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, Mar. 2 - Sun, Mar. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$70,217,070--3,729--$18,830$70,217,0701Universal
2Project X (2012)$21,051,363--3,055--$6,891$21,051,3631Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$13,572,578-45%3,05314$4,446$45,111,9242Relativity Media
4Safe House$7,390,935-32%2,553-499$2,895$108,355,4254Universal
5Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$7,047,061-55%2,1320$3,305$25,791,6932Lionsgate
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$6,547,374-51%3,060-290$2,140$85,233,8734Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Vow$6,011,147-39%2,826-212$2,127$111,623,4964Sony / Screen Gems
8This Means War$5,561,323-34%2,342-847$2,375$41,399,9623Fox
9Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$4,645,637-48%2,487-687$1,868$44,826,3763Sony / Columbia
10Wanderlust$3,843,840-41%2,0020$1,920$12,484,6552Universal
11The Artist$3,625,57125%1,756790$2,065$36,813,98915Weinstein Company
12Gone$3,001,862-37%2,1860$1,373$8,949,8392Summit
13Chronicle$1,931,431-48%1,054-743$1,832$60,846,6975Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$1,484,644-66%1,431-91$1,037$16,753,0243Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,291,817-39%694-195$1,861$80,392,54316Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$1,233,618-18%406-95$3,038$71,300,19515Paramount
3The Woman in Black$1,154,475-58%812-915$1,422$52,241,3905CBS Films
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,100,446-65%731-887$1,505$42,218,7794Fox
5A Separation$952,051160%243160$3,918$3,677,46410Sony Pictures Classics
6The Iron Lady$850,90922%511-11$1,665$27,006,91310Weinstein Company
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$345,052-8%3143$1,099$130,804,28112Fox
8Big Miracle$301,560-55%359-269$840$19,362,1405Universal
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$286,35261%256131$1,119$102,068,88811Sony / Columbia
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$263,189-23%126-38$2,089$23,665,41513Focus
11The Grey$258,960-68%308-609$841$50,735,5106Open Road
12Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$257,558-26%266-67$968$186,271,35112Warner Bros.
13We Bought a Zoo$243,829-14%266-14$917$74,406,78211Fox
14Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$226,037-12%30323$746$31,516,40411Warner Bros.
15Red Tails$190,895-56%249-240$767$49,023,7167Fox
16The Adventures of Tintin$186,315-32%215-57$867$77,167,15711Paramount
17Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$158,153-33%107-71$1,478$208,019,61312Paramount
18My Week with Marilyn$130,847-57%120-282$1,090$14,340,55115Weinstein Company
19Contraband$120,620-30%148-49$815$66,362,0658Universal
20War Horse$116,319-34%131-82$888$79,237,31711Disney / DreamWorks
21Joyful Noise$115,826-37%202-75$573$30,769,1398Warner Bros.
22The Muppets$79,202-46%138-67$574$88,479,90115Disney
23One For the Money$59,596-57%117-112$509$26,060,7546Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pina$157,961-18%64-19$2,468$2,825,93211IFC Films
2We Need to Talk About Kevin$132,595253%4024$3,315$818,31513Oscilloscope
3Rampart$119,38721%527$2,296$539,8484Millennium Entertainment
4In Darkness$106,84320%3513$3,053$421,0564Sony Pictures Classics
5Born to Be Wild 3D$96,153-18%400$2,404$16,793,00748Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$87,475--24--$3,645$87,4751Magnolia Pictures
7Thin Ice$83,6215%41-5$2,040$459,3163IDP/ATO Pictures
8Undefeated$82,230326%138$6,325$164,0583Weinstein Company
92012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$76,964-72%59-87$1,304$1,625,1014Shorts International
10Underworld Awakening$72,270-70%79-181$915$62,321,0397Sony / Screen Gems
11A Dangerous Method$67,772-27%53-28$1,279$5,457,21515Sony Pictures Classics
12Albert Nobbs$63,926-50%68-32$940$2,723,0746Roadside Attractions
13Lost Woods$58,240--13--$4,480$58,2401Nocturnal Features
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$48,29387%120$4,024$4,891,030953D Entertainment
15Love$45,30810%157$3,021$234,1593China Lion Film
16Hubble 3D$44,628-8%224$2,029$31,265,047103Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Being Flynn$43,990--4--$10,998$43,9901Focus
18W.E.$43,62358%194$2,296$327,5085Weinstein Company
19Happy Feet Two$43,609-16%850$513$63,992,32816Warner Bros.
