We’ve got a
lot to get through, so let’s get going…
surprise (or rather two biggest surprises) of the holiday season was the huge
Christmas Day opening for both Universal’s “Unbroken,” directed by who I like to
call St. Angelina Who Died for Our Sins (from the way people just fawn all over her), and the Disney film version of the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical, “Into
opened with over $15 million each, and had a weekend total of $47.3 million for “Unbroken,” and $46 million for “Woods.”
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” grabbed the No. 1 slot again, with a $13.1 Xmas day take, and $41.3 million for a weekend
gross. To date, the film has grossed $168.5 million domestically, and
just under half a billion dollars worldwide.
Following those films was “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” which came
in 4th place, with a $7.35 million Xmas Day take, a weekend total of $20.6
million, with a $55.3 million total so far.
“Annie” came in 5th place, grossing
$4.6 million on Christmas Day, for a weekend total of $16.6 million, and almost
$46 million over all so far.
As for other new films in wide release, “The Gambler” has made $14.3 since last Thursday, while Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes” was
the biggest loser, coming in a very distant 14th place, with only $4.4
But when it
comes to films that opened in limited release, that’s where things get really interesting.
First there’s that infamous Sony film, “The Interview,” which made both the studio
and theater owners poop in their pants, and pull the film from release, because
of some prank pulled by some Pointdexter in his parents’ basement, and not North
Then Sony, obviously
embarrassed by the whole situation, changed its mind at the last minute, and
decided to release the film in theaters, but only in a limited release, and also
on VOD, on YouTube, and XBox Live.
surprisingly, theaters showing the film reported that all showings were sold out, resulting in $2.8 million on 331 screens this weekend. And it was reported today that the film has made some $15 million from online views which is the biggest amount made to date for a new film premiering on VOD. Although, one thing to keep in mind is that “The
Interview” was also the most illegally downloaded film last week, with some
750,000 views. And that number is, no doubt, higher as of today. So whatever the
studio actually made from VOD is less than what it could have made.
And in the
battle between “American Sniper” and “Selma,” Clint Eastwood’s film opened on only
four screens, but had the most spectacular per screen average of $152,000 a
theater, making some $850,000 since Thursday.
But “Selma,” which also opened on Thursday, on 19 screens, also performed very impressively, with the second highest per screen average of $31,053, for a total of $912,000.
And traditionally, there usually isn’t much of a box office drop-off for movies during the
New Year’s Day holiday, so look for the numbers for most of these films to
remain somewhat consistent next weekend. Though there could be some surprises.
We’ll see next week.