It was an impressively competitive weekend at the box office, with new releases managing to find some solid footing, even against the unconquerable inhabitants of Middle-Earth. Here’s what went down:
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies retained the number one spot at the box office for a second week in a row, bringing in $41 million to raise its North American total to $168 million. It’s definitely a good number, but there’s no chance the film will hit $300 million.
Debuting in second place with an exceptional $31.7 million is the Angelina Jolie directed film, Unbroken, about World War II hero Louis Zamperini. Following right behind in third place is the Meryl Streep musical Into The Woods, with $31 million. Don’t be surprised to see these two flip spots when the actuals come out on Monday.
As for the rest of the top five, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb was in fourth place with $20.6 million, while Annie closed things out in fifth plsce with $16.6 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – $32 million
2) Into the Woods – $30 million
3) Unbroken – $25 million
4) Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – $15 million
5) The Gambler – $12 million
And here’s how the weekend turned out:
1) The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – $41 million
2) Unbroken – $31.7 million
3) Into The Woods – $31 million
4) Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – $20.6 million
5) Annie – $16.6 million
No major releases are coming out next weekend, so be sure to check back on Friday to see how we predict the holdovers will perform.