20Coriolanus$37,16269%146$2,654$410,2667Weinstein Company
21Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$32,432-66%26-22$1,247$155,2472UTV Communications
22Under the Sea 3D$30,839-33%154$2,056$30,717,275160Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Shame$29,692-31%22-3$1,350$3,856,51614Fox Searchlight
24Chico & Rita$26,194-35%142$1,871$161,3964GKIDS
25Boy$21,244--2--$10,622$21,2441Paladin
26Paan Singh Tomar$20,568--10--$2,057$20,5681UTV Communications
27The Salt of Life$19,176--2--$9,588$19,1761Zeitgeist Films
28Carnage (2011)$19,1063%19-3$1,006$2,491,96012Sony Pictures Classics
29The Forgiveness of Blood$17,816-33%63$2,969$53,1672IFC Films
30Beauty and the Beast 3D$14,953-73%24-35$623$47,259,1818Disney
31The Flowers of War$13,985-16%6-1$2,331$267,1507Wrekin Hill Entertainment
32The Sitter$13,654-32%21-9$650$30,527,01013Fox
33Let The Bullets Fly$11,287--5--$2,257$11,2871Variance Films
34Pariah (2011)$10,801-15%130$831$730,36210Focus
35The Women on the 6th Floor$10,57641%61$1,763$631,93222Strand Releasing
36Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$10,405-74%25-10$416$1,150,1304UTV Communications
37Haywire$9,890-75%32-5$309$18,852,9517Relativity Media
38Midnight in Paris$7,044-96%11-153$640$56,802,12342Sony Pictures Classics
39In the Land of Blood and Honey$6,27466%84$784$301,30511FilmDistrict
40Better Than Something: Jay Reatard$5,712--4--$1,428$5,7121Undefined
41The Devil Inside$5,165-27%17-8$304$53,201,7159Paramount
42Kill List$4,711--10--$471$26,2975IFC Films
43Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$4,19617%3-1$1,399$73,8279Cinema Guild
44Le Havre$4,171--6--$695$589,51020Janus Films
45Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$3,223-40%20$1,612$874,94435International Film Circuit
46Ranchero$2,960--2--$1,480$6,78634Indican Pictures
47Art Is... The Permanent Revolution$2,718--1--$2,718$2,7181First Run Features
48Last Days Here$2,671--1--$2,671$2,6711IFC Films
49The Help$2,645-88%5-133$529$169,705,58730Disney / DreamWorks
50Crazy Wisdom$2,569--1--$2,569$58,03415Alive Mind Cinema
51The Turin Horse$2,26569%20$1,133$25,9884Cinema Guild
52The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$2,124--1--$2,124$31,39626The Film Desk
53The Skin I Live In$1,410-80%3-11$470$3,180,82621Sony Pictures Classics
54Charlotte Rampling: The Look$1,340--1--$1,340$18,92018Kino Lorber
55On the Ice$1,336-84%1-4$1,336$41,8043PMK*BNC
56The Way$1,3146%20$657$4,429,93322Producers Distribution Agency
57Falling Away$1,284--2--$642$1,2841Indican Pictures
58The Snowtown Murders$1,273--1--$1,273$1,2731IFC Films
59Addiction Incorporated$1,096--2--$548$29,20812Variance Films
60Tyrannosaur$952--2--$476$21,06216Strand Releasing
61Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$941--2--$471$100,11917Variance Films
62Take Shelter$860-52%30$287$1,728,11423Sony Pictures Classics
63The Whale$786-47%10$786$72,74226Paladin
64Windfall$571957%10$571$3,1005First Run Features
65Kung Fu Joe$412-78%10$412$11,5944Indican Pictures
66Sing Your Song$400--1--$400$33,2758S2BN Films
67Putin's Kiss$150-3%10$150$2,9443Kino Lorber
68The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$141--1--$141$32,4827First Run Features
69Eames: The Architect and the Painter$66-89%10$66$147,59116First Run Features