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, Nov. 12 - Sun, Nov. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Megamind$29,120,461-37%3,9495$7,374$88,822,6352Paramount / DreamWorks
2Unstoppable (2010)$22,688,457--3,207--$7,075$22,688,4571Fox
3Due Date$15,419,042-53%3,36510$4,582$58,897,3082Warner Bros.
4Skyline$11,692,415--2,880--$4,060$11,692,4151Universal / Rogue
5Morning Glory (2010)$9,203,266--2,518--$3,655$11,809,3211Paramount
6For Colored Girls$6,517,280-67%2,1270$3,064$30,687,4682Lionsgate
7Red (2010)$4,973,539-43%2,878-351$1,728$79,677,3965Summit
8Paranormal Activity 2$2,980,201-58%2,403-765$1,240$81,930,6574Paramount
9Saw 3D$2,862,449-63%1,976-832$1,449$43,580,3103Lionsgate
10Jackass 3D$2,235,457-55%1,607-558$1,391$114,643,2665Paramount
11Secretariat$2,205,163-46%2,019-595$1,092$54,747,0376Disney
12The Social Network$1,770,077-48%1,088-772$1,627$87,807,5027Sony / Columbia
13Hereafter$1,318,493-67%1,691-674$780$31,448,8425Warner Bros.
14Life As We Know It$1,294,110-58%1,239-711$1,044$50,754,7296Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$1,020,65457%175129$5,832$1,919,6402Summit
2Conviction$610,847-62%493-179$1,239$6,022,8235Fox Searchlight
3The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$520,085-30%1942$2,681$2,821,9323Music Box
4Inside Job$478,76780%250184$1,915$1,566,0316Sony Pictures Classics
5The Town$438,397-62%375-426$1,169$90,626,5569Warner Bros.
6Despicable Me$363,09011%273-34$1,330$248,815,41019Universal
7Inception$234,514-26%262-29$895$291,832,59318Warner Bros.
8Waiting for 'Superman'$215,210-46%204-38$1,055$5,891,8798Paramount Vantage
9Toy Story 3$207,778-29%241-23$862$414,638,01322Disney
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$170,047-65%240-500$709$54,362,5018Warner Bros.
11Easy A$162,833-66%197-289$827$57,539,4059Sony / Screen Gems
12Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$155,691-53%249-104$625$52,147,7898Fox
13The Other Guys$119,256-29%182-53$655$119,219,97815Sony / Columbia
14Takers$101,374-34%176-39$576$57,744,72012Sony / Screen Gems
15You Again$85,543-59%153-130$559$25,258,9918Disney
16Alpha and Omega$71,655-51%123-165$583$24,589,7939Lionsgate
17Nowhere Boy$67,145-53%111-64$605$1,330,9526Weinstein Company
18Devil$64,210-71%120-164$535$33,583,1759Universal
19The Switch (2010)$57,438-30%118-2$487$27,758,46513Miramax
20Let Me In$55,08470%14348$385$12,067,3977Relativity / Overture
21Case 39$30,028-57%106-51$283$13,248,4777Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$438,53966%2218$19,934$811,5282Fox Searchlight
2Golmaal 3$253,586-60%860$2,949$1,027,3552Eros
3Hubble 3D$192,850-1%56-4$3,444$18,078,26035Warner Bros. / IMAX
4You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$103,109-53%75-68$1,375$2,927,9628Sony Pictures Classics
5Stone$74,071-58%87-22$851$1,640,4966Relativity / Overture
6Mao's Last Dancer$56,911-43%55-26$1,035$4,664,09513Samuel Goldwyn
7Under the Sea 3D$50,97318%140$3,641$24,795,60692Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Monsters (2010)$48,68070%2512$1,947$122,9193Magnolia
9It's Kind of a Funny Story$44,842-74%67-134$669$6,309,8746Focus
10Four Lions$40,153-3%146$2,868$100,1172Drafthouse Films
11Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$33,99260%104$3,399$136,2025Zeitgeist Films
12Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$29,93176%1512$1,995$54,9322Magnolia
13Tamara Drewe$27,401-47%21-6$1,305$268,0276Sony Pictures Classics
14Avatar$27,2127%6-3$4,535$760,504,84748Fox
15Cool It$26,847--41--$655$26,8471Roadside Attractions
16Never Let Me Go$24,680-41%32-19$771$2,331,3489Fox Searchlight
17Catfish$23,875-52%25-30$955$3,201,2139Universal / Rogue
18Tiny Furniture$21,235--1--$21,235$21,2351IFC
19Howl$19,209-40%16-13$1,201$484,6598Oscilloscope
20The Salvation Poem$15,981-69%11-3$1,453$431,6105CanZion Films
