'The Battle of the Five Armies' Marches to $89.1M in Five Days; 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' ($17.1M) Outpaces 'Annie' ($15.9M) for SecondDecember 22, 2014 12:50 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies easily led this weekend's box office with $54.72 million. The third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy has grossed $89.13 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 1.63 to 1. The five-day debut of The Battle of the Five Armies was 13 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 3.5 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 $16.56 million on Friday, increased 29 percent on Saturday to take in $21.39 million and declined 22 percent on Sunday to gross $16.76 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.30 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 $7.45 million of the film's overall gross this weekend. Thus far The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $13.37 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 opening weekend take of $17.10 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 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 $5.66 million on Friday, increased 16 percent on Saturday to gross $6.55 million and decreased 25 percent on Sunday to gross $4.89 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.02 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 $15.86 million. The musical remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations. That is positive 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 $1.24 million this weekend. Annie opened 32 percent below the $23.24 million debut of the previously mentioned Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

Annie started out with $5.29 million on Friday, increased 15 percent on Saturday to gross $6.08 million and fell 26 percent on Sunday to gross $4.49 million. That gives the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.00 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 beginning 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 $8.11 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down a very sharp 66 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 lackluster $38.94 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 $7.88 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a solid 38 percent from last weekend. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $289.36 million in 31 days, which leaves it just $10.64 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 $4.11 million to place in sixth. The critically acclaimed drama starring Reese Witherspoon claimed a per-location average of $3,877 from 1,061 locations. Wild has grossed $7.17 million in 19 days of release.

On the limited front, UTV's PK was off to a very strong start with $3.57 million from 272 locations. That gave the Hindi language comedy starring Aamir Khan a per-location average of $13,108 for the frame. PK finished in ninth place among all films this weekend.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Dec. 31 - Sun, Jan. 2

Wide (1000+)

