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, Jun. 24 - Sun, Jun. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$66,135,507--4,115--$16,072$66,135,5071Disney
2Bad Teacher$31,603,106--3,049--$10,365$31,603,1061Sony / Columbia
3Green Lantern (2011)$18,028,056-66%3,8160$4,724$88,989,4772Warner Bros.
4Super 8$12,028,092-44%3,42416$3,513$95,114,3243Paramount
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$10,145,662-45%3,3423$3,036$39,293,3412Fox
6X-Men: First Class$6,680,480-44%2,633-742$2,537$132,895,4084Fox
7The Hangover Part II$5,574,179-45%2,755-705$2,023$243,651,8605Warner Bros.
8Bridesmaids$5,260,290-26%2,031-542$2,590$146,547,3157Universal
9Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$4,928,925-26%2,244-498$2,196$229,287,2266Disney
10Kung Fu Panda 2$4,173,144-54%2,527-942$1,651$153,065,6415Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$4,171,047-15%951-87$4,386$28,270,6376Sony Pictures Classics
2The Tree of Life$1,328,02614%215100$6,177$5,843,2905Fox Searchlight
3Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$617,578-71%891-1633$693$13,447,5483Relativity Media
4Rio (2011)$532,1803%344-64$1,547$139,633,16311Fox
5Thor$511,300-55%404-471$1,266$177,223,3648Paramount
6Fast Five$508,335-42%458-271$1,110$207,752,2109Universal
7Water for Elephants$255,630-16%292-59$875$57,689,23210Fox
8Something Borrowed$226,13512%30391$746$38,438,3108Warner Bros.
9Soul Surfer$208,866-14%240-24$870$43,062,59412Sony / TriStar
10African Cats$199,479242%1221$1,635$15,240,45610Disneynature
11The Lincoln Lawyer$137,259-31%189-31$726$57,626,05615Lionsgate
12The Art of Getting By$135,232-80%307-303$440$1,351,9802Fox Searchlight
13Rango$116,786-21%156-32$749$123,010,65517Paramount
14Jumping the Broom$99,866-53%117-94$854$37,295,3948Sony / TriStar
15Source Code$68,638-43%106-55$648$54,532,07313Summit
16Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$55,158-42%114-48$484$9,981,3679Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gerry (2011)$543,74748%950$5,724$1,256,1902Entertainment One Films
2Beginners$470,98133%7228$6,541$1,550,0554Focus
3Double Dhamaal$301,831--54--$5,589$301,8311Reliance Big Pictures
4Buck$291,503332%5450$5,398$386,7492IFC Films
5Born to Be Wild 3D$225,9423%470$4,807$7,732,32512Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Trip (2011)$155,327-12%388$4,088$530,1953IFC Films
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$142,275-41%75-41$1,897$4,423,2779IFC Films
8Hubble 3D$112,500-3%34-2$3,309$26,455,41967Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$97,043--24--$4,043$97,0431Abramorama
10Insidious$72,569-20%74-24$981$53,526,43213FilmDistrict
11Incendies$69,996-21%62-4$1,129$1,658,63410Sony Pictures Classics
12Turtle: The Incredible Journey$69,389--24--$2,891$69,3891Hannover House
13Beginning of the Great Revival$65,866--29--$2,271$65,8661China Lion Film
14A Better Life$62,087--4--$15,522$62,0871Summit
15Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$59,32113%110$5,393$3,236,297593D Entertainment
16The Double Hour$49,5145%30-9$1,650$1,238,72811IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17Limitless$46,409-37%85-32$546$79,174,22415Relativity Media
18Page One: Inside the New York Times$45,24957%1715$2,662$87,3302Magnolia Pictures
19Submarine$42,103-28%26-2$1,619$288,9424Weinstein Company
20Hanna$40,222-31%59-32$682$40,201,35812Focus
21Under the Sea 3D$39,5200%15-1$2,635$28,912,741124Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Bride Flight$33,647-25%19-5$1,771$187,3433Music Box Films
23Jane Eyre (2011)$32,002-30%51-17$627$11,172,83116Focus
24The Names of Love$30,372--5--$6,074$30,3721Music Box Films
25Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$28,131-44%58-32$485$52,639,18014Fox
26Space Station 3D$25,61963948%20$12,810$83,811,972480IMAX
27Win Win$22,155-50%32-35$692$10,123,03915Fox Searchlight
