“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” won the battle at the box office again this weekend, fending off numerous new Christmas day releases to be the number one movie for the second week in a row. “The Hobbit”—which is the last movie in the trilogy—performed almost as well this weekend as it did in its debut weekend, grossing $41.4 million.
“Unbroken” did the best of the weekend’s new releases, coming in second with $31.7 million from Friday to Sunday (including Thursday’s grosses it made around $47 million). The drama directed by Angelina Jolie is based on Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini’s experiences as a POW in World War II. It was a very, very tight race between “Unbroken” and “Into the Woods”, however. The latter movie, which is more family-friendly fare—it’s a Disney musical based on the Stephen Sondheim show—followed in third with $31.02 million ($46 million including Thursday).
Mark Wahlberg’s “The Gambler” was met with mixed reviews from critics, and only opened with $9.3 million ($14 million including Thursday), coming in seventh. “The Imitation Game”, a biopic about World War II British codebreaker Alan Turing, expanded to more theaters nationwide this weekend after being in very limited release for the past several weeks. It did very well, making $7.9 million in under 800 theaters, coming in eighth. Meanwhile, Tim Burton’s latest movie, the drama “Big Eyes”, wasn’t able to hold up against stronger competition. The film, which tells the story of artist Margaret Keane, whose husband passed off her paintings as his own, opened in over 1,000 theaters this weekend but didn’t even crack the top twelve. It made $2.9 million ($4.4 million including Thursday).
The controversial Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy “The Interview” played in 331 indie theaters across the nation this weekend, after major theater chains pulled the movie over threats from hackers. With the gained exposure from the incident it performed decently, making $1.8 million, although its simultaneous release online through outlets like YouTube and Google Play likely swayed many viewers away from theaters. No word yet on how much money the movie has made through online rentals.
The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. The list reflects box office earnings from Friday, December 26 through Sunday, December 28. Click the links to read my full review of each film.
1. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”: $41.4 million
2. “Unbroken”: $31.7 million
3. “Into the Woods”: $31.02 million
4. “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”: $20.6 million
5. “Annie”: $16.6 million
6. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1”: $10 million
7. “The Gambler”: $9.3 million
8. “The Imitation Game”: $7.9 million
9. “Exodus: Gods and Kings”: $6.7 million
10. “Wild”: $5.4 million
11. “Big Hero 6”: $4.8 million
12. “Top Five”: $3.8 million
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
- Wehrenberg Theatres
- AMC Theatres
- Regal Movie Theatres
- Galleria 6
- Chase Park Plaza
- Granite City
- Moolah Theatre
- Hi-Pointe Theatre
- St. Andrews Cinema
- Plaza Frontenac Cinema
- Tivoli Theatre
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