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, Oct. 21 - Sun, Oct. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$52,568,183--3,321--$15,829$52,568,1831Paramount
2Real Steel$10,824,512-34%3,412-28$3,172$66,732,1523Disney / DreamWorks
3Footloose (2011)$10,351,207-33%3,5556$2,912$30,364,2382Paramount
4The Three Musketeers (2011)$8,674,452--3,017--$2,875$8,674,4521Summit
5The Ides of March$4,853,051-32%2,042-157$2,377$29,112,3773Sony / Columbia
6Dolphin Tale$4,217,260-32%2,828-458$1,491$64,407,9355Warner Bros.
7Moneyball$3,981,852-27%2,353-487$1,692$63,640,7465Sony / Columbia
8Johnny English Reborn$3,833,300--1,552--$2,470$3,833,3001Universal
9The Thing (2011)$3,069,875-64%2,995-1$1,025$14,049,2202Universal
1050/50$2,835,208-33%1,932-459$1,467$28,820,7484Summit
11Courageous$2,494,020-25%1,195-19$2,087$24,975,1864Sony / TriStar
12The Big Year$1,681,040-48%2,1500$782$6,000,4182Fox
13The Lion King 3D$1,254,237-55%1,091-879$1,150$92,608,5376Disney
14Dream House$1,132,170-54%1,224-948$925$20,179,8504Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Mighty Macs$963,221--975--$988$963,2211Quaker Media
2Contagion$853,062-53%901-783$947$73,474,3547Warner Bros.
3The Help$713,429-40%776-491$919$166,190,26511Disney / DreamWorks
4Drive (2011)$608,534-45%367-336$1,658$33,188,9836FilmDistrict
5Abduction$581,021-59%753-954$772$26,792,6205Lionsgate
6The Way$506,522102%283181$1,790$1,019,8373Producers Distribution Agency
7Killer Elite$410,036-60%751-680$546$24,626,6355Open Road
8The Smurfs$387,297-12%327-43$1,184$140,555,20913Sony / Columbia
9What's Your Number?$293,977-74%343-939$857$13,691,2054Fox
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$239,16882%308146$777$83,644,48913Warner Bros.
11Rise of the Planet of the Apes$237,066-1%249-24$952$175,631,26512Fox
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$180,790-36%240-90$753$380,531,42715Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$160,743-31%184-62$874$176,423,39514Paramount
14Cars 2$144,346-32%193-72$748$191,003,04218Disney
15Colombiana$117,63117%17644$668$36,542,8499Sony / TriStar
16Laugh at My Pain$111,677-59%103-85$1,084$7,557,5537CodeBlack Entertainment
17Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$107,340-47%178-133$603$38,197,77710Weinstein Company
18The Debt$100,550-41%119-81$845$31,052,6248Focus
19Cowboys & Aliens$95,015-32%131-77$725$100,117,95613Universal
20Fright Night (2011)$74,054696%120105$617$18,202,99510Disney / DreamWorks
21Shark Night 3D$66,62666%102-13$653$18,732,3138Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$561,906--56--$10,034$561,9061Roadside Attractions
2The Skin I Live In$247,19311%2115$11,771$555,3742Sony Pictures Classics
3Take Shelter$181,19056%5531$3,294$503,3394Sony Pictures Classics
4Martha Marcy May Marlene$137,651--4--$34,413$137,6511Fox Searchlight
5The Guard$111,0624%82-12$1,354$4,984,91813Sony Pictures Classics
6Midnight in Paris$109,215-16%96-11$1,138$55,275,62123Sony Pictures Classics
7Born to Be Wild 3D$93,016-5%490$1,898$13,670,91929Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Afflicted$90,272--13--$6,944$90,2721Nocturnal Features
9Hubble 3D$85,05352%244$3,544$29,350,49984Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$55,425147%2916$1,911$683,31016International Film Circuit
11The Women on the 6th Floor$49,25423%173$2,897$155,8113Strand Releasing
12Weekend$48,407-29%262$1,862$338,4805IFC Films
13Zookeeper$43,653-61%94-61$464$80,360,86616Sony / Columbia
14Mozart's Sister$41,05522%324$1,283$435,47810Music Box Films
15The Hedgehog$38,307--27--$1,419$828,80110NeoClassics Films
16Our Idiot Brother$33,65091%7938$426$24,732,9449Weinstein Company
17Machine Gun Preacher$31,779-44%25-18$1,271$476,0785Relativity Media
18Munger Road$29,778-53%16-16$1,861$219,0534Freestyle Releasing
19Love Crime$28,921-30%26-2$1,112$459,5628IFC Films
20Warrior (2011)$28,575-58%65-70$440$13,632,5177Lionsgate
21Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$27,818-35%53-27$525$23,925,4649FilmDistrict
22Le Havre$26,363--6--$4,394$26,3631Janus Films
23Blackthorn$25,990-13%19-2$1,368$96,1423Magnolia Pictures
24Le Bonheur des Autres$25,811-64%24-7$1,075$208,5233Entertainment One Films
25The Mill and the Cross$24,58943%156$1,639$163,1066Kino Lorber
26Labios Rojos$24,235-67%43-24$564$122,0482Lionsgate / Pantelion
27Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$22,963--1--$22,963$22,9631Submarine Deluxe
28Higher Ground$22,731-22%36-17$631$782,3649Sony Pictures Classics
29Horrible Bosses$22,387-59%50-35$448$117,528,64616Warner Bros. / New Line
30Sarah's Key$22,222-52%48-38$463$7,025,67014Weinstein Company
