Box Office: The Hobbit Wins Second Weekend [Video]

The Hobbit’s strong second weekend was enough to hold off stronger-than-expected debuts from the two biggest openings this weekend. The first of those was Unbroken, which took the #2 spot with $31.7 million. The Angelina Jolie-directed drama overcame surprisingly middling reviews (51% on Rotten Tomatoes) to play very well with audiences, who gave it an A- CinemaScore. That should do good things for its box office legs. The film has a total of $47.3 million since opening on Christmas day and is likely to finish up in the $150 million to $160 million range. That will be a very significant hit for Universal considering the $65 million budget.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film’s grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – $41.4 million ($168.5 million total)
2. Unbroken – $31.7 million ($47.3 million total)
3. Into the Woods – $31 million ($46.1 million total)
4. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – $20.6 million ($55.3 million total)
5. Annie – $16.6 million ($45.8 million total)
6. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – $10 million ($306.7 million total)
7. The Gambler – $9.3 million ($14.3 million total)
8. The Imitation Game – $7.9 million ($14.6 million total)
9. Exodus: Gods & Kings – $6.8 million ($52.5 million total)
10. Wild – $5.4 million ($16.4 million total)