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, Dec. 3 - Sun, Dec. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tangled$21,608,891-56%3,6030$5,997$96,570,8122Disney
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$17,018,475-65%4,1250$4,126$244,519,1163Warner Bros.
3Burlesque$6,130,061-49%3,0370$2,018$26,986,6562Sony / Screen Gems
4Unstoppable (2010)$5,970,194-48%3,152-31$1,894$68,762,8644Fox
5Love and Other Drugs$5,652,810-42%2,4583$2,300$22,574,8872Fox
6Megamind$4,936,851-61%3,173-238$1,556$136,611,1615Paramount / DreamWorks
7Due Date$4,133,286-42%2,450-105$1,687$90,882,1385Warner Bros.
8Faster (2010)$3,934,600-54%2,47016$1,593$18,217,7302CBS Films
9The Warrior's Way$3,048,665--1,622--$1,880$3,048,6651Relativity Media
10The Next Three Days$2,570,908-45%2,236-328$1,150$18,301,9173Lionsgate
11Morning Glory (2010)$1,681,759-57%2,263-178$743$29,011,4824Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$1,619,138-5%433140$3,739$6,611,7625Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$970,358-38%43640$2,226$7,306,4425Summit
3Red (2010)$750,940-45%779-135$964$87,170,9128Summit
4For Colored Girls$444,403-67%485-120$916$37,252,0235Lionsgate
5Skyline$436,355-62%578-611$755$20,955,3954Universal / Rogue
6The Social Network$404,456-43%260-31$1,556$90,970,12310Sony / Columbia
7Secretariat$256,739-60%402-99$639$57,946,3379Disney
8The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$243,159-38%1768$1,382$4,408,9536Music Box
9Despicable Me$216,975-40%28014$775$250,004,04022Universal
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$214,304199%322192$666$54,811,20711Warner Bros.
11The Town$202,909-36%3180$638$91,735,51312Warner Bros.
12Inside Job$195,394-36%127-5$1,539$2,927,8999Sony Pictures Classics
13Easy A$138,473-31%229-22$605$58,128,34512Sony / Screen Gems
14Jackass 3D$110,580-39%180-3$614$116,733,0288Paramount
15Life As We Know It$102,958-33%208-41$495$52,122,4009Warner Bros.
16Paranormal Activity 2$101,029-54%200-79$505$84,257,4887Paramount
17You Again$71,656-40%170-9$422$25,602,18111Disney
18Conviction$67,695-8%10721$633$6,663,8278Fox Searchlight
19Inception$67,426-44%117-27$576$292,383,90021Warner Bros.
20The Nutcracker in 3D$60,771-8%11570$528$159,5152Freestyle Releasing
21Hereafter$49,924-37%114-88$438$32,438,0418Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$1,443,809--18--$80,212$1,443,8091Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$324,515-9%62$54,086$807,9732Weinstein Company
3I Love You Phillip Morris$112,712--6--$18,785$112,7121Roadside Attractions
4Hubble 3D$110,927-44%53-4$2,093$18,945,31838Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$80,505--15--$5,367$179,4585Warner Bros.
