‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the 5 Armies’ holds off Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ to take the weekend box office


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Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies remained the No. 1 movie in the country,according to box office numbers, but its grip may be slipping.

Angelina Jolie’s second directorial effort, Unbroken, gave The Hobbit a a run for its money but ended up about $10 million short as Hobbit raked in $41.4 million to Unbroken‘s $31.7 million. Disney’s musical Into The Woods had a surprisingly strong open as it claimed the No. 3 spot with $31 million. Ben Stiller’s latest installment of the Night at the Museum franchise, Secret of the Tomb, brought in $20.6 million to land in the fourth spot. And the Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis remake of Annie actually earned about $300K more than it did in its opening weekend, but still brought up the rear of the top five with $16.6 million.

Also of note, Mark Wahlberg’s The Gambler and the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game found their way into the top ten, landing at number seven and eight, respectively.Ava DuVernay’s early Oscar buzzworthy Selma did an impressive $590K on only 19 screens during its limited holiday release. Experts expect it to land in the top ten upon a full theatrical release. The much-hyped controversial film The Interview scored about $1.8 million in a very limited release, but managed to set a record in online sales for Sony.

For the full weekend top 10, check out the list below.

1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – $41.4M

2. Unbroken – $31.7M

3. In the Woods – $31M

4. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – $20.6M

5. Annie – $16.6M

6. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part 1) – $10M

7. The Gambler – $9.3M

8. The Imitation Game – $7.9M

9. Exodus: Gods and Kings – $6.7M

10. Wild – $5.4M

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