The first numbers are in for this year’s Christmas holiday box-office and Angelina Jolie’s wartime survival tale “Unbroken” narrowly beat out the musical “Into the Woods” for the top spot with a $15.6 million vs. a $15.1 million opening day haul on Christmas Day yesterday.
Coming in third was “The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies” with $13.1 million, followed by “Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb” in fourth with $7.4 million and “The Gambler” in fifth with $5 million.
Opening on a tenth of the screens of “Unbroken” was the much talked about controversial comedy “The Interview” which, despite being available on VOD services, still managed to nab a $1.04 million theatrical opening day haul with a solid $3,142 screen average.
In limited release, Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” did robust business with a $240,000 haul from just four screens to nab a $60,000 per screen average on Thursday alone. Also faring well was “Selma” which opened on nineteen screens and scored a $16,947 screen average.
“Unbroken” and “Into the Woods” look to have had the third and fourth highest Christmas day openings ever, behind only “Sherlock Holmes” ($24.6M) and “Les Miserables” ($18.1M) but ahead of “Django Unchained” ($15.01M).