'The Battle of the Five Armies' Marches to $90.6M in Five Days; 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' and 'Annie' Battle for Second with $17.3M and $16.3M RespectivelyDecember 21, 2014 08:45 AM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies easily led the weekend box office with an estimated $56.22 million. The third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy has grossed $90.63 million through its first five days of release. On the heels of a sharper than expected percentage decline on Thursday, the film rebounded nicely over the weekend and registered a five-day to three day ratio of 1.61 to 1. The five-day debut of The Battle of the Five Armies was 11 percent below the $102.05 million five-day start of 2002's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (which also opened on a Wednesday) and 5 percent ahead of the $86.14 million five-day start of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (which opened on a Friday).

The Battle of the Five Armies grossed $16.58 million on Friday, increased 29 percent on Saturday to take in $21.43 million and is estimated to decline 15 percent on Sunday to gross $18.22 million. That places the film's estimated weekend to Friday ratio at 3.39 to 1, which is obviously inflated by the film opening on a Wednesday. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

IMAX grosses were responsible for $7.70 million of the film's overall gross this weekend. Thus far The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $13.62 million from 360 IMAX locations. That represents 15 percent of the film's overall domestic gross. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards male moviegoers (60 percent) and moviegoers over the age of 25 (60 percent).

It what turned out to be a closer than expected race for second, Fox's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb was able to outpace Sony's Annie with an estimated opening weekend take of $17.3 million. The two films clearly split up the family audience this weekend and may remain close to one another throughout the rest of the holiday season. While it was able to claim second, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opened significantly below pre-release expectations. The third installment of the Ben Stiller led franchise had already been expected to see a significant drop-off from the performance of its predecessor, 2009's Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (which debuted with $54.17 million in its first three days). Secret of the Tomb debuted 26 percent below the $23.24 million start of 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opened with $5.63 million on Friday, increased 16 percent on Saturday to gross $6.50 million and is estimated to decrease 20 percent on Sunday to gross $5.18 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.08 to 1. Family films tend to hold up very well throughout the holiday season and that will likely be the case for Secret of the Tomb. The film received a B+ rating on CinemaScore.

Annie debuted in third with an estimated $16.3 million. The musical remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations. That is good news for Sony, especially after the events of the past week that led to the cancellation of the studio's release of The Interview. Annie trailed Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb by just $1.0 million this weekend. Annie opened 30 percent below the $23.24 million debut of the previously mentioned Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

Annie started out with $5.3 million on Friday, increased 15 percent on Saturday to gross $6.1 million and is estimated to fall 20 percent on Sunday to gross $4.9 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.08 to 1. Like Secret of the Tomb, Annie is likely to hold up nicely throughout the holiday season, though between the two films, it will face more direct competition from Disney's Into the Woods starting on Christmas Day. Annie received a promising A- rating on CinemaScore, which strongly suggests that the film is going over much better with audiences than it has with critics.

Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings landed in fourth with an estimated $8.07 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down a very sharp 67 percent from last weekend's debut. Poor reviews, mixed word of mouth and direct competition from The Battle of the Five Armies are all clearly taking a toll on the film. Exodus: Gods and Kings has grossed a soft $38.90 million in ten days. That places the film 7 percent behind the $41.87 million ten-day take of Son of God earlier this year.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 followed closely behind in fifth with an estimated $7.75 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a solid 39 percent from last weekend. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $289.23 million in 31 days, which leaves it just $10.77 million away from becoming the second release of 2014 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone.

In its first weekend of wide release Fox Searchlight's Wild took in an estimated $4.15 million to place in sixth. The critically acclaimed drama starring Reese Witherspoon claimed a per-location average of $3,911 from 1,061 locations. Wild has grossed $7.21 million in 19 days of release.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, May. 7 - Sun, May. 9

Wide (1000+)

1Iron Man 2$128,122,480--4,380--$29,252$128,122,4801Paramount
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$9,119,000-72%3,3320$2,737$48,480,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
3How to Train Your Dragon$6,680,374-37%4,380954$1,525$201,013,8677Paramount / DreamWorks
4Date Night$5,448,257-28%2,734-359$1,993$81,002,7255Fox
5The Back-up Plan$5,033,471-31%3,003-277$1,676$30,103,9403CBS Films
6Furry Vengeance$4,478,107-32%3,0025$1,492$12,100,0642Summit
7Clash of the Titans (2010)$2,503,000-57%2,157-580$1,160$158,006,0006Warner Bros.
8Death at a Funeral (2010)$2,308,743-44%1,706-565$1,353$38,531,9244Sony / Screen Gems
9The Losers$1,847,000-69%2,450-486$754$21,497,0003Warner Bros.
12The Last Song$1,173,148-48%1,303-973$900$60,341,0336Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

