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, Jul. 6 - Sun, Jul. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$62,004,688--4,318--$14,360$137,022,2581Sony / Columbia
2Ted (2012)$32,202,395-41%3,25617$9,890$119,849,7402Universal
3Brave$19,612,370-42%3,891-273$5,040$173,969,3413Disney
4Savages$16,016,910--2,628--$6,095$16,016,9101Universal
5Magic Mike$15,642,337-60%3,120190$5,014$72,829,1072Warner Bros.
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$10,177,029-60%2,1610$4,709$45,822,9842Lionsgate
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$7,520,690-36%2,861-854$2,629$195,905,1265Paramount / DreamWorks
8Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$7,138,266--2,730--$2,615$10,240,2131Paramount
9People Like Us$2,194,535-48%2,0550$1,068$9,190,9022Disney / DreamWorks
10Marvel's The Avengers$2,168,124-51%1,125-632$1,927$611,127,88410Disney
11Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$1,944,534-68%1,657-1452$1,174$34,050,9103Fox
12Prometheus$1,815,500-63%1,105-846$1,643$122,390,2745Fox
13Snow White and the Huntsman$1,768,355-61%1,152-1185$1,535$149,756,5656Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$4,519,195-8%88430$5,112$26,780,9897Focus
2To Rome with Love$3,104,328348%806777$3,852$4,863,5383Sony Pictures Classics
3Men in Black 3$1,680,714-44%879-1023$1,912$173,089,6907Sony / Columbia
4The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$741,091-33%359-175$2,064$41,991,87310Fox Searchlight
5Rock of Ages$639,406-78%701-1704$912$36,974,6194Warner Bros. / New Line
6That's My Boy$621,656-72%400-1963$1,554$36,100,8334Sony / Columbia
7The Hunger Games$315,479-21%228-50$1,384$404,382,13316Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$304,908-22%303-62$1,006$76,860,8799Warner Bros.
9Battleship$285,105-29%249-59$1,145$64,334,9508Universal
10Safety Not Guaranteed$252,956-33%109-55$2,321$2,170,0625FilmDistrict
11Bernie$250,914-22%113-53$2,220$7,770,79311Millennium Entertainment
12The Pirates! Band of Misfits$246,692-12%257-27$960$30,105,91611Sony / Columbia
13What to Expect When You're Expecting$208,25754%23633$882$40,420,5468Lionsgate
14The Dictator$143,881-5%18656$774$59,310,5518Paramount
15Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$132,945-14%175-27$760$213,494,66019Universal
16Think Like a Man$93,423-39%118-67$792$91,547,20512Sony / Screen Gems
17Chimpanzee$79,447269%13578$588$28,679,39012Disneynature
18Mirror Mirror$63,830-47%119-47$536$64,655,31015Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bol Bachchan$533,965--98--$5,449$561,9961Fox International Pictures
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$374,057120%1915$19,687$743,8462Fox Searchlight
3The Intouchables$272,797-13%60-8$4,547$3,095,8897Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$244,15212%520$4,695$5,064,59512Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Your Sister's Sister$152,836-32%951$1,609$994,2454IFC Films
6Take This Waltz$152,25011%4616$3,310$399,6442Magnolia Pictures
7Hubble 3D$62,82210%13-1$4,832$33,480,267121Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Born to Be Wild 3D$60,9625%330$1,847$19,839,54866Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Three Stooges$51,142-30%76-41$673$43,913,20413Fox
10For Greater Glory$47,220-54%39-34$1,211$5,414,3736ARC Entertainment
11The Lucky One (2012)$44,712-32%72-43$621$60,395,52212Warner Bros.
12The Cabin in the Woods$43,369-43%83-66$523$42,043,63313Lionsgate
13Headhunters$24,742-4%253$990$1,089,36611Magnolia Pictures
14Under the Sea 3D$22,466-9%6-6$3,744$31,816,321178Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Hysteria$22,029-72%35-38$629$1,639,0568Sony Pictures Classics
16Teri Meri Kahani$20,826-83%940$222$767,3483Eros International
17Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,22775%100$1,923$5,756,6891133D Entertainment
18Chernobyl Diaries$18,611-66%38-107$490$18,085,6017Warner Bros.
