Weekend Box Office: The Kiss of Death

With only one uninteresting new wide release this weekend, it’s no surprise that there were few changes at the box office.

Three weeks into its theatrical run, ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies‘ is still on top. After a 46% drop, the sixth and final Middle-Earth movie earned another $21.9 million, bringing its domestic run up to $220.7 million. With overseas numbers now higher than $500 million, the picture has grossed $722.8 million worldwide so far.

Both the second and third place movies from last weekend held onto those positions and seem to be running alongside one another success-wise. ‘Into the Woods‘ dropped 38% in attendance and added another $19 million to its draw. After 11 days on the big screen, the $50 million musical has pulled in $91.2 million. Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken‘ slipped 40% with another $18.3 million. This brings it up to $87.8 million. Neither film has yet opened in any major foreign markets.

In fourth place was the only new nationwide release, ‘The Woman in Black 2: The Angel of Death‘, which opened 27% behind the first ‘Woman in Black‘ from 2012. On 2,602 screens, the PG-13 scary movie brought in $15.1 million. More than 51% of the opening weekend earnings came from Friday showings. Front-loaded debuts like this point to terrible holdover.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb‘ rounded out the Top 5 by sliding only 28% from last weekend. Its $14.4 million brought its domestic total up to $89.7 million, which is already higher than the post-premiere projections placed it capping out. This goes to show that you can’t always judge a movie by its opening weekend.

From four locations, ‘A Most Violent Year‘ reeled in $188,000 and resulted in a very good $47,000 per-screen average. After earning $300,000 in five days, the film is expected to expand nationwide by the end of the month.

Estimates have yet to be announced for ‘[rec] 4: Apocalypse’.

Top 10

1. ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ (Warner Bros.) – $21,910,000

2. ‘Into the Woods’ (Buena Vista) – $19,066,000

3. ‘Unbroken’ (Universal) – $18,358,000

4. ‘The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death’ (Relativity) – $15,145,000

5. ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ (Fox) – $14,450,000

6. ‘Annie’ (Sony) – $11,400,000

7. ‘The Imitation Game’ (Weinstein) – $8,111,000

8. ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1’ (Lionsgate) – $7,700,000

9. ‘The Gambler’ (Paramount) – $6,300,000

10. ‘Big Hero 6’ (Buena Vista) – $4,816,000


  1. William Henley

    I’m actually surprised to see Annie hanging on as strongly as it is. I mean, there are multiple family friendly films currently at the theater, I would have expected there to be a bigger difference between Annie and Night at the Musuem.

    Maybe I am just bitter that a remake is doing this well.

    • I actually took my kids to see Annie over the holiday break. I didn’t expect anything good from it, so imagine my surprise when I actually liked it. It’s much smarter and funnier than it has the right to be. I will never bring a bad kids movie into my home because I don’t want them getting addicted to unworthy content, but I’ll definitely pick up this Blu-ray for them.

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