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, Jul. 20 - Sun, Jul. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$160,887,295--4,404--$36,532$160,887,2951Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$20,416,978-56%3,8865$5,254$88,840,2842Fox
3The Amazing Spider-Man$10,887,111-69%3,753-565$2,901$228,611,4253Sony / Columbia
4Ted (2012)$10,011,610-55%3,214-89$3,115$180,431,4254Universal
5Brave$6,024,987-46%2,899-493$2,078$208,774,1735Disney
6Magic Mike$4,291,432-52%2,606-484$1,647$101,966,4594Warner Bros.
7Savages$3,398,880-64%2,336-299$1,455$40,055,0753Universal
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$2,253,074-60%1,540-464$1,463$60,289,6224Lionsgate
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$1,350,946-63%1,261-1024$1,071$207,626,2017Paramount / DreamWorks
10Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$1,148,494-70%1,123-1609$1,023$22,612,7063Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,831,471-51%895-29$2,046$36,087,9599Focus
2To Rome with Love$1,420,891-42%552-192$2,574$11,107,9935Sony Pictures Classics
3Dark Shadows$1,209,814433%412173$2,936$78,620,97411Warner Bros.
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$763,443-3%12948$5,918$2,855,1424Fox Searchlight
5Marvel's The Avengers$620,411-56%495-252$1,253$615,058,42512Disney
6Snow White and the Huntsman$427,405-58%409-268$1,045$152,589,3158Universal
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$416,791-36%288-54$1,447$43,852,77112Fox Searchlight
8Prometheus$310,395-68%312-247$995$125,113,4897Fox
9Rock of Ages$282,9454%32267$879$37,966,4356Warner Bros. / New Line
10Men in Black 3$260,264-70%266-231$978$175,476,7279Sony / Columbia
11Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$184,370-76%266-389$693$36,485,3915Fox
12The Hunger Games$182,237-35%190-22$959$405,227,71118Lionsgate
13People Like Us$164,645-79%227-734$725$11,814,2854Disney / DreamWorks
14Bernie$161,686-25%1041$1,555$8,368,79413Millennium Entertainment
15Safety Not Guaranteed$157,160-54%124-58$1,267$2,940,6897FilmDistrict
16Battleship$125,565-48%172-56$730$64,996,17510Universal
17The Pirates! Band of Misfits$114,019-35%189-43$603$30,724,02213Sony / Columbia
18What to Expect When You're Expecting$113,425-36%192-29$591$40,954,15810Lionsgate
19Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$86,005-40%167-1$515$213,949,50521Universal
20The Dictator$47,796-54%105-56$455$59,617,06810Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$313,547-12%918$3,446$7,072,7029Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$187,486-10%520$3,606$5,968,74614Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cocktail (2012)$172,174-73%960$1,793$1,027,1212Eros International
4Take This Waltz$131,654-11%6921$1,908$833,6344Magnolia Pictures
5That's My Boy$71,942-77%84-88$856$36,931,0896Sony / Columbia
6Bol Bachchan$70,192-69%46-52$1,526$1,155,6953Fox International Pictures
7Your Sister's Sister$66,690-57%65-36$1,026$1,356,6646IFC Films
8Born to Be Wild 3D$61,3433%330$1,859$20,080,16268Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Three Stooges$53,445-49%53-19$1,008$44,160,31215Fox
10The Queen of Versailles$51,326--3--$17,109$51,3261Magnolia Pictures
11Hubble 3D$49,604-22%13-1$3,816$33,726,544123Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Trishna$42,03344%1613$2,627$84,6672IFC Films
13Chimpanzee$41,816-28%80-39$523$28,898,72014Disneynature
