Weekend Box Office Report: January 9-11, 2015
Taken 3 takes the top!
Liam Neeson brought his particular set of skills back to theaters this weekend, putting TAKEN 3 at the top of the box office with an estimated $40.4 million!
Neeson's third time around as vengeful ex-government operative Bryan Mills started far better than the original TAKEN, which opened with $24.7 million back in 2009, but it came up short of TAKEN 2's $49.5 million first weekend in 2012. The series remains stronger than Neeson's recent non-TAKEN leading roles, comparing it to the openings for last year's NON-STOP ($28.8 million) and A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES ($12.7 million).
Bad reviews couldn't keep moviegoers away from Neeson's rage-fueled PG-13 rampage (critics gave it a miserable 12% on Rotten Tomatoes), and crowds ended up giving it a 'B+' CinemaScore. The movie also collected an additional $51.4 million from international crowds for a $91.8 million worldwide total (on a $49 million reported cost).
The Civil Rights drama SELMA had the biggest impact marching out of limited release into second place with $11.2 million in its first weekend on 2000+ screens. In addition to holding a 98% average from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie was also handed a rare 'A+' CinemaScore from audiences.
The fairy tale musical INTO THE WOODS dropped a spot to third place with $9.7 million as it crossed the $100 million mark in its third week in theaters. THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES finally loosened its grip on #1, slipping to fourth place after a month in release with $9.4 million (and a $781.8 million worldwide total, still quite a ways from the $960 million finish of THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG).
Angelina Jolie's war drama UNBROKEN came in fifth with $8.3 million as it also cracked the $100 million domestic figure, and the Alan Turing biopic THE IMITATION GAME moved up a slot to sixth with $7.6 million. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB was in seventh place with $6.7 million, and although it's hardly a smash hit, the movie did reach $246 million worldwide (the first NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM collected $574 million globally, and the sequel brought in $413 million).
ANNIE followed in eighth with $4.9 million, and the supernatural horror sequel THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2: ANGEL OF DEATH lost nearly 68% of its opening weekend business for $4.8 million and ninth place. THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 rounded out the list.
Outside the chart, THE GAMBLER and BIG HERO 6 got nudged out of the Top 10. Paul Thomas Anderson's INHERENT VICE expanded to 645 for $2.9 million, and Reese Witherspoon's drama WILD has passed $30 million domestic. In limited release, AMERICAN SNIPER is still taking aim with a killer $138k per-screen average.
Next weekend brings the Chris Hemsworth hacker movie BLACKHAT, the bear adventure PADDINGTON, the Kevin Hart comedy THE WEDDING RINGER, and AMERICAN SNIPER shoots into wide release, while limited releases include the Julianne Moore Alzheimer's drama STILL ALICE and the robotics competition drama SPARE PARTS.
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|#||MOVIE TITLE||WKND $||TOTAL $|
|1.||Taken 3||$40.4 M|
|2.||Selma||$11.2 M||$13.4 M|
|3.||Into the Woods||$9.7 M||$105.2 M|
|4.||The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies||$9.4 M||$236.5 M|
|5.||Unbroken||$8.3 M||$101.6 M|
|6.||The Imitation Game||$7.6 M||$40.8 M|
|7.||Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb||$6.7 M||$99.5 M|
|8.||Annie||$4.9 M||$79.4 M|
|9.||The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death||$4.8 M||$22.3 M|
|10.||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1||$3.7 M||$329.5 M|
|Source:||Box Office Mojo|