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.
2. 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.
3. 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.