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, Oct. 15 - Sun, Oct. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass 3D$50,353,641--3,081--$16,343$50,353,6411Paramount
2Red (2010)$21,761,408--3,255--$6,686$21,761,4081Summit
3The Social Network$10,317,395-33%2,86897$3,597$62,436,3643Sony / Columbia
4Secretariat$9,318,886-27%3,0720$3,033$27,332,9412Disney
5Life As We Know It$8,955,409-38%3,1500$2,843$28,620,1472Warner Bros.
6Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,228,236-39%2,502-723$1,690$45,994,7764Warner Bros.
7The Town$3,977,006-38%2,368-352$1,679$80,510,6295Warner Bros.
8My Soul to Take$3,170,310-54%2,529-43$1,254$11,915,5952Universal / Rogue
9Easy A$2,633,456-39%2,314-533$1,138$52,317,4815Sony / Screen Gems
10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$2,363,166-49%2,045-784$1,156$47,894,8964Fox
11You Again$1,215,987-52%1,588-744$766$22,982,0004Disney
12Case 39$1,206,817-55%1,406-806$858$11,924,1153Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$830,676-66%1,211-831$686$11,046,6913Relativity / Overture

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$1,223,455-39%75715$1,616$4,005,1612Focus
2N-Secure$1,166,406--486--$2,400$1,166,4061Freestyle
3Devil$976,005-46%891-551$1,095$31,577,4705Universal
4Alpha and Omega$823,085-45%969-647$849$22,567,6215Lionsgate
5Waiting for 'Superman'$742,72516%18279$4,081$2,523,0754Paramount Vantage
6Toy Story 3$534,680-4%350-43$1,528$412,844,16818Disney
7Inception$348,326-29%297-106$1,173$289,751,94714Warner Bros.
8Resident Evil: Afterlife$347,264-72%438-574$793$59,731,7946Sony / Screen Gems
9Despicable Me$345,280-1%332-21$1,040$247,050,99515Universal
10Nowhere Boy$340,851546%215211$1,585$412,2142Weinstein Company
11Never Let Me Go$327,083-5%23265$1,410$1,660,3535Fox Searchlight
12You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$275,9672%11844$2,339$1,266,3434Sony Pictures Classics
13I Want Your Money$249,428--537--$464$249,4281Freestyle
14Catfish$210,540-46%116-27$1,815$2,629,3565Universal / Rogue
15The Expendables$190,37653%30681$622$102,981,57110Lionsgate
16Takers$185,202-52%215-197$861$57,091,8088Sony / Screen Gems
17Eat Pray Love$178,14427%30388$588$80,267,42710Sony / Columbia
18Mao's Last Dancer$151,571-17%116-5$1,307$3,993,9619Samuel Goldwyn
19Salt$148,124-37%200-66$741$118,174,53213Sony / Columbia
20Buried$130,250-41%10311$1,265$765,0014Lionsgate
21The Other Guys$111,724-43%174-115$642$118,206,67811Sony / Columbia
22Nanny McPhee Returns$102,420-31%205-113$500$28,893,1859Universal
23Lottery Ticket$88,361-39%138-56$640$24,584,0829Warner Bros.
24Grown Ups$77,136-28%114-45$677$161,920,26517Sony / Columbia
25The American$71,959-16%144-30$500$35,491,8727Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stone$229,959204%4135$5,609$343,1002Relativity / Overture
2Hereafter$220,322--6--$36,720$220,3221Warner Bros.
3Hubble 3D$175,1954%611$2,872$16,778,28231Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Conviction$102,351--11--$9,305$102,3511Fox Searchlight
5Inside Job$85,595116%108$8,560$148,4312Sony Pictures Classics
6Get Low$54,995-36%96-47$573$8,905,33712Sony Pictures Classics
7The Sorcerer's Apprentice$49,800-27%77-32$647$63,099,28314Disney
8Anjaana Anjaani$46,618-60%910$512$827,3033Eros
9Machete$46,241-54%96-71$482$26,477,7667Fox
10Under the Sea 3D$46,121-9%16-2$2,883$24,479,52388Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Vampires Suck$42,599-59%87-103$490$36,588,5539Fox
12Howl$38,955-19%202$1,948$273,2114Oscilloscope
13Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$36,424-33%77-42$473$43,575,71612Warner Bros.
