Liam Neeson took the box office by storm yet again, while a few awards contenders made big moves.
In at number 1 is Taken 3 (read our review) with $40.4 million. That may not be the best opening for a Taken film, but it’s easily the second biggest debut for a January new release, just barely behind last year’s Ride Along ($41 million).
However, it’s worth noting that the Taken series has been trending downward over these last two films, despite stronger openings than the first. Still, if Fox was looking for a reason to extend the series to four films, this weekend's tally is it.
With that awards season buzz on its side, and some potential Golden Globe hardware in its future, Selma could stick around for a long time. Either way, the film has grossed $13 million so far.
Unbroken is the number 3 film this weekend with $9.7 million. Angelina Jolie’s second directorial feature saw a pretty steep drop off (55%) in its third weekend, but is still hanging around. It also has $105 million in the bank, which is not too shabby either.
The number 4 film is The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies with $9.4 million. Now at $236 million domestic, Battle of the Five Armies has a solid chance of surpassing The Desolation of Smaug’s $258M but is unlikely to catch An Unexpected Journey’s $303M. In terms of worldwide grosses, The Battle of the Five Armies is still doing excellent business, and with $781 million the film is now the second best worldwide total for a 2014 release.
Rounding out the top 5 is Into the Woods with $8.3 million. Disney’s big budget musical adaptation is up to $101 million.
The Imitation Game comes in at number 6 with $7.6 million. Another film that is sure to get a boost if it wins a few awards tonight, The Imitation Game is now up to $40 million.
The number 7 film this weekend is Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb with $6.7 million. We’ll have to wait and see where final numbers end up, but based on this weekend’s tally, Night at the Museum 3 is right at $99 million total.
Coming in at number 8 is Annie with $4.9 million. The latest adaptation of the award-winning musical is up to $79 million.
In at number 9 is The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death with $4.8 million, which brings its domestic total up to $22 million. No surprise here, as horror films tend to see big drop-offs in their second weekend. Thankfully, the film’s low budget guarantees the film comes away with a solid profit.
Rounding out the top 10 is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 with $3.7 million, which brings its domestic total up to $329 million. The film still hasn’t passed Guardians of the Galaxy yet, but it’s getting closer every day.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, January 12th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo