what you want to see in the comments:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE – 01/04/2015
1. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies ($21.9 million)
2. Into the Woods ($19.1 million)
3. Unbroken ($18.4 million)
4. The Woman in Black 2 ($15.1 million)
5. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb ($14.5 million)
6. Annie ($11.4 million)
7. The Imitation Game ($8.1 million)
8. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 ($7.7 million)
9. The Gambler ($1.4 million)
10. Big Hero 6 ($4.8 million)