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Box Office: ‘The Hobbit’ Edges ‘Unbroken’ on New Year’s Eve

“Hobbit” fans led by way on the final day of 2014 at the U.S. box office as New Line-MGM’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” grossed $6 million to lift its total to $189.5 million after 15 days.

“Five Armies” edged Universal’s holiday hit “Unbroken,” which took in $5.9 million on New Year’s Eve to finish its first week at $62.5 million. Disney’s seventh day of “Into the Woods” followed closely with $5.3 million to push its one-week gross past $64 million.

The top three put a positive note at the end of a disappointing 2014 with grosses falling 5.2% to $10.3 billion.

“Five Armies” is outperforming last year’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” by 9% at this point of its run. It’s about 5% behind 2012’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which crossed the $200 million mark on its 15th day on its way to a $303 million total in the U.S.

Fox’s “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” finished fourth on New Year’s Eve with $4.9 million to push its 13-day total past $69 million. Sony’s “Annie” followed with $3.9 million for a cume of $57 million in two weeks.

Sony’s much-debated comedy “The Interview” finished its first week with $170,000 at 331 sites — mostly from arthouse screen — to lift its total to $3.5 million. The studio will add 239 locations on Friday.

Sony launched “The Interview” on VOD via YouTube, Google Play, Xbox and on its own dedicated site and saw $15 million in revenues in its first four days.

The studio reached agreements this week  with top U.S. cable, satellite and telco TV providers to distribute “The Interview” via video-on-demand and pay-per-view services, including  Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox and Bright House Networks (affiliates of InDemand); DirecTV; Verizon FiOS TV; and Charter Communications, Cablevision and AT&T U-verse TV (affiliates of Vubiquity).

Relativity’s “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death” will become the first movie of 2015 to open with a launch Friday at 2,602 theaters.

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