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, Apr. 27 - Sun, Apr. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$17,604,141-48%2,0150$8,737$60,472,1992Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$11,137,734--3,358--$3,317$11,137,7341Sony / Columbia
3The Hunger Games$10,814,271-26%3,572-180$3,028$372,019,0216Lionsgate
4The Lucky One (2012)$10,808,023-52%3,17520$3,404$39,409,7192Warner Bros.
5The Five-Year Engagement$10,610,060--2,936--$3,614$10,610,0601Universal
6Safe (2012)$7,892,539--2,266--$3,483$7,892,5391Lionsgate
7The Raven$7,289,642--2,203--$3,309$7,289,6421Relativity Media
8Chimpanzee$5,227,862-51%1,5674$3,336$18,920,7942Disneynature
9The Three Stooges$5,167,421-47%3,105-377$1,664$36,907,9653Fox
10The Cabin in the Woods$4,619,480-42%2,639-172$1,750$34,783,3203Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$3,000,054-37%1,820-607$1,648$131,937,5727Sony / Columbia
12American Reunion$2,907,900-47%2,154-879$1,350$53,471,7354Universal
13Mirror Mirror$2,232,938-49%2,017-921$1,107$58,870,3605Relativity Media
14Wrath of the Titans$1,981,008-49%1,572-930$1,260$80,524,8195Warner Bros.
15Titanic 3D$1,913,733-62%1,409-1106$1,358$56,280,8754Paramount
16Lockout$945,406-71%1,259-1076$751$13,334,9363Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$848,070-55%883-700$960$208,435,7509Universal
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$512,212-16%401-43$1,277$101,883,41712Warner Bros. / New Line
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$427,518-38%335-111$1,276$7,777,8468CBS Films
4Bully (2012)$327,390-36%2630$1,245$2,123,8695Weinstein Company
5This Means War$174,554-17%232-61$752$54,351,03711Fox
6Safe House$166,030-28%229-72$725$125,855,85512Universal
7Act of Valor$155,17918%28556$544$69,681,47110Relativity Media
8Footnote$147,089-21%1018$1,456$1,548,2558Sony Pictures Classics
9The Raid: Redemption$134,805-72%126-422$1,070$3,894,0136Sony Pictures Classics
10The Vow$118,983-39%218-79$546$124,808,53312Sony / Screen Gems
11A Thousand Words$115,94983%1691$686$18,071,0018Paramount
12John Carter$112,881-33%180-64$627$69,219,9498Disney
13October Baby$92,108-63%145-165$635$5,186,61327IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$91,287-27%127-48$719$51,662,23011Sony / Columbia
15Project X (2012)$78,168-39%155-103$504$54,637,0079Warner Bros.
16Chronicle$75,715-26%121-16$626$64,416,42213Fox
17The Secret World of Arrietty$71,836-27%155-40$463$19,004,82511Disney
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$48,815-30%111-24$440$132,990,69120Fox
19Housefull 2$34,452-65%1210$285$1,566,9914Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsieur Lazhar$245,12661%6835$3,605$606,44027Music Box Films
2To the Arctic 3D$233,130-14%500$4,663$668,1312Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Marley$208,494-20%6422$3,258$572,3502Magnolia Pictures
4Jiro Dreams of Sushi$150,350-16%803$1,879$1,815,4238Magnolia Pictures
5Tezz$148,133--97--$1,527$148,1331Eros Entertainment
6Vicky Donor$122,742-27%500$2,455$357,7432Eros International
7The Kid With A Bike$111,297-26%85-1$1,309$1,111,4967IFC Films
8Bernie$85,805--3--$28,602$85,8051Millennium Entertainment
9Damsels in Distress$82,880-28%5711$1,454$438,0944Sony Pictures Classics
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$81,175-49%67-39$1,212$1,082,2993Code Black Entertainment
11Born to Be Wild 3D$78,727-11%342$2,316$18,496,71256Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$75,572-10%561$1,350$873,6096Music Box Films
13Darling Companion$64,44161%1713$3,791$119,3422Sony Pictures Classics
14Jeff Who Lives at Home$57,338-56%79-43$726$4,138,1987Paramount Vantage
15We Have a Pope$54,96624%278$2,036$239,7734IFC Films
16Hubble 3D$46,956-15%170$2,762$32,344,848111Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Headhunters$43,013--4--$10,753$43,0131Magnolia Pictures
18Blue Like Jazz$37,163-72%46-80$808$551,7423Roadside Attractions
19Sound of My Voice$36,134--5--$7,227$36,1341Fox Searchlight