1Little Fockers$25,766,485-16%3,55418$7,250$102,576,1902Universal
2True Grit (2010)$24,416,515-2%3,08336$7,920$86,670,3822Paramount
3TRON: Legacy$18,756,973-2%3,365-86$5,574$131,304,8443Disney
4Yogi Bear$12,385,00057%3,5150$3,523$65,755,3363Warner Bros.
5The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$10,252,7758%2,948-584$3,478$86,926,3974Fox
6The Fighter$10,005,06632%2,53423$3,948$46,388,8534Paramount
8Gulliver's Travels (2010)$9,300,09947%3,089543$3,011$27,454,5062Fox
9Black Swan$8,881,59542%1,55387$5,719$47,807,7915Fox Searchlight
10The Tourist$6,625,75923%2,7560$2,404$54,633,1914Sony / Columbia
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$4,651,69946%1,7320$2,686$283,533,2157Warner Bros.
12How Do You Know$4,547,42028%2,4830$1,831$25,040,8943Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1The King's Speech$7,775,46373%7000$11,108$22,932,4016Weinstein Company
2Megamind$630,94077%7640$826$144,192,0189Paramount / DreamWorks
3Unstoppable (2010)$524,92159%450-76$1,166$79,468,4868Fox
4The Social Network$464,54366%2490$1,866$93,222,02614Sony / Columbia
5Burlesque$444,23831%3300$1,346$37,733,5616Sony / Screen Gems
6Due Date$424,11912%4040$1,050$99,231,9229Warner Bros.
7Red (2010)$289,72046%303-27$956$89,505,18712Summit
8127 Hours$284,37349%103-42$2,761$10,434,4359Fox Searchlight
10Love and Other Drugs$205,72966%175-66$1,176$31,267,0886Fox
11Life As We Know It$204,57583%2480$825$52,886,50813Warner Bros.
12Despicable Me$170,42067%1974$865$251,203,22526Universal
13Tees Maar Khan$108,273-80%104-4$1,041$1,030,5022UTV Communications
14Fair Game (2010)$96,548-19%109-52$886$9,118,7569Summit
15Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$87,64588%1580$555$55,549,82315Warner Bros.
16Faster (2010)$67,46013%119-4$567$22,856,8706CBS Films
17Jackass 3D$65,89029%1370$481$117,109,41712Paramount
18Paranormal Activity 2$57,16043%1450$394$84,660,64811Paramount
19Morning Glory (2010)$46,55974%1260$370$30,759,9768Paramount
20Hereafter$37,18568%1280$291$32,712,58612Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1I Love You Phillip Morris$196,64327%68-1$2,892$1,126,3015Roadside Attractions
2Blue Valentine (2010)$193,728--4--$48,432$291,6071Weinstein Company
3Rabbit Hole$142,10065%340$4,179$435,2293Lionsgate
4Hubble 3D$140,11645%470$2,981$20,149,82942Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Somewhere (2010)$138,41616%81$17,302$432,8362Focus
6Another Year$111,869--6--$18,645$164,6541Sony Pictures Classics
7Made in Dagenham$95,385170%5417$1,766$492,3797Sony Pictures Classics
8Casino Jack$80,17164%183$4,454$234,0943IDP/ATO Pictures
9Inside Job$54,91831%37-2$1,484$3,452,01713Sony Pictures Classics
10The Illusionist (2010)$46,41620%30$15,472$123,4762Sony Pictures Classics
11Biutiful$45,293--2--$22,647$64,6721Roadside Attractions
12Country Strong$41,50636%20$20,753$119,7422Sony / Screen Gems
13The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$40,18356%47-20$855$5,021,30710Music Box
14Under the Sea 3D$38,045176%120$3,170$25,273,46699Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Next Three Days$37,36860%81-30$461$21,129,3487Lionsgate
16All Good Things$30,687-2%20-10$1,534$323,6515Magnolia Pictures
17The Town$23,83050%620$384$92,173,23516Warner Bros.
18The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$21,731-9%150$1,449$672,7969Warner Bros.
19Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$20,276-45%20-1$1,014$215,4305Oscilloscope
20Space Station 3D$19,514--2--$9,757$82,517,449455IMAX
21Tiny Furniture$17,16747%15-5$1,144$286,7078IFC
22Inception$15,33269%280$548$292,568,85125Warner Bros.
23The Warrior's Way$13,43097%384$353$5,569,3015Relativity Media
24Four Lions$11,309182%1810$628$242,1369Drafthouse Films
25For Colored Girls$10,81643%28-11$386$37,676,7749Lionsgate
26The Tempest$10,715-62%6-8$1,786$231,6334Disney
27Summer Wars$8,143477%21$4,072$15,6222GKIDS
28The Strange Case of Angelica$7,499--1--$7,499$10,4331Cinema Guild
29Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$7,18486%4-1$1,796$319,68312Zeitgeist Films
30Kings of Pastry$6,857365%40$1,714$264,48216First Run
32White Material$5,5229%4-5$1,381$246,3287IFC
33My Dog Tulip$5,340--3--$1,780$151,25818New Yorker Films
34The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$4,645177%30$1,548$694,29822National Geographic
35You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$4,374-30%4-3$1,094$3,229,58615Sony Pictures Classics
36Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,0152%20$2,008$23,483,601170National Geographic
37Night Catches Us$3,45950%4-1$865$54,9145Magnolia
38Tamara Drewe$3,39024%140$242$526,63913Sony Pictures Classics
39The Legend of Pale Male$2,879--2--$1,440$38,0836Balcony
40The Salvation Poem$2,56741%10$2,567$493,47012CanZion Films
42Feed the Fish$2,463826%10$2,463$84,0857Strand
43The Red Chapel$2,459--1--$2,459$3,5391Lorber Films
44Nenette$2,18085%10$2,180$6,0262Kino International
46Winter's Bone$2,06078%2-3$1,030$6,245,50830Roadside Attractions
47Hadewijch$1,688-11%21$844$4,6032IFC Films
48Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$1,68048%40$420$170,8299Magnolia
49Animal Kingdom$1,636-19%2-3$818$1,016,41721Sony Pictures Classics
50Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$1,620-60%10$1,620$7,5782Saint Juste International
51Red Hill$1,521--2--$761$18,2249Strand
52Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$1,445--1--$1,445$33,4588Film Desk
53Get Low$1,3253%3-2$442$9,111,48823Sony Pictures Classics
54Waste Land$937--1--$937$101,76310Arthouse Films
55The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$796119%21$398$10,093,35842Music Box
56Sweetgrass$745--1--$745$207,47367Cinema Guild
57Bhutto$665-69%1-2$665$34,9635First Run Features
58Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$442--1--$442$73,84928Kino International
59The Girl Who Played With Fire$21977%32$73$7,635,69426Music Box
60William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$185-18%10$185$32,6087Oscilloscope
61Picture Me$161--1--$161$11,84816Strand
62Mesrine: Killer Instinct$159148%10$159$533,47919Music Box
63Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$153--2--$77$262,25318Music Box