Weekend Box Office Report: January 2-4, 2015

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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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
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


Source: Box Office Mojo



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