Box office estimates are in for the weekend of Jan 9-11th, 2015.
#1 – Taken 3:
Never doubt the Taken franchise. Liam Neeson alone? Yeah, you can doubt him. But when he’s playing Bryan Mills? Bow down. The final, and horribly reviewed, installment in the trilogy opened up with $40.4M this weekend. Though it’s nearly $10M less than the opening of the last Taken, and will most certainly be the lowest grossing entry in the series domestically, this is still a remarkable opening considering franchise fatigue and the saturation Liam Neeson has created for himself in these kinds of action movies. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more Neeson and Besson team-ups in the future.
#2 – Selma:
In a distant second place, Selma made $11.2M in its first wide release weekend to bring its total to $13.4M. While this may seem like a weak start, this is an awards contender. Which means subsequent weekends have minuscule drops depending on how many awards the picture wins. And if predictions are correct, this pic has quite a few awards in its future. Which also means it’s going to rake in quite a bit of money.
#3 – Into the Woods:
The Disney musical, along with the two holdovers below it, all took quite a hit from kids going back to school. Into the Woods managed the lightest drop for a $9.7M weekend and a $105.2M current total. Now tracking behind the much more dramatic winter released musical, Les Mis, end prospects don’t look as great as they once did. But this movie still has one card left to play. Nominated for multiple Golden Globes, airing tonight, an awards show boost could bump this pic’s gross up quite a bit.
#4 – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies:
As for The Hobbit, there is no saving grace left for it. A 55%+ fall brought it to a $9.4M weekend and a $236.5M total. While it is still likely that it passes the $258M total of The Hobbit 2, the Middle-Earth series is not ending on the most positive of notes.
#5 – Unbroken:
The inspirational true story about Louis Zamperini was the last of the three films that got hit by the kids’ return to school. While the source material doesn’t exactly seem like kiddie-bait, the movie took a 50%+ hit for an $8.6M weekend and a $101.6M total. While the Golden Globes won’t be giving this film a boost, Oscar noms have yet to be announced so there is still a possible bump in this movie’s future.
#6 – The Imitation Game: $7.6M weekend
#7 – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb: $6.7M weekend
#8 – Annie: $4.5M weekend
#9 – The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death: $4.8M weekend
#10 – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1- $3.7M weekend