20A Separation$35,741-28%48-11$745$6,987,65718Sony Pictures Classics
21Under the Sea 3D$34,5834%16-1$2,161$31,278,412168Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Friends With Kids$31,583-55%53-30$596$7,154,9548Roadside Attractions
23The Artist$29,182-48%50-36$584$44,210,85723Weinstein Company
24The Woman in Black$28,552-40%63-27$453$54,322,27313CBS Films
25Touchback$26,392-55%28-41$943$183,3153Anchor Bay Films
26We Bought a Zoo$25,951-26%52-14$499$75,586,71019Fox
27Elles$24,286--6--$4,048$24,2861Kino Lorber
28Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$23,8794%12-1$1,990$5,388,9451033D Entertainment
29The Hunter (2012)$23,392-20%174$1,376$135,4364Magnolia Pictures
30A Simple Life$21,929-55%11-2$1,994$162,4723China Lion Film
31Casa de mi Padre$21,531-46%36-22$598$5,812,3107Lionsgate / Pantelion
32Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$19,660-17%27-5$728$43,430,96412Fox
33The Salt of Life$19,380-5%15-1$1,292$272,5669Zeitgeist Films
34Beauty and the Beast 3D$18,560-16%27-4$687$47,611,33116Disney
35Coriolanus$15,82950%140$1,131$707,28415Weinstein Company
36Red Tails$15,640-18%23-16$680$49,848,19415Fox
37Goon$15,572119%237$677$4,139,3055Magnolia / Magnet
38Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$14,618-59%39-42$375$34,876,48610Lionsgate
39Goodbye First Love$14,004-34%51$2,801$46,0142IFC Films
40We Need to Talk About Kevin$13,568-48%29-12$468$1,708,38021Oscilloscope
41In Darkness$13,511-49%32-9$422$1,024,29512Sony Pictures Classics
42Boy$13,28838%9-5$1,476$208,8159Paladin
43Silent House (2012)$12,323-71%22-37$560$12,750,8968Open Road
44Rampart$11,754268%1811$653$961,05912Millennium Entertainment
45Pina$11,440-12%111$1,040$3,504,36819IFC Films
46Undefeated$11,33810%203$567$519,65411Weinstein Company
47The Highest Pass$10,125--2--$5,063$10,1251Cinema Libre
48Turn Me On, Dammit!$9,01546%54$1,803$50,5855New Yorker Films
49Restless City$8,106--3--$2,702$8,1061AFFRM
50The Descendants$7,923-67%21-16$377$82,624,96124Fox Searchlight
51Albert Nobbs$7,13026%161$446$3,009,27614Roadside Attractions
52The Island President$6,275-4%53$1,255$64,0905IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
53W.E.$6,245-41%10-5$625$576,02913Weinstein Company
54Inventing Our Life$6,193--1--$6,193$6,1931First Run Features
55Here$5,499--2--$2,750$17,4493Strand Releasing
56Thin Ice$5,368-21%9-2$596$780,48511IDP/ATO Pictures
57Whores' Glory$5,358--3--$1,786$5,3581Kino Lorber
58Gerhard Richter Painting$5,169-12%41$1,292$134,6097Kino Lorber
59War Horse$4,125-62%11-34$375$79,883,35919Disney / DreamWorks
60Hit So Hard$3,174--1--$3,174$15,3583Variance Films
61Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope$2,610-60%5-1$522$34,6654Wrekin Hill Entertainment
62Natural Selection$2,5652211%21$1,283$35,3507Cinema Guild
63The Women on the 6th Floor$2,308-56%5-2$462$703,46630Strand Releasing
64The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$2,266--1--$2,266$15,4643Rialto
65Payback (2012)$2,186--1--$2,186$5,8541Zeitgeist Films
66The Fairy$2,16513%21$1,083$13,71610Kino Lorber
67The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$1,919553%54$384$44,68315First Run Features
68Jesus Henry Christ$1,442-82%30$481$12,2112Entertainment One Films
69Love in the Buff$1,346-16%2-2$673$254,7125China Lion Film
70A Dangerous Method$1,085-42%41$271$5,702,08323Sony Pictures Classics
71Free Men$1,008--1--$1,008$45,4337Film Movement
72Surviving Progress$853-91%2-4$427$23,1144First Run Features
73Keyhole$669829%10$669$12,9194Monterey Media
74Citizen Gangster$625--1--$625$6251IFC Films
75The Moth Diaries$445-80%1-1$445$3,8382IFC Films
76Attenberg$407-63%1-1$407$18,4318Strand Releasing
77Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$405-63%10$405$113,89217Cinema Guild
78On the Ice$360-68%10$360$70,52611PMK*BNC
79The FP$315239%21$158$39,7717Drafthouse Films
80Sing Your Song$225-55%10$225$44,89816S2BN Films
81Carnage (2011)$220-77%2-3$110$2,546,74720Sony Pictures Classics
82My Reincarnation$137-74%10$137$91,94427Long Shot Factory