19Unforgivable$16,090-42%61$2,682$62,9172Strand Releasing
20Monsieur Lazhar$15,746-45%13-7$1,211$1,894,71337Music Box Films
21A Cat In Paris$14,424-52%120$1,202$183,4356GKIDS
22Where Do We Go Now?$13,398-9%8-13$1,675$456,1929Sony Pictures Classics
23Neil Young Journeys$10,974-9%52$2,195$33,8822Sony Pictures Classics
24Jiro Dreams of Sushi$10,510-15%110$955$2,502,59018Magnolia Pictures
25The Magic of Belle Isle$10,367--3--$3,456$10,3671Magnolia Pictures
26Damsels in Distress$9,40861%157$627$936,10814Sony Pictures Classics
27Marley$7,919-21%8-4$990$1,383,64812Magnolia Pictures
28Daisies (2012 re-issue)$6,576--1--$6,576$6,5761Janus Films
29Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$6,062416%21$3,031$13,6858First Run Features
30Peace, Love & Misunderstanding$5,552-83%13-29$427$539,8965IFC Films
31Crooked Arrows$5,522-47%11-2$502$1,818,1808Branded/Peck Films
32Bel Ami$5,16569%5-1$1,033$111,4505Magnolia Pictures
33Kumare$5,061-35%1-1$5,061$45,3313Kino Lorber
34Dark Horse$4,756-8%30$1,585$74,5475Vitagraph
35I Wish$4,652-52%4-4$1,163$110,8059Magnolia Pictures
36Elena (2012)$4,237-62%3-7$1,412$141,4898Zeitgeist Films
37The Woman in the Fifth$3,944-44%6-1$657$107,9214IDP/ATO Pictures
38China Heavyweight$3,792--1--$3,792$3,7921Zeitgeist Films
39Whores' Glory$3,743--2--$1,872$27,22111Kino Lorber
40The Raven$3,259-85%29-49$112$16,005,97811Relativity Media
41FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$3,259-29%3-2$1,086$107,39910International Film Circuit
42Crazy Eyes$3,259--2--$1,630$3,2591Strand Releasing
43Nobody Else But You$3,2384217%32$1,079$20,5239First Run Features
44Turn Me On, Dammit!$2,665-46%3-1$888$104,61015New Yorker Films
45Elles$2,593519%43$648$145,13511Kino Lorber
46Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$2,585-46%32$862$59,1954Music Box Films
47Beyond the Black Rainbow$2,539-16%52$508$49,1668Magnolia / Magnet
48The Invisible War$2,251-70%4-3$563$39,8013Cinedigm
49Darling Companion$2,090-54%4-7$523$772,63412Sony Pictures Classics
50God Bless America$1,704-56%4-4$426$122,0299Magnolia / Magnet
51The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$1,52622%20$763$1,102,03816Music Box Films
52The Turin Horse$1,46517%20$733$53,69022Cinema Guild
53Last Ride$1,30956%21$655$3,0852Music Box Films
54Pink Ribbons, Inc.$1,285-40%2-2$643$17,6176First Run Features
55Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$1,070-33%30$357$12,3308Music Box Films
56OC87$966-56%1-2$966$36,4037Fisher Klingenstein Films
57Oslo, August 31st$908-16%10$908$62,7227Strand Releasing
58Paul Williams Still Alive$811-74%1-1$811$32,6975Abramorama
59Lola Versus$807-93%3-27$269$251,9135Fox Searchlight
60Gerhard Richter Painting$673-70%20$337$231,05117Kino Lorber
61Natural Selection$584--1--$584$48,15317Cinema Guild
62Footnote$581-81%3-2$194$2,007,45118Sony Pictures Classics
63This Is Not A Film$456--1--$456$68,82919Palisades Tartan
64Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$327-59%1-1$327$15,4616First Run Features
65The Color Wheel$290--1--$290$13,7128Cinema Conservancy
66Putin's Kiss$274--1--$274$5,13921Kino Lorber
675 Broken Cameras$114-16%10$114$49,8186Kino Lorber
68The Raid: Redemption$34-77%30$11$4,105,12316Sony Pictures Classics