2Alice in Wonderland (2010)$712,721-52%582-468$1,225$330,857,94910Disney
3City Island$609,264-17%247-22$2,467$2,943,7978Anchor Bay
4Hot Tub Time Machine$532,000-53%802-310$663$48,598,0007MGM
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$490,590-4%187-12$2,623$7,790,1818Music Box
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid$449,913-54%625-541$720$61,502,2218Fox
7Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$436,980-46%404-323$1,082$59,391,5046Lionsgate
9The Bounty Hunter$400,092-53%462-429$866$64,696,0848Sony / Columbia
10Shutter Island$270,30751%189-61$1,430$126,876,23812Paramount
11She's Out of My League$261,41183%26118$1,002$31,284,0809Paramount
12The Ghost Writer$238,728-32%231-105$1,033$14,880,45112Summit
13Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$135,089-32%221-44$611$88,186,89713Fox
14The Tooth Fairy$118,750-26%160-26$742$59,713,57616Fox
16Our Family Wedding$78,86819%11921$663$19,996,6809Fox Searchlight
17The Crazies$67,000-49%149-48$450$39,018,00011Overture
18Letters to God$59,000-51%112-87$527$2,747,0005Vivendi
19Brooklyn's Finest$31,000-47%113-33$274$27,122,00010Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$384,19114%4-41$96,048$1,573,0194Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$292,000-16%48-1$6,083$5,112,0008Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Please Give$241,158104%2621$9,275$403,5142Sony Pictures Classics
4Exit Through the Gift Shop$191,9893%3111$6,193$932,4974Producers Distribution Agency
5Harry Brown$144,548-17%4324$3,362$385,8682Samuel Goldwyn
6La Mission$71,000-24%41-6$1,732$612,0005Screen Media
7The Joneses$53,730-61%68-55$790$1,346,1144Roadside Attractions
8Chloe$46,735-11%53-15$882$2,929,1277Sony Pictures Classics
9Under the Sea 3D$45,0005%14-2$3,214$21,877,00065Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Mother and Child$43,040--4--$10,760$43,0401Sony Pictures Classics
11Cop Out$43,000-62%91-50$473$44,830,00011Warner Bros.
12Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$41,2024%220$1,873$350,1908Zeitgeist
13The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$37,478202%1716$2,205$56,8792IFC
14Crazy Heart$37,025-43%75-43$494$39,397,06521Fox Searchlight
15The Runaways$34,226-58%65-57$527$3,487,6908Apparition
16Casino Jack and the United States of Money$28,234--9--$3,137$28,2341Magnolia
17The Book of Eli$25,000-36%61-16$410$94,823,00017Warner Bros.
18The Square (2010)$24,667-42%17-7$1,451$217,6565Apparition
19Remember Me$23,818-46%76-42$313$19,057,0249Summit
20Broken Embraces$23,78520%328$743$4,961,15125Sony Classics
21Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$19,978--2--$9,989$19,9781Kino International
23The City of Your Final Destination$19,000-60%20-5$950$224,0004Screen Media Films
24Magnificent Desolation$19,00012%30$6,333$32,814,000242IMAX
25A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$18,619-48%11-41$1,693$2,000,84911Sony Classics
26The Secret of Kells$16,784-32%22-14$763$429,74210GKIDS
27Multiple Sarcasms$16,025--15--$1,068$16,0251New Films International
28The Good, the Bad, the Weird$15,393-9%105$1,539$47,2935IFC
29The Last Station$15,312-39%3418$450$6,569,23817Sony Pictures Classics
30The Art of the Steal (2010)$12,019-31%0-31--$512,27011IFC Films
31North Face (Nordwand)$12,000-48%24-10$500$680,00015Music Box Films
32Madeo (Mother)$10,808-29%20-5$540$498,16050Magnolia
33OSS 117: Lost in Rio$10,000--3--$3,333$10,00056Music Box
34The Blind Side$9,800-51%25-21$392$255,945,00025Warner Bros.
35Ajami$7,743-37%10-5$774$568,18934Kino International
36The Little Traitor$7,600-31%4-2$1,900$291,00022Westchester Films
37The Yellow Handkerchief$7,230--8--$904$311,46711Samuel Goldwyn Films
38The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$7,200-45%90$800$423,00015First Run Features
39The Eclipse$6,355-28%6-3$1,059$101,7687Magnolia
40Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$6,000-14%60$1,000$23,145,000136National Geographic
41The Oath$5,760--1--$5,760$5,7601Zeitgeist
42Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$5,600-57%26-17$215$219,607,00020Fox
43No One Knows About Persian Cats$4,707-46%72$672$45,2434IFC
44Sweetgrass$4,510--6--$752$144,32733Cinema Guild
45The Messenger$4,222-8%72$603$1,108,68426Oscilloscope
46The Girl on the Train (2010)$4,118-69%5-4$824$190,43616Strand Releasing
47A Town Called Panic$3,33722%30$1,112$154,32321Zeitgeist Films
48Terribly Happy$3,310-34%5-2$662$156,19414Oscilloscope
49The Warlords$3,127-76%6-2$521$127,1596Magnet Magnolia
50The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus$3,017203%7-1$431$7,682,71020Sony Pictures Classics
51Breaking Upwards$3,009-25%0-5--$73,1276IFC
52That Evening Sun$2,814-8%40$704$277,52927Freestyle
53Fish Tank$2,764-58%102$276$373,06017IFC Films
54Happiness Runs$2,674--1--$2,674$2,6741Strand
55The Good Heart$2,587-57%4-1$647$12,1652Magnolia
56The White Ribbon$2,416-74%7-12$345$2,215,90819Sony Classics
57Killing Kasztner$2,39631%20$1,198$107,85729Sky Island Films
59When You're Strange$1,703-87%50$341$207,5435Abramorama
60October Country$1,616--2--$808$20,49913International Film Circuit
61Everyone Else$1,578--1--$1,578$42,19447Cinema Guild
62Bluebeard (Barbe Bleue)$1,315--3--$438$31,02631Strand
63The Headless Woman$806--1--$806$99,77538Strand
64Toe to Toe$762--1--$762$21,26849Strand Releasing