Can Angelina Jolie's Unbroken box office win translate to an Oscar win? http://t.co/YmgSqkkUZr
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) December 26, 2014
Angelina Jolie has just beaten two giants.
Jolie’s second work as a director, Unbroken, is now expected to be the top film at the Christmas Day box office, besting Disney’s Into the Woods as well as the final installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.
Unbroken is on track to earn $15.6 million in Christmas Day ticket sales, according to Deadline, outpacing Into the Woods, which was initially expected to be the day’s big winner with an estimated $13.6 million in sales.
The film, which Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson calls “respectfully, carefully made”, is based on Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling biography of Louis Zamperini, the real life Olympic runner turned World War II airman turned P.O.W. Jolie directed the cast that includes Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock, and Jack O'Connell. (See Vanity Fair’s photo shoot with the cast here.) Unbroken has also earned an A- at Cinemascore.
Jolie told Vanity Fair what she hoped audiences would take away from the film: “The main message [of the movie] is about how you choose to live your life—that there is greatness in everyone.”
The box office triumph must be doubly sweet for Jolie, after the hopeful Oscar contender was overlooked by both the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. While she waits for the Oscar nominations to be announced, Jolie has nominations for best picture, director, adapted screenplay and cinematography from the Critics’ Choice Awards (plus Brad Pitt) to keep her warm at night.
The Angelina Jolie-directed #Unbroken & #IntoTheWoods led the way Thursday @ the box office http://t.co/fiZL7pibam pic.twitter.com/g5pbOL0T3K
— TheWrap (@TheWrap) December 26, 2014
Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken,’ ‘Into the Woods’ Explode at Christmas Day Box Office
The Angelina Jolie-directed “Unbroken” and Disney’s musical “Into the Woods” led the way Thursday, as moviegoers turned out in force on a busy Christmas Day that reversed a weeks-long slump at box office.
Universal’s inspirational tale of Olympic and World War II hero Louis Zamperini, based on Laura Hillenbrand’s bestseller and starring Jack O’Connell, exploded for an estimated $15.6 million in its first day. The third-best Christmas Day opening ever puts “Unbroken” on course for more than $40 million over the four days – roughly double what the studio and analysts had projected.