'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, Sep. 2 - Sun, Sep. 4

Wide (1000+)

1The Help$14,594,6230%2,84365$5,134$118,985,1764Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$9,909,499--1,826--$5,427$11,810,9131Focus
3Apollo 18$8,704,271--3,328--$2,615$8,704,2711Weinstein Company
4Shark Night 3D$8,404,260--2,806--$2,995$8,404,2601Relativity Media
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$7,915,295-11%3,193-153$2,479$160,139,9885Fox
6Colombiana$7,463,200-28%2,6140$2,855$22,025,3222Sony / TriStar
7Our Idiot Brother$5,450,884-22%2,5550$2,133$15,686,2282Weinstein Company
8Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$5,195,268-39%2,78020$1,869$16,635,4572FilmDistrict
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$4,817,284-20%3,007-298$1,602$29,216,5893Weinstein Company
10The Smurfs$4,099,478-14%2,706-155$1,515$132,052,0906Sony / Columbia
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$3,306,4086%1,450-127$2,280$74,510,1126Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,472,601-4%1,092-236$2,264$374,623,5848Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$1,928,367-14%1,050-374$1,837$171,627,5417Paramount
14Cowboys & Aliens$1,878,410-21%1,185-374$1,585$96,259,5656Universal
1530 Minutes or Less$1,818,484-32%1,355-716$1,342$35,016,1914Sony / Columbia
16Conan the Barbarian (2011)$1,577,143-50%1,722-1293$916$19,794,7333Lionsgate
17Final Destination 5$1,498,089-41%1,226-859$1,222$40,543,4874Warner Bros. / New Line
18One Day$1,328,780-47%1,187-538$1,119$12,306,3153Focus
19Fright Night (2011)$1,302,223-58%1,468-1646$887$17,064,3583Disney / DreamWorks
20Cars 2$1,207,411415%2,0431810$591$188,686,31711Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

