It’s the battle of the three wide releases at this weekend’s box office: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and Annie are all opening in at least 3,000 theaters each.
These huge releases will kick some of the top five mainstays, like The Hunger Games and Penguins of Madagascar, down on the list, and will kick off what’s likely to be a successful couple weeks at the box office: Unbroken, The Gambler, and Into the Woods—all films opening in at least 2,000 theaters each—are all opening Christmas week.
While Night at the Museum and Annie open Friday, The Hobbit already started arriving in theaters Wednesday and has made $24.5 million domestically.
As for smaller releases, Wild is expanding into over 1,000 theaters this week—enough to earn it a place closer to the top five, but not quite enough to earn it a place in the top five. Here’s the movies that should have top five-worthy weekends though: READ FULL STORY