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, Jul. 16 - Sun, Jul. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$62,785,337--3,792--$16,557$62,785,3371Warner Bros.
2Despicable Me$32,803,660-42%3,50125$9,370$118,434,5552Universal
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$17,619,622--3,504--$5,028$24,708,0591Disney
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$13,420,480-58%4,001-467$3,354$264,791,8973Summit
5Toy Story 3$11,998,276-43%3,177-576$3,777$362,965,3785Disney
6Grown Ups$9,911,016-37%3,074-389$3,224$129,165,3574Sony / Columbia
7The Last Airbender$7,755,153-53%2,805-398$2,765$115,138,6073Paramount
8Predators$7,016,502-72%2,6690$2,629$40,300,5432Fox
9Knight and Day$3,608,021-53%1,925-703$1,874$69,117,4004Fox
10The Karate Kid (2010)$2,288,707-57%1,532-926$1,494$169,290,6756Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$1,093,313-15%446246$2,451$5,084,1865Fox Searchlight
2The Girl Who Played With Fire$679,533-25%13931$4,889$2,018,2912Music Box
3Iron Man 2$561,74043%36229$1,552$310,018,59011Paramount
4The A-Team$461,023-74%428-808$1,077$75,207,2066Fox
5I Am Love$415,112-17%14029$2,965$2,662,0515Magnolia
6Winter's Bone$347,380-24%12115$2,871$3,064,0526Roadside Attractions
7Standing Ovation$343,125--625--$549$343,1251Rocky Mountain
8Shrek Forever After$280,374-44%240-221$1,168$234,393,5839Paramount / DreamWorks
9Marmaduke$273,980-23%274-109$1,000$32,090,4057Fox
10Letters to Juliet$240,193-29%27231$883$52,129,85810Summit
11How to Train Your Dragon$237,392-25%228-26$1,041$217,387,99717Paramount / DreamWorks
12Solitary Man$181,861-57%146-26$1,246$3,850,7969Anchor Bay
13Get Him to the Greek$174,015-76%287-155$606$60,009,7707Universal
14Robin Hood$174,015-40%226-74$770$104,839,03010Universal
15Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$170,670-33%112-3$1,524$2,305,9076IFC
16Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$139,396-60%141-134$989$89,317,8528Disney
17Date Night$133,391-29%166-39$804$98,258,66415Fox
18Killers (2010)$120,635-55%166-103$727$46,090,7807Lionsgate
19Splice$65,749-50%117-87$562$16,920,1927Warner Bros

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$1,064,359116%3831$28,009$1,813,8662Focus
2Hubble 3D$284,26111%530$5,363$10,855,30818Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$113,507-2%558$2,064$942,9636Sony Pictures Classics
4Sex and the City 2$100,469-52%97-59$1,036$94,936,6568Warner Bros. / New Line
5Restrepo$96,5113%316$3,113$412,7464National Geographic
6Jonah Hex$92,983130%46-19$2,021$10,192,0145Warner Bros.
7Grease Sing-a-Long$87,83645%219$4,183$225,7632Paramount
8The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$84,294-44%70-21$1,204$9,512,44218Music Box
9The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$79,827-39%81-29$986$6,023,87714Sony Pictures Classics
10Under the Sea 3D$72,92029%130$5,609$22,969,60675Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Please Give$50,642-60%64-36$791$3,800,86312Sony Pictures Classics
12Exit Through the Gift Shop$38,367-17%254$1,535$2,958,98214Producers Distribution Agency
13City Island$36,730-56%49-16$750$6,573,59218Anchor Bay
14Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$35,440-13%236$1,541$230,4894Sony Pictures Classics
15Clash of the Titans (2010)$34,992-58%67-63$522$163,192,11416Warner Bros.
