Despite the hype and hoopla surrounding the bumbling premiere of the controversial James Franco/Seth Rogen film The Interview, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies still ruled the Christmas holiday weekend box office.
Bringing in an estimated $41.4 million (after only easing 24%), Hobbit grossed more on its second weekend than it ever has before for previous releases.
Total, the top 12 films (which doesn’t even include The Interview, actually) took in nearly $190 million, making it the highest grossing weekend of the whole year.
Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken premiered at second place with $31.7 million—an impressive feat considering there were no recognizable stars (though, there were probably some movie-goers expecting to see Jolie front and center).
The Interview ended up premiering this weekend after all, though not in many theaters. Due to threats, the major theater chains like AMC and Century opted out of playing the film. Rather, around 330 theaters nationwide played the movie for the more daring movie-goers.
All together it grossed less than $3 million in theaters (since it premiered on Christmas), however it took in about $15 million in downloads on Google Play and YouTube. Had the box office lineup included online downloads (which it will never do), The Interview would have landed mid-list in this week’s box office lineup.
Here’s the full Box Office (via Box Office Mojo):
1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $41,420,000
2. Unbroken $31,748,000
3. Into the Woods $31,021,000
4. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb $20,600,000
5. Annie (2014) $16,600,000
6. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 $10,000,000
7. The Gambler $9,300,000
8. The Imitation Game $7,930,000
9. Exodus: Gods and Kings $6,750,000
10. Wild (2014) $5,415,000