B.O. Roundup, January 2-4: 'The Hobbit' Three-peats and 'Woman in Black 2' Opens Strong

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B.O. Roundup, January 2-4: 'The Hobbit' Three-peats and 'Woman in Black 2' Opens Strong

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies repeated history, following in its predecessors' Hobbity footsteps with a third consecutive weekend atop the box office dogpile.

While that may have been predictable, there was also a pleasant surprise: The Woman in Black 2: The Angel of Death opened bigger than anybody anticipated, helping power the box office of the first weekend in 2015 to 6% better than the first frame last year.

Both The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug dominated into their respective Januaries, and The Battle of the Five Armies didn't change the pattern.  The last (for now) Middle Earth adventure from Peter Jackson earned an estimated $21.9 million from 3,875 theaters in the U.S. and Canada.

That brings Bilbo's domestic haul to $220.7 million.  Internationally, The Battle of the Five Armies has now more than double that figure, though,  amassing $502.1 million for a whopping cumulative global total of $722.8 million so far.

Into the Woods and Unbroken repeated at their positions from the holiday weekend, coming in second and third with estimates of $19.0 million and $18.3 million, respectively.  Disney's star-studded fairy tale musical has sung its way to $91.2 million, while Angelina Jolie's WWII hagiography is on the same track with $87.8 million.

And in fourth place is Relativity Media's horror sequel The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, which took every box office prognosticator off guard in its domestic debut.  Playing in 2,602 theaters, the spooktacular raked in $15.1 million, according to current estimates, easily zipping past the $13 million most analysts were predicting for the film.

IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently sat down for an exclusive interview with Angel of Death star Jeremy Irvine, who follows the path set out by Daniel Radcliffe, who led 2012's The Woman in Black.

Family-friendly holdover Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb rounded out the top five thanks to its $14.4 million haul.

Plenty of prestige season films made hay in limited release this weekend, too. 

The Imitation Game added another $8.1 million from 758 theaters in seventh place, bringing its North American total to $30.8 million.  Big Eyes held just fine, bringing in another $2.6 million from 1,408 locations.   In just four theaters, American Sniper posted $640,000, translating to a phenomenal per-theater average of $160,000.  The Bradley Cooper vehicle has now raked in $2.1 million from those four theaters.  After opening in four theaters on New Year's Eve, A Most Violent Year made an estimated $300,000 over four days.  Check out IAR's exclusive interview with writer-director JC Chandor so you can be ready when A Most Violent Year expands to a theater near you.

1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies...........................................$21.9 million...............$220.7 million

2. Into the Woods........................................................................................$19.0 million...............$91.2 million

3. Unbroken.................................................................................................$18.3 million...............$87.8 million

4. The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death................................................$15.1 million...............New Release

5. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb............................................$14.4 million...............$89.7 million

6. Annie........................................................................................................$11.4 million...............$72.6 million

7. The Imitation Game.................................................................................$8.1 million.................$30.8 million

8. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1...............................................$7.7 million.................$323.8 million

9. The Gambler.............................................................................................$6.3 million.................$27.5 million

10. Big Hero 6...............................................................................................$4.8 million.................$211.2 million

This Friday, Liam Neeson snaps necks one last time in Taken 3, while the acclaimed Selma and Inherent Vice expand to far more locations.


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