'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, Jan. 13 - Sun, Jan. 15

Wide (1000+)

2Beauty and the Beast 3D$17,751,905--2,625--$6,763$17,751,9051Disney
3Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$11,686,617-41%3,346-209$3,493$186,933,4065Paramount
4Joyful Noise$11,225,190--2,735--$4,104$11,225,1901Warner Bros.
5Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$8,592,657-37%3,155-448$2,724$170,192,3015Warner Bros.
6The Devil Inside$8,028,439-76%2,551266$3,147$46,375,2862Paramount
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$6,660,907-41%2,674-276$2,491$87,841,7564Sony / Columbia
8War Horse$5,923,128-32%2,85673$2,074$66,095,0914Disney / DreamWorks
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$5,893,831-38%2,849-576$2,069$118,875,1195Fox
10We Bought a Zoo$5,560,781-33%2,909-261$1,912$64,049,3154Fox
11The Adventures of Tintin$4,035,024-40%2,073-933$1,946$67,740,2304Paramount
12The Darkest Hour$1,079,299-65%1,182-981$913$20,528,4734Summit
13New Year's Eve$1,038,854-67%1,092-772$951$53,692,9816Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Iron Lady$5,412,9342969%802797$6,749$6,000,5553Weinstein Company
2Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$3,194,172-42%88677$3,605$15,136,7126Focus
3The Descendants$2,100,256-19%660-77$3,182$47,104,4529Fox Searchlight
4The Artist$1,193,1807%21644$5,524$8,789,9598Weinstein Company
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$769,314-48%708-350$1,087$279,638,9999Lionsgate / Summit
7Carnage (2011)$710,434550%494479$1,438$1,296,8995Sony Pictures Classics
8The Muppets$573,868-58%547-689$1,049$86,409,3968Disney
9Young Adult$525,883-59%387-443$1,359$15,705,9806Paramount
10The Sitter$513,022-56%449-309$1,143$29,650,2556Fox
11A Dangerous Method$499,57279%10440$4,804$2,686,7648Sony Pictures Classics
12Happy Feet Two$484,199113%36580$1,327$61,898,3439Warner Bros.
13My Week with Marilyn$471,276-43%400-184$1,178$11,344,9868Weinstein Company
14Puss in Boots (2011)$413,017-30%316-35$1,307$147,150,14412Paramount / DreamWorks
15Jack and Jill$413,012156%298127$1,386$72,424,31810Sony / Columbia
16Tower Heist$241,800-20%260-35$930$77,539,10511Universal
17Immortals$164,65284%18759$880$83,059,93410Relativity Media
18Real Steel$141,579-31%187-26$757$85,054,19315Disney / DreamWorks
19Courageous$88,040-45%116-75$759$34,434,96716Sony / TriStar
20Moneyball$78,478-53%128-103$613$75,421,17117Sony / Columbia
21In Time$75,353-35%106-26$711$37,359,99612Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Shame$144,208-31%41-4$3,517$2,626,6317Fox Searchlight
2Pina$124,43850%63$20,740$556,6314IFC Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$104,17719%450$2,315$15,482,79941Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Pariah (2011)$101,815-7%2413$4,242$374,1843Focus
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$91,029-8%60$15,172$635,5454Warner Bros.
6Vettai$87,921--34--$2,586$87,9211UTV Communications
7Melancholia$78,282-10%676$1,168$2,823,03810Magnolia Pictures
8A Separation$71,864-22%60$11,977$313,8873Sony Pictures Classics
9J. Edgar$55,256-50%82-70$674$36,974,52210Warner Bros.
10Hubble 3D$47,85831%202$2,393$30,652,59396Warner Bros. / IMAX
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$44,09237%1811$2,450$149,7354FilmDistrict
12We Need to Talk About Kevin$42,245--2--$21,123$81,5426Oscilloscope
13Dolphin Tale$40,359-58%91-58$444$72,228,57517Warner Bros.
14Don 2$37,384--28--$1,335$3,651,6994Reliance Big Entertainment
15The Way$33,401-40%40-10$835$4,326,02215Producers Distribution Agency
16Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$29,64555%90$3,294$4,535,792883D Entertainment
17Drive (2011)$28,827-49%322$901$34,966,21618FilmDistrict
18Under the Sea 3D$24,45416%90$2,717$30,392,596153Warner Bros. / IMAX
19The Skin I Live In$21,193-2%31-11$684$3,121,86714Sony Pictures Classics
20Margin Call$15,187-51%20-10$759$5,326,46713Roadside Attractions
21The Help$14,781-48%28-22$528$169,582,98723Disney / DreamWorks
22The Women on the 6th Floor$13,650-28%6-5$2,275$515,34715Strand Releasing
23Sing Your Song$13,459--2--$6,730$13,4591S2BN Films
25Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$10,8962%10$10,896$31,8722Cinema Guild
26Midnight in Paris$10,083-34%15-6$672$56,424,56635Sony Pictures Classics
27Martha Marcy May Marlene$8,779-36%150$585$2,951,96213Fox Searchlight
28Take Shelter$6,337-43%14-7$453$1,705,34816Sony Pictures Classics
29The Mill and the Cross$4,786--5--$957$276,14118Kino Lorber
30Newlyweds$4,584--1--$4,584$4,5841Tribeca Films
31Santa Mesa$3,846--3--$1,282$3,8461Indican Pictures
32Man on a Mission$3,430--4--$858$3,4301First Run Features
33The Guard$3,201-3%110$291$5,346,59925Sony Pictures Classics
34Mozart's Sister$2,984-37%60$497$702,34422Music Box Films
35Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$2,956-68%4-5$739$267,96513Submarine Deluxe
36Domain$2,810--1--$2,810$2,8101Strand Releasing
37Blackthorn$2,65780%51$531$193,95715Magnolia Pictures
38Young Goethe In Love$2,551-54%3-4$850$113,86111Music Box Films
39The Conquest$2,547-56%5-1$509$173,67010Music Box Films
40Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$2,468--1--$2,468$848,90328International Film Circuit
41Addiction Incorporated$2,223--1--$2,223$9,2865Variance Films
42My Reincarnation$2,121-55%30$707$66,62912Long Shot Factory
43Crazy Wisdom$1,934204%21$967$47,1088Alive Mind Cinema
44Outrage$1,777-52%5-2$355$39,6317Magnolia / Magnet
45Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$1,64574%2-1$823$91,60710Variance Films
46Tomboy (2011)$1,45618%54$291$100,0579Dada Films
47The Whale$1,109-69%30$370$66,42119Paladin
48El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$1,108-70%10$1,108$210,36625Alive Mind Cinema
49Garbo: The Spy$1,051-55%20$526$26,8389First Run Features
50Roadie (2010)$864-68%10$864$4,8712Magnolia Pictures
51Loosies$808--1--$808$2,4861IFC Films
52Pianomania$808--1--$808$48,13634First Run Features
53Charlotte Rampling: The Look$641--2--$321$13,46611Kino Lorber
54Jane's Journey$524-29%10$524$25,38318First Run Features
55Inni$446-89%1-3$446$124,18812Cinema Purgatorio
56Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$444--1--$444$50,97053Kino International
57Khodorkovsky$417-26%10$417$29,5527Kino Lorber
58The Man Nobody Knew$369-74%10$369$173,46217First Run Features
59Hell and Back Again$341-72%1-1$341$37,20915Docurama Films
60Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$145--1--$145$46,83423Lorber Films