Grosses

'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, Sep. 17 - Sun, Sep. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Town$23,808,032--2,861--$8,322$23,808,0321Warner Bros.
2Easy A$17,734,040--2,856--$6,209$17,734,0401Sony / Screen Gems
3Devil$12,289,375--2,809--$4,375$12,289,3751Universal
4Resident Evil: Afterlife$10,002,592-62%3,2096$3,117$43,893,9582Sony / Screen Gems
5Alpha and Omega$9,106,906--2,625--$3,469$9,106,9061Lionsgate
6Takers$3,026,285-47%2,139-52$1,415$52,372,3494Sony / Screen Gems
7The American$2,672,521-53%2,457-376$1,088$32,772,4753Focus
8The Other Guys$1,972,046-41%1,827-419$1,079$115,403,4407Sony / Columbia
9Inception$1,967,137-30%1,305-278$1,507$285,129,85510Warner Bros.
10Machete$1,755,550-59%1,704-974$1,030$24,391,3543Fox
11Eat Pray Love$1,614,431-45%1,668-671$968$77,600,2356Sony / Columbia
12The Expendables$1,373,298-57%1,854-1204$741$101,020,5336Lionsgate
13Going the Distance (2010)$1,355,246-64%2,007-1023$675$16,771,3053Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Last Exorcism$1,211,349-64%2,013-718$602$40,113,3704Lionsgate
15Nanny McPhee Returns$969,345-53%1,578-786$614$27,617,9405Universal
16The Switch (2010)$930,037-54%1,158-437$803$26,600,1525Miramax

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$910,965-45%939-436$970$244,739,01511Universal
2Lottery Ticket$625,812-48%677-228$924$23,505,3605Warner Bros.
3Vampires Suck$568,012-62%964-706$589$35,865,4455Fox
4Get Low$551,494-36%467-62$1,181$7,785,0908Sony Pictures Classics
5Toy Story 3$469,638-38%475-237$989$410,640,66514Disney
6Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$355,225-57%383-236$927$31,075,1256Universal
7Salt$310,966-51%335-149$928$116,974,4269Sony / Columbia
8Grown Ups$303,582-20%304-35$999$161,094,62513Sony / Columbia
9Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$272,219-33%360-65$756$43,019,6338Warner Bros.
10The Sorcerer's Apprentice$238,786-22%275-37$868$62,492,81810Disney
11Avatar$238,180-67%129-307$1,846$760,083,04140Fox
12Dinner for Schmucks$220,019-54%313-223$703$72,204,5398Paramount / DreamWorks
13The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$208,477-72%339-848$615$300,103,07212Summit
14Flipped$179,172-63%375-67$478$1,575,0837Warner Bros.
15Ramona and Beezus$165,613-10%260-15$637$25,717,9739Fox
16The Kids Are All Right$159,353-39%169-49$943$20,507,87611Focus
17Piranha 3D$150,466-79%264-561$570$24,730,7205Weinstein Company
18Step Up 3D$149,096-57%134-126$1,113$42,054,0367Disney
19The Girl Who Played With Fire$133,941-27%137-11$978$7,142,08011Music Box
20The Last Airbender$118,105-35%174-46$679$131,564,73112Paramount
21I'm Still Here$113,33317%120101$944$259,2902Magnolia
22The Karate Kid (2010)$95,819-24%147-21$652$176,591,61815Sony / Columbia
23Winter's Bone$90,052-34%101-9$892$5,954,17315Roadside Attractions
24Legendary$29,306-77%103-74$285$191,8752IDP/Samuel Goldwyn

