NORTH AMERICA: ‘Taken 3’ Takes $48.79M in Its First Week of Release; ‘Selma’ Continues to Hold Up Well on Thursday

Fox’s Taken 3 took in $1.74 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh straight day. Yesterday will mark the final day in first place for Taken 3, as Warner’s American Sniper is set to dominate this weekend after taking in an estimated $5.3 million on Thursday night (which will be counted towards Friday’s performance). With moviegoers turning their attention more towards American Sniper and the other Best Picture nominees yesterday, Taken 3 was down a very sharp 18 percent from Wednesday. Taken 3 exceeded expectations this week with a first place seven-day start of $48.79 million. That places the film a reasonable 24 percent behind the $64.26 million seven-day take of 2012’s Taken 2.

Selma held steady in second place with $1.12 million. With aid from its Best Picture nomination and from the approaching Martin Luther King holiday weekend, the critically acclaimed drama from Paramount was up a strong 12 percent over Wednesday. Selma placed in second for the week with a softer than expected $15.38 million. The film has grossed $17.66 million to date and is likely to hold up very well over the holiday weekend.

Fellow Best Picture nominee The Imitation Game was up one spot and 10 percent from Wednesday to place in third on Thursday with $0.829 million. The Weinstein Company release finished in sixth for the week with $10.39 million. That was down a slim 1 percent from the previous week and brings the film’s domestic total to a very promising $43.61 million through seven weeks of release.

Warner’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was down one spot and 10 percent from Wednesday to land in fourth with $0.707 million. The third and final installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy placed in third for the week with $12.59 million. The Battle of the Five Armies was down 55 percent from the previous week and has grossed $239.68 million through 30 days of release.

Unbroken grossed $0.643 million to remain in fifth place. The Angelina Jolie directed war drama from Universal was down 14 percent from Wednesday. Unbroken finished in fifth for the week with $11.11 million. That represented a 53 percent decline and brings the film’s 22-day total to a stronger than expected $104.34 million.

Disney’s Into the Woods finished closely behind in sixth with $0.624 million. The Rob Marshall directed musical was down a slim 1 percent from Wednesday. Into the Woods placed in fourth this week with $12.23 million. The film was down 48 percent from last week and has grossed a healthy $107.75 million in 22 days.