1Seven Days in Utopia$1,316,910--561--$2,347$1,316,9101Visio Entertainment
2The Change-Up$776,160-35%539-365$1,440$35,791,5605Universal
3Zookeeper$737,581204%401176$1,839$78,013,7399Sony / Columbia
4Horrible Bosses$698,0369%422-43$1,654$114,852,6849Warner Bros. / New Line
5Midnight in Paris$670,125-10%402-250$1,667$52,716,77416Sony Pictures Classics
6Saving Private Perez$664,517--161--$4,127$664,5171Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Sarah's Key$624,586-2%31947$1,958$5,046,7507Weinstein Company
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$588,481-8%424-94$1,388$350,348,22510Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Guard$580,69851%17871$3,262$2,522,9136Sony Pictures Classics
10Bad Teacher$477,188376%986911$484$98,777,57611Sony / Columbia
11Kung Fu Panda 2$334,19059%305111$1,096$164,694,85915Paramount / DreamWorks
12Mr. Popper's Penguins$304,85817%25213$1,210$67,426,37712Fox
14Super 8$275,581-10%240-2$1,148$126,451,88713Paramount
15Winnie the Pooh$253,0669%352-20$719$26,428,7168Disney
16Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$197,6512%186-25$1,063$240,739,43316Disney
17Friends With Benefits$192,687-10%161-53$1,197$55,539,8437Sony / Screen Gems
18Green Lantern (2011)$189,112-19%185-37$1,022$116,252,73212Warner Bros.
19A Good Old Fashioned Orgy$117,564--143--$822$117,5641IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
20X-Men: First Class$107,362-5%101-9$1,063$146,277,35014Fox
21Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$12,29833%1000$123$3,093,9278Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Bodyguard$863,531--88--$9,813$1,174,1891Reliance Big Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$206,52429%490$4,215$12,467,24122Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Senna$170,763-18%4719$3,633$818,8834Producers Distribution Agency
4The Whistleblower$96,482-20%702$1,378$763,0075IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
5Higher Ground$92,357330%1714$5,433$135,9412Sony Pictures Classics
6Attack the Block$89,58958%6636$1,357$835,6186Sony / Screen Gems
7Hubble 3D$87,98132%29-1$3,034$28,645,39977Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Tree of Life$79,571-3%86-11$925$12,988,67215Fox Searchlight
9The Hangover Part II$71,7709%90-38$797$254,404,87215Warner Bros.
10Nothing to Declare$70,885-2%250$2,835$182,2952Entertainment One Films
11Bol$62,473--38--$1,644$80,3781Eros International
12Point Blank$62,03139%334$1,880$460,4956Magnolia / Magnet
13Another Earth$61,494-36%71-23$866$1,211,9367Fox Searchlight
14Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$53,255-71%64-159$832$11,810,9084Fox
15Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$52,618--3--$17,539$52,6181Indomina Media
16Buck$47,548-15%738$651$3,878,65012IFC Films
17The Devil's Double$42,608-54%49-29$870$1,268,5816Lionsgate
18Circumstance$36,764-15%114$3,342$104,0762Roadside Attractions
20Love Crime$35,375--5--$7,075$35,3751IFC Films
21Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$33,422-23%100$3,342$4,131,289693D Entertainment
22Sur le Rythme$32,126-11%11-26$2,921$903,8774Entertainment One Films
23Under the Sea 3D$31,49450%8-2$3,937$29,757,755134Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$27,815-2%15-2$1,854$479,8789International Film Circuit
25Brighton Rock (2011)$26,418-19%131$2,032$82,6742IFC Films
26The Names of Love$26,036-33%16-6$1,627$416,89311Music Box Films
27Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$25,189--3--$8,396$30,2271Music Box Films
28Evidence of a Haunting$24,57046%9-1$2,730$54,4742Nocturnal Features
29The Trip (2011)$24,055-39%36-12$668$1,950,92113IFC Films
30The Future$23,945-11%17-5$1,409$439,4866Roadside Attractions
31Monte Carlo$19,884-65%41-50$485$22,936,85210Fox
32Amigo$17,42619%103$1,743$96,1873Variance Films
34Tabloid$15,441-5%25-1$618$640,5478IFC Films
353D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$14,465-28%90$1,607$129,0454China Lion Film
36The Interrupters$13,475-25%100$1,348$117,9156Cinema Guild
37Magic Trip$12,69467%115$1,154$94,3485Magnolia Pictures
38Mozart's Sister$12,364-30%70$1,766$97,7813Music Box Films
39Rio (2011)$11,049-52%25-14$442$143,613,65121Fox
40Project Nim$10,31533%15-1$688$361,8849Roadside Attractions
41Terri$10,116-33%17-4$595$618,43910IDP/ATO Pictures
42Incendies$9,983-17%80$1,248$6,841,32320Sony Pictures Classics
43In/Sight$9,571--23--$416$9,5711Check Entertainment
44Space Station 3D$9,477--1--$9,477$84,240,236490IMAX
45Life in a Day$7,872191%94$875$222,8786National Geographic
46Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$7,698-1%9-1$855$1,141,6559Sony Pictures Classics
48Bride Flight$6,060-12%100$606$478,63813Music Box Films
49Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$5,699-52%12-3$475$1,331,2428Fox Searchlight
50Bill Cunningham New York$5,6301188%21$2,815$1,485,01225Zeitgeist Films
51Passione: A Musical Adventure$4,954352%32$1,651$193,94011Abramorama
52El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$4,71313%50$943$102,0566Alive Mind Cinema
53Littlerock$4,630--3--$1,543$7,9804Variance Films
54Page One: Inside the New York Times$4,41865%72$631$1,037,92512Magnolia Pictures
55The Tree$4,26423%4-2$1,066$39,1038Zeitgeist Films
565 Days of War$3,382122%32$1,127$15,1403Anchor Bay Films
57Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$3,1494274%54$630$243,56751Collective Eye
58I'm Glad My Mother is Alive$3,118--1--$3,118$3,1181Strand Releasing
59Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$3,054--1--$3,054$3,0541Argot Pictures
61Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$2,889331%10$2,889$37,0254Lorber Films
62Rebirth (2011)$2,740--1--$2,740$5,5321Oscilloscope
63Life, Above All$2,603-42%61$434$93,4958Sony Pictures Classics
64Rapt$2,484--2--$1,242$36,6689Lorber Films
65The Last Circus$2,115-7%20$1,058$14,5453Magnolia / Magnet
66Redemption Road$2,056-89%10-16$206$25,8402Freestyle Releasing
67Griff the Invisible$1,918-26%2-2$959$14,4333Indomina Media
68Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$1,863-31%32$621$267,09711Abramorama
69Turtle: The Incredible Journey$1,844-53%30$615$361,14111Hannover House
70Trollhunter$1,72231%40$431$247,04913Magnolia / Magnet
71Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure$1,472-64%1-1$1,472$5,5642Undefined
72WAR: Women Art Revolution$1,129-77%1-1$1,129$45,62414Zeitgeist Films
73Vito Bonafacci$1,006-55%10$1,006$8,67618CAVU Pictures
74Mysteries of Lisbon$98646%1-1$986$61,6465Music Box Films
75The Perfect Host$870-21%1-1$870$48,28910Magnolia Pictures
76Everything Must Go$659-22%41$165$2,710,21517Roadside Attractions
77The Music Never Stopped$632--1--$632$257,53525Roadside Attractions
78Special Treatment$586-14%10$586$2,3462First Run Features
79Little Girl$526--1--$526$5261First Run Features
80In a Better World$52088%10$520$1,007,80823Sony Pictures Classics
81Tuesday, After Christmas$367--1--$367$25,86615Lorber Films
82The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$216-56%1-2$216$152,27023Lorber Films
83Road to Nowhere$36-80%1-1$36$40,15613Monterey Media
84The Conspirator$24-98%1-2$24$11,538,17221Roadside Attractions