For the first time in a month, the top film of the weekend was not The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. No, this time the box office was dominated by another film in a trilogy that probably shouldn’t exist as such, Taken 3. Liam Neeson’s triumphant return to finding people that are not where they should be brought in $40.4 million for Fox, quickly catching up to its $48 million production budget.
Following that was the critical hit Selma, which finally got its wide theatrical release as it now shows in 2,179 theaters nationwide. The Ava DuVernay hit made an impressive $571,450 in its limited release last weekend, and made an additional $11.2 million over this past weekend. It currently sits at a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, and is a shoe win to take some awards home at the Golden Globes.
Into the Woods had a 47.9% drop in revenue week-over-week from its impressive opening weekend, but still brought in $9.8 million as it opened in 295 additional theaters across the country.
As stated earlier, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies finally took a tumble as it fell to number four over the weekend bringing in $9.4 million with its theater presence slowly decreasing.
Rounding out the top five was Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken which brought in another $8.4 million with a growing theater presence.
Another previous big winner, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 still clings to the top 10 for the weekend, making another $3.8 million with a dwindling theater presence.
Similar to Selma, another critically acclaimed film to have a big weekend was Inherent Vice. While it didn’t have quite the theater showing that Selma did – it was shown in only 645 theaters, 629 up from last week – it did bring in a nice $2.9 million despite being a very non-traditional film.
The big per-theater average winner was – surprise! – American Sniper. The Clint Eastwood film continues to pull in a massive chunk of change each week despite being shown in only four theaters. This week it made an additional $555,000, for a $138,750 average per theater. This will be its last weekend at such a small amount of venues, as it releases nationwide January 16th.
One surprise per-theater winner was A Most Violent Year. Another film only being in four locations, it made $121,000 for a $30,250 per-theater average. Oscar Isaac and the rest of A Most Violent Year’s cast and crew has received rave reviews, and currently sits at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Last year at this time Frozen was finally dethroned as the Mark Wahlberg-led Lone Survivor released nationwide and brought in $37.8 million. That isn’t to say that Disney’s instant classic had a bad weekend, as it brought in another $14.7 million on its way to become to the highest grossing animated film of all time. The Legend of Hercules also debuted at this time last week to universally poor reviews, but an $8.9 million weekend nonetheless.Source: Box Office Mojo