21Get Low$15,977-26%26-10$615$9,062,45416Sony Pictures Classics
22The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$15,91921%9-1$1,769$639,70015National Geographic
23Welcome to the Riley's$13,500-26%7-3$1,929$100,8813Samuel Goldwyn
24N-Secure$13,089-77%20-85$654$2,592,8085Freestyle
25Enter the Void$11,911-1%81$1,489$272,5028IFC Films
26Jack Goes Boating$10,913-22%343$321$512,1839Relativity / Overture
27Inspector Bellamy$10,316-33%20$5,158$64,8653IFC Films
28Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$9,3252%30$3,108$23,405,352163National Geographic
29Last Train Home$9,309-20%6-4$1,552$241,32111Zeitgeist Films
30Marwencol$8,8591269%10$8,859$24,4616Cinema Guild
31The Tillman Story$8,364-35%21-3$398$782,60013Weinstein Company
32Waste Land$8,271-4%53$1,654$38,7293Arthouse Films
33What If...$8,240-54%12-10$687$752,43713Five & Two Pictures
34Enemies of the People$8,216765%63$1,369$36,32716International Film Circuit
35Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$7,926--1--$7,926$7,9261Film Desk
36Machete$7,427-38%19-13$391$26,589,95311Fox
37Wild Target$6,901-37%50$1,380$54,8203Freestyle
38Leaving$6,391-63%5-2$1,278$115,3917IFC
39A Film Unfinished$6,222-60%10-5$622$311,54213Oscilloscope
40Heartbreaker$6,021-58%190$317$473,25410IFC
41The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$5,999642%10$5,999$133,66732International Film Circuit
42Boxing Gym$5,583--5--$1,117$25,7684Zipporah Films
43Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$5,073-50%30$1,691$35,3963Variance Films
44The Trouble with Terkel$4,924--4--$1,231$23,10434Indican
45Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$4,908179%30$1,636$527,91828Kino International
46Kings of Pastry$4,2362%50$847$150,4749First Run
47Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$4,0731529%21$2,037$63,07221Kino International
48Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$3,920-1%41$980$133,47310Lorber
49The Girl Who Played With Fire$3,659-67%12-7$305$7,621,38819Music Box
50Freakonomics$3,447-14%70$492$96,2157Magnolia
51Animal Kingdom$3,437-61%8-4$430$989,76414Sony Pictures Classics
52My Dog Tulip$2,573-63%3-1$858$111,65911New Yorker Films
53Mesrine: Killer Instinct$2,477-26%40$619$522,46212Music Box
54Winter's Bone$2,427-43%100$243$6,040,46323Roadside Attractions
55The Taqwacores$2,294170%21$1,147$8,7564Strand Releasing
56I Am Love$2,266-40%4-2$567$4,999,23422Magnolia
57Mademoiselle Chambon$2,153-66%3-3$718$512,65525Lorber
58Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,739-46%10$1,739$6,3892Variance Films
59A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$1,7070%6-3$285$184,06611Sony Pictures Classics
60Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,426294%53$285$252,58611Music Box
61Breathless (2010 re-issue)$1,384--2--$692$341,26325Rialto
62Army of Crime$1,356--3--$452$33,50713Lorber
63Around a Small Mountain$1,287154%10$1,287$31,00519Cinema Guild
64The Kids Grow Up$1,2670%1-1$1,267$9,6413Shadow Distribution
65To the Sea$1,146--1--$1,146$49,17918Film Movement
66Budrus$1,067-47%10$1,067$42,6246Balcony Releasing
67The Concert$997-51%3-1$332$657,19417Weinstein Company
68Eichmann$986235%10$986$2,7063Regent Releasing
69Restrepo$91514%1-1$915$1,328,72521National Geographic
70Lebanon$824-63%7-2$118$361,96657Sony Pictures Classics
71The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$776-59%5-11$155$10,086,09335Music Box
72Piranha 3D$712-91%82$89$25,002,87213Weinstein Company
73Red Hill$689-92%1-4$689$16,3412Strand
74Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$520--2--$260$70,11524Indican Pictures
75I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$323-68%1-1$323$92,4016Anchor Bay
76Shake Hands with the Devil$250116%10$250$5943Regent Releasing
77The Magician (2010)$22-70%10$22$4063Regent Releasing