Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ Opens with $850,000 in Christmas Eve Showings


Angelina Jolie’s war drama “Unbroken” has launched respectably with $850,000 in Christmas Eve showings at 1,979 North American theaters.

Universal is expanding “Unbroken” into 3,131 locations on Christmas Day amid serious competiton from four new films — including Sony’s “The Interview” — and holdover “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”

“Unbroken” depicts the life of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, portrayed by Jack O’Connell. Zamperini, who died in July at the age of 97, survived in a raft for 47 days after his bomber was downed in WWII, and was sent to a series of prisoner-of-war camps.  Universal has been estimating that “Unbroken,” will finish the four-day Christmas weekend in the $17 million to $19 million range.

The film, co-produced by Legendary Entertainment, faces a trio of other wide releases — Disney’s “Into the Woods” at 2,440 sites, Paramount’s “The Gambler” at 2,478 and The Weinstein Co.’s “Big Eyes” — and Sony’s opening of “The Interview” at more than 300 independent theaters.

“The Interview” represents a wild card in U.S. box office calculations. The comedy is coming into the market with an unprecedented level of awareness in the wake of a massive hack attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, threats of a 9/11-style attack by the hackers, the Dec. 17 decision by the studio to withdraw the movie and an about-face on that six days later to show the film.

Additonally, Sony began streaming “The Interview” on Wednesday via four digital platforms — an unprecedented step for a major film.

“Into the Woods” is likely to lead the pack of new entries with tracking in the $26 million to $29 million range for the four days. New Line-MGM’s second weekend of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” looks likely to come out on top in the $30 million to $35 million.

“Five Armies” took in $6 million at 3,875 locations on Christmas Eve to lift its eight-day U.S. total to $114 million. That’s 8% above the eight-day take for last year’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” with $104.7 million and 7% behind the figure for 2012’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.””Smaug” wound up with $258 million domestically while “Journey” took in $303 million.



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  1. IT 2 IT says:

    WHY are we being force fed this –WHO asked for it?— anachronistic WWII franchise slum drek?

    WHY has Hollywood STEPPED ON some 5 decades of milestone anniversaries for the now
    21st century DEFINING ————–KOREAN WAR?????


  2. Idahoan says:

    Topics like this have run their course In Hollywood over the years and I think should be left alone now. They serve to do nothing but perpetuate hatred. To use the excuse of ‘they deserve what they get because of what they did at Pearl’ to make movies like this is getting old. Everyone’s ancestors did crappy things but we don’t need to keep throwing it into the faces of their decedents. Most of ours did horrible things to slaves, Indians, Christians, and countless others. And should we blame todays Germans for what their ancestors did in WWII? I’m sure everyone already agrees that war is horrible. Hollywood needs to make a little less movies that stir up hatred. I work with lots of Japanese military folks and can say with certainty that they are painfully sorry about their ancestors dragging us into WWII. 99% of them are very kind and have no desire at all for violence. They know that their military Leads were AFU in the 40’s. No war should be forgotten, but neither we nor they need another nerve poking movie to keep memories fresh.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Went to see Unbroken today and was completely blown away, by the acting, the directing and the imagery. What an inspirational movie. I do not pay any attention to what critics say, because they look at movies a lot differently than the normal movie going public. I would like to make a few clarifications. Very little nudity, very little gore, very little swearing. Some of the scenes were in the heat of battle, lost at sea for 45 days, and POW camps, I think common sense tells you there would be some. Also, Mr. Zamperini did get to see the movie before he passed. Ms. Jolie was able to show him the movie while he was in the hospital, and he was very pleased with the way the movie was made. His family also are in total agreement with the film. To me the movie touches on how and when he became a man of faith, and like the title, he remained unbroken. What a man, what a story and what a movie.

  4. Matt says:

    It flopped. Moviegoers who loved the book were disappointed in the movie, and Christians who saw it for the faith aspect were not pleased with the nudity, swearing, and gore. Just who was her target audience?

  5. zzzzzzz says:

    Well you can’t say Angalina didn’t have a great story to tell. Shame she puts the audience to sleep telling it.

  6. CC says:

    The movie was not flawless but definitely impressive as Angelina Jolie’s second film as a director. She definitely has vision and knows how to work with actors, and I look forward to seeing her develop a long career as a director. I left the movie stunned and inspired by the strength of human will. But OMG….just the acting alone (okay – and stunning visuals) made this film worth it. Jack O’Connell was excellent but Miyavi’s first acting role as the Bird was out of this world. Jolie wanted someone who could march into a POW camp and take over like a rock star. Her instincts were spot on in casting Miyavi. I suspect he will have a successful acting and musical career here in the U.S. and will get an Academy Award nomination. Will definitely be watching this movie again for Miyavi’s performance and the inspiring feelings I took home. Good job, Ms. Jolie! You have a long career ahead of you.

  7. grandmal006 says:

    I just sorry that Louis Zamperini did not live to see the movie.

  8. OdinSon2k14 says:

    I love WWII movies so I will see this and The Gambler

  9. Mary Alice says:

    I think it will be a wonderful movie! Congrats to Angelina and Louie his life story needed telling.

  10. Pedro says:

    How is less than a million in almost 2,000 theaters respectable?

  11. MichaelZ says:

    Respectable but Hollywood’s egomaniacal / self-congratulatory lovefest crashed and burned on take off. The luke warm early reviews, followed by bad reviews didn’t help.

  12. Sam Stocker says:

    Jolie has directed and produced it
    masterfully, creating a film both heartbreaking and inspiring, huge and subtle in every frame,
    every scene, every interaction.

  13. It look like Angelina Jolie will have the last laugh because it look like she got a winner on her hand.

  14. Harley Leiber says:

    From the Oregonian…up here in Portland..”.The talent list doesn’t include Jolie, at least not as a director, not yet. “Unbroken” is a lifeless, leaden slog that marches through Zamperini’s wartime experiences with a heavy-footed sense of duty and no imagination or flair. What should be inspiring is dulled and flattened into a muddy, messy paste that doesn’t honor Zamperini or uplift or entertain the audience. It just sits there, slowly turning what could have been something special into something like a jungle in the South Pacific, pretty to look at but tough to get through and a little smelly underfoot.”

    Like Scott Rudin said…minimal talent.

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