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, Feb. 24 - Sun, Feb. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Act of Valor$24,476,632--3,039--$8,054$24,476,6321Relativity Media
2Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$15,583,924--2,132--$7,310$15,583,9241Lionsgate
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$13,389,102-33%3,350-150$3,997$76,645,4533Warner Bros. / New Line
4Safe House$10,926,145-54%3,052-69$3,580$97,622,7053Universal
5The Vow$9,916,774-57%3,03880$3,264$102,924,1173Sony / Screen Gems
6Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$9,006,135-59%3,1740$2,837$38,038,2172Sony / Columbia
7This Means War$8,425,010-52%3,1890$2,642$33,495,6462Fox
8Wanderlust$6,526,650--2,002--$3,260$6,526,6501Universal
9Gone$4,770,360--2,186--$2,182$4,770,3601Summit
10The Secret World of Arrietty$4,351,115-33%1,5220$2,859$14,508,9202Disney
11Chronicle$3,685,036-52%1,797-759$2,051$57,984,9634Fox
12Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$3,174,955-60%1,618-1037$1,962$40,444,5853Fox
13The Woman in Black$2,722,485-59%1,727-832$1,576$50,451,6814CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$2,905,85820%966158$3,008$31,779,65714Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$2,133,442-27%889-354$2,400$78,460,13515Fox Searchlight
3Hugo$1,510,760-9%501-57$3,015$69,354,70414Paramount
4The Grey$800,285-75%917-1190$873$50,179,0915Open Road
5The Iron Lady$694,982-35%522-101$1,331$25,721,5799Weinstein Company
6Big Miracle$668,805-70%628-1006$1,065$18,903,5804Universal
7Red Tails$437,013-70%489-520$894$48,670,0986Fox
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$377,069-24%311-89$1,212$130,384,57911Fox
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$350,335-37%333-70$1,052$185,888,95311Warner Bros.
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$341,549-31%164-20$2,083$23,276,12612Focus
11My Week with Marilyn$304,95954%402282$759$14,074,65114Weinstein Company
12We Bought a Zoo$284,720-5%280-7$1,017$74,096,24610Fox
13The Adventures of Tintin$274,988-29%272-31$1,011$76,901,74210Paramount
142012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$274,264-26%1468$1,879$1,470,4723Shorts International
15Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$258,148-59%280-297$922$31,215,13210Warner Bros.
16Underworld Awakening$242,887-79%260-566$934$62,149,8336Sony / Screen Gems
17Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$237,227-51%178-97$1,333$207,771,02711Paramount
18Joyful Noise$183,920-16%277-63$664$30,586,6397Warner Bros.
19The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$178,163-48%125-64$1,425$101,701,26710Sony / Columbia
20War Horse$175,780-41%213-181$825$79,041,41210Disney / DreamWorks
21Contraband$172,375-68%197-223$875$66,173,3857Universal
22Midnight in Paris$159,6221530%164148$973$56,720,57941Sony Pictures Classics
23The Muppets$145,905-30%205-64$712$88,355,06814Disney
24One For the Money$137,867-82%229-704$602$25,951,3365Lionsgate
25Albert Nobbs$129,051-33%100-19$1,291$2,610,6285Roadside Attractions
26Puss in Boots (2011)$116,725-38%138-25$846$149,234,74718Paramount / DreamWorks
27Jack and Jill$80,972-33%109-25$743$74,158,15716Sony / Columbia
28The Help$22,594141%138125$164$169,697,33329Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Separation$366,33019%8329$4,414$2,532,8609Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$192,128-35%835$2,315$2,558,45110IFC Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$117,164-22%40-5$2,929$16,625,10847Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Rampart$98,394-22%4517$2,187$375,4873Millennium Entertainment
5Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$94,583--48--$1,970$94,5831UTV Communications
6A Dangerous Method$93,224-39%81-15$1,151$5,344,81014Sony Pictures Classics
7In Darkness$88,7137%228$4,032$278,1383Sony Pictures Classics
8Thin Ice$79,878-56%46-7$1,736$342,6872IDP/ATO Pictures
9The Darkest Hour$65,568-34%94-19$698$21,426,80510Summit
10Beauty and the Beast 3D$55,057-78%59-155$933$47,228,7867Disney
11Man on a Ledge$54,636-84%76-325$719$18,600,9115Lionsgate
12Jodi Breakers$52,618--1--$52,618$52,6181Yash Raj Films
13Happy Feet Two$51,661-47%85-50$608$63,934,37015Warner Bros.