28Bill Cunningham New York$22,043-10%12-7$1,837$1,339,65015Zeitgeist Films
29Trollhunter$20,12551%94$2,236$52,5933Magnolia / Magnet
30Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$19,492-56%46-25$424$52,889,16310Lionsgate
31In a Better World$18,87181%21-3$899$882,00113Sony Pictures Classics
3213 Assassins$18,181-53%21-10$866$712,5179Magnolia / Magnet
33The Beaver$17,12838%6643$260$958,3198Summit
34Everything Must Go$15,636-46%33-22$474$2,631,1347Roadside Attractions
35Passione: A Musical Adventure$15,377--1--$15,377$22,6981Abramorama
36Meek's Cutoff$15,236-44%17-13$896$876,30212Oscilloscope
37The Conspirator$13,426-44%25-19$537$11,487,48811Roadside Attractions
38City of Life and Death$13,2930%94$1,477$73,0907Kino International
39The Last Mountain$13,008-36%6-1$2,168$83,1154Dada Films
40I Am (2011)$11,090-37%13-23$853$1,554,57119Paladin
41Rejoice and Shout$11,025251%53$2,205$41,5264Magnolia Pictures
42Viva Riva!$9,326154%52$1,865$31,5983Music Box Films
43Hobo with a Shotgun$9,25528%12-2$771$672,6488Magnolia / Magnet
44The First Grader$8,434-31%11-4$767$316,8197National Geographic
45L'Amour fou$8,320-16%13-1$640$298,7817IFC Films
46Queen to Play$7,290-24%4-5$1,823$344,81113Zeitgeist Films
47Winter in Wartime$7,101-31%10-4$710$517,03615Sony Pictures Classics
48Last Night (2010)$6,682113%51$1,336$108,7998Miramax / Tribeca
49Scream 4$6,406-55%18-21$356$38,176,89211Weinstein Company
50The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$5,922--1--$5,922$5,9221Rialto Pictures
51Of Gods and Men$5,827-17%7-10$832$3,954,65118Sony Pictures Classics
52If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$5,634--2--$2,817$13,7081Oscilloscope
53Beautiful Boy$5,609-64%4-4$1,402$63,9314Anchor Bay Films
54The Princess of Montpensier$5,30238%115$482$340,91711IFC Films
55Potiche$5,065-39%7-1$724$1,600,65814Music Box Films
56Pianomania$4,819--2--$2,410$8,3935First Run Features
57Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$4,620-41%6-4$770$212,64141Collective Eye
58My Perestroika$4,533-38%5-3$907$231,43414International Film Circuit
59How To Live Forever$4,351138%43$1,088$35,0607Variance Films
60Road to Nowhere$3,936-35%4-3$984$20,5983Monterey Media
61Small Town Murder Songs$3,74354%63$624$19,2595Monterey Media
62Farmageddon$3,013--1--$3,013$7,7122Undefined
63Leap Year (2011)$2,727--1--$2,727$2,7271Strand Releasing
64WAR: Women Art Revolution$2,554-36%40$639$29,9134Zeitgeist Films
65Battle for Brooklyn$2,253--1--$2,253$15,3032Rumur
66Poetry$1,856--2--$928$349,48320Kino International
67The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$1,850-50%6-3$308$621,95110Sony Pictures Classics
6835 and Ticking$1,831-45%10$1,831$75,5396Image Entertainment
69Kill the Irishman$1,73010%20$865$1,187,71116Anchor Bay Films
70Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$1,722-26%1-1$1,722$26,4887First Run Features
71Raw Faith$1,486--1--$1,486$1,4861Alive Mind Cinema
72Hesher$1,298-53%2-1$649$369,4437Wrekin Hill Entertainment
73Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,062-16%20$531$176,09117Strand Releasing
74The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$833-81%2-1$417$135,50513Lorber Films
75Blank City$792-68%1-1$792$106,82712Insurgent Releasing
76Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$761--2--$381$10,6637Strand Releasing
77Circo$749-56%20$375$67,82113First Run Features
78Film Socialisme$689-37%10$689$22,5214Lorber Films
79Into Eternity$640-68%1-1$640$52,05721International Film Circuit
80The Music Never Stopped$596119%2-1$298$250,00015Roadside Attractions
81Putty Hill$500--1--$500$48,13219Cinema Guild
82Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$430--1--$430$251,56125First Run Features
83Octubre$284--1--$284$17,6988New Yorker Films
84Making The Boys$267-57%21$134$32,53716First Run Features
85Korkoro$240-74%1-1$240$7,81014Lorber Films
86The Robber$196-75%1-1$196$69,4899Kino International