“Unbroken” and “Into the Woods” did solid business over Christmas weekend, but none of the newbies performed well enough to knock off reigning champion “The Battle of the Five Armies.”
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” stayed at the top of the chart with an estimated $41.4 million. That’s a 24 percent drop from last week, which is the biggest second weekend yet for any Hobbit movie. Thus far, Five Armies has earned over $162 million domestically and an incredible $405 million from international markets.
In second place, Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” Opened at 3,131 theaters with an estimated $31.7 million. Since Christmas Day, the movie has earned $47.3 million. The film’s audience was 52 percent female and 71 percent over the age of 25. They awarded the movie an “A-” CinemaScore, which suggests word-of-mouth will be solid thru the New Years holiday.
Playing at 2,440 theaters, “Into the Woods” landed in third place with an estimated $31 million this weekend. Including Christmas Day, the Disney musical has so far earned $46.1 million. That’s not a bad opening at all, but Disney has to be disappointed considering the big name talent involved in what I’m sure is a big budget film.
The movie’s audience was 54 percent female and 55 percent were 25 years of age or older. It received a “B” CinemaScore, which isn’t exactly good for a family-friendly movie. We’ll see hos “Into the Woods” performed over New Years.
The bomb of the week goes to Mark Walhberg’s “The Gambler” Playing at 2,478 theaters, “The Gambler” opened in a distant seventh place with a weak $9.3 million ($14.3 million including Christmas Day). With poor word-of-mouth (“C+” CinemaScore), and mixed reviews, Marky Mark’s latest movie may be out of theaters by the Golden Globes.
Your top five returnable gifts this weekend:
1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – $41.4 million
2. Unbroken – $31.7 million
3. Into the Woods — $31 million
4. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb — $20.6 million
5. Annie – $16.6 million