14Hubble 3D$48,272-22%18-1$2,682$31,178,184102Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Under the Sea 3D$46,065-1%110$4,188$30,669,995159Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Shame$42,820-36%25-19$1,713$3,807,64313Fox Searchlight
17Love$41,260-50%81$5,158$172,4092China Lion Film
18Chico & Rita$40,56332%127$3,380$118,6223GKIDS
19Haywire$40,071-43%37-42$1,083$18,827,1656Relativity Media
20Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$39,866-83%35-63$1,139$1,130,8423UTV Communications
21We Need to Talk About Kevin$37,540-47%160$2,346$671,86712Oscilloscope
22W.E.$27,627-48%15-5$1,842$265,2764Weinstein Company
23The Forgiveness of Blood$26,724--3--$8,908$26,7241IFC Films
24Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$25,875188%120$2,156$4,830,343943D Entertainment
25Coriolanus$22,032-44%8-5$2,754$365,1696Weinstein Company
26The Sitter$20,167-33%30-13$672$30,505,21212Fox
27Undefeated$19,313-42%50$3,863$70,1952Weinstein Company
28Carnage (2011)$18,560-44%22-13$844$2,464,07611Sony Pictures Classics
29The Flowers of War$16,696231%74$2,385$242,7326Wrekin Hill Entertainment
30Pariah (2011)$12,759-38%130$981$712,7059Focus
31On the Ice$8,257-54%51$1,651$36,8252PMK*BNC
32The Women on the 6th Floor$7,506-31%5-1$1,501$617,85921Strand Releasing
33The Skin I Live In$7,168524%1410$512$3,169,33220Sony Pictures Classics
34The Devil Inside$7,049-51%25-9$282$53,193,9258Paramount
35Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$5,394141%20$2,697$869,50134International Film Circuit
36The Fairy$4,199--3--$1,400$4,1991Kino Lorber
37Michael (2012)$4,16324%21$2,082$11,0062Strand Releasing
38Declaration of War$4,008-15%114$364$41,0925IFC Films
39In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,787-47%4-4$947$292,86510FilmDistrict
40Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,59859%42$900$67,3718Cinema Guild
41The Conquest$3,070626%31$1,023$189,48516Music Box Films
42My Reincarnation$2,356639%1-1$2,356$85,14518Long Shot Factory
43Young Goethe In Love$1,990-32%2-3$995$148,85717Music Box Films
44Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$1,98183%1-1$1,981$289,33919Submarine Deluxe
45Kung Fu Joe$1,894-32%10$1,894$10,7943Indican Pictures
46Take Shelter$1,805461%3-1$602$1,726,54922Sony Pictures Classics
47Khodorkovsky$1,639-43%21$820$36,98813Kino Lorber
48The Innkeepers$1,576-54%5-2$315$77,5014Magnolia / Magnet
49The Whale$1,496121%10$1,496$71,87325Paladin
50Death of the Virgin$1,482-69%1-1$1,482$21,7303Indican Pictures
51Melancholia$1,433-48%3-2$478$3,029,87016Magnolia Pictures
52The Turin Horse$1,342-60%20$671$21,8293Cinema Guild
53The Way$1,234-63%2-3$617$4,426,00521Producers Distribution Agency
54Hell and Back Again$62812%20$314$39,16521Docurama Films
55Eames: The Architect and the Painter$59415%10$594$147,52515First Run Features
56Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$555-61%10$555$50,53129Lorber Films
57The Man Nobody Knew$173--1--$173$183,34223First Run Features
58Putin's Kiss$155-90%10$155$2,6592Kino Lorber
59Windfall$54--1--$54$2,5294First Run Features