Weekend box office: The Hobbit and Unbroken continue to do well

The New Year brought more of the same at the weekend box office, with THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES taking the top spot again and all of the top four movies remaining constant.  The only newcomer to the fold this week was THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2 ANGEL OF DEATH, which managed to crack the top five, even without the original’s star, Daniel Radcliffe.  To put it in perspective, the original managed a $20 million opening while the sequel barely cracked $15 million.  And the sequel was clearly helped by not having any other horror movies to compete with in theaters.  THE IMITATION GAME (click the link to read our review) continued its impressive, albeit limited, run at the box office.  It’s not even playing on a 1,000 screens and it’s in the top ten. Imagine what it could do if everyone that wanted to see it could find it at their favorite theater.

Next week brings us the return of Liam Neeson in TAKEN 3, which should easily take the weekend box office crown.  I’m not sure we needed another Taken film, but I always enjoy an angry Liam Neeson and I’m guessing general audiences will flock to see him in action again.  We also get the release of INHERENT VICE, which seems to be a critic darling, but I can’t imagine it having any success with the general public.  I think the only hope it will have is to get some Oscar love and maybe then it will find a wider audience.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies $22.2m

2. Unbroken $21m

3. Into the Woods $18.6m

4. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb $15.9m

5. The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death $15.1m

6. Annie $12.2m

7. Imitation Game $8.3m

8. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 $7.7m

9. The Gambler $6.8m

10. Big Hero 6 $5.2m

Other: The Interview $1.6m

(Deadline)

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