Box Office: Holiday Winners and Losers
On 07 January 2015
The holidays brought us a lot of movies, and all the companies hoped to recover their investment. From musicals to adventure and war movies, we had it all in the last days of 2014, and in the first days of 2015. See here who are the winners and who are the losers:
The big winner is : The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Dec. 17)
The Hobbit trilogy finale was No. 1 for a third straight weekend and has earned a global gross of $722.9 million through Jan. 4. It's rumored that that Five Armies will ultimately cross $1 billion for New Line/Warner Bros. and MGM.
Into the Woods (Dec. 25)
The Disney movie, Into the Woods, is already one of the most successful big-screen musicals of all time in the U.S. It's family-friendly and its success may be due to the great starring actors : Meryl Streep, James Corden and Chris Pine. Through Jan. 4, Into the Woods has earned a domestic gross of $91.2 million.
Unbroken (Dec. 25)
Angelina Jolie's second movie as director, Unbroken, presents us the World War II and hero Louis Zamperini. The audience applauded when the movie ended, which means this a successful movie. This is confirmed also by its gross of $87.8 million in North America.
The Imitation Game (Nov. 28)
Another movie about World War II. The Imitation Game tells the story of Alan Turing and the team of British codebreakers who helped bring WW II to an early end. Through Jan. 4, The Imitation Game has grossed $30.8 million.
Selma (Dec. 25)
Ava DuVernay's civil rights drama focuses on Martin Luther King’s march to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. The critics love it and is being hailed as a timeless and powerful movie.Selma opened in limited release on Christmas, and has grossed just over $2 million since that time. It opens nationwide Jan. 9, the week before the MLK holiday.
Exodus: Gods and Kings (Dec. 19)
Produced by Chernin Entertainment for Fox, Exodus: Gods and Kings has grossed only $203.7 million globally to date, and it is likely to top out at $250 million. The biblical epic cost Fox about $200 million to make, so it dissapointed.
Top Five (Dec. 12)
Chris Rock's movie Top Five cost $12 million for distribution rights, plus a $20 million marketing commitment,and through Jan. 4 has grossing $23.7 million. Not the expected results, for sure.
The Interview (Dec. 25)
The Interview cost $44 million to make and likely another $40 million to market and earned $4.8 million at the box office and more than $15 million on VOD. The Interview is about the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Big Eyes (Dec. 15)
Since opening nationwide on Christmas Day, Big Eyes earned roughly $10 million for The Weinstein Co. The audience didn't seem to care who really painted the big-eyed waifs, Margaret Keane, or her husband Walter.
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