Saturday, January 3, 2015


Below is Friday’s top 10 and notables per industry estimates:

1). The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (WB), 3,875 theaters /$8.27M Fri. (-47%)/ 3-Day: $22.18M (-46%)/Total cume: $221M/ Wk 3
2). Unbroken (UNI), 3,190 theaters (+59) / $7.5M Fri. (-39%)/ 3-Day: $21.09M(-31%)/Total cume: $90.8M / Wk 2
3). Into The Woods (DIS), 2,538 theaters (+98) / $7.47M Fri. (-39%)/ 3-Day:$18.65M (-40%)/Total cume:$91.7M / Wk 2
4.) The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (Relativity), 2,602 theaters  / $7.39M Fri.* / 3-Day: $15.15M/ Total cume: $15.15M / Wk 1
includes $1.5M from Thursday night sneak previews
5). Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (FOX), 3,802 theaters (-112) / $6.11M Fri. (-17%) / 3-Day: $15.95M (-21%)/Total cume: $91.45 / Wk 3
6). Annie (Sony), 3,166 theaters (-31) / $4.85M Fri. (-20%) / 3-Day: $12.22M(-26%)/Total cume: $61.196M / Wk 3
7). The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (LGF),2,505 theaters (-288) / $2.99M Fri. (-15%) / 3-Day:$7.7M (-23%)/Total cume: $324.1M/ Wk 7
8.) The Imitation Game (TWC), 754 theaters (+7) / $2.86M Fri. (-1%)/ 3-Day: $8.3M(+4%)/Total cume: $31M/ Wk 6
9). The Gambler (Par), 2,494 theaters (+16) / $2.465M Fri. (-28%) / 3-Day:$6.8M (-25%)/Total cume: $28.1M / Wk 2
10). Big Hero 6 (DIS), 1,913 theaters (-152) / $1.87M Fri. (+13%) / 3-Day: $5.3M(+6%)/Total cume: $211.8M/Wk 9

11). Wild (FSL), 1,361 theaters (+76)/ $1.65M Fri. (-12%)/ 3-Day: $4.65M(-14%)/Total cume: $26.1.M/ Wk 5
Big Eyes (TWC), 1,408 theaters (+101)/ $957K Fri. (-8%)/ 3-Day: $2.62M (-13%)/Total cume: $9.9M / Wk 2
The Interview (Sony), 581 theaters (+250)/ $362K Fri.* (-51%)  / 3-Day: $952K (-47%)/Total cume: $4.75M / Wk 2
American Sniper (WB), 4 theaters / $234K Fri. (+18%)/ $158K screen average/3-Day: $633K(even)/Total cume: $2.2M/ Wk 2
Selma (Par), 22 theaters (+3) / $231K Fri. (+9%)/ $28K screen average / 3-Day: $619K (+8%)/Total cume: $2.1M / Wk 2
A Most Violent Year (A24) 4 theaters/$59K Fri./$41k screen average/3-day:$166K/Total cume:$276K/Wk 1
Bowed Wednesday

Saturday, 2AM: With only one new title in the marketplace, a horror film, and a slew of holiday holdovers dominating the top 10 again, this weekend might not sound so riveting.  Make no mistake: Distribution chiefs are quite content heading into the post-New Year’s frame given the spillover traffic from the holidays and the folks who are still on break.  Not only is New Year’s Day 2015 expected to post a 3.8% rise over 2014, but this weekend’s top 20 films are expected to ring up an estimated total of $155.7M, a 14% surge over last year’s top 20 during  the first FSS.  A year ago, the Jan. 3-5 period rang up $141.2M for all films with the top six titles ranging from $10M-$19.6M.  This weekend, the top six are expected to have a wider range from $12.2M to $22.18M. Topping all of this off, three late December titles — Unbroken, Into the Woods and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb  are expected to cross the $90M mark.

 Given how competitive the marketplace is now, it made Friday a hard read for some box office bean counters.  One industry projection tonight showed Relativity’s new entry The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death actually beating Warner Bros./New Line/MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies$8.8M to $8.2M. However, more industry estimates show the latter winning Friday with $8.27M at No. 1 and Woman in Black 2 in No. 4 with $7.39M.  The dosey doe between Into the Woods and Unbroken continues between the two and three spot, however, as of this minute tonight, the Angelina Jolie older demo film is placing second for both Friday ($7.5M) and the weekend with $21.09M. Into the Woods is projected for third with a $7.47M Friday and $18.65M FSS.

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