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    December 29, 2014

    BOX OFFICE: THE HOBBITS KEEPS THE TOP SPOT

    [UPDATED WITH OVERSEAS NUMBER]Call it the Christmas joy. The Box Office of North America generated a three-day gross of $210 million post-Christmas weekend, according to box office watcher Rentrak. That figure was up by 6.6% over the same period last year and catapulted 2014’s aggregate amount to more than $10 billion mark once again. Topping the chart once again was Warner Bros.’ The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies with $41.42 million, a drop of 24% from its opening week last week, for a total cume of $168.52 million in 12 days. It better The Desolation of Smaug’s number by more than 19.8% over the same period.


    Christmas openers Universal’s Unbroken and Disney’s Into the Woods came out neck-to-neck over the weekend to settle for the second and third place, respectively. The World War II epic, directed by Angelina Jolie grossed an encouraging $31.75 million (total $47.34 million), beating the musical ensemble from director Frank Rob Marshall by $0.63 million. Into the Woods have, so far, collected $46.11 million in total since Christmas Day.

    Fox’s third Night at the Museum movie uptick 20% from opening week with a $20.6 million collection this weekend to push its total to $55.31 million. Fellow family pic, Sony’s Annie also experienced a bump, grossing $16.6 million for a total of $45.84 million. Despite non-fancy reviews, the third Hunger Games movie crossed the $300 million mark with another $10 million gross. Mark Wahlberg’s The Gambler had a so-so opening of $9.3 million (total: $14.3 million). Meanwhile, Sony’s controversy North Korean comedy The Interview opened with a four-day number of $2.85 million. The detail of the North American box office is as follows:

    1. THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES (Warner Bros) - $41.42 mil (3875 theatres) = Total: $168.52 mil
    2. UNBROKEN (Universal) - $31.75 mil (3131 theatres) = Total: $47.34 mil
    3. INTO THE WOODS (Disney) - $15.08 mil (2440 theatres) = Total: $46.11 mil
    4. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB (Fox) - $20.60 mil (3914 theatres) = Total: $55.31 mil
    5. ANNIE (Sony) - $16.60 mil (3197 theatres) = Total: $45.84 mil
    6. THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 (Lionsgate) - $10.00 mil (2793 theatres) = Total: $306.66 mil
    7. THE GAMBLER (Paramount) - $9.30 mil (2478 theatres) = Total: $14.30 mil
    8. THE IMITATION GAME (TWC) - $7.93 mil (747 theatres) = Total: $14.63 mil
    9. EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS (Fox) - $6.75 mil (3002 theatres) = Total: $52.52 mil
    10. WILD (Fox Searchlight) - $5.42 mil (1285 theatres) = Total: $16.36 mil
    11. BIG HERO 6 (Disney) - $4.85 mil (2065 theatres) = Total: $199.93 mil
    12. TOP FIVE (Paramount) - $3.80 mil (1426 theatres) = Total: $19.27 mil
    13. PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR (Fox) - $3.25 mil (2033 theatres) = Total: $66.95 mil
    14. INTERSTELLAR (Paramount) - $3.00 mil (1253 theatres) = Total: $177.35 mil
    15. BIG EYES (TWC) - $2.99 mil (1307 theatres) = Total: $4.40 mil
    16. THE INTERVIEW (Sony) - $1.81 mil (331 theatres) = Total: $2.85 mil
    Others:
    AMERICAN SNIPER (Warner Bros) - $0.61mil (4 theatres) = Total: $0.85 mil
    SELMA (Paramount) - $0.59 mil (19 theatres) = Total: $0.91 mil

    OVERSEA NUMBERS:

    It was a rather quiet box office tracking around the world but the third Hobbit movie added $89.2 million for a total $405.1 million (Worldwide stands at $573.62 million), continuing its dominant for the third week. It opened with $10.1 million in Australia and is currently the biggest grosser of the year in Germany ($56.2 million). Fox's tale of Moses, Exodus: Gods and Kings collected a huge $31 million following releases in Brazil, UK, France and Germany - so far it mustered an overall receipt of $96 million.

    Back in Malaysia, the final Night at the Museum movie - Secret of the Tomb, opened with a huge $3.1 million here (over RM 10 million) to top the local box office chart. The Battle of Five Armies was at second, while Hindi-language title P.K. was the highest debut on the third spot last week.
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