Weekend Wrap-Up

Sniper Dominates MLK Weekend; Blackhat Bombs Ugly

By John Hamann

January 18, 2015

I mean, there's really not anything funny about PSTD. So yeah.

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Into the Woods breaks away from its usual holdover pack of Unbroken and The Hobbit threequel this weekend, as it was more in the Oscar conversation with three nominations. Into the Woods earned another $6.5 million, and fell 32% despite the entrance of Paddington. After four weekends, the Disney release has earned $114.3 million stateside, and is still just getting started overseas with about $26 million.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies drops significantly this weekend. The Peter Jackson film earned $4.9 million, dropping 48% in the process. With this drop, it will now be a close finish between Desolation of Smaug, which finished with $258.4 million, and The Battle of the Five Armies, which has a domestic gross to date of $244.5 million.

Ninth is Unbroken, which also falls hard this weekend due to no Oscar love. Unbroken earned another $4.3 million, and declined 48%. The $65 million flick from Angelina Jolie has now pulled in $108.6 million and is also getting a slower rollout overseas.


Tenth is Blackhat, our lone opening miss this weekend – and miss it did. The $70 million Michael Mann flick with Chris Hemsworth flopped badly, earning only $4 million for Universal. Critics and audiences hated it (C- Cinemascore), so there is no digging out from this pile of dung. Last year, Universal was riding high in January with Lone Survivor and Ride Along. This year they will start with a huge write down on Blackhat, and almost certainly have another one coming soon in The Seventh Son.

Despite all the hand-wringing that 2015 first quarter box office was going to pale in comparison to 2014, we sure are off to a good start. This weekend, the top 12 films earned $185.5 million, way ahead of last year, when the top 12, led by Ride Along, earned $154.5 million. Next weekend brings three strange titles, including Mortdecai, the odd comedy with Johnny Depp, Universal's The Boy Next Door, with J.Lo getting involved with much younger men, and the aforementioned Strange Magic from George Lucas, which simply seems weird.

Top Ten for Weekend of January 16-18, 2015
Estimated Gross
Weekly Change
Cumulative Gross
1 American Sniper Warner Bros. 90,205,000 +15466% 93,630,000
2 The Wedding Ringer Screen Gems 21,000,000 New 21,000,000
3 Paddington Weinstein Co. 19,287,000 New 19,287,000
4 Taken 3 20th Century Fox 14,050,000 -64% 63,500,000
5 Selma Paramount 8,300,000 -27% 25,964,000
6 The Imitation Game Weinstein Co. 7,192,000 No change 50,798,308
7 Into the Woods Walt Disney 6,542,000 -32% 114,500,000
8 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Warner Bros. 4,860,000 -48% 244,537,000
9 Unbroken Universal 4,267,280 -48% 108,609,910
10 Blackhat Universal 4,030,190 New 4,030,190
11 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 20th Century Fox 3,825,105 -43% 105,000,000
12 Annie Sony 1,900,000 -60% 82,000
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Lionsgate 1,825,000 -52% 332,400,000
The Woman in Black 2 Relativity 1,646,400 -65% 24.8
Birdman Fox Searchlight 1,560,000 +164% 28,250,000
Wild Fox Searchlight 1,460,000 -45% 33,000,000
Inherent Vice Warner Bros 1,160,000 -58% 6,476,000
Foxcatcher Sony Classics 1,124,653 +134% 10,049,913
The Theory of Everything Focus Features 960,000 +43% 27,277,946
I Aascar Film 780,953 New 1,300,000
Whiplash Sony Classics 411,556 +169% 6,639,980
A Most Violent Year A24 313,404 +160% 804,000
Still Alice Sony Classics 212,432 New 212,432
Mr. Turner Sony Classics 200,793 -14% 1,592,633
Leviathan Sony Classics 54,628 +105% 194,989

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