Despite a trio of new films this Christmas Weekend, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies topped box office for the second straight week.
The film earned $41.4 million to bring its domestic haul to $165.8 million.
In second was Angelina Jolie’s World War II epic, Unbroken, opening with $31.7 million from the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $47.3 million from its first four days in theaters. The film is centered around Olympian Louis Zamperini, who spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
Disney’s musical Into the Woods came in a close third with $31 million, and $46.1 million across the four-day period, replacing Mamma Mia as the biggest opening for a screen adaptation of a Broadway musical ever.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb came in fourth with $20.6 million to bring its two weekend total to $55.3 million, while Annie closed out the top 5 with $16.6 million and $45.8 million to date.
Sony’s controversial film The Interview debuted with $1.8 million in a limited release of just over 330 theaters and $2.8 million over the four-day holiday period to land at #16. It made even more money from online rentals, earning $15 million.
“I’m so grateful that the movie found its way into theaters, and I’m thrilled that people actually went out and saw it,” said writer, director and star Seth Rogen in a statement.
Other weekend debuts include Paramount’s The Gambler, starring Mark Wahlberg, landing at #7 with $9.3 million; Amy Adams’ Big Eyes, debuting at #15 wth just $2.97 million from 1,307 screens and $4.4 million from the four-day — a career low for director Tim Burton.
That’s a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of horror film, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death.
This weekend’s top 10 is as follows:
1. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” $41.4 million ($89.2 million international).
2. “Unbroken,” $31.7 million ($2.7 million international).
3. “Into the Woods,” $31 million ($1.6 million international).
4. “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” $20.6 million ($30.3 million international).
5. “Annie,” $16.6 million ($5.9 million international).
6. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” $10 million ($7.9 million international).
7. “The Gambler,” $9.3 million.
8. “The Imitation Game,” $7.9 million ($400,000 international).
9. “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” $6.8 million ($31 million international).
10. “Wild,” $5.4 million.