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dabangg$297,229-53%686$4,371$1,068,5892Eros
2Catfish$257,285--12--$21,440$257,2851Universal / Rogue
3Mao's Last Dancer$238,007-30%98-4$2,429$2,617,2905Samuel Goldwyn
4Hubble 3D$153,705-15%633$2,440$15,642,57027Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Never Let Me Go$111,734--4--$27,934$156,7331Fox Searchlight
6Cairo Time$107,873-31%758$1,438$1,277,8157IFC
7The Tillman Story$60,680-28%283$2,167$519,3715Weinstein Company
8Animal Kingdom$53,720-51%57-4$942$817,1346Sony Pictures Classics
9What If...$48,428-43%50-32$969$517,5535Five & Two Pictures
10Heartbreaker$44,512-15%85$5,564$118,3672IFC
11I Am Love$42,633-24%35-5$1,218$4,838,30114Magnolia
12Under the Sea 3D$41,54741%161$2,597$24,219,10684Warner Bros. / IMAX
13We Are Family$39,950-65%780$512$597,9723UTV Communications
14Knight and Day$36,742-33%64-29$574$76,364,87113Fox
15Predators$33,561-35%55-31$610$51,908,58011Fox
16Mademoiselle Chambon$32,62720%110$2,966$385,11817Lorber
17Jack Goes Boating$28,916--4--$7,229$28,9161Relativity / Overture
18The Romantics$26,155-43%1412$1,868$81,5032Four of a Kind
19A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$24,624-14%2310$1,071$105,7393Sony Pictures Classics
20Soul Kitchen$24,596-5%225$1,118$196,5015IFC
21Mesrine: Killer Instinct$24,310-51%22-7$1,105$461,7304Music Box
22Last Train Home$23,78373%86$2,973$71,8433Zeitgeist Films
23The Concert$23,440-40%201$1,172$542,1769Weinstein Company
24Fool for Love (2010)$22,840-54%80$2,855$87,1692Variance Films
25Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$21,34421%282$762$1,679,98615Sony Pictures Classics
26The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$21,344-8%13-6$1,642$487,1617National Geographic
27Leaves of Grass$20,987--3--$6,996$20,9871First Look
28Lovely, Still$20,538348%119$1,867$39,9212Monterey Media
29Lebanon$18,923-52%232$823$286,57349Sony Pictures Classics
30Restrepo$18,296-38%370$494$1,254,30613National Geographic
31Bran Nue Dae$18,062-23%171$1,062$51,1082Freestyle Releasing
32Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$17,679-55%20-8$884$207,9673Music Box
33Kings of Pastry$15,162--2--$7,581$22,4281First Run
34Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$13,686-20%41$3,422$39,1982Lorber
35The Extra Man$12,333-15%13-4$949$416,2098Magnolia
36Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$12,197-47%28-17$436$90,755,64317Disney
37The Other City$10,396--2--$5,198$10,3961Cabin Films
38Cyrus$9,740-38%19-7$513$7,419,05914Fox Searchlight
39Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$9,069--1--$9,069$9,0691Collective Eye
40The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$8,012-42%19-9$422$10,056,67527Music Box
41Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?$7,56324%21$3,782$17,1382Lorber
42Winnebago Man$7,05111%112$641$156,79411Kino International
43Undertow (2009)$7,051--1--$7,051$7,0511Wolfe Releasing
44Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$6,772-8%50$1,354$221,7599Arthouse Films
45Picture Me$6,718--1--$6,718$6,7181Strand
46La Soga$6,446-77%4-3$1,612$206,72767-57 Releasing
47The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$6,279-13%11-7$571$6,374,78923Sony Pictures Classics
48My Dog Tulip$6,276-50%10$6,276$49,4303New Yorker Films
49The Sicilian Girl$6,245-32%52$1,249$43,4757Music Box
50Exit Through the Gift Shop$6,101-56%5-1$1,220$3,250,66423Producers Distribution Agency
51Agora$6,088-17%4-2$1,522$599,90317Newmarket
52Hideaway (2009)$5,550-50%40$1,388$20,7032Strand
53Life During Wartime$5,419-37%14-2$387$278,8219IFC
54Micmacs$4,937-56%15-1$329$1,237,26917Sony Classics
55Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,585-58%40$1,146$309,21017Rialto
56A Film Unfinished$4,483-37%30$1,494$147,2555Oscilloscope
57Ahead of Time$4,464-65%21$2,232$22,7742Vitagraph
58The Freebie$4,309--1--$4,309$4,3091Phase 4 Films
59John Rabe$3,774--1--$3,774$61,06818Strand
60Please Give$2,84239%40$711$4,028,33921Sony Pictures Classics
61GasLand$2,641--1--$2,641$9,1691International WOW
62Solitary Man$2,641-39%7-2$377$4,353,41018Anchor Bay
63The Trial$2,491-72%10$2,491$14,1422Whitlow Films
64Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$2,45040%31$817$386,53220Kino International
65Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$2,390-64%11-9$217$377,55613Sony Pictures Classics
66El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances$2,330--1--$2,330$2,3301Cinema Libre
67Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo$2,198--2--$1,099$2,1981Cinema Purgatorio
68Ondine$1,87955%21$940$547,21829Magnolia
69Centurion$1,871-61%3-3$624$119,6214Magnolia
70Spoken Word$1,811-20%20$906$32,7289Variance
71The Nature of Existence$1,714--1--$1,714$49,76714Walking Shadows
72Princess Kaiulani$1,210-49%2-1$605$883,45419Roadside Attractions
73Everyone Else$1,128-46%20$564$98,19766Cinema Guild
74Enemies of the People$1,092--2--$546$13,8228International Film Circuit
75Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$1,07271%10$1,072$48,83014The Film Desk
76Mother and Child$1,048-58%5-1$210$1,105,26620Sony Pictures Classics
77The Milk of Sorrow$986-31%10$986$9,8494Olive Films
78Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$985-14%10$985$23,298,251155National Geographic
79The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$949--2--$475$108,97924International Film Circuit
80Circle$87635%10$876$9,7304Indican Pictures
81Around a Small Mountain$86743%20$434$27,20111Cinema Guild
82Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$847-75%21$424$17,4296First Run Features
83Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$843--1--$843$15,20810Flicker Alley
84The Disappearance of Alice Creed$800-82%3-1$267$156,4727Anchor Bay
85The Temptation of St. Tony$747--1--$747$7471Olive Films
86Countdown to Zero$716-89%60$119$264,4159Magnolia
87The Girl (2009)$712--1--$712$7121
88The Little Traitor$514-65%10$514$377,20141Westchester Films
89Orlando (2010 re-issue)$358--1--$358$56,3729Sony Pictures Classics
90Sweetgrass$1457%10$145$204,25952Cinema Guild