Sunday, December 28, 2014


Christmas weekend is over and the numbers are in: Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” took in $48 million and won hands down. In its very small release– just 4 theatres– Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” raked in a whopping $850,000. Each is a very American movie, and very very good despite efforts from all sides to snark them down.

Angelina Jolie-directed "Unbroken" and Disney’s adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical "Into the Woods” exceeded tracking expectations and ended up pulling in $47.3 million and $46.1 million, respectively, in four days.
Going into the weekend, tracking suggested Jolie's "Unbroken” would premiere to $20 million. Instead, the Universal-distributed film outpaced other newcomers to finish second.
The drama, which cost about $65 million to make, is based on Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 nonfiction bestseller about Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner turned war hero.
Though it has received mixed reviews from critics, audiences gave it an A- grade with audience polling firm CinemaScore. It has a 51% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
“This is a film that so deserves to be recognized,” said Nikki Rocco, Universal’s domestic head of distribution. Rocco, who is retiring from her position in 2015, said it was great to “end on a high note with a film that really inspired me.”
The biopic drew mostly older audiences. About 71% of moviegoers were over the age of 25, and 52% were female.

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