Angelina Jolie has just beaten two giants.
Jolie’s second work as a director, Unbroken, is now expected to be the top film at the Christmas Day box office, besting Disney’s Into the Woods as well as the final installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.
Unbroken is on track to earn $15.6 million in Christmas Day ticket sales, according to Deadline, outpacing Into the Woods, which was initially expected to be the day’s big winner with an estimated $13.6 million in sales.
The film, which Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson calls “respectfully, carefully made”, is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling biography of Louis Zamperini, the real life Olympic runner turned World War II airman turned P.O.W. Jolie directed the cast that includes Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock, and Jack O’Connell. (See Vanity Fair’s photo shoot with the cast here.) Unbroken has also earned an A- at Cinemascore.
Jolie told Vanity Fair what she hoped audiences would take away from the film: “The main message [of the movie] is about how you choose to live your life—that there is greatness in everyone.”
The box office triumph must be doubly sweet for Jolie, after the hopeful Oscar contender was overlooked by both the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. While she waits for the Oscar nominations to be announced, Jolie has nominations for best picture, director, adapted screenplay and cinematography from the Critics’ Choice Awards (plus Brad Pitt) to keep her warm at night.
Dec 27, 2014