'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, Aug. 26 - Sun, Aug. 28

Wide (1000+)

1The Help$14,536,118-27%2,77888$5,233$96,833,4233Disney / DreamWorks
2Colombiana$10,408,176--2,614--$3,982$10,408,1761Sony / TriStar
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$8,867,741-45%3,346-125$2,650$148,674,0184Fox
4Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$8,525,728--2,760--$3,089$8,525,7281FilmDistrict
5Our Idiot Brother$7,011,631--2,555--$2,744$7,011,6311Weinstein Company
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$6,007,180-48%3,30510$1,818$21,990,2292Weinstein Company
7The Smurfs$4,754,766-39%2,861-196$1,662$125,948,2345Sony / Columbia
8Conan the Barbarian (2011)$3,185,094-68%3,0150$1,056$16,660,6692Lionsgate
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$3,108,178-35%1,577-363$1,971$69,732,5025Warner Bros.
10Fright Night (2011)$3,103,227-62%3,1140$997$14,281,7782Disney / DreamWorks
1130 Minutes or Less$2,687,165-58%2,071-817$1,298$31,789,4383Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,564,370-43%1,328-410$1,931$370,805,0627Warner Bros.
13Final Destination 5$2,555,039-67%2,085-1070$1,225$37,914,9843Warner Bros. / New Line
14One Day$2,516,061-50%1,7254$1,459$9,789,5232Focus
15Cowboys & Aliens$2,377,475-44%1,559-654$1,525$93,523,9605Universal
16Captain America: The First Avenger$2,248,438-45%1,424-564$1,579$168,770,3066Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Change-Up$1,202,440-57%904-729$1,330$34,495,5754Universal
2Midnight in Paris$743,59435%652394$1,140$51,643,08115Sony Pictures Classics
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$640,2536%51834$1,236$349,457,2089Paramount / DreamWorks
4Horrible Bosses$639,246-50%465-290$1,375$113,815,1518Warner Bros. / New Line
5Sarah's Key$634,242-18%27271$2,332$4,084,7496Weinstein Company
6The Guard$384,699-8%10724$3,595$1,777,9005Sony Pictures Classics
7Super 8$305,078200%242156$1,261$126,049,18712Paramount
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$261,040-14%239-35$1,092$67,029,42711Fox
9Zookeeper$242,766-40%225-145$1,079$77,185,7328Sony / Columbia
10Green Lantern (2011)$234,313-30%222-20$1,055$115,976,49611Warner Bros.
11Cars 2$234,298-33%233-64$1,006$187,360,98610Disney
12Winnie the Pooh$232,42931%37278$625$26,067,1037Disney
14Friends With Benefits$213,321-60%214-199$997$55,216,7026Sony / Screen Gems
15Kung Fu Panda 2$209,698-26%194-43$1,081$164,277,25614Paramount / DreamWorks
16Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$193,513-27%211-20$917$240,461,92415Disney
17Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$184,627-90%223-1759$828$11,686,3613Fox
18X-Men: First Class$113,522-14%110-36$1,032$146,123,66713Fox
19The Hangover Part II$65,646-50%128-65$513$254,302,05614Warner Bros.
20Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$9,257-74%1000$93$3,076,2267Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Senna$207,14630%2814$7,398$545,1813Producers Distribution Agency
2Born to Be Wild 3D$159,828-23%490$3,262$12,125,33221Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Whistleblower$120,846-20%6824$1,777$602,5774IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
4Bad Teacher$100,214-6%75-25$1,336$98,264,69410Sony / Columbia
5Another Earth$95,815-33%947$1,019$1,104,0586Fox Searchlight
6The Devil's Double$92,324-38%78-5$1,184$1,178,0565Lionsgate
7The Tree of Life$82,015-32%971$846$12,852,42714Fox Searchlight
8Nothing to Declare$72,180--25--$2,887$72,1801Entertainment One Films
9Hubble 3D$66,602-29%301$2,220$28,492,09676Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Monte Carlo$56,821-19%91-16$624$22,900,5359Fox
11Attack the Block$56,813-32%30-14$1,894$711,2515Sony / Screen Gems
12Buck$55,785-25%65-13$858$3,795,02211IFC Films
13Point Blank$44,658-41%29-7$1,540$381,0675Magnolia / Magnet
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$43,54921%100$4,355$4,074,023683D Entertainment
15Circumstance$43,318--7--$6,188$43,3181Roadside Attractions
16The Trip (2011)$39,464-39%481$822$1,907,98712IFC Films
17The Names of Love$38,774-11%221$1,762$378,88710Music Box Films
18Sur le Rythme$36,090-72%37-35$975$833,1803Entertainment One Films
19Brighton Rock (2011)$32,774--12--$2,731$32,7741IFC Films
21Aarakshan$29,586--36--$822$629,3253Reliance Big Pictures
22Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$28,295-6%173$1,664$431,8628International Film Circuit
23The Future$26,840-57%22-9$1,220$398,8295Roadside Attractions
24Rio (2011)$22,988-40%39-29$589$143,597,19920Fox
