J.R.R. Tolkien’s written works comprising his Middle-earth saga have proven to be some of the most enduring narrative works of the English language, and the final cinematic adaptation of his book The Hobbit is proving to have its own staying power at the box office.
According to Variety, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has become the first box office winner of 2015, taking in an estimated $21.9 million in the period from January 2nd-4th. This brings its full domestic total up to $220.8 million. Although 2014 saw an overall box office attendance and gross decrease of 5%, the first weekend attached to the New Year holiday may show promising signs of what’s to come in 2015. Compared to the same period a year ago, post-New Year box office ticket sales increased a rather substantial 9.7%. It should prove very interesting to see how box office attendance and ticket sales both hold as we head deeper into 2015, which already will feature some highly anticipated films like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Although The Hobbit came out on top, other new releases weren’t far behind. Coming in at number 2 this weekend was Disney’s Into the Woods, bringing in $19 million in its second weekend. Number three’s slot belonged to Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, which brought in $18.35 million in its second weekend. Number four this week is the brand new release The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, which took in $15.1 million across 2,602 screens.
Rounding out the top 5 this week was Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which took in $14.45 million in its third week of presentation. Other films within the top 10 this weekend, like Annie, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and The Imitation Game took in between $5-11 million. All in all, this weekend was a very strong start for 2015 at the box office, and will hopefully single a rebound from 2014: a year that featured the lowest box office attendance in 20 years.
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