Grosses

'The Battle of the Five Armies' Marches to $89.1M in Five Days; 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' ($17.1M) Outpaces 'Annie' ($15.9M) for SecondDecember 22, 2014 12:50 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies easily led this weekend's box office with $54.72 million. The third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy has grossed $89.13 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 1.63 to 1. The five-day debut of The Battle of the Five Armies was 13 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 3.5 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 $16.56 million on Friday, increased 29 percent on Saturday to take in $21.39 million and declined 22 percent on Sunday to gross $16.76 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.30 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 $7.45 million of the film's overall gross this weekend. Thus far The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $13.37 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 opening weekend take of $17.10 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 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 $5.66 million on Friday, increased 16 percent on Saturday to gross $6.55 million and decreased 25 percent on Sunday to gross $4.89 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.02 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 $15.86 million. The musical remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations. That is positive 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 $1.24 million this weekend. Annie opened 32 percent below the $23.24 million debut of the previously mentioned Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

Annie started out with $5.29 million on Friday, increased 15 percent on Saturday to gross $6.08 million and fell 26 percent on Sunday to gross $4.49 million. That gives the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.00 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 beginning 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 $8.11 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down a very sharp 66 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 lackluster $38.94 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 $7.88 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a solid 38 percent from last weekend. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $289.36 million in 31 days, which leaves it just $10.64 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 $4.11 million to place in sixth. The critically acclaimed drama starring Reese Witherspoon claimed a per-location average of $3,877 from 1,061 locations. Wild has grossed $7.17 million in 19 days of release.

