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. 17 - Sun, Dec. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1TRON: Legacy$44,026,211--3,451--$12,758$44,026,2111Disney
2Yogi Bear$16,411,322--3,515--$4,669$16,411,3221Warner Bros.
3The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$12,388,662-48%3,5550$3,485$42,752,2372Fox
4The Fighter$12,135,4683945%2,5032499$4,848$12,569,4032Paramount
5Tangled$8,775,344-39%3,201-364$2,741$127,918,2764Disney
6The Tourist$8,522,287-48%2,7560$3,092$30,613,5202Sony / Columbia
7How Do You Know$7,484,696--2,483--$3,014$7,484,6961Sony / Columbia
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$5,022,361-41%2,860-717$1,756$265,723,6185Warner Bros.
9Unstoppable (2010)$1,843,696-50%1,874-1093$984$77,386,3046Fox
10Burlesque$1,425,855-55%1,510-1366$944$35,537,7654Sony / Screen Gems
11Due Date$1,262,257-51%1,157-833$1,091$97,327,1797Warner Bros.
12Love and Other Drugs$1,111,878-63%1,093-1147$1,017$30,201,1414Fox
13Megamind$690,573-73%1,025-1400$674$141,641,5357Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$8,383,479154%959869$8,742$15,791,7533Fox Searchlight
2127 Hours$556,044-45%307-109$1,811$9,321,5717Fox Searchlight
3Faster (2010)$433,950-75%660-1446$658$22,500,4984CBS Films
4Red (2010)$336,572-22%439-125$767$88,429,99310Summit
5The Social Network$282,025-1%2281$1,237$91,840,92612Sony / Columbia
6Fair Game (2010)$219,973-60%268-168$821$8,650,3887Summit
7The Next Three Days$183,486-82%361-1065$508$20,946,5365Lionsgate
8Despicable Me$171,325-10%233-25$735$250,493,64024Universal
9Morning Glory (2010)$117,651-77%263-741$447$30,568,9896Paramount
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$107,164-32%210-78$510$55,194,66613Warner Bros.
11The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$92,964-40%114-55$815$4,855,6298Music Box
12The Warrior's Way$84,571-91%217-1405$390$5,504,3883Relativity Media
13Paranormal Activity 2$82,53882%17449$474$84,436,9789Paramount
14Secretariat$76,032-41%155-108$491$58,325,41011Disney
15Easy A$73,468-27%161-42$456$58,401,46414Sony / Screen Gems
16Hereafter$71,078126%232145$306$32,576,84110Warner Bros.
17The Town$57,591-56%144-111$400$92,074,85714Warner Bros.
18Skyline$55,965-63%123-154$455$21,371,4256Universal / Rogue

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$1,097,13185%4324$25,515$2,936,9594Weinstein Company
2I Love You Phillip Morris$148,301-3%4914$3,027$522,8123Roadside Attractions
3Hubble 3D$101,1664%56-1$1,807$19,351,72340Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$96,049-18%150$6,403$478,6467Warner Bros.
5Inside Job$70,055-44%75-41$934$3,266,35711Sony Pictures Classics
6The Tempest$58,13637%2116$2,768$121,5262Disney
7Rabbit Hole$53,778--5--$10,756$53,7781Lionsgate
8All Good Things$51,365-18%3515$1,468$194,2083Magnolia Pictures
9Made in Dagenham$41,53495%3116$1,340$268,6095Sony Pictures Classics
10Life As We Know It$40,499-31%75-45$540$52,275,97311Warner Bros.
11For Colored Girls$37,322-75%79-164$472$37,626,0457Lionsgate
12Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$35,68044%169$2,230$87,9113Oscilloscope
13Casino Jack$34,528--7--$4,933$34,5281IDP/ATO Pictures
14Under the Sea 3D$28,76413%110$2,615$25,084,93297Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Inception$25,929-48%62-46$418$292,511,47323Warner Bros.
