Friday, May 24, 2024

Box Office: Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” Scores Big, Jolie’s “Unbroken” Scores Weekend Win


Christmas weekend is over and the numbers are in: Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” took in $48 million and won hands down. In its very small release– just 4 theatres– Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” raked in a whopping $850,000. Each is a very American movie, and very very good despite efforts from all sides to snark them down.

Meanwhile, the final “Hobbit” movie picked up steam after a slow start and now has $168 million in the bank. After running behind its predecessors, “Hobbit” is now ahead of them. The Tolkien gang took a few moments before it was energized. Both “Sniper” and “Hobbit” are from Warner Bros. where co-chief Sue Kroll is her very own Lord of the Ring. She works magic.

With “Sniper,” Bradley Cooper keeps looming larger for an Oscar nom. I told you this 10 days ago.

And what about “The Interview”? In 330 theaters it made $2.85 million. Most of it came on Thursday, opening day. Every day since has shown a decrease as word of mouth spread. Who knows about the digital side? It’s number 2 at the Google Play store.

And keep an eye on “Selma”: the most important movie of the year scored $912,000 in 19 theaters from Thursday to Sunday. The big roll out isn’t until mid January. Very exciting.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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