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Weekend Box Office Report: January 2-4, 2015

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The Hobbit still rules them all!

On the first weekend of the new year, audiences went there and back again to put THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES at the top of the box office for a third week with an estimated $21.9 million!

The final chapter of Tolkien's Middle Earth tale is now up to a $220.7 million domestic total, outpacing THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG at this point in release. The worldwide total for THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES is now up to $722 million.

In second place was the fairy tale musical INTO THE WOODS with $19 million, down 38% from its opening last week as it creeps up on $100 million since its Christmas Day release. Standing strong in third was director Angelina Jolie's inspirational war drama UNBROKEN with $18.3 million, a 40% drop from its first weekend.

Opening in fourth place was the weekend's only new offering, the PG-13 supernatural sequel THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2: ANGEL OF DEATH, with $15.1 million. Hammer Films' follow-up to their Daniel Radcliffe frightener, which opened with $20.8 million back in 2012, didn't seem to deliver satisfying chills to critics (24% on Rotten Tomatoes) or crowds ('C' CinemaScore).

In fifth was Ben Stiller's NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB with $14.4 million as it still struggles to reach $100 million domestic, followed by the update of the classic musical ANNIE in sixth with another $11.4 million.

Award contender THE IMITATION GAME moved up a spot to seventh with $8.1 million, calculating a $30.8 million total on 750 screens. The Benedict Cumberbatch-starring biopic of mathematician Alan Turing had the highest per-screen average in the Top 10, and was also the only release on the chart to improve over last weekend's take.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 was in eighth with $7.7 million as it nears $700 million worldwide, surpassing the $691 million global total of the first THE HUNGER GAMES. Though it's sliding down the list, MOCKINGJAY's domestic total still has a good chance of besting GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as the highest-grossing 2014 release.

Mark Walhberg's remake of THE GAMBLER dropped to ninth place with $6.3 million (a 31% drop from its opening), while Disney's BIG HERO 6 surged back into the Top 10 as it crossed the $200 million mark this past week and collected an additional $167 million from international audiences.

Outside the chart, Reese Witherspoon's WILD and Ridley Scott's big-budget Bible epic EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS slipped out of sight. Tim Burton's BIG EYES is up to nearly $10 million total, while in limited release, the Oscar Isaac/Jessica Chastain drama A MOST VIOLENT YEAR debuted with a solid $47k per-screen average, Civil Rights drama SELMA continued its movement with $29k per-screen, and Clint Eastwood's AMERICAN SNIPER once again hit the target with an impressive $160k per-screen average in its second week.

Next weekend features Liam Neeson demonstrating his particular set of skills for a third time in TAKEN 3, while SELMA and Paul Thomas Anderson's INHERENT VICE expand from limited release.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $21.9 M $220.7 M
2. Into the Woods $19 M $91.2 M
3. Unbroken $18.3 M $87.8 M
4. The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death $15.1 M
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5. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb $14.4 M $89.7 M
6. Annie $11.4 M $72.6 M
7. The Imitation Game $8.1 M $30.8 M
8. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 $7.7 M $323.8 M
9. The Gambler $6.3 M $27.5 M
10. Big Hero 6 $4.8 M $211.2 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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5:17PM on 01/04/2015
Can't wait to see a Inherent Vice next week. And I hope Guardians of the Galaxy finishes as the year's highest grossing film.
Can't wait to see a Inherent Vice next week. And I hope Guardians of the Galaxy finishes as the year's highest grossing film.
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5:49PM on 01/04/2015
Sorry to burst your bubble but Transformers is the highest grossing movie of the year... by a landslide
Sorry to burst your bubble but Transformers is the highest grossing movie of the year... by a landslide
7:58PM on 01/04/2015
Pretty sure he's talking domestic box office. Which Guardians did take the top spot domestically.
Pretty sure he's talking domestic box office. Which Guardians did take the top spot domestically.
1:03PM on 01/05/2015
My money is on Vampire Academy or Transcendence for the year's hight grossing film. lol

You hope that Guardians finishes as the year's highest grossing film. Why? Does Marvel Studios really need the money? I'd rather see a movie in which a group actually spent time, talent, risked and sacrificed all they had to make a successful film. However, overall 2014 was not a great year of movie releases. Marvel continues to copy and paste the same comic book film from one series to the next, it's not
My money is on Vampire Academy or Transcendence for the year's hight grossing film. lol

You hope that Guardians finishes as the year's highest grossing film. Why? Does Marvel Studios really need the money? I'd rather see a movie in which a group actually spent time, talent, risked and sacrificed all they had to make a successful film. However, overall 2014 was not a great year of movie releases. Marvel continues to copy and paste the same comic book film from one series to the next, it's not that difficult. The more money an audience throws at anything with "Marvel Studios" written on it the more coping and pasting of the same Marvel movie will continue again and again. I'd be happy with Guardians of the Galaxy being the highest grossing film of the year if it had been a good film. It's a spin-off of The Avengers, and every other Marvel film since Iron Man. I don't see the comparisons to Star Wars because Star Wars was the first of it's kind, Guardians isn't. In fact it's kind of boring in the 2nd Act. The only things that made this film cool was it's a space opera, Rocket is badass, Star Lord has a similar look and attitude to Han Solo, and the soundtrack is awesome, but without these things the film would pretty much be the same recycled material we've seen from Marvel over and over and over and over.

I'm not anti-Mavel, I just don't like they're not even trying anymore, and it clearly shows. Unfortunately most audiences will love anything with more action than thought, and with loud badass looking characters.

Soloist, when I see a Marvel Studio film which is finally back on track and really good, you will be the first person I tell this to.
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