16Tiny Furniture$20,385-48%20-1$1,019$228,8116IFC
17Jackass 3D$17,885-60%50-58$358$116,875,62110Paramount
18White Material$16,072-2%141$1,148$220,0465IFC
19Tamara Drewe$14,952-59%29-30$516$509,22111Sony Pictures Classics
20Stone$13,93763%6445$218$1,796,02411Relativity / Overture
21Conviction$11,968-65%33-42$363$6,768,06310Fox Searchlight
22Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$9,960-34%6-4$1,660$290,87610Zeitgeist Films
23Bhutto$9,919228%42$2,480$26,1353First Run Features
24You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$9,297-53%18-46$517$3,208,29613Sony Pictures Classics
25Waiting for 'Superman'$8,083-61%33-22$245$6,410,25713Paramount Vantage
26Howl$6,461-34%102$646$570,41113Oscilloscope
27Night Catches Us$6,147-45%5-4$1,229$41,3293Magnolia
28Enter the Void$5,59816%4-6$1,400$332,01913IFC Films
29Kings of Pastry$5,379-49%7-3$768$249,10014First Run
30Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$5,096-64%14-24$364$52,474,61613Fox
31Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$5,094-39%9-5$566$162,8787Magnolia
32Budrus$4,61688%30$1,539$65,53311Balcony Releasing
33And Everything is Going Fine$4,131-41%10$4,131$16,8362IFC
34Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,725-27%30$1,242$23,468,520168National Geographic
35Monsters (2010)$3,688-19%6-5$615$235,1998Magnolia
36Winter's Bone$3,54231%41$886$6,237,37128Roadside Attractions
37The Salvation Poem$3,464-46%1-9$3,464$487,00410CanZion Films
38Inspector Bellamy$3,458-50%2-2$1,729$105,8938IFC Films
39Carlos$2,601118%52$520$126,55110IFC
40Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$2,495100%20$1,248$17,6847Variance Films
41Breathless (2010 re-issue)$2,42055%31$807$363,03030Rialto
42Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$2,3081090%21$1,154$159,76315Lorber
43Mademoiselle Chambon$2,255123%42$564$529,51130Lorber
44Marwencol$2,190-61%3-3$730$63,29211Cinema Guild
45Leaving$2,185-61%3-8$728$174,69412IFC
46Shoah$1,740-39%10$1,740$6,9962IFC
47Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$1,710--1--$1,710$256,24222Arthouse Films
48The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$1,677-75%2-2$839$681,23020National Geographic
49Undertow (2009)$1,639-5%32$546$53,77514Wolfe Releasing
50Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$1,550-53%2-3$775$53,5798Variance Films
51The Legend of Pale Male$1,444-73%3-1$481$30,5734Balcony
52Hemingway's Garden of Eden$1,404-89%5-9$281$20,9522Roadside Attractions
53Last Train Home$1,348-80%3-3$449$285,84816Zeitgeist Films
54William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$1,229158%21$615$30,2485Oscilloscope
55My Dog Tulip$1,081-66%2-1$541$142,53816New Yorker Films
56Get Low$1,031-62%4-6$258$9,106,80221Sony Pictures Classics
57Waste Land$865-74%1-2$865$99,8478Arthouse Films
58Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$786--2--$393$23,95523Flicker Alley
59Mesrine: Killer Instinct$746-20%30$249$533,05617Music Box
60Feed the Fish$684-62%1-3$684$80,7725Strand
61Lebanon$577122%10$577$367,79862Sony Pictures Classics
62A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$487-63%2-1$244$190,66616Sony Pictures Classics
63Animal Kingdom$389--1--$389$1,011,75619Sony Pictures Classics
64Hideaway (2009)$207--1--$207$34,42215Strand
65What If...$203-81%1-3$203$767,54518Five & Two Pictures
66Cool It$146-86%2-8$73$62,5666Roadside Attractions
67Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$135--1--$135$529,60333Kino International
68Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$40-98%1-2$40$262,17616Music Box
69To the Sea$26--1--$26$55,70923Film Movement
70The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$20-96%10$20$10,091,30840Music Box
71The Girl Who Played With Fire$20-98%1-2$20$7,634,78024Music Box