A New Year, a new box office report. Hobbit: Five Armies holds the Box Office crown for a third weekend, meaning that all six of the Middle Earth films held the one ring for at least three weekends. Hobbit 3 brought in $21.9M in the first weekend of the New Year and is approaching the magic $750M globally. We assume that now Peter Jackson and team are wondering if they can go There and Back Again…and back another time.
Into the Woods and Unbroken stayed clustered netting $19M and $18.3M respectively. We are always glad when the wood goes unbroken. Broken wood is sad.
Without the boxoffice drag of Daniel Radcliffe, Relativity Productions moved Woman in Black 2 to the hotly contested opening day of January 2nd for a haul of $15M. In the pantheon opening weekends, January 2nd follows only Thanksgiving, July 4th, Memorial Day, and The Day of the Zombie Apocalypse. As an aside, anyone else hoping for a Men In Black/Woman in Black shared universe? No?
At #8, Imitation Game continues to perform VERY well on less than 800 screens; pulling in $8M! Cumberbatch is on the march! This is great movie that we love to see draw! If it grabs a ton of Oscar nominations in a few weeks as expected, we think this movie will be a huge hit! And since Hollywood loves stealing other people’s ideas, we look forward to the imitations of the Imitation Game!
In limited release, Selma and American Sniper both pulled about $650k; but Sniper drew that nifty some on just FOUR SCREENS! That’s a per screen average of $160k! Bullseye!