'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. 20 - Sun, Apr. 22

Wide (1000+)

1Think Like a Man$33,636,303--2,015--$16,693$33,636,3031Sony / Screen Gems
2The Lucky One (2012)$22,518,358--3,155--$7,137$22,518,3581Warner Bros.
3The Hunger Games$14,666,007-30%3,752-164$3,909$357,066,4675Lionsgate
5The Three Stooges$9,764,214-43%3,4825$2,804$29,919,6602Fox
6The Cabin in the Woods$8,016,075-46%2,8110$2,852$27,246,2472Lionsgate
7American Reunion$5,474,565-48%3,033-170$1,805$48,518,3253Universal
8Titanic 3D$5,032,557-58%2,515-182$2,001$52,860,5743Paramount
921 Jump Street$4,750,986-28%2,427-308$1,958$127,217,1676Sony / Columbia
10Mirror Mirror$4,408,179-36%2,938-268$1,500$55,499,9324Relativity Media
11Wrath of the Titans$3,922,412-43%2,502-600$1,568$77,232,9554Warner Bros.
12Lockout$3,250,588-48%2,33527$1,392$11,219,6202Open Road
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,899,600-38%1,583-529$1,200$207,152,8658Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$688,465-23%44611$1,544$7,077,2147CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$609,781-15%444-58$1,373$101,238,90711Warner Bros. / New Line
3Bully (2012)$513,059-4%263105$1,951$1,537,6704Weinstein Company
4The Raid: Redemption$473,657-51%548-333$864$3,494,5685Sony Pictures Classics
5October Baby$250,082-54%310-52$807$4,984,31626IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6Safe House$230,270-32%301-70$765$125,607,28011Universal
7This Means War$209,502-15%29310$715$54,111,03210Fox
8The Vow$196,264-20%297-38$661$124,618,23611Sony / Screen Gems
9John Carter$168,381-51%244-202$690$69,032,6597Disney
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$158,695-75%1064$1,497$936,5292Code Black Entertainment
11Act of Valor$131,380-49%229-123$574$69,472,5389Relativity Media
12Blue Like Jazz$130,515-50%126-10$1,036$468,0742Roadside Attractions
13Jeff Who Lives at Home$129,067-39%122-61$1,058$4,029,7086Paramount Vantage
14Project X (2012)$127,44526%258113$494$54,493,9778Warner Bros.
15Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$125,786-18%175-41$719$51,538,03710Sony / Columbia
17The Secret World of Arrietty$98,631-13%195-7$506$18,895,10010Disney
18Housefull 2$97,185-66%1210$803$1,503,0593Eros International
19The Iron Lady$71,457-27%102-44$701$29,959,43617Weinstein Company
20Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$70,142-27%135-18$520$132,923,50419Fox
21A Thousand Words$63,525-68%168-109$378$17,936,8797Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

