Grosses

'The Battle of the Five Armies' Marches to $89.1M in Five Days; 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' ($17.1M) Outpaces 'Annie' ($15.9M) for SecondDecember 22, 2014 12:50 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies easily led this weekend's box office with $54.72 million. The third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy has grossed $89.13 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 1.63 to 1. The five-day debut of The Battle of the Five Armies was 13 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 3.5 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 $16.56 million on Friday, increased 29 percent on Saturday to take in $21.39 million and declined 22 percent on Sunday to gross $16.76 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.30 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 $7.45 million of the film's overall gross this weekend. Thus far The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $13.37 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 opening weekend take of $17.10 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 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 $5.66 million on Friday, increased 16 percent on Saturday to gross $6.55 million and decreased 25 percent on Sunday to gross $4.89 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.02 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 $15.86 million. The musical remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations. That is positive 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 $1.24 million this weekend. Annie opened 32 percent below the $23.24 million debut of the previously mentioned Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

Annie started out with $5.29 million on Friday, increased 15 percent on Saturday to gross $6.08 million and fell 26 percent on Sunday to gross $4.49 million. That gives the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.00 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 beginning 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 $8.11 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down a very sharp 66 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 lackluster $38.94 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 $7.88 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a solid 38 percent from last weekend. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $289.36 million in 31 days, which leaves it just $10.64 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 $4.11 million to place in sixth. The critically acclaimed drama starring Reese Witherspoon claimed a per-location average of $3,877 from 1,061 locations. Wild has grossed $7.17 million in 19 days of release.

