Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies grossed $1.34 million on Thursday to remain in first place at the daily box office. The third and final installment of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy has led the daily box office for 22 of the past 23 days, but will fall out of first place today with the unleashing of Fox's Taken 3. The Battle of the Five Armies was down 7 percent from Wednesday and down 86 percent from last Thursday's New Year's Day inflated performance. The film claimed first place for the week with $28.21 million. That was down 61 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's 23-day total to $227.08 million.
Unbroken held steady in second place with $1.23 million. The Angelina Jolie directed war drama from Universal fell 4 percent from Wednesday and 82 percent from last Thursday. Unbroken placed in second for the week with $23.75 million. That represented a 56 percent decline from the previous week and places the film's 15-day total at a stronger than expected $93.23 million. Unbroken continues to run neck and neck with Disney's Into the Woods, as current total grosses for the films are separated by only $2.29 million.
Disney's Into the Woods took in $1.02 million to remain in third. The Rob Marshall directed musical featuring Meryl Streep increased 1 percent over Wednesday and was down 87 percent from last Thursday. Into the Woods finished just behind Unbroken for the week with a third place take of $23.38 million (the two films were separated by just $373,900 for the frame). The 15-day total for Into the Woods stands at a strong $95.52 million. Into the Woods will be expanding into an additional 295 locations this weekend.
The Imitation Game continued to claim fourth with $0.673 million. The awards season hopeful from The Weinstein Company was up a healthy 4 percent over Wednesday and down 76 percent from last Thursday. The Imitation Game placed in seventh for the week with $10.52 million. The film was down 34 percent from the previous week and has grossed a very promising $33.22 million to date. The Imitation Game will be expanding into an additional 812 locations this weekend.
Fox's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb rounded out the day's top five with $0.617 million. The third installment of the Ben Stiller led franchise was unchanged from Wednesday and down 90 percent from last Thursday. Secret of the Tomb took fifth place for the week with $17.49 million. That was a 57 percent decline from the previous week and brings the film's three-week total to $92.82 million.
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death wrapped up its first week of release with an eighth place take of $0.448 million. The PG-13 rated horror sequel from Relativity was down a sharp 16 percent from Wednesday. While The Woman in Black 2 has been very front-loaded throughout the week, the film still exceeded expectations this week with a fourth place seven-day start of $17.51 million.