6Guzaarish$58,265-69%58-38$1,005$989,5273UTV
7Today's Special$50,293-42%262$1,934$276,1123Alerion
8Waiting for 'Superman'$40,497-33%8516$476$6,321,43211Paramount Vantage
9Made in Dagenham$37,275-40%110$3,389$181,2323Sony Pictures Classics
10All Good Things$37,172--2--$18,586$37,1721Magnolia Pictures
11Tamara Drewe$37,06219%4723$789$422,3999Sony Pictures Classics
12White Material$35,028-42%143$2,502$165,2343IFC
13Tiny Furniture$31,216-11%1510$2,081$139,6544IFC
14You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$27,084-44%16-17$1,693$3,153,33811Sony Pictures Classics
15The Salvation Poem$26,248884%20$13,124$471,3858CanZion Films
16Under the Sea 3D$25,734-52%130$1,980$24,989,64195Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$21,902-52%59-31$371$52,437,86211Fox
18Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$17,476-23%110$1,589$246,3048Zeitgeist Films
19Mao's Last Dancer$17,421-44%231$757$4,806,75016Samuel Goldwyn
20Nowhere Boy$15,7045%23-17$683$1,445,3669Weinstein Company
21Howl$15,37875%81$1,922$540,39811Oscilloscope
22Night Catches Us$13,562--4--$3,391$13,5621Magnolia
23Leaving$13,16846%132$1,013$158,01710IFC
24Four Lions$13,105-29%92$1,456$183,3905Drafthouse Films
25Kings of Pastry$12,929-33%7-1$1,847$211,66012First Run
26Stone$12,664-24%22-1$576$1,761,4379Relativity / Overture
27Space Station 3D$12,204--3--$4,068$82,426,232451IMAX
28Welcome to the Riley's$12,191-15%113$1,108$152,8576Samuel Goldwyn
29Wild Target$11,87652%137$914$91,7346Freestyle
30Waste Land$9,4212%5-1$1,884$89,3436Arthouse Films
31Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$9,281--1--$9,281$9,2811Oscilloscope
32Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$8,849-42%8-4$1,106$141,6445Magnolia
33Marwencol$8,501154%52$1,700$48,8889Cinema Guild
34Breathless (2010 re-issue)$8,470108%32$2,823$357,04428Rialto
35Enter the Void$8,4167%137$647$311,57411IFC Films
36Bhutto$8,275--2--$4,138$8,2751First Run Features
37Monsters (2010)$7,788-42%153$519$220,8796Magnolia
38Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$6,825-24%30$2,275$23,453,266166National Geographic
39What If...$6,297805%76$900$764,51816Five & Two Pictures
40Undertow (2009)$6,183-55%31$2,061$45,87512Wolfe Releasing
41The Tillman Story$5,675105%141$405$799,99516Weinstein Company
42Last Train Home$5,390-45%4-1$1,348$272,55614Zeitgeist Films
43The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$4,857-61%5-3$971$671,25518National Geographic
44Budrus$4,35094%10$4,350$53,5639Balcony Releasing
45Get Low$3,746-50%11-1$341$9,097,78719Sony Pictures Classics
46Mesrine: Killer Instinct$3,730--3--$1,243$529,42015Music Box
47Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$3,712--2--$1,856$12,0075Variance Films
48Carlos$3,473-23%2-1$1,737$120,5598IFC
49Let Me In$2,735-59%11-20$249$12,134,42010Relativity / Overture
50Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$2,7058%31$902$154,40613Lorber
51Heartbreaker$2,573-42%7-4$368$496,14513IFC
52Winter's Bone$2,137231%20$1,069$6,228,91026Roadside Attractions
53Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$1,990--2--$995$45,4126Variance Films
54William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$1,932-63%20$966$25,9693Oscilloscope
55Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,88368%21$942$72,24224Kino International
56Jack Goes Boating$1,822-63%90$202$533,29012Relativity / Overture
57Cool It$1,49363%1514$100$59,9014Roadside Attractions
58The Little Traitor$1,463--1--$1,463$379,06452Westchester Films
59Inspector Bellamy$1,454-82%2-2$727$93,6516IFC Films
60Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,344--2--$672$258,91014Music Box
61My Dog Tulip$1,277-82%1-1$1,277$135,29714New Yorker Films
62To the Sea$1,202--1--$1,202$53,47621Film Movement
63The Legend of Pale Male$1,083-92%10$1,083$19,8032Balcony
64The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$1,01233%41$253$10,090,23938Music Box
65Mademoiselle Chambon$855-47%3-1$285$525,14628Lorber
66The Girl Who Played With Fire$844-46%4-2$211$7,632,66522Music Box
67Restrepo$836--2--$418$1,330,89424National Geographic
68Hideaway (2009)$694-37%30$231$34,16513Strand
69Animal Kingdom$670-81%3-2$223$1,011,09717Sony Pictures Classics
70The Trouble with Terkel$500-37%10$500$29,63537Indican
71A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$391-32%2-1$196$187,91814Sony Pictures Classics
72Lebanon$26015%10$260$366,23760Sony Pictures Classics
73The Kids Grow Up$105--1--$105$10,6176Shadow Distribution