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Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut impressed during it’s opening frame, edging out fellow freshman Into The Woods. Unbroken kicked off with a massive $15.6 million gross on Thursday for the third largest Christmas Day opening in history, leading to an estimated $31.7 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period and a stellar $47.3 million over the four-day period. With a solid A- CinemaScore, the WWII flick should have no problem crossing the $100 million mark.

Even though Unbroken exceeded industry expectations, it failed to take the box office crown thanks to the hobbits from Middle Earth. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies dipped 24% but secured $41.4 million, pushing its total to $168.5 million after 12.5 days.

Meryl Streep and her fairy tale compatriots also did well during it’s freshmen weekend. The musical bowed to an estimated $31 million over three days and a potent $46.1 million over four days. While reviews were mostly positive, audience feedback was a tad lukewarm. Into the Woods scored a B CinemaScore.

In other news, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 passed the $300 million mark this past weekend. Check out the rest of the Top 10 after the jump.

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Kevin Hart along with his boys (and girls) handily beat Clint Eastwood’s singing Jersey Boys this weekend at the box office. Think Like A Man Too doubled what the musical film generated. Though the sequel’s weekend take of $30 million fell a little short of its predecessor ($33.5 million), it’s still a major win for Sony. This makes it two weeks in a row at number one for the studio (22 Jump Street topped last week). With strong word-of-mouth and A- CinemaScore rating, expect Think Like A Man Too to impress in the coming weeks.

Broadway hit musical adaptations are a tricky thing. Not all can become box office smashes like Chicago, Mamma Mia and Dreamgirls. Despite featuring three members from the original Tony-winning production, the film only squeezed out $13.5 million. With practically no buzz entering the weekend and no major marquee names, that number isn’t all that surprising. The film also skewed much older than most films with 71 percent of the audience over the age of 50 and 84 percent over the age of 35. Though critics were mixed about the film, moviegoers gave it an A- CinemaScore. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

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The Fault In Our Stars is the latest YA adaptation success story. John Green’s young adult novel about teenage cancer patients opened massively with $48.2 million to take this weekend’s box office crown. Women made up a staggering 82 percent of the audience. This is Shailene Woodley’s second hit movie this year. She also fronted another YA adaptation, Divergent, to box office glory. That film opened with $56 million but also cost plenty more to produce.

Tom Cruise’s latest sci-fi flick Edge of Tomorrow disappointed despite earning good revivews. The action film opened with $29.1 million, about $8 million less than his similarly-themed Oblivion which opened last year. Overseas however the film did quite well. It took the No. 1 spot with $82 million.

Dropping a notch to second place was Maleficent. The Angelina Jolie starrer dropped only 52 percent, adding another $33.5 million to its haul. However, it’s lagging a bit behind Disney’s previous reboots Alice In Wonderland and Oz: The Great and Powerful. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

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Maleficent Casts Magical Spell At Box Office

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Maleficent enchants while Seth MacFarlane shoots blanks.

Disney’s gothic re-imagining of the classic Sleeping Beauty villain starring Angelina Jolie in the titular role impressed at the box office with a stellar $70 million opening. The PG-rated film just fell short of the studio’s Oz: The Great and Powerful $79.1 million opening last year. It’s the first time Jolie has hit the number one spot with a live-action film since Mr. & Mrs. Smith back in 2005. With a solid A Cinema Score, expect the film to have a long healthy run.

The other debut didn’t fare as well. Seth MacFarlane’s follow-up to Ted struggled with its opening frame. A Million Ways to Die in the West cracked the Top 10 with a mild $17.1 million. When compared to Ted’s $54.4 million opening, the 69% decline has to be disappointing for MacFarlane. Future prospects for the raunchy comedy don’t look bright either. The film received a lackluster B Cinema Score.

Falling a sharp 64% in its second weekend, X-Men: Days of Future Past added another $32.6M, giving the superhero epic $162.1M to date. The decline is in line with most blockbusters and other films from the franchise. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

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With Memorial Day here, the Summer blockbuster season is officially underway. Taking the first weekend handily was Professor X (both past and present) along with his mutant friends. X-Men: Days of Future Past raked in a powerful $111 million domestically. The number is good enough to land the latest X-Men flick (7th in the franchise) among the top Memorial Day weekend Top 5 openings of all-time. 2006′s X-Men: The Last Stand ($122.9 million) also occupies a spot in the Top 5.

Not so fortunate was Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s latest outing together. Third time didn’t prove so lucky for this adorable duo. Blended opened in third with only $18.2 million, representing one of Sandler’s worst comedy openings in almost two decades. Even the much-maligned Jack and Jill earned $25 million during its opening frame and that was only three days.

Sandler and Barrymore should’ve quit while they were ahead with the one-two combo of The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates. Despite horrible reviews, the film earned a solid A- Cinema Score. Maybe a slow and steady run is in its future. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

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Godzilla Demolishes The Box Office Competition

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I had no desire to check out the latest Godzilla remake. Clearly, I was in the minority. Not only did the iconic Japanese monster destroy San Francisco, it annihilated the competition at the box office. Godzilla earned a whopping $93.2 million during its opening frame domestically and a monstrous $196M worldwide haul.

The Gareth Edwards monster revamp has the second-biggest opening weekend of the year, behind the $95m opening weekend of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It inched passed the $91m debut for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It’s also the 6th biggest debut weekend for a non-sequel ever.

Continuing to impress was Neighbors. The R Rated film dropped 47 percent but grossed $26 million, bringing its total to $91 million. Pretty impressive given it’s reported $18 million budget. In third place was The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with $16.8 million. Domestically it’s notched $172.17 million and a whopping $460.8 million overseas, giving a grand global total of $633 million. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

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Divergent Tops The Muppets At Box Office

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While not as robust as The Hunger Games‘ whopping $152.5 million opening, Shailene Woodley and Theo James respectably launched a new dystopian future franchise. Divergent scored a muscular $56 million debut. Much better than other recent young adult novel movie adaptations. The film’s first night receipts were enough for Lionsgate to greenlight the rest of the trilogy- Insurgent and Allegiant opening March 20, 2105 and March 18, 2016 respectively.

Coming in the runner-up slot is the latest Muppets flick, Muppets Most Wanted. Despite some big names including Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell, the family film only raked in $16.5 million. With a reported $50 million budget, Miss Piggy and Kermit have to majorly hustle in the coming weeks to break even.

Also opening this weekend was God’s Not Dead. The inspirational drama surprised everyone by earning $8.6 million from only 780 theaters. Son of God, another religious-themed film, also opened impressively last month with a solid $25.6 million. All this bible talk should bode well for Darren Aronofsky’s opus, Noah, which opens next weekend. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

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300: Rise Of An Empire Seizes Box Office Glory

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Despite less-than-stellar reviews 300: Rise Of An Empire conquered the box office this weekend. The 3D sequel earned $45 million from 3,470 theaters. Clearly, there is still a market for scantily clad warriors engaging in bloody battle.

As impressive as the receipts are, it’s a far cry from what its predecessor accomplished. 300 generated $70 million back in March 2007, setting the biggest March opening weekend at the time. However, with the film doing extremely well internationally as well, Warner Bros. and Legendary should have no problems recouping the $110 million budget.

Also opening this weekend and exceeding expectations was Mr. Peabody and Sherman. The Dreamworks animated film raked in $32.5 million and an impressive ‘A’ CinemaScore. The Grand Budapest Hotel was the only other new offering this weekend. Wes Anderson’s art caper earned $800,000 from only four theaters. It’s $200K theater average is the highest ever for a live action film. The previous record holder was The Master which scored $147K per theater. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

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