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20th Century Fox Taken 3 had a big Friday, as it grossed $14.7 million. That is the third best opening day figure for a film opening in the dreary month of January. Only 2008’s Cloverfield ($17.16 million) and 2012’s The Devil Inside ($16.8 million) did better. Audiences bestowed a 'B+' CinemaScore, which is the same score Taken 2 received in 2012. Based on Friday's numbers Taken should finish up the weekend with $38.6 million, which would give it the third best January opening weekend. Only Ride Along ($41.5 million) and 2008’s Cloverfield ($40.1 million) had better opening January weekends. Selma will take second and Unbroken will finish in third. Peter Jackson's The Hobbit finale tumbles into the fourth spot aftering finishing in first the past three weekends. Disney's Into The Woods is right behind The Hobbit finale and could overtake it with strong performances Saturday and Sunday. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part »
With a Friday gross of $8.4 million, "The Hobbit" leads a Top Ten roster that totaled $52 million, about 20% higher than the post-New Year's weekend last year. It joins the first two Middle Earth films in getting a three-peat, but because of its later opening date, the period covered includes both weekends after Christmas, making it the first holiday release to do so since "Avatar." "American Sniper," "Selma" and the newly-opened "A Most Violent Year" showed strength among limited releases, with "Sniper" actually above its record-setting number last Friday. In second place for the day is "The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death" (Relativity) with $7.8 million. This weekend has been a go-to slot for horror openings in recent years. This gross, likely the high-water mark for the sequel (unlike the first film, not starring Daniel Radcliffe), is below those for "The Devil Inside," "Texas Chainsaw »
- Tom Brueggemann
With only one new title in theatres, the domestic box office will continue to be dominated by holdover titles this weekend, most notably The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The finale to Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy took in an estimated $8.3 million yesterday and is now poised to capture first place for a third straight weekend. That equals the records of the first two Hobbit films though, after 17 days, Five Armies has now earned more in its North American run than The Desolation of Smaug did at the same point last year. The lone new release entering 2015’s inaugural frame was The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death. The sequel to CBS Film’s 2012 horror sleeper earned an estimated $7.7 million from 2,602 locations on Friday, including $1.5 million from Thursday previews. Full story and Friday’s top five films after the jump. Ever since The Devil Inside opened to »
- Nicole Pedersen
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies held on to first place on Friday, though it did face unexpectedly tough competition from The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death.The final installment in the Hobbit trilogy added $8.38 million, which was off 46 percent from the previous Friday. To date, the movie has earned $207.2 million. For the three-day weekend, its on track to earn at least $22 million.In a close second place, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death opened to an estimated $7.75 million. That's lower than last January's Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones ($8.7 million), and also a tad below the original Woman in Black ($8.3 million).This looks like a good opening, though of course looks could be deceiving. The last three horror movies to open on the first weekend of January were all incredibly front-loaded: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Texas Chainsaw 3D and The Devil Inside all »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
With some extra days off built into moviegoers’ holiday vacations, distribs can be rest assured that multiplex traffic isn’t going to slow. The weekend following Christmas –which is sometimes the first full non-holiday Fss of January or like this year has the New Year’s holiday built into it for four-day frame– is not a slouchy time at the box office. Typically, the frame can dip anywhere from 18-28% from the previous Christmas weekend.
However, there are some years when the holidays fell on a Sunday and the New Year’s frame (2012 specifically) actually spiked 36% over the 2011 Christmas weekend. If the right four quad film is in the market, such as 2010 when the third weekend of Avatar made $68.5M, the first weekend of the year can rally to a total B.O. of $200M+.
Typically, this is a frame dominated by holdovers, so expect last weekend’s triad of »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
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