1To the Arctic 3D$270,228--50--$5,405$270,2281Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Marley$262,004--42--$6,238$262,0041Magnolia Pictures
3Footnote$187,326-4%939$2,014$1,353,0477Sony Pictures Classics
4Jiro Dreams of Sushi$179,887-9%77-2$2,336$1,564,5167Magnolia Pictures
5Vicky Donor$169,209--50--$3,384$169,2091Eros International
6Monsieur Lazhar$152,09836%3314$4,609$305,75226Music Box Films
7The Kid With A Bike$151,4214%8616$1,761$942,7346IFC Films
8Damsels in Distress$114,33539%4624$2,486$311,6233Sony Pictures Classics
9Born to Be Wild 3D$88,951-16%32-8$2,780$18,330,77255Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$83,947-6%552$1,526$761,9565Music Box Films
11Friends With Kids$70,902-44%83-30$854$7,089,9597Roadside Attractions
12Touchback$58,263-13%6919$844$141,4562Anchor Bay Films
13The Artist$55,699-44%86-35$648$44,154,51822Weinstein Company
14Hubble 3D$55,031-21%17-1$3,237$32,235,023110Warner Bros. / IMAX
15A Separation$49,301-37%59-32$836$6,930,98117Sony Pictures Classics
16A Simple Life$49,01213%134$3,770$118,4412China Lion Film
17The Woman in Black$47,237-34%90-32$525$54,279,71112CBS Films
18We Have a Pope$44,505-8%194$2,342$164,6613IFC Films
19Silent House (2012)$42,705-39%590$724$12,726,5587Open Road
20Darling Companion$39,962--4--$9,991$39,9621Sony Pictures Classics
21Casa de mi Padre$39,653-57%58-63$684$5,774,9376Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$35,315-52%81-44$436$34,853,5099Lionsgate
23We Bought a Zoo$35,209-25%66-17$533$75,548,24418Fox
24Under the Sea 3D$33,221-8%172$1,954$31,211,806167Warner Bros. / IMAX
25The Hunter (2012)$29,1937%134$2,246$96,1703Magnolia Pictures
26In Darkness$26,515-19%411$647$998,69711Sony Pictures Classics
27We Need to Talk About Kevin$25,948-36%41-14$633$1,682,18920Oscilloscope
28Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$23,815-12%32-1$744$43,402,10111Fox
29The Descendants$23,66514%37-4$640$82,607,82523Fox Searchlight
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$23,004-16%130$1,770$5,343,0731023D Entertainment
31Beauty and the Beast 3D$22,168-31%31-8$715$47,582,00215Disney
32Goodbye First Love$21,077--4--$5,269$21,0771IFC Films
33The Salt of Life$20,47415%165$1,280$242,2498Zeitgeist Films
34Red Tails$19,085-26%39-4$489$49,825,72114Fox
35Pina$13,007-36%10-10$1,301$3,483,83718IFC Films
36War Horse$10,9652%4520$244$79,874,33618Disney / DreamWorks
37W.E.$10,634-29%15-2$709$564,68812Weinstein Company
38Coriolanus$10,573-49%14-4$755$686,14914Weinstein Company
39Undefeated$10,354-41%170$609$504,95110Weinstein Company
40Surviving Progress$9,8172162%65$1,636$16,6433First Run Features
42Kahaani$8,480-53%7-4$1,211$1,030,2197Viva Entertainment
43Jesus Henry Christ$8,193--3--$2,731$8,1931Entertainment One Films
44Goon$7,100-13%160$444$4,118,6084Magnolia / Magnet
45Thin Ice$6,801-45%11-5$618$772,30010IDP/ATO Pictures
46Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope$6,589-31%62$1,098$27,6353Wrekin Hill Entertainment
47The Island President$6,54956%2-3$3,275$55,8364IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
48Shame$6,35749%73$908$4,000,30421Fox Searchlight
49Turn Me On, Dammit!$6,17040%10$6,170$38,6334New Yorker Films
50Gerhard Richter Painting$5,888-20%3-2$1,963$124,5926Kino Lorber
51Albert Nobbs$5,649-29%153$377$2,998,23613Roadside Attractions
52The Women on the 6th Floor$5,257-22%71$751$699,00129Strand Releasing
53Downtown Express$3,474--1--$3,474$3,4741International Film Circuit
54The Day He Arrives$3,311--1--$3,311$3,3111Cinema Guild
55Rampart$3,192-72%7-14$456$947,43711Millennium Entertainment
56Detachment$3,081--4--$770$70,9226Tribeca Film
58Post Mortem$2,333-3%10$2,333$7,3682Kino Lorber
59The Moth Diaries$2,276--2--$1,138$2,2761IFC Films
60The Fairy$1,916795%10$1,916$10,9929Kino Lorber
61A Dangerous Method$1,856-43%3-5$619$5,700,25222Sony Pictures Classics
62The Flowers of War$1,853-55%1-2$1,853$308,16414Wrekin Hill Entertainment
63How To Grow A Band$1,625-72%21$813$8,2612International Film Circuit
64Love in the Buff$1,606-86%4-10$402$248,7034China Lion Film
65Falling Away$1,495--1--$1,495$13,1578Indican Pictures
66On the Ice$1,138-29%1-1$1,138$68,86410PMK*BNC
67Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$1,097-62%1-1$1,097$113,11616Cinema Guild
68Attenberg$1,096-30%20$548$17,1207Strand Releasing
69Carnage (2011)$938-44%5-1$188$2,545,79719Sony Pictures Classics
70Ranchero$902--1--$902$23,44941Indican Pictures
71Young Goethe In Love$749--3--$250$160,39225Music Box Films
72Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$710--2--$355$900,44642International Film Circuit
73The Turin Horse$624-84%1-1$624$41,77311Cinema Guild
74Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$555--1--$555$20,00940The Film Desk
75The Whale$554--1--$554$78,67233Paladin
76My Reincarnation$520--1--$520$91,80726Long Shot Factory
77Sing Your Song$500--1--$500$44,67315S2BN Films
78The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$294172%10$294$42,76414First Run Features
79Natural Selection$111-95%1-2$111$32,7256Cinema Guild
80The FP$93-81%10$93$37,9496Drafthouse Films
81Keyhole$72-98%1-5$72$12,2203Monterey Media