Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Specialty Box Office: 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' Primes HBO Pump, Russell Crowe's 'Water Diviner' Is Spotty Specialty Box Office: 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' Primes HBO Pump, Russell Crowe's 'Water Diviner' Is Spotty Friday Box Office: 'Adaline' Bumps 'Furious' for a Day; 'Kurt Cobain' Big in 3 Theaters Friday Box Office: 'Adaline' Bumps 'Furious' for a Day; 'Kurt Cobain' Big in 3 Theaters Remembering Film Critic Richard Corliss (1944-2015) Remembering Film Critic Richard Corliss (1944-2015) Cannes: Denis Villeneuve Says Drug War Film 'Sicario' Is "Very Dark" and "Quite Violent" Cannes: Denis Villeneuve Says Drug War Film 'Sicario' Is "Very Dark" and "Quite Violent" How Do You Solve a Problem Like Erika? Universal Hires Husband to Write 'Fifty Shades Darker' How Do You Solve a Problem Like Erika? Universal Hires Husband to Write 'Fifty Shades Darker' 'Age of Ultron' Director Joss Whedon on Self-Doubt and Why It's His 'Rio Bravo' 'Age of Ultron' Director Joss Whedon on Self-Doubt and Why It's His 'Rio Bravo' Watch: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Amy Schumer Hilariously Slam Hollywood Sexism (NSFW) Watch: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Amy Schumer Hilariously Slam Hollywood Sexism (NSFW) CinemaCon: How Tom Cruise Stole the Paramount Show CinemaCon: How Tom Cruise Stole the Paramount Show Meet the Director of 'Tangerines,' the 2015 Dark Horse Oscar Nominee You Missed (Exclusive Video) Meet the Director of 'Tangerines,' the 2015 Dark Horse Oscar Nominee You Missed (Exclusive Video) LA Film Fest Unveils Horror Slate, More World Premieres, Zoe Cassavetes Film LA Film Fest Unveils Horror Slate, More World Premieres, Zoe Cassavetes Film Cannes: Directors' Fortnight Lines Up Vet Auteurs and American Indies Cannes: Directors' Fortnight Lines Up Vet Auteurs and American Indies Joe Wright's 'Pan' Gets Fall Release Date: Good News or Bad News? Joe Wright's 'Pan' Gets Fall Release Date: Good News or Bad News? Seeing Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River' Through Composer Johnny Jewel's Eyes (STREAM SOUNDTRACK) Seeing Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River' Through Composer Johnny Jewel's Eyes (STREAM SOUNDTRACK) 3 Women Genre Directors Get SF Film Society Fellowships 3 Women Genre Directors Get SF Film Society Fellowships Here's Why Jon Stewart Quit 'The Daily Show' Here's Why Jon Stewart Quit 'The Daily Show' Watch: From Tarantino to Cronenberg, Great Directors Talk the Art and Anxiety of Filmmaking Watch: From Tarantino to Cronenberg, Great Directors Talk the Art and Anxiety of Filmmaking Specialty Box Office: 'True Story' and 'Child 44' Flop as 'Ex Machina' Lures Audiences Specialty Box Office: 'True Story' and 'Child 44' Flop as 'Ex Machina' Lures Audiences 10 Films Booed at Cannes That Every Cinephile Should See 10 Films Booed at Cannes That Every Cinephile Should See 5 Things You Didn't Know About Lars von Trier, Who's Going Back to Work 5 Things You Didn't Know About Lars von Trier, Who's Going Back to Work 7 Things to Learn from 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner About Compelling Storytelling (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO) 7 Things to Learn from 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner About Compelling Storytelling (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Box Office Top 13: Holiday Business Spreads the Wealth, Led by 'Hobbit' and 'Wolf of Wall Street,' '47 Ronin' Flops (CHART)

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood December 27, 2013 at 3:57PM

A wide swath of movies shared the Christmas wealth this year. The box office took a distinctively different turn from 2012, when two new wide releases initially dominated the initial business. This year's holdover "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (Warner Bros.) led both Wednesday and Thursday, unlike last year, when the first "Hobbit" placed third for those two days, behind both "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained," which grossed $30 and $25 million respectively. No film grossed as much this year -- "The Hobbit" this time around did $19.8 million.
0
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

#6 - "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (Twentieth Century Fox) - $12.6 million in 2 days

The 39% fall for the second day (this opened Wednesday) and overall ranking suggests that Ben Stiller's comedy will struggle to earn back its $91-million budget, although the five-day take could be ahead of expectations. Last year, "Parental Guidance" did $10.6 million in two days and ended up with $77 million, so this still could end up higher domestic with upbeat word of mouth-- if it can outlast other new films. Both the most recent "Fockers" and "Night at the Museum" films grossed more international than domestic -- this could play better internationally, as did Fox's "Life of Pi" -- so if it scores $90 million domestic and $110 international, with additional later revenues, at best it can break even. This was certainly not anyone's intention.

#7 - "47 Ronin" (Universal) - $10.7 million in 2 days

The first day was a surprise for this long-delayed Keanu Reeves martial arts epic (that cost a reported $175 million), but whatever that might have raised was dashed with the 48% drop Thursday. As anticipated, this will be an expensive write-off for Universal and probably cost outgoing chairman Adam Fogelson his job.

#8 - "Saving Mr. Banks" (Buena Vista) - $9.8 million in 2 days

In only 2,110 theaters, this only fell 9% yesterday, as Disney's strategy of getting this open early to generate word of mouth seems to be paying off so far. Expect this to be around for a while and gross much more than its $24 million so far.

#9 - "Grudge Match" (Warner Bros.) - $6.1 million in 2 days

It started off as the weakest of the wide Christmas Day openings, and the 46% drop yesterday means this won't last much beyond its second week.

#10 - "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (Lionsgate) - $5.5 million in 2 days

Both impressive and significant, holding at 2,300 theaters and jumping 20% yesterday, "Catching Fire" now seems likely to end up just about even with "Iron Man 3" as the top domestic 2013 release (it is $28 million behind at the moment).

#11 - "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas" (Lionsgate) - $5.2 million in 2 days

#12 - "Walking With Dinosaurs" (20th Century-Fox) - $3.8 million in 2 days

#13 - "Justin Bieber's Believe" (Open Road) - $2.3 million in 2 days

"Dinosaurs" had a kids' generated jump of 24% yesterday, but too little to late for this 3-D flop. "Believe" was in only just over 1,000 theaters, but it still was very weak (his 2011 concert film ended up grossing $73 million; this won't do $10 million). "Madea" will struggle to hit $50 million, below par for Tyler Perry. And Weinstein's commitment to "Mandela" is falling short, at #14 with $2.2 million (estimated) in 2 days in 975 theaters.

Christmas Box Office Chart 2013

This article is related to: Box Office, Box Office, Box Office, Box Office Top Ten, The Wolf of Wall Street , The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Lord of the Rings/Hobbit


E-Mail Updates