'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, Apr. 13 - Sun, Apr. 15

Wide (1000+)

1The Hunger Games$21,096,824-36%3,916-221$5,387$336,666,3634Lionsgate
2The Three Stooges$17,010,125--3,477--$4,892$17,010,1251Fox
3The Cabin in the Woods$14,743,614--2,811--$5,245$14,743,6141Lionsgate
4Titanic 3D$11,930,249-31%2,69723$4,424$44,723,8192Paramount
5American Reunion$10,473,810-51%3,20311$3,270$39,712,5352Universal
6Wrath of the Titans$6,906,209-53%3,102-443$2,226$71,252,0053Warner Bros.
7Mirror Mirror$6,847,924-38%3,206-412$2,136$49,316,1853Relativity Media
821 Jump Street$6,558,868-34%2,735-274$2,398$120,323,6815Sony / Columbia
9Lockout$6,231,836--2,308--$2,700$6,231,8361Open Road
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,051,285-39%2,112-891$1,445$204,513,9157Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Raid: Redemption$961,45483%881705$1,091$2,526,0724Sony Pictures Classics
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$888,546-10%435-89$2,043$6,064,9376CBS Films
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$721,42734%502-149$1,437$100,463,52410Warner Bros. / New Line
4Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$641,542--102--$6,290$641,5421Code Black Entertainment
5October Baby$543,11449%36223$1,500$4,520,74425IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6Bully (2012)$535,433626%158152$3,389$814,6353Weinstein Company
7John Carter$346,858-58%446-569$778$68,747,8696Disney
8Safe House$337,610-41%371-111$910$125,276,75510Universal
9Housefull 2$286,735-66%1210$2,370$1,339,3912Eros International
10Blue Like Jazz$261,190--136--$1,921$261,1901Roadside Attractions
11Act of Valor$255,759-52%352-356$727$69,257,4748Relativity Media
12This Means War$246,0654%283-38$869$53,830,8629Fox
13The Vow$244,341-17%335-144$729$124,333,56810Sony / Screen Gems
14Jeff Who Lives at Home$212,317-49%183-264$1,160$3,822,9615Paramount Vantage
15A Thousand Words$200,174-58%277-230$723$17,827,6986Paramount
17Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$153,830-31%216-61$712$51,367,4149Sony / Columbia
18Friends With Kids$125,937-44%113-94$1,114$6,970,1646Roadside Attractions
19The Secret World of Arrietty$112,819116%20272$559$18,749,1169Disney
20Project X (2012)$101,208-69%145-299$698$54,331,2437Warner Bros.
21The Artist$100,098-45%121-101$827$44,048,63321Weinstein Company
22The Iron Lady$97,462-24%146-90$668$29,837,30716Weinstein Company
23Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$95,761-25%153-42$626$132,829,38918Fox
24Casa de mi Padre$92,242-66%121-162$762$5,703,1585Lionsgate / Pantelion
25Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$73,197-54%125-79$586$34,798,0558Lionsgate
26The Woman in Black$71,265-22%122-37$584$54,212,64311CBS Films
27Agent Vinod$3,587-85%1220$29$698,2104Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Jiro Dreams of Sushi$198,430-14%797$2,512$1,280,4546Magnolia Pictures
2Footnote$195,12443%8419$2,323$1,099,5256Sony Pictures Classics
3The Kid With A Bike$145,96115%7015$2,085$736,0355IFC Films
4Monsieur Lazhar$112,190--19--$5,905$112,19025Music Box Films
5Born to Be Wild 3D$105,2882%400$2,632$18,148,88254Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$89,565-9%531$1,690$640,6364Music Box Films
7Damsels in Distress$82,41141%2218$3,746$167,6442Sony Pictures Classics
8A Separation$78,322-40%91-50$861$6,838,80416Sony Pictures Classics
9Silent House (2012)$69,777-39%59-155$1,183$12,666,4816Open Road
10Hubble 3D$69,754-22%18-1$3,875$32,119,560109Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Touchback$66,993--50--$1,340$66,9931Anchor Bay Films