142016: Obama's America$33,1825%43$8,296$80,1342Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Mirror Mirror$28,945-43%59-32$491$64,829,63717Relativity Media
16Under the Sea 3D$23,681-15%8-2$2,960$31,933,976180Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Hysteria$22,94675%357$656$1,698,19310Sony Pictures Classics
18For Greater Glory$22,423-59%33-9$679$5,557,7248ARC Entertainment
19Damsels in Distress$20,980261%5950$356$970,11516Sony Pictures Classics
20Headhunters$17,209-3%17-3$1,012$1,152,23013Magnolia Pictures
21Neil Young Journeys$17,2014%112$1,564$84,0954Sony Pictures Classics
22Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$15,939-37%100$1,594$5,833,5011153D Entertainment
23The Magic of Belle Isle$15,58569%7-1$2,226$46,4883Magnolia Pictures
24Easy Money (2012)$14,665-41%20$7,333$52,0512Weinstein Company
25A Cat In Paris$13,514-22%180$751$231,2818GKIDS
26Dark Horse$12,818106%104$1,282$101,4887Vitagraph
27Elena (2012)$11,999-6%71$1,714$175,23310Zeitgeist Films
28Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai 3D$10,920--1--$10,920$10,9201Tribeca Film
29The Well-Digger's Daughter$10,273--3--$3,424$10,2731Kino Lorber
30The Imposter$10,202-54%10$10,202$41,7432Indomina Releasing
31Where Do We Go Now?$9,160-33%12-1$763$491,62511Sony Pictures Classics
32Unforgivable$9,05844%3-1$3,019$90,4474Strand Releasing
3330 Beats$8,624--15--$575$8,6241Roadside Attractions
34Monsieur Lazhar$8,569-47%8-2$1,071$1,935,45239Music Box Films
35The Obama Effect$7,122-92%21-4$339$103,9612ARC Entertainment
36Ballplayer: Pelotero$5,784-72%5-5$1,157$35,8652Strand Releasing
37The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$5,514182%1-2$5,514$1,110,67718Music Box Films
38Jiro Dreams of Sushi$4,967-51%5-3$993$2,527,41920Magnolia Pictures
39The Invisible War$4,950198%43$1,238$47,9125Cinedigm
40Crazy Wisdom$3,64524%21$1,823$78,31035Alive Mind Cinema
41Red Lights (2012)$2,648-74%20$1,324$17,1562Millennium Entertainment
42Union Square (2012)$2,527-82%2-2$1,264$26,8902Dada Films
43Darling Companion$2,460513%62$410$776,97914Sony Pictures Classics
44Oslo, August 31st$2,341--1--$2,341$65,5529Strand Releasing
45I Wish$2,285-46%52$457$124,76711Magnolia Pictures
46Kumare$2,234-57%20$1,117$59,6705Kino Lorber
47Bel Ami$2,08447%1-1$2,084$117,2107Magnolia Pictures
48Marley$1,971-45%2-4$986$1,393,49014Magnolia Pictures
49Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,76914%21$885$114,87317New Yorker Films
50Gerhard Richter Painting$1,557-29%10$1,557$237,49119Kino Lorber
51Paul Williams Still Alive$1,187221%10$1,187$35,1907Abramorama
52Elles$1,151-78%3-2$384$153,86013Kino Lorber
53Beyond the Black Rainbow$1,114-33%40$279$54,26910Magnolia / Magnet
54Hide Away$1,044--1--$1,044$29,6049Joule Films
55China Heavyweight$1,007-14%43$252$8,0793Zeitgeist Films
56Pink Ribbons, Inc.$815320%20$408$19,7048First Run Features
57The Salt of Life$781-53%10$781$315,30721Zeitgeist Films
58Alps$780-70%1-1$780$4,9922Kino Lorber
59Runaway Slave$745-85%10$745$11,5933Rocky Mountain Pictures
60Payback (2012)$730--1--$730$17,28913Zeitgeist Films
61The Color Wheel$525-20%21$263$15,67210Cinema Conservancy
62Nobody Else But You$350-80%1-2$350$24,62511First Run Features
63FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$231-52%20$116$109,76212International Film Circuit
64Crazy Eyes$84-93%1-1$84$6,1063Strand Releasing