Hobbit, “Unbroken,” “Woods” Lead Box-Office

“Unbroken,” “Into the Woods” and the final “Hobbit” film powered the box-office over the Christmas weekend to some very merry figures, the overall box office up 7% over last year’s Christmas period. Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” continued to dominate with $41.4 million in its second weekend, bringing its domestic total to $168.5 million

Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” came in second with $31.7 million for the three days, the third highest Christmas weekend opening ever, and $47.3 million since it debuted on Thursday. The musical “Into the Woods” came a close third with $31 million and $46.1 million since Thursday. Both films had mid-sized budgets ($65M & $50M respectively) so will be quickly in the black.

The other wide releases this weekend had quieter debuts. The $25 million-budget Mark Wahlberg-led remake of “The Gambler” underwhelmed with $9.3 million, but has already made $14.3 million since opening on Christmas. Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes” seemed to flip on release with just $2.99 million over the weekend.

Many other films saw improvements over last week with “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” jumping over 20% each from last weekend, “Wild” and “Big Hero 6” jumping over 30%. “The Imitation Game” expanded to 747 screens and took in a healthy $7.9 million.

In limited release Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” broke records with a $152,500 per screen average from four screens. It will expand wider shortly and is expected to do big business. Also faring very well was civil rights film “Selma” which nabbed a $31,053 per screen average from nineteen screens.

Source: Box-Office Mojo