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, Oct. 8 - Sun, Oct. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$15,451,991-31%2,7710$5,576$46,021,1612Sony / Columbia
2Life As We Know It$14,506,464--3,150--$4,605$14,506,4641Warner Bros.
3Secretariat$12,694,770--3,072--$4,132$12,694,7701Disney
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$6,888,019-37%3,225-350$2,136$39,273,9843Warner Bros.
5My Soul to Take$6,842,220--2,572--$2,660$6,842,2201Universal / Rogue
6The Town$6,411,008-34%2,720-215$2,357$73,847,5274Warner Bros.
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$4,603,123-54%2,829-768$1,627$43,644,7013Fox
8Easy A$4,289,418-36%2,847-127$1,507$48,228,2014Sony / Screen Gems
9Case 39$2,680,305-50%2,2121$1,212$9,650,0052Paramount Vantage
10You Again$2,512,782-56%2,332-216$1,078$20,769,9953Disney
11Let Me In$2,447,618-52%2,04221$1,199$9,171,4192Relativity / Overture
12Devil$1,809,695-49%1,442-950$1,255$30,046,5304Universal
13Alpha and Omega$1,500,390-49%1,616-687$928$21,018,0644Lionsgate
14Resident Evil: Afterlife$1,255,120-55%1,012-895$1,240$58,866,8465Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$2,013,406--742--$2,713$2,013,4061Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$642,30557%10369$6,236$1,417,2563Paramount Vantage
3Toy Story 3$555,096142%393158$1,412$412,031,73317Disney
4Inception$492,311-46%403-222$1,222$289,183,60713Warner Bros.
5Catfish$393,359-33%1437$2,751$2,236,1104Universal / Rogue
6Takers$388,422-50%412-361$943$56,773,2037Sony / Screen Gems
7Despicable Me$347,705-21%353-110$985$246,557,45514Universal
8Never Let Me Go$345,74185%167124$2,070$1,149,7044Fox Searchlight
9Salt$236,285-18%266-22$888$117,923,11112Sony / Columbia
10The Other Guys$194,727-56%289-277$674$118,020,51610Sony / Columbia
11Mao's Last Dancer$183,230-30%121-16$1,514$3,737,3488Samuel Goldwyn
12Nanny McPhee Returns$149,415-32%318-163$470$28,725,4508Universal
13Lottery Ticket$144,773-40%194-108$746$24,452,6618Warner Bros.
14Eat Pray Love$140,050-56%215-183$651$80,006,9969Sony / Columbia
15The Expendables$124,292-46%225-185$552$102,734,8939Lionsgate
16Grown Ups$106,910-34%159-71$672$161,801,26816Sony / Columbia
17Vampires Suck$103,638-29%190-71$545$36,515,1888Fox
18Machete$100,877-53%167-147$604$26,389,8676Fox
19Dinner for Schmucks$100,482-39%159-102$632$72,980,10811Paramount / DreamWorks
20The American$85,672-59%174-200$492$35,375,7686Focus
21Get Low$85,354-53%143-128$597$8,800,25111Sony Pictures Classics
22The Sorcerer's Apprentice$68,421-41%109-61$628$63,017,28813Disney
23Going the Distance (2010)$65,47867%19675$334$17,748,0276Warner Bros. / New Line
24Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$54,545-55%119-69$458$43,516,17711Warner Bros.
