AceShowbiz - "The Interview" has been dominating online headlines these past few weeks, but it was "Unbroken" which became a hit in U.S. theaters on Christmas Day. Angelina Jolie's second directorial film tops the chart with $15.6 million.
It's one of the best Christmas Day openings of all-time. The Louis Zamperini biopic starring Jack O'Connell ranks third behind "Sherlock Holmes" ($24.6 million in 2009) and "Les Miserables" ($18.1 million in 2012).
"The Interview", meanwhile, raked in nearly $1 million in 330 independent theaters around the country for a per-theater average of $3,142. It also did well on VOD platforms, becoming the best-selling movie on Google Play and YouTube Movies.
Sitting behind "Unbroken" on the Thursday box office is Disney's "Into the Woods" which debuted with $15 million. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" follows with $13.1 million and "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" with $7.4 million. "The Gambler" starring Mark Wahlberg rounds up the top 5 with $5 million.
"The Imitation Game" led by Benedict Cumberbatch collected $3 million on the first day of its wide release, Tim Burton's "Big Eyes" starring Amy Adams opened with $1.4 million, and "American Sniper" with Bradley Cooper on the lead role was released in four theaters with an impressive $60,000-per-screen average.