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. 24 - Sun, Dec. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$30,833,665--3,536--$8,720$45,083,8001Universal
2True Grit (2010)$24,830,443--3,047--$8,149$36,041,0621Paramount
3TRON: Legacy$19,151,498-56%3,4510$5,550$87,373,7032Disney
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$9,478,043-23%3,532-23$2,683$62,597,0303Fox
5Yogi Bear$7,897,342-52%3,5150$2,247$35,912,1812Warner Bros.
6The Fighter$7,580,116-38%2,5118$3,019$26,659,7143Paramount
7Tangled$6,427,816-27%2,582-619$2,489$143,695,3235Disney
8Gulliver's Travels (2010)$6,307,691--2,546--$2,477$6,307,6911Fox
9Black Swan$6,254,986-25%1,466507$4,267$28,689,0604Fox Searchlight
10The Tourist$5,371,896-37%2,7560$1,949$40,850,3403Sony / Columbia
11How Do You Know$3,548,965-53%2,4830$1,429$15,001,5872Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$3,176,348-37%1,732-1128$1,834$272,994,6356Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$4,484,352309%700657$6,406$8,329,7355Weinstein Company
2Tees Maar Khan$539,793--108--$4,998$741,1621UTV Communications
3Due Date$378,227-70%404-753$936$98,320,5698Warner Bros.
4Megamind$356,859-48%764-261$467$142,686,3588Paramount / DreamWorks
5Burlesque$338,101-76%330-1180$1,025$36,738,5085Sony / Screen Gems
6Unstoppable (2010)$329,895-82%526-1348$627$78,511,8597Fox
7The Social Network$280,000-1%24921$1,124$92,338,82713Sony / Columbia
8Red (2010)$197,833-41%330-109$599$88,891,55311Summit
9127 Hours$190,258-66%145-162$1,312$9,862,1588Fox Searchlight
10Secretariat$130,67772%259104$505$58,568,00512Disney
11Love and Other Drugs$123,779-89%241-852$514$30,863,1325Fox
12Fair Game (2010)$119,031-46%161-107$739$8,895,8678Summit
13Life As We Know It$111,595176%248173$450$52,457,57312Warner Bros.
14Despicable Me$102,290-40%193-40$530$250,791,65025Universal
15Faster (2010)$59,921-86%123-537$487$22,726,7075CBS Films
16Jackass 3D$51,117186%13787$373$116,962,07311Paramount
17Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$46,593-57%158-52$295$55,345,59114Warner Bros.
18Paranormal Activity 2$39,944-52%145-29$275$84,537,84310Paramount
19Morning Glory (2010)$26,804-77%126-137$213$30,663,0717Paramount
20The Next Three Days$23,372-87%111-250$211$21,052,2936Lionsgate
21Hereafter$22,139-69%128-104$173$32,641,81911Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Love You Phillip Morris$154,7424%6920$2,243$761,7564Roadside Attractions
2Somewhere (2010)$119,086--7--$17,012$172,9971Focus
3Hubble 3D$96,590-5%47-9$2,055$19,621,38341Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Rabbit Hole$85,93160%3429$2,527$166,7702Lionsgate
5Casino Jack$48,80041%158$3,253$110,0652IDP/ATO Pictures
6Inside Job$41,902-40%39-36$1,074$3,353,62512Sony Pictures Classics
7The Illusionist (2010)$38,594--3--$12,865$38,5941Sony Pictures Classics
8Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$37,1864%215$1,771$162,5094Oscilloscope
9Made in Dagenham$35,335-15%376$955$330,7016Sony Pictures Classics
10All Good Things$31,301-39%30-5$1,043$262,1514Magnolia Pictures
11Country Strong$30,452--2--$15,226$43,8651Sony / Screen Gems
12The Tempest$27,941-52%14-7$1,996$188,9663Disney
13The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$25,810-72%67-47$385$4,943,6419Music Box
14The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$23,822-75%150$1,588$598,0088Warner Bros.
15The Town$15,910-72%62-82$257$92,123,69515Warner Bros.
16Under the Sea 3D$13,797-52%121$1,150$25,139,74798Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Tiny Furniture$11,651-43%200$583$255,7147IFC
18Inception$9,057-65%28-34$323$292,537,64924Warner Bros.
19For Colored Girls$7,558-80%39-40$194$37,650,8948Lionsgate
20The Warrior's Way$6,823-92%34-183$201$5,549,7324Relativity Media
21You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$6,240-33%7-11$891$3,222,78214Sony Pictures Classics
22White Material$5,059-69%9-5$562$235,3296IFC
23Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$4,042--1--$4,042$4,0421Saint Juste International
24Four Lions$4,011--8--$501$224,9728Drafthouse Films
25Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,9356%2-1$1,968$23,475,841169National Geographic
26Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$3,861-61%5-1$772$299,40811Zeitgeist Films
27Shoah$2,78760%10$2,787$11,3853IFC
28Tamara Drewe$2,732-82%14-15$195$518,94612Sony Pictures Classics
29Carlos$2,574-1%2-3$1,287$130,80711IFC
30Night Catches Us$2,311-62%50$462$47,6374Magnolia
31Bhutto$2,119-79%3-1$706$31,8084First Run Features
32Howl$2,049-68%4-6$512$578,11214Oscilloscope
33Animal Kingdom$2,031422%54$406$1,013,93520Sony Pictures Classics
34Hadewijch$1,892--1--$1,892$1,8921IFC Films
35The Salvation Poem$1,816-48%10$1,816$489,88611CanZion Films
36The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$1,6770%31$559$683,98321National Geographic
37Kings of Pastry$1,476-73%4-3$369$252,91315First Run
38Summer Wars$1,412--1--$1,412$1,4121GKIDS
39Conviction$1,411-88%15-18$94$6,783,12911Fox Searchlight
40Get Low$1,28425%51$257$9,108,66422Sony Pictures Classics
41Nenette$1,176--1--$1,176$1,7521Kino International
42Winter's Bone$1,160-67%51$232$6,241,61229Roadside Attractions
43Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$1,132-78%4-5$283$167,2378Magnolia
44Enter the Void$1,017-82%1-3$1,017$336,46714IFC Films
45And Everything is Going Fine$822-80%21$411$21,0733IFC
46Monsters (2010)$808-78%4-2$202$237,3019Magnolia
47Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$794-66%1-1$794$161,59316Lorber
48The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$3631715%10$363$10,091,67141Music Box
49Feed the Fish$266-61%10$266$81,2416Strand
50William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$226-82%1-1$226$31,3896Oscilloscope
51Mademoiselle Chambon$202-91%2-2$101$530,36931Lorber
52Hemingway's Garden of Eden$137-90%1-4$137$22,0833Roadside Attractions
53The Girl Who Played With Fire$124520%10$124$7,634,90425Music Box
54Mesrine: Killer Instinct$64-91%1-2$64$533,32018Music Box
55Cool It$11-92%20$6$62,7137Roadside Attractions