Weekend Forecast: 'Unbroken', 'Into the Woods', 'The Gambler' & 'Big Eyes'

Featured Stories - on December 23, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff

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The final weekend of the year sees the release of a handful of wildly different titles. Will there be enough strength to help 2014 end on a strong note? (Note: As of this posting, an official location count is not available for The Interview. The film is not likely to finish in the top 10 considering that its opening location count will be limited to around 200 locations.)

Unbroken

PROS:

- The encouraging underdog story is well-timed with its holiday release as audiences look for uplifting entertainment.
- Angelina Jolie's significant fan base could turn out given emphasis on her directorial attachment in marketing.
- Early buzz is quite solid in terms of being an audience-friendly film.

CONS:

- Critics haven't agreed on the pic, which will mostly serve to undercut the film's award season potential.
- Without a major star to lead the film, Jolie's off-screen presence is one of its biggest assets.

Into the Woods

PROS:

- Disney is hard to bet against in any genre right now.
- The all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, targets a wide swath of potential family audiences.
- The film's Facebook page has shown significant fan growth over the past few months.

CONS:

- Competition from several other family films (The HobbitAnnie, and Night at the Museum 3) could hold back potential. 
- Twitter and Flixster buzz have consistently trailed that of Maleficent by significant margins.
- Are audiences going to be burned out on musicals by this point?

The Gambler

PROS:

- Mark Wahlberg's drawing power is in good shape following the massive success of Transformers: Age of Extinction.
- This could attract key male demos that otherwise would have went to see The Interview.

CONS:

- Wahlberg has had his share of duds, so he's far from a sure thing. 
- The topic--a degenerate gambler tries to hit rock bottom--could be a little too bleak for many viewers.

Big Eyes

PROS:

- Stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz have earned a lot of mainstream trust over the last several years.
- The reviews are largely positive.

CONS:

- The true story that it's based on may be too obscure.
- Key female demos may opt to see Into the Woods instead. 

Check out our complete weekend forecast in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Dec. 26-28 Weekend Gross Cume as of Dec. 28, 2014
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Dec 17, 2014 Warner Bros. / New Line
$36,000,000 $157,500,000
Into the Woods Dec 25, 2014 Disney
$32,000,000 $47,000,000
Unbroken Dec 25, 2014 Universal
$23,000,000 $35,000,000
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Dec 19, 2014 Fox
$16,000,000 $46,500,000
Annie (2014) Dec 19, 2014 Sony / Columbia
$14,000,000 $42,700,000
The Gambler Dec 25, 2014 Paramount
$10,000,000 $14,000,000
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Nov 21, 2014 Lionsgate
$8,800,000 $305,300,000
Exodus: Gods and Kings Dec 12, 2014 Fox
$6,500,000 $51,000,000
The Imitation Game Nov 28, 2014 Weinstein Company
$5,300,000 $11,000,000
Big Eyes Dec 25, 2014 Weinstein Company
$5,000,000 $7,200,000

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report. 

Tags: Big Eyes, The Gambler, predictions, Unbroken, The Interview, Into the Woods

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