25Higher Ground$21,495--3--$7,165$21,4951Sony Pictures Classics
26Under the Sea 3D$21,052-37%10-1$2,105$29,702,827133Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Le Sens de l'humour$20,958-51%18-22$1,164$3,238,4678Alliance Films
283D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$20,056-52%9-1$2,228$97,6783China Lion Film
29Redemption Road$19,152--26--$737$19,1521Freestyle Releasing
30The Interrupters$17,87448%108$1,787$88,3185Cinema Guild
31Mozart's Sister$17,737-48%70$2,534$73,5862Music Box Films
32Evidence of a Haunting$16,800--10--$1,680$16,8001Nocturnal Features
33Tabloid$16,262-31%262$625$615,3657IFC Films
34Terri$15,198-33%213$724$601,0349IDP/ATO Pictures
35Amigo$14,637-61%7-3$2,091$69,1422Variance Films
36Incendies$11,97162%84$1,496$6,828,59319Sony Pictures Classics
37Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$11,822-42%15-22$788$1,318,3437Fox Searchlight
38A Better Life$10,735-53%31-34$346$1,754,31910Summit
39Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$7,785-73%10-24$779$1,127,4488Sony Pictures Classics
40Project Nim$7,780-34%164$486$347,1648Roadside Attractions
41Magic Trip$7,6021%6-4$1,267$74,7484Magnolia Pictures
43Bride Flight$6,8648%100$686$470,22412Music Box Films
44Jihne Mera Dil Luteya$6,457--7--$922$461,8085Viva Entertainment
45The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$5,461--6--$910$67,91610Rialto Pictures
46WAR: Women Art Revolution$4,9869%20$2,493$41,67813Zeitgeist Films
47Life, Above All$4,475-32%51$895$90,3567Sony Pictures Classics
48El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$4,173-31%53$835$87,3885Alive Mind Cinema
49Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure$4,092--2--$2,046$4,0921Undefined
51Gun Hill Road$3,959-72%3-2$1,320$119,5674Motion Film Group
52Turtle: The Incredible Journey$3,928-48%30$1,309$355,89310Hannover House
53The Family Tree$3,658--2--$1,829$3,6581Entertainment One U.S.
54Circo$3,597--1--$3,597$77,46622First Run Features
56The Tree$3,473116%64$579$32,2437Zeitgeist Films
58Pianomania$2,776921%21$1,388$24,81414First Run Features
59Life in a Day$2,708-57%5-5$542$210,0325National Geographic
60Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$2,685203%1-1$2,685$265,07810Abramorama
61Page One: Inside the New York Times$2,676-77%5-11$535$1,028,69311Magnolia Pictures
62Jig$2,62690%10$2,626$163,67511Screen Media Films
63Griff the Invisible$2,578-49%4-2$645$11,2912Indomina Media
64The Last Circus$2,284-52%21$1,142$10,1512Magnolia / Magnet
65Vito Bonafacci$2,255--1--$2,255$5,28217CAVU Pictures
665 Days of War$1,524-76%1-1$1,524$10,8342Anchor Bay Films
67The Conspirator$1,387-7%3-1$462$11,537,95820Roadside Attractions
68Trollhunter$1,314-45%4-1$329$243,75712Magnolia / Magnet
69The Perfect Host$1,100-71%2-8$550$46,2869Magnolia Pictures
70Passione: A Musical Adventure$1,095-55%1-2$1,095$187,62610Abramorama
71Rejoice and Shout$888-52%50$178$100,11913Magnolia Pictures
72Everything Must Go$842-70%3-1$281$2,709,02716Roadside Attractions
73The Little Traitor$833--1--$833$401,53890Westchester Films
74City of Life and Death$791--1--$791$104,59616Kino International
75Summer (2011 re-issue)$732-9%20$366$30,46812The Film Desk
76Singham$721--4--$180$349,7106Reliance Big Pictures
77Trigun: Badlands Rumble$698--2--$349$62,0278Eleven Arts
78Special Treatment$678--1--$678$6781First Run Features
79Mysteries of Lisbon$677-89%21$339$57,9084Music Box Films
80Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$671-90%1-1$671$32,0143Lorber Films
81The Arbor$66616%32$222$21,26818Strand Releasing
82Viva Riva!$643-73%1-1$643$57,92512Music Box Films
83The Salvation Poem$618--1--$618$914,81846CanZion Films
84The Sleeping Beauty$502-68%10$502$27,8858Strand Releasing
85The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$488--3--$163$151,88022Lorber Films
86Bill Cunningham New York$437-40%10$437$1,477,76024Zeitgeist Films
87The Woodmans$354-28%10$354$38,33032Lorber Films
88Leap Year (2011)$321-70%10$321$12,15610Strand Releasing
89In a Better World$277-54%1-1$277$1,006,52622Sony Pictures Classics
90Road to Nowhere$182-50%20$91$40,02712Monterey Media
91My Perestroika$150-30%10$150$241,28923International Film Circuit
92Queen to Play$149-66%10$149$478,57222Zeitgeist Films
93The Robber$74-88%10$74$81,27718Kino International
94Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$72-95%1-2$72$240,41750Collective Eye
95The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$50-90%10$50$638,47619Sony Pictures Classics