“The Hobbit” retains box office crown for second straight week

Warner Bros. Pictures Thorin (Richard Armitage)
Warner Bros. Pictures
Thorin (Richard Armitage)

1. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies – $41.4 million [2nd week; $168.5 million in total] Although there were a slew of high profile new releases, Bilbo and company held firm at the gates to ensure Peter Jackson’s final installment of “The Hobbit” reigned supreme for another week. This was especially encouraging considering the number of challengers this Christmas weekend.

Film Title: Unbroken2. Unbroken -$31.7 million [debut week; $47.3 million since Thursday] Angelina Jolie’s World War II tale on the real life exploits of POW Louis Zamperini fared well with audiences and nearly recouped its $65 million budget in its debut week. Also notable, this was the third highest Christmas debut yet and attracted a slight majority (52%) female audience, which is very intriguing for a WWII film.

INTO THE WOODS3. Into the Woods – $31 million [debut week; $46.1 million since Thursday] Backed by immense star power with an ensemble including Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt and a powerhouse Disney promotional effort, the $50 million musical had a lot to sing about as it narrowly lost out of second place.

4. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – $20.6 million [2nd week; $55.3 million in total] The third installment of the saga had a very solid hold in its sophomore week likely due to the film being an easy choice for families and the franchise’s popularity.

5. Annie – $16.6 million [2nd week; $45.8 million in total] The other family musical for the week actually improved off its debut week with a five percent bump and looks like a case where a film received very strong word of mouth.

 

  • Fred

    “The Hobbit” indeed had a pretty strong second week and should have no problem blowing past 200 million within another week or so. 3 weeks at number #1 looks like a certainty. I started to say it has a chance at 4 weeks at no.1 until I remembered that “Taken 3” opens January 9 and will be an easily guarantee to open at no.1. Jeff I was thinking about putting up a prediction for the Top 10 biggest box office hits of 2015, care to see it and give your own prediction buddy.

  • Yessir. “Taken 3” seems like it’ll be the year’s first big release and I’m looking forward to it!

    I’d be all for that Fred. Working on my 2015 preview very soon so that would be good timing.

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