25Ramona and Beezus$48,672-40%106-55$459$26,039,04812Fox
26The Switch (2010)$36,446-63%103-139$354$27,505,6938Miramax

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$270,17526%7445$3,651$860,8483Sony Pictures Classics
2Buried$221,694128%9259$2,410$511,0383Lionsgate
3Hubble 3D$167,85635%602$2,798$16,449,78630Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Anjaana Anjaani$117,733-77%910$1,294$726,2712Eros
5Stone$75,766--6--$12,628$75,7661Relativity / Overture
6Jack Goes Boating$56,215-44%9011$625$372,3054Relativity / Overture
7Nowhere Boy$52,749--4--$13,187$52,7491Weinstein Company
8Under the Sea 3D$50,84674%180$2,825$24,410,19987Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Howl$48,306-10%181$2,684$207,4373Oscilloscope
10Inside Job$39,649--2--$19,825$39,6491Sony Pictures Classics
11The Girl Who Played With Fire$39,353-28%56-22$703$7,476,30114Music Box
12The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$38,013-45%83-58$458$300,476,77915Summit
13I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$32,064--12--$2,672$32,0641Anchor Bay
14Piranha 3D$29,303-55%54-41$543$24,950,3098Weinstein Company
15Heartbreaker$23,227-58%33-10$704$371,5405IFC
16Cairo Time$23,040-48%49-22$470$1,535,86410IFC
17Winter's Bone$21,989-51%52-20$423$6,166,88318Roadside Attractions
18Enter the Void$21,260-15%93$2,362$137,0443IFC Films
19What If...$20,674-17%326$646$623,6748Five & Two Pictures
20Last Train Home$20,19123%123$1,683$154,7946Zeitgeist Films
21The Kids Are All Right$19,973-54%31-33$644$20,775,49414Focus
22Tamara Drewe$18,604--1--$18,604$18,6041Sony Pictures Classics
23The Tillman Story$17,508-28%24-3$730$666,8228Weinstein Company
24Avatar$17,304-24%14-5$1,236$760,307,59443Fox
25Leaving$16,32529%86$2,041$36,9492IFC
26Step Up 3D$15,361-28%17-9$904$42,240,87010Disney
27Predators$12,851-39%32-14$402$52,000,68814Fox
28I Am Love$12,669-29%14-4$905$4,939,30817Magnolia
29Kings of Pastry$12,554-15%61$2,092$101,0524First Run
30The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$12,1635%10-4$1,216$545,88810National Geographic
31Fool for Love (2010)$10,358-37%6-2$1,726$149,6975Variance Films
32GhettoPhysics$10,087--9--$1,121$10,0871IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
33Animal Kingdom$9,746-31%26-6$375$918,0909Sony Pictures Classics
34The Concert$8,306-60%10-11$831$631,95412Weinstein Company
35Jim$7,809--1--$7,809$7,8091Area23a
36Mademoiselle Chambon$7,803-53%7-8$1,115$466,40520Lorber
37Mesrine: Killer Instinct$7,17562%103$718$499,5717Music Box
38Flipped$6,940-55%18-17$386$1,752,21410Warner Bros.
39A Film Unfinished$6,233-71%4-12$1,558$235,0668Oscilloscope
40Freakonomics$6,146-81%8-12$768$52,6982Magnolia
41Soul Kitchen$6,013-56%20-3$301$250,0598IFC
42Douchebag$5,40382%10$5,403$8,9982Paladin
43Lebanon$5,199-42%232$226$339,82752Sony Pictures Classics
44Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$5,142542%2-2$2,571$34,6084Collective Eye
45Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$5,05017%20$2,525$23,320,794158National Geographic
46I'm Still Here$4,808-58%11-8$437$399,1835Magnolia
47Cyrus$4,23142%115$385$7,455,44717Fox Searchlight
48Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$4,104-64%7-1$586$103,5045Lorber
49Leaves of Grass$3,801-51%3-3$1,267$68,0094First Look
50A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$3,526-62%11-8$321$159,2456Sony Pictures Classics
51Lovely, Still$3,024-75%6-5$504$95,6735Monterey Media
52Stonewall Uprising$2,901657%21$1,451$126,46917First Run Features
53Micmacs$2,86824%7-2$410$1,254,92720Sony Classics
54Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$2,729-15%6-1$455$235,1846Music Box
55Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$2,60351%50$521$393,18316Sony Pictures Classics
56Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$2,520-63%8-6$315$1,722,25818Sony Pictures Classics
57The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$2,28276%10$2,282$122,59027International Film Circuit
58Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,977-75%2-5$989$439,90823Kino International
59Winnebago Man$1,91644%50$383$174,80214Kino International
60My Dog Tulip$1,652-54%1-1$1,652$70,4346New Yorker Films
61The Extra Man$1,580-71%6-3$263$442,71811Magnolia
62As Good As Dead$1,494--1--$1,494$1,4941First Look
63Exit Through the Gift Shop$1,471-57%20$736$3,278,51426Producers Distribution Agency
64The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,320-49%2-1$660$164,09310Anchor Bay
65Agora$1,261-57%1-1$1,261$615,60320Newmarket
66Behind the Burly Q$1,240--1--$1,240$23,78725First Run Features
67Hideaway (2009)$1,049341%1--$1,049$25,8155Strand
68The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$1,03891%40$260$10,072,23330Music Box
69Around a Small Mountain$765--1--$765$28,13914Cinema Guild
70The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$719-71%2-4$360$6,389,02026Sony Pictures Classics
71Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$714549%10$714$57,65216Kino International
72Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?$694-69%2-1$347$29,8045Lorber
73Please Give$560-42%1-7$560$4,031,46724Sony Pictures Classics
74Mother and Child$49447%21$247$1,109,78023Sony Pictures Classics
75John Rabe$402-50%10$402$67,25521Strand
76Everyone Else$393--1--$393$99,80069Cinema Guild
77GasLand$273-92%10$273$27,8194International WOW
78Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$227-58%10$227$18,9549First Run Features