16Micmacs$34,849-38%505$697$1,013,6858Sony Classics
17I Hate Luv Storys$32,463-74%35-44$928$826,5613UTV
18Just Wright$30,414-43%56-24$543$21,476,68610Fox Searchlight
19Ondine$17,708-48%25-7$708$457,15520Magnolia
20Winnebago Man$17,7068%53$3,541$39,9512Kino International
21Mother and Child$17,106-56%27-17$634$1,036,65611Sony Pictures Classics
22South of the Border$15,749-33%70$2,250$138,9924Cinema Libre
23Avatar$15,615-58%4-5$3,904$749,701,42031Fox
24Kisses$15,485--2--$7,743$15,4851Oscilloscope
25Diary of a Wimpy Kid$15,059-53%28-23$538$63,916,63218Fox
26The Back-up Plan$12,288-66%25-36$492$37,481,24213CBS Films
27Harry Brown$12,214-57%24-9$509$1,783,70212Samuel Goldwyn
28The Killer Inside Me$11,894-14%9-5$1,322$168,2045IFC Films
29God of Vampires$8,960-33%80$1,120$46,6253Nocturnal Features
30Valhalla Rising$7,905--1--$7,905$7,9051IFC
31To the Sea$7,668--1--$7,668$9,6401Film Movement
32Breathless (2010 re-issue)$7,192-64%3-1$2,397$213,8848Rialto
33Stonewall Uprising$7,092-50%6-4$1,182$100,6985First Run Features
34Let It Rain$6,785--2--$3,393$79,7735IFC
35Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$6,463-26%3-1$2,154$301,17211Kino International
36Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$5,508--3--$1,836$45,6317Indican Pictures
37Love Ranch$5,378-70%7-1$768$124,2223E1 Entertainment
38[REC] 2$4,815-41%72$688$16,8612Magnolia
39Agora$4,48414%10$4,484$219,6798Newmarket
40Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$3,981--1--$3,981$3,9811Flicker Alley
41The City of Your Final Destination$3,162-63%6-4$527$463,80214Screen Media Films
42Everyone Else$3,093450%21$1,547$78,61957Cinema Guild
43Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$2,875-75%3-6$958$617,62118Zeitgeist
44Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,734-6%30$911$23,252,663146National Geographic
45Udaan$2,715--2--$1,358$2,7151UTV Communications
46The Square (2010)$2,695-13%4-1$674$404,89815Apparition
47Holy Rollers$2,686-57%3-2$895$299,78425First Independent Pictures
48La Mission$2,617-88%3-22$872$1,048,03115Screen Media
49Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$2,528-57%1-1$2,528$36,1014Kino International
50Princess Kaiulani$2,492-55%3-3$831$855,35510Roadside Attractions
51Around a Small Mountain$2,280-57%21$1,140$11,4982Cinema Guild
52Mademoiselle Chambon$2,274-56%2-2$1,137$184,4898Lorber
53The Secret of Kells$2,185-33%6-4$364$686,46020GKIDS
54Best Worst Movie$2,118-68%10$2,118$77,58513Area23a
55The Little Traitor$1,963-14%10$1,963$369,04532Westchester Films
56Sweetgrass$1,823181%1-1$1,823$199,85043Cinema Guild
57Cropsey$1,233-62%41$308$35,4567Cinema Purgatorio
58U2 3D$1,056--1--$1,056$10,336,350130National Geographic
59Le combat dans l'ile (2009 re-issue)$981--1--$981$47,46258The Film Desk
60The Nature of Existence$972-55%2-1$486$17,1765Walking Shadows
61The Living Wake$930--1--$930$12,05510Mangusta Productions
62Small Change (2009 re-issue)$664--1--$664$30,27634The Film Desk
638: The Mormon Proposition$632--1--$632$99,8515Red Flag Releasing
64Great Directors$533-78%20$267$12,5093Paladin
65OSS 117: Lost in Rio$486-62%20$243$87,06866Music Box
66John Rabe$481-85%1-2$481$52,4149Strand
67Videocracy$478--1--$478$23,02723Lorber Films
68A Town Called Panic$4296%10$429$165,34931Zeitgeist Films
69Behind the Burly Q$362-69%1-1$362$18,65913First Run Features
70Spring Fever$223--1--$223$1,8477Strand