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2014 went out with less than a bang. Ticket sales were down 5% from the previous year and with an increase in average ticket prices that means attendance dropped even more than that. But 2015 got off to a slightly stronger start.
According to stats at Box Office Mojo the top twelve films of the first weekend of 2015 did 6% better sales than the same lot did the first weekend of 2014. Given that there wasn't much new to go see this weekend, that's perhaps more an indication of how slow 2014 was than how strong 2015 will be.
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death debuted at number four with $15 million, down from the $20 million enjoyed by its predecessor in 2012. It didn't open at number one, but given that it's the only wide release newcomer on this the first weekend of the year, it has the distinction (albeit dubious and brief) of being the biggest opening of the year to date.
Last weekend's top three held their spots. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies followed in the footsteps of the first two Hobbit entries and took number one for a third weekend in a row. With $220 million to date it's holding well against second film The Desolation of Smaug but still lagging behind the first Hobbit film An Unexpected Journey. Into the Woods and Unbroken held second and third respectively. Both are set to pass $100 million next weekend.
For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below: