NORTH AMERICA: ‘The Hobbit’ Finale Approaches $190 Million in 15 Days; ‘Unbroken’ Trades with ‘Into the Woods’ for Second Place on New Year’s Eve

Please note that Wednesday grosses from most studios are their official estimates. Actual results will be reported on Friday.

Warner Bros. reports The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies added an estimated $6.0 million on New Year’s Eve Wednesday as it retained first place. That figure brings the finale’s domestic total up to $189.5 million through 15 days of release — 11 percent more than The Desolation of Smaug earned through the same release point.

Unbroken grabbed $5.9 million yesterday in second place, giving the Universal pic a total of $62.5 million through 7 days. Angelina Jolie’s directorial effort is pacing 19 percent ahead of where The Curious Case of Benjamin Button stood at the same point following its Christmas Day release six years ago.

Disney’s Into the Woods moved down to third place with $5.3 million yesterday. The musical’s 7-day total is $64.1 million, placing it 13 percent ahead of the pace of 2008’s Bedtime Stories, which was also released by Disney on Christmas Day that year.

Fox’s Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb pulled $4.9 million on Wednesday, landing it in fourth place. That brings the three-quel’s total up to $69.4 million through 13 days.

Annie finished off the top five yesterday with $3.0 million. Sony’s remake has tallied $56.96 million through 13 days of release.

Just outside the top five, The Imitation Game posted another $2.1 million from its 747 locations — giving it a $2,811 per-screen average and a total of $19.9 million so far.

The Gambler added $1.59 million from 2,478 theaters yesterday, bringing its 6-day total to $18.9 million.