31Under the Sea 3D$21,611-4%123$1,801$29,960,577141Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Fireflies in the Garden$17,660-52%149$1,261$59,7082Independent
33Revenge of the Electric Car$17,482--2--$8,741$17,4821Area23a
34The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$16,943-24%131$1,303$225,6917IFC Films
35The Last Ride$16,270--7--$2,324$16,2701Category One Entertainment
36Senna$16,068-44%20-4$803$1,565,24711Producers Distribution Agency
37The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence$15,204-56%242$634$108,4983IFC Films
38The Whistleblower$14,113-15%13-10$1,086$1,124,96612IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$13,043-48%29-8$450$183,2314Magnolia / Magnet
40Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$12,017-52%21-1$572$474,7548Indomina Media
41Seven Days in Utopia$11,382-41%20-21$569$4,355,2208Visio Entertainment
42The Man Nobody Knew$10,559-30%52$2,112$84,3735First Run Features
43Texas Killing Fields$9,3927%41$2,348$22,7662Anchor Bay Films
441911$9,366-57%12-8$781$127,4373Variance Films
45Circumstance$9,074-45%10-9$907$418,8939Roadside Attractions
46Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$8,77721%100$878$4,310,072763D Entertainment
47I Don't Know How She Does It$8,773-74%29-78$303$9,595,5046Weinstein Company
48Finding Joe$7,300-29%72$1,043$44,4614Balcony Releasing
49Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$7,01714%71$1,002$160,1008Music Box Films
50The Tree of Life$6,1477%4-2$1,537$13,303,31922Fox Searchlight
51Apollo 18$6,074-54%13-5$467$17,552,0408Weinstein Company
52Paul Goodman Changed My Life$5,754--1--$5,754$9,7541Zeitgeist Films
53El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$5,69110%92$632$154,56513Alive Mind Cinema
54Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust$5,152-52%80$644$202,5314Nocturnal Features
55The Future$5,1308%14-2$366$560,32813Roadside Attractions
56Passione: A Musical Adventure$5,0903%20$2,545$243,16118Abramorama
57Turtle: The Incredible Journey$4,909-23%40$1,227$391,94218Hannover House
583 (2010)$4,72912%51$946$47,1266Strand Releasing
59Brighton Rock (2011)$4,406-27%11-2$401$220,9669IFC Films
60Point Blank$4,367-48%11-2$397$687,98413Magnolia / Magnet
61Dirty Girl$4,132-58%5-5$826$47,9313Weinstein Company
62Puncture$4,11157%42$1,028$67,0715Millennium Entertainment
63Restless (2011)$3,578-61%11-14$325$153,9296Sony Pictures Classics
64Elevate$3,547--1--$3,547$3,5471Variance Films
65Margaret$3,437-17%5-1$687$46,4954Fox Searchlight
66Amigo$2,73765%4-1$684$147,74010Variance Films
67Life, Above All$2,564-38%5-5$513$129,85815Sony Pictures Classics
68The Names of Love$2,531-25%3-4$844$504,56018Music Box Films
69Hell and Back Again$2,326-35%20$1,163$15,8903Docurama Films
70The Whale$2,226-30%1-1$2,226$27,4617Paladin
71The Interrupters$2,222-78%4-2$556$236,95713Cinema Guild
72Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (2011 re-issue)$2,13126%80$266$9,0653Kino Lorber
73Where Soldiers Come From$2,087268%32$696$32,3037International Film Circuit
74Back Door Channels$1,809-63%1-2$1,809$11,5336Fisher Klingenstein Films
75Project Nim$1,6811021%129$140$401,90816Roadside Attractions
76Mysteries of Lisbon$1,566-30%3-3$522$108,86412Music Box Films
77People v. The State of Illusion$1,320-36%10$1,320$46,7007IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
78Limelight (2011)$1,052-92%3-1$351$54,7585Magnolia Pictures
79Thunder Soul$1,052-85%4-8$263$143,0415Roadside Attractions
80Jane's Journey$1,010--3--$337$18,5756First Run Features
81The Catechism Cataclysm$897--1--$897$1,9331IFC Films
82OKA!$885-80%10$885$6,8362Dada Films
83The Tree$778-38%10$778$62,41815Zeitgeist Films
84Chalet Girl$763297%10$763$1,2012IFC Films
85Bill Cunningham New York$757-25%10$757$1,507,02932Zeitgeist Films
86Happy, Happy$753-82%3-1$251$35,5116Magnolia Pictures
87The Last Circus$662-64%2-2$331$38,33310Magnolia / Magnet
88Bride Flight$611--2--$306$497,25220Music Box Films
89Special Treatment$583--1--$583$8,0909First Run Features
90The Sleeping Beauty$551--1--$551$28,79116Strand Releasing
91The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$504-26%10$504$24,0067The Film Desk
92Magic Trip$435-85%2-4$218$151,61812Magnolia Pictures
93Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$292-67%40$73$1,195,16816Sony Pictures Classics
94Aurora$224-18%10$224$5,55817Cinema Guild
95Bellflower$200-61%2-1$100$164,42512Oscilloscope
96America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments$192-97%2-1$96$8,0502PMK*BNC
97Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$144--1--$144$21,2438Argot Pictures