Angelina Jolie’s latest film Unbroken launched with a great success is 1,979 theaters in North America with a collection report of $850,000 in Christmas Eve showing.
On Christmas Day the film is expected to be screened in more than 3,000 locations amid serious competition from four new movies including The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies and of course the much hyped Sony’s own The Interview.
The film is upon the life of an Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini who died at the age of 97 this year in July. Portrayed by Jack O’Connell, the war hero survived in a raft for 47 days during WWII.
Universal expects the film to grab a collection of up to $19 million in the four-day Christmas weekend.
Legendary Entertainment has co-produced the film.
In terms of competition with other released films, Sony’s The Interview has opened up at more than 300 independent theaters while Disney’s Into The Woods has hit 2,440 sites. Similarly, The Gambler has released at 2,478 theaters.
Sony earlier declared to withdraw its movie from release after email hacks. However, after criticism from several ends, including from US President Barack Obama, the studio decided to release the movie, but in a limited theaters. It further announced of releasing the movie on YouTube and to stream on its Google Play account.