On the limited front, UTV's PK was off to a very strong start with $3.57 million from 272 locations. That gave the Hindi language comedy starring Aamir Khan a per-location average of $13,108 for the frame. PK finished in ninth place among all films this weekend.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 25 - Sun, Jun. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$59,337,669-46%4,0280$14,731$226,889,3512Disney
2Grown Ups$40,506,562--3,534--$11,462$40,506,5621Sony / Columbia
3Knight and Day$20,139,985--3,098--$6,501$27,428,5131Fox
4The Karate Kid (2010)$15,547,421-48%3,74077$4,157$135,788,7213Sony / Columbia
5The A-Team$6,204,454-57%3,242-302$1,914$63,047,4323Fox
6Get Him to the Greek$3,140,780-49%2,189-403$1,435$54,616,4954Universal
7Shrek Forever After$3,101,365-45%2,340-867$1,325$229,539,0896Paramount / DreamWorks
8Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$2,845,684-49%1,851-754$1,537$86,221,8795Disney
9Killers (2010)$1,938,681-62%2,271-348$854$43,938,7544Lionsgate
10Jonah Hex$1,627,442-70%2,8250$576$9,171,0832Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 2$1,436,378-50%1,169-443$1,229$306,943,6478Paramount
12Marmaduke$977,386-60%1,110-1385$881$30,008,9414Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sex and the City 2$1,219,345-49%901-779$1,353$93,072,6155Warner Bros. / New Line
2Robin Hood$648,925-54%669-377$970$103,301,7707Universal
3How to Train Your Dragon$477,499186%333120$1,434$215,422,52814Paramount / DreamWorks
4Solitary Man$476,43112%17770$2,692$2,070,9156Anchor Bay
5Letters to Juliet$406,548-49%509-297$799$49,537,4297Summit
6Please Give$276,398-42%219-53$1,262$3,134,6889Sony Pictures Classics
7Date Night$241,385-33%286-59$844$97,320,41912Fox
8Splice$240,365-74%340-604$707$16,229,1064Warner Bros
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$222,990-14%134-12$1,664$8,680,92215Music Box
10The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$217,193-23%143-23$1,519$5,301,16811Sony Pictures Classics
11Clash of the Titans (2010)$164,383-34%226-41$727$162,697,60813Warner Bros.
12Death at a Funeral (2010)$141,926-5%156-5$910$42,594,45311Sony / Screen Gems
13City Island$131,342-28%105-28$1,251$6,156,28715Anchor Bay
14The Back-up Plan$124,57934%147-19$847$37,243,20210CBS Films
15Furry Vengeance$123,35210%157-78$786$17,286,2759Summit
16The Bounty Hunter$99,460-53%104-70$956$66,944,67815Sony / Columbia
17Mother and Child$94,75173%11966$796$790,4328Sony Pictures Classics
18Raavan$89,972-81%115-4$782$663,2862Reliance Big Pictures
19The Last Song$85,334-38%123-76$694$62,787,21913Disney
20A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$80,064-33%172-56$465$62,902,1679Warner Bros. / New Line
21Oceans$77,336157%12768$609$19,249,65010Disneynature
22Just Wright$74,184-56%111-47$668$21,219,0927Fox Searchlight
23Diary of a Wimpy Kid$61,842-18%105-41$589$63,694,61815Fox
24Kick-Ass$34,926-54%102-55$342$48,043,50511Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Winter's Bone$437,35524%7031$6,248$1,064,3083Roadside Attractions
2Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$362,55360%8658$4,216$954,2323IFC
3Cyrus$301,22766%1713$17,719$566,2592Fox Searchlight
4I Am Love$248,120104%2719$9,190$439,4512Magnolia
5Hubble 3D$231,858-13%500$4,637$9,161,46415Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Micmacs$79,381-20%521$1,527$715,1405Sony Classics
7Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$78,28117%208$3,914$356,8863Sony Pictures Classics
8Exit Through the Gift Shop$74,791-11%36-5$2,078$2,658,82911Producers Distribution Agency
9Harry Brown$65,150-25%56-8$1,163$1,604,8999Samuel Goldwyn
10Ondine$63,6068%3916$1,631$256,17117Magnolia
11Babies$45,041-51%64-33$704$7,198,2848Focus
12Avatar$44,572-1%15-2$2,971$749,535,57428Fox
13Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$39,162--5--$7,832$39,1621Sony Pictures Classics
14Restrepo$35,581--2--$17,791$35,5811National Geographic
15Under the Sea 3D$33,931-3%13-2$2,610$22,587,88772Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Alice in Wonderland (2010)$27,399-67%65-75$422$334,162,18217Disney
17Magnificent Desolation$25,0905%1-4$25,090$33,192,421249IMAX
18South of the Border$21,545--1--$21,545$21,5451Cinema Libre
19The City of Your Final Destination$20,15134%150$1,343$409,90211Screen Media Films
20Mademoiselle Chambon$19,48642%92$2,165$144,6905Lorber
21The Killer Inside Me$19,24874%43$4,812$37,5102IFC Films
22The Square (2010)$17,804-4%8-4$2,226$379,69712Apparition
23Stonewall Uprising$16,2383%62$2,706$50,3012First Run Features
24Let It Rain$15,660-4%53$3,132$41,0562IFC
25Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$14,785-37%13-2$1,137$572,79715Zeitgeist
268: The Mormon Proposition$14,093-67%12-4$1,174$77,6722Red Flag Releasing
27Holy Rollers$12,956-19%130$997$262,62822First Independent Pictures
28Agora$12,565-39%3-2$4,188$194,3085Newmarket
29The Secret of Kells$10,438-6%150$696$637,99517GKIDS
30The Lottery$10,064174%30$3,355$34,8853Variance Films
31La Mission$9,066-61%11-6$824$997,22512Screen Media
32Kings of the Evening$8,936-44%4-1$2,234$72,57920Indican Pictures
33Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$8,883-26%19-7$468$88,761,72020Fox
34Breathless (2010 re-issue)$7,935-43%3-1$2,645$158,0295Rialto
35Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$6,686--2--$3,343$6,6861Kino International
36Princess Kaiulani$6,253-65%8-8$782$826,6247Roadside Attractions
37Only the Brave (2010)$6,232-28%2-1$3,116$132,4595Indican Pictures
38Ajami$5,179122%52$1,036$608,33041Kino International
39OSS 117: Lost in Rio$4,595-9%3-1$1,532$76,62163Music Box
40The Little Traitor$4,4444%10$4,444$354,99629Westchester Films
41Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,395-2%30$1,465$23,233,180143National Geographic
42Survival of the Dead$3,98842%102$399$93,6365Magnolia / Magnet
43The Joneses$3,799-63%3-4$1,266$1,465,19111Roadside Attractions
44The Father of My Children$3,723-3%3-1$1,241$144,0226IFC Films
45A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$3,202139%20$1,601$2,084,63718Sony Classics
46John Rabe$2,998-33%3-1$999$43,3516Strand
47Looking for Eric$2,935-27%9-1$326$55,8047IFC
48Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$2,899-77%1-5$2,899$258,2108Kino International
49The Good, the Bad, the Weird$2,857-30%82$357$128,48612IFC
50Best Worst Movie$2,6103%10$2,610$58,57010Area23a
51The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$2,335--1--$2,335$79,77812International Film Circuit
52The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$2,307-40%7-3$330$181,4679IFC
53The Oath$2,154-31%20$1,077$32,4358Zeitgeist
54Casino Jack and the United States of Money$1,888-49%4-3$472$172,7398Magnolia
55Cropsey$1,680-7%20$840$25,1244Cinema Purgatorio
56Chloe$1,631-89%3-24$544$3,070,99214Sony Pictures Classics
57Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$1,414--1--$1,414$21,8957Cinema Purgatorio
58Racing Dreams$1,190-49%31$397$44,7236Hanover House
59Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$1,132-62%10$1,132$34,8374Indican Pictures
60Space Station 3D$934-45%10$934$81,958,961428IMAX
61Everyone Else$535-50%1-1$535$69,00454Cinema Guild
62Letters to God$461--2--$231$2,848,58712Vivendi
63Whiz Kids$300--1--$300$5,0164Shadow Distribution
64Dream Boy$173--1--$173$6,31914Regent