12We Have a Pope$48,59155%1512$3,239$98,0942IFC Films
13We Bought a Zoo$47,201-18%83-16$569$75,498,09717Fox
14A Simple Life$43,372--9--$4,819$43,3721China Lion Film
15We Need to Talk About Kevin$40,480-39%55-10$736$1,638,43919Oscilloscope
16Under the Sea 3D$36,080-9%151$2,405$31,145,879166Warner Bros. / IMAX
17In Darkness$32,64536%40-1$816$959,19410Sony Pictures Classics
18Beauty and the Beast 3D$32,222-46%39-19$826$47,549,60214Disney
19Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$27,2313%130$2,095$5,293,8381013D Entertainment
20The Hunter (2012)$27,20243%95$3,022$54,9822Magnolia Pictures
21Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$26,927-28%33-12$816$43,369,47810Fox
22Red Tails$25,9502%43-12$603$49,798,19613Fox
23The Grey$23,513-12%13-54$1,809$51,571,84612Open Road
25The Descendants$20,703-56%41-37$505$82,570,65322Fox Searchlight
26Coriolanus$20,609-18%181$1,145$665,67613Weinstein Company
27Pina$20,296-19%20-1$1,015$3,456,73617IFC Films
28L!fe Happens$20,186--16--$1,262$20,1861PMK*BNC
29The Salt of Life$17,868-39%11-8$1,624$214,7507Zeitgeist Films
30Kahaani$17,854-51%11-6$1,623$1,017,9556Viva Entertainment
31Undefeated$17,466-25%172$1,027$487,7519Weinstein Company
32W.E.$14,885-14%17-4$876$546,21611Weinstein Company
33Thin Ice$12,402-57%16-16$775$760,4209IDP/ATO Pictures
34Love in the Buff$11,843-81%141$846$243,5393China Lion Film
35Rampart$11,554-34%21-19$550$901,84910Millennium Entertainment
36War Horse$10,749-56%25-24$430$79,859,44117Disney / DreamWorks
37Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope$9,60917%41$2,402$18,9872Wrekin Hill Entertainment
39Goon$8,193-53%160$512$4,107,6593Magnolia / Magnet
40Albert Nobbs$7,970-33%12-18$664$2,980,18712Roadside Attractions
41Here$7,927--1--$7,927$7,9271Strand Releasing
42Gerhard Richter Painting$7,3969%51$1,479$112,1725Kino Lorber
43This Is Not A Film$6,791121%52$1,358$51,9347Palisades Tartan
44The Women on the 6th Floor$6,74136%62$1,124$691,15428Strand Releasing
45How To Grow A Band$5,705--1--$5,705$5,7051International Film Circuit
46Turn Me On, Dammit!$4,403-26%1-1$4,403$30,2813New Yorker Films
47Shame$4,255-39%4-4$1,064$3,992,04520Fox Searchlight
48The Island President$4,186-68%50$837$47,4593IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
49The Flowers of War$4,127169%31$1,376$302,10313Wrekin Hill Entertainment
50Keyhole$3,88418%65$647$9,6002Monterey Media
51The Turin Horse$3,863--2--$1,932$39,61310Cinema Guild
52Reuniting The Rubins$3,308389%21$1,654$11,7225Monterey Media
53A Dangerous Method$3,266-49%8-4$408$5,695,84121Sony Pictures Classics
54Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,892-70%2-4$1,446$109,93215Cinema Guild
55Post Mortem$2,406--1--$2,406$3,5761Kino Lorber
56Natural Selection$2,366-25%30$789$31,7575Cinema Guild
57Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$2,244-57%6-5$374$200,8037Magnolia Pictures
58Le Havre$1,86460%10$1,864$610,16226Janus Films
59Carnage (2011)$1,686150%61$281$2,544,11218Sony Pictures Classics
60Free Men$1,645-65%2-1$823$41,3165Film Movement
61On the Ice$1,607-59%20$804$66,3569PMK*BNC
62Attenberg$1,576-14%20$788$15,2556Strand Releasing
63The Forgiveness of Blood$1,076-68%5-4$215$121,7838IFC Films
64Musical Chairs$528-76%1-3$528$31,3164Paladin
65The FP$481-51%1-2$481$37,3965Drafthouse Films
66Surviving Progress$434-90%1-1$434$6,5372First Run Features
67The Fairy$214-67%1-1$214$8,5378Kino Lorber
68The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$108-93%1-1$108$42,40513First Run Features
69The Beat Hotel$83-91%1-2$83$3,8683First Run Features