14Like Dandelion Dust$31,681--31--$1,022$312,3884Blue Collar Releasing
15The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$28,360-25%49-34$579$300,523,11316Summit
16Ramona and Beezus$27,374-44%54-52$507$26,091,42613Fox
17Jack Goes Boating$26,427-53%49-41$539$428,1345Relativity / Overture
18The Girl Who Played With Fire$25,384-35%44-12$577$7,524,96215Music Box
19The Switch (2010)$21,071-42%58-45$363$27,544,1329Miramax
20Carlos$20,006--2--$10,003$20,0061IFC
21Tamara Drewe$19,6346%109$1,963$49,8002Sony Pictures Classics
22What If...$19,398-6%20-12$970$650,1699Five & Two Pictures
23Heartbreaker$17,517-25%30-3$584$400,0256IFC
24I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$17,211-46%11-1$1,565$66,0192Anchor Bay
25The Salvation Poem$17,151--5--$3,430$223,9751CanZion Films
26Enter the Void$17,072-20%2-7$8,536$173,8044IFC Films
27Avatar$15,782-9%10-4$1,578$760,339,00444Fox
28The Kids Are All Right$15,608-22%28-3$557$20,803,23715Focus
29Going the Distance (2010)$14,177-78%58-138$244$17,797,3167Warner Bros. / New Line
30The Tillman Story$12,386-29%17-7$729$690,6829Weinstein Company
31Piranha 3D$12,076-59%28-26$431$24,973,4789Weinstein Company
32Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$11,406--1--$11,406$14,2141Zeitgeist Films
332012: Time for Change$11,382--2--$5,691$54,0711Mangusta Productions
34Winter's Bone$11,077-50%34-18$326$6,190,68619Roadside Attractions
35Freakonomics$10,64773%124$887$68,6603Magnolia
36The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$10,522-13%9-1$1,169$563,81811National Geographic
37Animal Kingdom$10,3166%19-7$543$934,84310Sony Pictures Classics
38Cairo Time$9,437-59%24-25$393$1,557,50911IFC
39I Am Love$9,088-28%10-4$909$4,958,83818Magnolia
40Step Up 3D$8,997-41%10-7$900$42,257,78711Disney
41Lovely, Still$8,924195%82$1,116$106,5596Monterey Media
42Last Train Home$8,642-57%6-6$1,440$173,2687Zeitgeist Films
43Kings of Pastry$7,793-38%82$974$115,0265First Run
44Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$7,34479%81$918$112,7816Lorber
45Mademoiselle Chambon$7,088-9%70$1,013$480,97421Lorber
46My Dog Tulip$7,083329%54$1,417$78,3047New Yorker Films
47Leaving$7,079-57%7-1$1,011$54,1063IFC
48Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$6,71333%20$3,357$23,332,747159National Geographic
49The Concert$5,674-32%9-1$630$641,42413Weinstein Company
50A Film Unfinished$5,090-18%40$1,273$243,4839Oscilloscope
51Fool for Love (2010)$5,078-51%5-1$1,016$158,2386Variance Films
52Budrus$4,928--2--$2,464$16,8352Balcony Releasing
53Jim$4,545-42%10$4,545$13,0152Area23a
54Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,498--5--$900$332,02821Rialto
55Exit Through the Gift Shop$4,199185%20$2,100$3,283,63327Producers Distribution Agency
56Cherry$3,939--3--$1,313$7,9112Abramorama
57Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$3,73637%60$623$241,5897Music Box
58A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$3,5822%176$211$164,6957Sony Pictures Classics
59Soul Kitchen$3,404-43%16-4$213$256,4549IFC
60The Extra Man$3,227104%71$461$450,27312Magnolia
61Restrepo$3,225--5--$645$1,312,44017National Geographic
62Down Terrace$3,088--2--$1,544$3,0881Magnolia
63Lebanon$2,996-42%14-9$214$345,57553Sony Pictures Classics
64Mesrine: Killer Instinct$2,501-65%6-4$417$506,0138Music Box
65Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,203-57%20$1,102$38,9415Collective Eye
66GasLand$2,187701%21$1,094$30,8465International WOW
67I'm Still Here$2,001-58%4-7$500$403,2156Magnolia
68Hideaway (2009)$1,87178%54$374$28,2736Strand
69Please Give$1,514170%2524$61$4,033,26825Sony Pictures Classics
70Winnebago Man$1,502-22%2-3$751$178,17415Kino International
71The Girl on the Train (2010)$1,402--1--$1,402$207,32339Strand Releasing
72Micmacs$1,224-57%5-2$245$1,260,91721Sony Classics
73Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$1,007-60%6-2$168$1,724,88219Sony Pictures Classics
74Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$930-64%50$186$394,84117Sony Pictures Classics
75Carmo, Hit the Road$835--1--$835$8351First Run
76Agora$781-38%10$781$617,84021Newmarket
77The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$779-25%62$130$10,073,84631Music Box
78The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$701-3%1-1$701$6,390,01427Sony Pictures Classics
79Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$678--1--$678$50,86218The Film Desk
80The Disappearance of Alice Creed$639-52%1-1$639$165,89311Anchor Bay
81Army of Crime$620--1--$620$29,6479Lorber
82The Sicilian Girl$532--1--$532$65,56711Music Box
83Enemies of the People$457--1--$457$21,71012International Film Circuit
84Everyone Else$340-13%10$340$100,51370Cinema Guild
85Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$277--1--$277$20,05414Flicker Alley
86Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$268-86%20$134$452,51524Kino International
87Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$26517%10$265$19,21910First Run Features
88Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$250--1--$250$69,42020Indican Pictures
89Mother and Child$237-52%20$119$1,110,28624Sony Pictures Classics
90Around a Small Mountain$87-89%10$87$28,64015Cinema Guild
91Behind the Burly Q$36-97%10$36$23,85926First Run Features