The post-Christmas weekend, which is also the last of 2014, saw a nice boost for most movies and some exceptional openings for the newcomers. It paints a good picture for the weekend, but it wasn't enough to dig the 2014 box office out of its major slump.

2014 is looking to wrap up around the $10.3 billion mark, down more than 5% from 2013 and one of the lowest totals of the past decade. It's not the first dip in recent history. Sales in 2011 took a similarly sharp drop but recovered the following year, jumping back to bigger sales than 2010.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies held the top spot, and was one of only two movies in the top ten to drop instead of increase from last weekend, slipping a modest 25%. Its strong start has begun to slip, leaving it unlikely to catch the $300 million domestic total of the first Hobbit film An Unexpected Journey. But it may yet stay ahead of the second entry The Desoluation of Smaug's $258 domestic total.

Unbroken and Into the Woods debuted at second and third place respectively, with $31 million each. That gives Into The Woods the highest ever opening for a Broadway musical conversion, topping 2012's Les Miserables and 2008's Mamma Mia!, both of which opened at $27 million. Unbroken, penned by the Coen Brothers (who are usually known for writing and directing their own material), marks the first wide-release film directed by Angelina Jolie. $31 million is a respectable start.

Mark Wahlberg's latest offering The Gambler debuted at number seven with $9 million while Benedict Cumberbatch led The Imitation Game expanded from small release to hit number eight with $7 million.

For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:

1.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $41,420,000 Total: $168,522,000 LW: 1
THTRS: 3,875
2.
Unbroken * $31,748,000 Total: $47,341,000 LW: N
THTRS: 3,131
3.
Into the Woods * $31,021,000 Total: $46,105,000 LW: N
THTRS: 2,440
4.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb $20,600,000 Total: $55,307,000 LW: 2
THTRS: 3,914
5.
Annie (2014) $16,600,000 Total: $45,835,000 LW: 3
THTRS: 3,197
6.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 $10,000,000 Total: $306,656,000 LW: 5
THTRS: 2,793
7.
The Gambler * $9,300,000 Total: $14,300,000 LW: N
THTRS: 2,478
8.
The Imitation Game $7,930,000 Total: $14,631,000 LW: 16
THTRS: 747
9.
Exodus: Gods and Kings $6,750,000 Total: $52,517,000 LW: 4
THTRS: 3,002
10.
Wild (2014) $5,415,000 Total: $16,364,000 LW: 6
THTRS: 1,285

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