‘Five Armies’ heading for repeat win
‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ is heading for a repeat weekend win at the North American box office after enjoying a strong $15.6m Friday. The Middle Earth saga fell behind wide openers, ‘Unbroken’ and ‘Into the Woods’ on Christmas Day but always seemed to have enough in the tank to win the extended session. It should take around $47m over the four days.
‘Unbroken’ and ‘Into the Woods’ continued to exceed expectations on Friday and grossed a further $12m apiece. With a $2m lead from Christmas Day and an influential ‘A-‘ CinemaScore, ‘Unbroken’ appears to have the upper hand but ‘Into the Woods’ held better on Friday notwithstanding a lesser ‘B+’ from first night audiences. Both films should pass the $40m mark by Sunday night.
And Sony’s political hot potato ‘The Interview’ earned a further $725k from 331 independent theatres in the speciality market, with its modest theatrical performance following the simultaneous online platform release.prednisolone over the counter