‘Into the Woods,’ ‘Unbroken’ Open Strong on Christmas Against ‘The Interview’

Into The Woods Movie

Disney’s musical “Into the Woods” and Universal’s war drama “Unbroken” have opened impressively on Christmas Day in the U.S., with early estimates showing both at around $10 million for their opening days.

The launches leave each with prospects of a four-day Christmas weekend opening of about $30 million. That’s slightly above forecasts for “Into the Woods” and well above recent projections for “Unbroken.”

“Woods” and “Unbroken” overcame the distraction surrounding Sony’s limited release of “The Interview” at more than 300 independent locations — with a best-case scenario of $3 million for $4 million for its four days. But with the movie showing on four different platforms as of Tuesday and reviews that were mixed, the theatrical numbers may wind up being less than stellar.

Paramount saw respectable Christmas business from “The Gambler,” with about $4 million at 2,478 locations, while the Weinstein Co.’s “Big Eyes” turned in a moderate $1.5 million at 1,307 sites.

“Into the Woods” started solidly with $1.1 million in Christmas Eve shows in North America — far ahead of the Dec. 18 latenight opening for Sony’s musical  “Annie,” which opened with $360,000.

Angelina Jolie-directed “Unbroken,” which also launched respectably with $850,000 in Christmas Eve showings at 1,979 North American theaters. Universal expanded “Unbroken” into 3,131 locations on Christmas Day.

The Christmas Day launches for “Into the Woods” and “Unbroken” may put them in the vicinity of New Line-MGM’s second weekend of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” which had been estimated to come out on top in the $30 million to $35 million range. “Five Armies” took in $6 million at 3,875 locations on Christmas Eve to lift its eight-day U.S. total to $114 million.


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  1. Micha says:

    Unbroken is excellent! Obviously the critics panning the movie either don’t like Angelina or don’t like women directors in the male-dominated industry. Unbroken is one of the best movies I have seen in years! O’Connell and Gleeson’s acting is top-notch. The theater was packed with thirty to seventy-ish aged people and many were commenting on how great the movie was as they were leaving.

  2. Alexandra Ishtar says:

    Well, well…. Been reading the tweets about this movie. Seen a lot along these lines:

    Adam Prenger ‏@idrawrobots 2m2 minutes ago

    it seems mostly critics didn’t like Unbroken because they don’t like Jolie.

    And that’s the thing…she’s a cultural lightening rod… Like Obama or Bush. People love her or hate her. Not sure why half of Hollywood hates her considering she is a wonderful ambassador for the industry and makes them lots of money.

    Shows were all sold our today at my theater so I’m going this weekend.

    • The critics are scared senseless of Angie, the power she welds is unheard of in HW today. Between Angie and her husband, Brad Pitt, they are a force to be reckoned with.

    • Mike says:

      The critics have liked her films in the past. It’s weird that her fans suddenly think everyone has it out for her. If anyone dares to criticize her even once, it must be a giant conspiracy. She has the creepiest fans out of anyone in show business, other than maybe Justin Bieber.

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