'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, Aug. 3 - Sun, Aug. 5

Wide (1000+)

1The Dark Knight Rises$35,737,330-42%4,242-162$8,425$353,935,0943Warner Bros.
2Total Recall (2012)$25,577,758--3,601--$7,103$25,577,7581Sony / Columbia
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$14,623,599--3,391--$4,312$14,623,5991Fox
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$8,609,040-36%3,542-327$2,431$132,071,8994Fox
5The Watch$6,527,915-49%3,1680$2,061$25,541,1182Fox
6Step Up Revolution$5,927,462-49%2,60639$2,275$23,724,6112Lionsgate / Summit
7Ted (2012)$5,644,680-23%2,767-362$2,040$203,579,9156Universal
8The Amazing Spider-Man$4,400,315-34%2,425-735$1,815$250,740,6485Sony / Columbia
10Magic Mike$1,414,372-46%1,202-873$1,177$110,928,6776Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Moonrise Kingdom$1,240,083-14%687-166$1,805$40,779,12711Focus
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$1,154,76825%318110$3,631$5,883,5606Fox Searchlight
4To Rome with Love$824,223-18%382-110$2,158$14,304,6407Sony Pictures Classics
5Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$731,828-44%737-374$993$64,142,2536Lionsgate
6Men in Black 3$654,529256%326139$2,008$176,626,90711Sony / Columbia
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$587,512-35%504-304$1,166$210,852,3429Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Intouchables$566,1309%1940$2,918$8,648,79111Weinstein Company
9The Hunger Games$429,366-17%291-19$1,475$406,697,22420Lionsgate
10Marvel's The Avengers$417,065-19%300-73$1,390$616,768,48714Disney
11Snow White and the Huntsman$316,710-20%309-46$1,025$153,829,95510Universal
12The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$310,484-7%230-46$1,350$45,014,05514Fox Searchlight
13Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$202,023-63%277-329$729$24,789,0975Paramount
15Safety Not Guaranteed$160,998-5%121-28$1,331$3,464,5519FilmDistrict
16People Like Us$127,76813%19732$649$12,242,6076Disney / DreamWorks
17Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$126,848-20%165-32$769$37,014,0757Fox
18Dark Shadows$108,838-62%132-90$825$79,628,02413Warner Bros.
19Rock of Ages$68,229-58%145-157$471$38,452,3338Warner Bros. / New Line
20The Pirates! Band of Misfits$66,732-18%112-39$596$31,051,12615Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1Ruby Sparks$395,913181%6451$6,186$638,6832Fox Searchlight
2The Queen of Versailles$270,37798%6744$4,035$557,2663Magnolia Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$205,6668%520$3,955$6,855,60116Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Farewell, My Queen$187,22241%5623$3,343$624,1764Cohen Media Group
5Bernie$130,709-3%97-2$1,348$8,799,90615Millennium Entertainment
6Celeste and Jesse Forever$107,785--4--$26,946$107,7851Sony Pictures Classics
7Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$72,91777%2621$2,805$138,3872IFC Films
8Born to Be Wild 3D$63,45912%330$1,923$20,339,95170Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Take This Waltz$55,007-35%51-13$1,079$1,083,8836Magnolia Pictures
10Hubble 3D$42,250-19%132$3,250$33,947,790125Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Searching For Sugar Man$38,74341%74$5,535$82,0932Sony Pictures Classics
12Your Sister's Sister$37,592-25%52-10$723$1,504,4698IFC Films
13The Imposter$35,671194%86$4,459$104,6594Indomina Releasing
142016: Obama's America$34,133-13%104$3,413$192,7564Rocky Mountain Pictures
15The Well-Digger's Daughter$32,8935%132$2,530$100,4793Kino Lorber
