Wednesday, December 24, 2014



variety

Christmas Box Office

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Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” finale and Disney’s “Into the Woods” should battle for the top slot for the holiday weekend in the U.S. But the key question for many will be how the James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy delivers in limited release at several hundred independent theaters.
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The second weekend of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is likely to lead with somewhere around $30 million to $35 million, with “Into the Woods” coming in second in the $27 million to $29 million range from 2,440 theaters.
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Universal-Legendary’s “Unbroken” is looking at a four-day opening in the $17 million to $19 million range at 3,120 North American theaters. Directed by Angelina Jolie, the film stars Jack O’Connell as Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 97.

Paramount’s Mark Wahlberg drama “The Gambler,” a remake of the 1974 James Caan movie, will not break the bank. Tracking shows that the film, opening at approximately 2,400 locations, should gross $10 million to $12 million for the four days. The film’s budget is $25 million, so “The Gambler” could break even eventually for the studio.


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