On the limited front, UTV's PK was off to a very strong start with $3.57 million from 272 locations. That gave the Hindi language comedy starring Aamir Khan a per-location average of $13,108 for the frame. PK finished in ninth place among all films this weekend.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 22 - Sun, Jun. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$66,323,594--4,164--$15,928$66,323,5941Disney
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$19,712,315-42%3,920-343$5,029$157,086,0373Paramount / DreamWorks
3Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$16,306,974--3,108--$5,247$16,306,9741Fox
4Prometheus$9,905,670-52%2,862-580$3,461$108,452,3503Fox
5Snow White and the Huntsman$8,085,630-39%2,919-782$2,770$137,128,3504Universal
6Rock of Ages$7,655,377-47%3,4700$2,206$28,418,6212Warner Bros. / New Line
7That's My Boy$7,630,411-43%3,0300$2,518$27,910,7942Sony / Columbia
8Marvel's The Avengers$7,177,661-19%2,230-352$3,219$598,425,4428Disney
9Men in Black 3$5,726,756-43%2,462-673$2,326$163,465,7075Sony / Columbia
10Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$3,822,803--1,625--$2,352$3,822,8031Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$3,394,43052%395217$8,593$11,613,8285Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,628,624-29%741-443$2,198$38,383,9638Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$624,818-27%414-179$1,509$402,964,54014Lionsgate
4Battleship$519,305-58%483-459$1,075$63,190,1056Universal
5Bernie$487,406-21%220-80$2,215$6,700,3289Millennium Entertainment
6Safety Not Guaranteed$473,11060%12982$3,668$1,074,5333FilmDistrict
7The Dictator$380,964-66%316-803$1,206$58,705,0526Paramount
8What to Expect When You're Expecting$364,296-70%411-805$886$39,797,9476Lionsgate
9Dark Shadows$260,447-58%302-378$862$75,753,1077Warner Bros.
10Think Like a Man$257,67728%23830$1,083$91,041,62910Sony / Screen Gems
11For Greater Glory$245,907-55%160-220$1,537$5,081,9934ARC Entertainment
12Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$205,925-21%234-43$880$212,901,27517Universal
13Mirror Mirror$155,635-34%222-56$701$64,248,38513Relativity Media
14Hysteria$150,363-47%136-82$1,106$1,387,4386Sony Pictures Classics
1521 Jump Street$148,461-23%160-60$928$138,264,31515Sony / Columbia
16The Cabin in the Woods$138,642-20%196-28$707$41,777,29211Lionsgate
17Chernobyl Diaries$137,670-22%240-15$574$17,885,4325Warner Bros.
18The Lucky One (2012)$121,548-43%202-148$602$60,154,23810Warner Bros.
19The Three Stooges$114,004-44%154-47$740$43,656,89011Fox
20The Raven$67,353459%133104$506$15,915,9439Relativity Media
21The Pirates! Band of Misfits$64,445-30%115-34$560$29,262,6979Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teri Meri Kahani$405,926--94--$4,318$405,9261Eros International
2To Rome with Love$361,359--5--$72,272$361,3591Sony Pictures Classics
3The Intouchables$346,708-3%74-3$4,685$2,093,5165Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$202,3204%521$3,891$4,063,64110Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Your Sister's Sister$201,09484%4734$4,279$363,4292IFC Films
6Peace, Love & Misunderstanding$75,453-44%64-12$1,179$436,7263IFC Films
7Ferrari Ki Sawaari$69,018-71%990$697$377,4482Eros International
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$60,266-20%85-23$709$103,812,24120Warner Bros. / New Line
9Born to Be Wild 3D$53,131-5%330$1,610$19,596,59364Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Chimpanzee$50,23615%82-14$613$28,523,01810Disneynature
11Hubble 3D$49,6831%181$2,760$33,222,270119Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Lola Versus$46,302-25%50-2$926$203,0943Fox Searchlight
13Wrath of the Titans$45,546-41%70-35$651$83,640,42613Warner Bros.
14Headhunters$38,224-16%31-9$1,233$1,003,4299Magnolia Pictures
15Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$36,979-75%16-141$2,311$266,1472Indomina Media
16Monsieur Lazhar$33,5220%25-10$1,341$1,803,55335Music Box Films
17Deadly Renovations$32,76046%10-3$3,276$146,1463Nocturnal Features
18John Carter$29,654-47%43-36$690$73,058,67916Disney
19The Woman in the Fifth$27,088-18%112$2,463$78,3482IDP/ATO Pictures
20First Position$20,705-22%21-15$986$894,4718IFC Films
21Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,200-15%100$1,920$5,701,8541113D Entertainment
22Where Do We Go Now?$16,986-13%184$944$400,7637Sony Pictures Classics
23The Invisible War$16,500--4--$4,125$16,5001Cinedigm
24Jiro Dreams of Sushi$15,946-15%15-4$1,063$2,456,14816Magnolia Pictures
25Under the Sea 3D$15,603-10%11-1$1,418$31,712,864176Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Elena (2012)$14,31645%70$2,045$110,5496Zeitgeist Films
27Footnote$14,246-7%221$648$1,993,44316Sony Pictures Classics
28Damsels in Distress$13,768-13%19-3$725$910,73612Sony Pictures Classics
29Darling Companion$12,748-37%14-6$911$754,07010Sony Pictures Classics
30Rowdy Rathore$11,936-68%9-23$1,326$770,4464UTV Communications
31Bel Ami$11,388-31%131$876$94,0663Magnolia Pictures
32Dark Horse$10,6544%86$1,332$48,2853Vitagraph
33A Cat In Paris$10,483-20%102$1,048$107,2084GKIDS
34Paul Williams Still Alive$10,052252%20$5,026$22,2643Abramorama
35Kumare$9,601--1--$9,601$19,9721Kino Lorber
36Crooked Arrows$9,116-84%25-72$365$1,787,8096Branded/Peck Films
375 Broken Cameras$8,731274%65$1,455$41,3614Kino Lorber
38Marley$8,244-63%9-10$916$1,350,83910Magnolia Pictures
39I Wish$7,70537%123$642$85,9597Magnolia Pictures
40Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$7,407-33%1-1$7,407$35,2912Music Box Films
41Grassroots$6,497--1--$6,497$6,4971IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
42FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$6,405407%74$915$94,2938International Film Circuit
43Gerhard Richter Painting$6,352-54%4-2$1,588$220,43515Kino Lorber
44Beyond the Black Rainbow$5,862324%31$1,954$36,1946Magnolia / Magnet
45Oslo, August 31st$5,561154%42$1,390$56,5135Strand Releasing
46Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$5,555-41%3-1$1,852$123,2107Rialto Pictures
47Hardflip$5,252--2--$2,626$96,7344Rocky Mountain Pictures
48The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$4,714-10%7-1$673$1,095,91114Music Box Films
49Sound of My Voice$3,886-43%6-7$648$405,6149Fox Searchlight
50God Bless America$3,32247%5-2$664$111,6727Magnolia / Magnet
51Surviving Progress$2,155--2--$1,078$47,13912First Run Features
52Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$1,521-39%2-1$761$13,0354First Run Features
53Pink Ribbons, Inc.$1,445--3--$482$11,0344First Run Features
54We Won't Grow Old Together$1,425--1--$1,425$6,4983The Film Desk
55The Color Wheel$1,328--3--$443$12,5366Cinema Conservancy
56The Raid: Redemption$1,240-67%6-2$207$4,103,97314Sony Pictures Classics
57Natural Selection$1,079--1--$1,079$46,63515Cinema Guild
58OC87$866-83%2-4$433$31,3345Fisher Klingenstein Films
59This Is Not A Film$759--1--$759$68,37317Palisades Tartan
60Here$737--1--$737$25,51111Strand Releasing
61Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$686-26%60$114$104,2867Magnolia Pictures
62Nobody Else But You$6728%31$224$15,9817First Run Features
63The Turin Horse$618-36%21$309$50,84120Cinema Guild
64Payback (2012)$536-77%10$536$16,2689Zeitgeist Films
65Attenberg$498--1--$498$23,78716Strand Releasing
66Hide Away$459-76%1-1$459$25,3755Joule Films
67The Women on the 6th Floor$425-36%10$425$719,60138Strand Releasing