16Under the Sea 3D$29,88617%92$3,321$32,060,430182Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Girlfriend Boyfriend - GF BF$29,016--16--$1,814$29,0161China Lion Film
18The Three Stooges$27,495-38%32-7$859$44,297,66317Fox
19Soldiers of Fortune$24,978--50--$500$24,9781Roadside Attractions
20Trishna$24,056-55%23-15$1,046$209,5304IFC Films
21Easy Money (2012)$21,550-2%61$3,592$114,2344Weinstein Company
22Cocktail (2012)$21,288-64%960$222$1,218,6954Eros International
23Runaway Slave$17,47627%62$2,913$47,8135Rocky Mountain Pictures
24For Greater Glory$15,635-57%34-55$460$5,654,16510ARC Entertainment
25Monsieur Lazhar$14,71494%103$1,471$1,967,82541Music Box Films
26Red Lights (2012)$14,613965%1817$812$35,5934Millennium Entertainment
27Neil Young Journeys$13,537-26%14-2$967$136,0716Sony Pictures Classics
28360$12,186--2--$6,093$12,1861Magnolia Pictures
29Klown$11,769-40%1613$736$40,3782Drafthouse Films
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$11,246-14%100$1,125$5,885,3021173D Entertainment
31A Cat In Paris$10,95919%142$783$274,08810GKIDS
32Kumare$10,722284%97$1,191$78,2357Kino Lorber
33Headhunters$9,269-12%10-1$927$1,187,26415Magnolia Pictures
34Shut Up and Play the Hits$8,092-65%6-9$1,349$493,3543Oscilloscope
35Elena (2012)$7,82971%50$1,566$196,54112Zeitgeist Films
36Dark Horse$7,703-52%9-1$856$141,6379Vitagraph
37The Magic of Belle Isle$7,498-26%7-3$1,071$78,3935Magnolia Pictures
39Mirror Mirror$6,734-55%39-17$173$64,890,59519Relativity Media
40Hysteria$6,482-25%15-4$432$1,737,72212Sony Pictures Classics
41Darling Companion$5,701139%70$814$787,72016Sony Pictures Classics
42The Babymakers$5,215--10--$522$5,2151Millennium Entertainment
43Mosquita Y Mari$5,070--1--$5,070$5,0701The Film Collaborative
44Where Do We Go Now?$4,932-48%124$411$518,22213Sony Pictures Classics
45I Wish$4,527-33%62$755$141,65413Magnolia Pictures
46You've Been Trumped$4,497--1--$4,497$4,4971International Film Circuit
47Sacrifice$4,293-72%3-8$1,431$27,8992IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
48Jiro Dreams of Sushi$4,25847%62$710$2,541,85822Magnolia Pictures
49Nobody Else But You$3,733973%21$1,867$28,85013First Run Features
50The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$3,138-38%20$1,569$1,123,56120Music Box Films
51Dreams of A Life$3,085--1--$3,085$3,0851Strand Releasing
52Marley$2,929-4%41$732$1,408,10216Magnolia Pictures
53Planet of Snail$2,1276%10$2,127$6,5852Cinema Guild
54Oslo, August 31st$1,98418%2-1$992$71,43711Strand Releasing
55Bonsai$1,905291%32$635$20,04013Strand Releasing
56Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film$1,350--1--$1,350$1,3501Kino Lorber
57The Invisible War$1,154477%32$385$50,8537Cinedigm
58Union Square (2012)$1,000-70%2-1$500$34,7034Dada Films
59Turn Me On, Dammit!$90017%20$450$119,82219New Yorker Films
605 Broken Cameras$89223%21$446$63,10010Kino Lorber
61Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$890-35%2-1$445$67,4758Music Box Films
62Gerhard Richter Painting$863--1--$863$238,35421Kino Lorber
63Lost Bohemia$751--2--$376$20,51864Impact Partners
64Whores' Glory$603--1--$603$30,61515Kino Lorber
65Crazy Wisdom$579-75%1-1$579$86,20237Alive Mind Cinema
66OC87$53012%10$530$38,21311Fisher Klingenstein Films
67Sushi: The Global Catch$516--1--$516$5161Alive Mind Cinema
68The Color Wheel$310-4%10$310$17,00212Cinema Conservancy
69Pink Ribbons, Inc.$299-86%1-2$299$24,78410First Run Features
70Damsels in Distress$268-98%2-15$134$1,006,11318Sony Pictures Classics
71How To Grow A Band$120--1--$120$13,70317International Film Circuit
72FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$45-97%1-1$45$112,67914International Film Circuit