Box Office: ‘The Imitation Game’ Scores Solidly in Christmas Expansion

Imitation Game

Christmas proved bountiful for the Weinstein Co.’s expansion of “The Imitation Game” as the Benedict Cumberbatch thriller took in $3.1 million at 747 U.S. locations.

That was good enough for seventh place during a typically robust Christmas, led by “Unbroken” and “Into the Woods” both topping $15 million.

By adding 713 sites, “The Imitation Game” nearly doubled its four-week total to $6.7 million. It’s also grossed $19.5 million in the U.K., the setting for the tale of World War II code-breaker Alan Turing, since its Nov. 14 release.

The film, directed by Morten Tyldum, with Keira Knightley and Mark Strong also starring, has been gathering awards momentum with five Golden Globe nominations and a trio of SAG nods.

The Weinstein Co. used a similar box office strategy in 2010, when it expanded “The King’s Speech” from 91 to 700 locations on Christmas Day — lifting the U.S. total from $4.2 million to $6.3 million in a single session. “The King’s Speech” went on to gross $135 million in the U.S., along with winning the best picture Oscar.

Another TWC awards hopeful, Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes,” had a rough Christmas Day debut with a 12th place finish with $1.4 million at 1,307 locations. That put “Big Eyes,” starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz as Margaret and Walter Keane, on track for a modest $5 million total for the four-day Christmas weekend.


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  1. Richard Popielarz says:

    Viewers are being sold a lie because Turing did not crack Enigma…. The Polish Cipher Bureau did so in 1932.

  2. Kaci says:

    The Imitation Game was so good. Benedict Cumberbatch can carry a scene with such intense passion. The audience falls for Alan Turing and learns of the injustice he received by the hands of his government. This show relies on its audience to feel empathy for a man that saved millions of lives in WW2. The Imitation Game had a great cast with Keira Knightly, Charles Dance, Allan Leech and more. This isn’t a feel good movie, this is a movie about a mans life, who helped save a world during a horrific war.

  3. i hope this film is worth to watch

    • Lisa says:

      It’s okay, but it’s really formulaic, and completely inaccurate, both from a historical perspective and the characterisation of Turing. Theory of Everything, which it will inevitably be compared to, was a much better movie, most likely because they tried to tell the story of an actual person rather than make the script fit a pre-defined message and shoehorn the plot and character development in. Turing came off flat and uninteresting just because you could immediately tell the stereotype they were going for and what that would mean for the character arc. Cumberbatch was good enough to pull it off, but not good enough to save the entire movie from being forgettable Oscar bait.

  4. Joanne says:

    I saw The Imitation Game Tonight and the theatre was absolutely packed.

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