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, Aug. 10 - Sun, Aug. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bourne Legacy$38,142,825--3,745--$10,185$38,142,8251Universal
2The Campaign$26,588,460--3,205--$8,296$26,588,4601Warner Bros.
3The Dark Knight Rises$18,979,397-47%3,690-552$5,143$389,588,2164Warner Bros.
4Hope Springs (2012)$14,650,121--2,361--$6,205$19,103,1781Sony / Columbia
5Total Recall (2012)$8,013,040-69%3,6010$2,225$44,101,4322Sony / Columbia
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$8,002,166-45%3,40110$2,353$30,356,1742Fox
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$6,380,929-26%3,103-439$2,056$143,694,9815Fox
8Ted (2012)$3,223,675-43%2,208-559$1,460$209,848,5857Universal
9Step Up Revolution$2,941,818-50%1,898-708$1,550$30,256,5803Lionsgate / Summit
10The Watch$2,221,451-66%2,463-705$902$31,396,0793Fox
11The Amazing Spider-Man$2,121,235-52%1,585-840$1,338$255,464,6776Sony / Columbia
12Brave$1,802,665-40%1,259-851$1,432$227,245,5318Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,183,701--800--$1,480$2,166,1591ARC Entertainment
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$722,883-37%286-32$2,528$7,160,1567Fox Searchlight
3Moonrise Kingdom$614,394-50%447-240$1,374$42,074,79212Focus
4Men in Black 3$508,001-22%295-31$1,722$177,549,43412Sony / Columbia
5Ruby Sparks$443,10212%261197$1,698$1,240,6003Fox Searchlight
6Magic Mike$422,331-70%450-752$939$112,238,9497Warner Bros.
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$421,435-28%306-198$1,377$211,686,19910Paramount / DreamWorks
8To Rome with Love$418,752-49%264-118$1,586$15,089,0518Sony Pictures Classics
9The Intouchables$375,409-34%1940$1,935$9,298,84012Weinstein Company
10The Hunger Games$324,057-25%260-31$1,246$407,294,29221Lionsgate
11Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$287,631-61%364-373$790$64,742,4957Lionsgate
12Snow White and the Huntsman$274,350-13%273-36$1,005$154,299,06011Universal
13Marvel's The Avengers$270,823-35%220-80$1,231$617,291,91615Disney
14Savages$244,860-75%318-386$770$46,808,1256Universal
15The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$168,041-46%184-46$913$45,375,33615Fox Searchlight
16Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$140,278-31%202-75$694$25,074,3076Paramount
17Prometheus$111,008-34%141-57$787$126,048,26910Fox
18Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$90,503-29%130-35$696$37,179,4538Fox
19People Like Us$52,719-59%140-57$377$12,361,4707Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12016: Obama's America$317,316830%6151$5,202$535,7235Rocky Mountain Pictures
2The Queen of Versailles$212,618-21%8922$2,389$927,1624Magnolia Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$207,6321%520$3,993$7,296,33517Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Celeste and Jesse Forever$125,04316%1814$6,947$296,9592Sony Pictures Classics
5Farewell, My Queen$99,145-47%582$1,709$804,9935Cohen Media Group
6Bernie$79,313-39%88-9$901$8,940,21216Millennium Entertainment
7Searching For Sugar Man$63,34263%158$4,223$166,3683Sony Pictures Classics
8Born to Be Wild 3D$62,033-2%330$1,880$20,469,73971Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Safety Not Guaranteed$60,576-62%73-48$830$3,603,02510FilmDistrict
10Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$54,691-25%25-1$2,188$235,7983IFC Films
11Hubble 3D$52,00423%141$3,715$34,067,759126Warner Bros. / IMAX
12From Beneath$47,628--18--$2,646$47,6281Nocturnal Features
13The Imposter$43,89123%135$3,376$167,8765Indomina Releasing
14Red Hook Summer$40,070--4--$10,018$40,0701Variance Films
15Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$39,281249%100$3,928$5,937,5761183D Entertainment
16Under the Sea 3D$38,72230%7-2$5,532$32,139,878183Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Take This Waltz$24,518-55%35-16$701$1,137,5947Magnolia Pictures
182 Days In New York$23,942--2--$11,971$23,9421Magnolia Pictures
19Dark Shadows$23,406-78%45-87$520$79,711,67814Warner Bros.
20Rock of Ages$19,990-71%57-88$351$38,509,3429Warner Bros. / New Line
21The Well-Digger's Daughter$19,946-39%130$1,534$137,6244Kino Lorber
22Easy Money (2012)$18,122-16%71$2,589$143,2575Weinstein Company
23Your Sister's Sister$16,021-57%33-19$485$1,546,7539IFC Films
24The Three Stooges$13,794-50%27-5$511$44,328,23818Fox
25Max and the Junkmen (2012 re-issue)$13,000--1--$13,000$13,0001Rialto Pictures
26Girlfriend Boyfriend - GF BF$9,702-67%8-8$1,213$56,8102China Lion Film
27360$9,647-21%119$877$45,9042Magnolia Pictures
28Monsieur Lazhar$8,549-42%100$855$1,982,03742Music Box Films
29$upercapitalist$8,372--1--$8,372$8,3721Truly Indie
30Meet The Fokkens$7,628--1--$7,628$10,1281Kino Lorber
31The Magic of Belle Isle$7,355-2%81$919$90,2286Magnolia Pictures
32Unforgivable$7,098--6--$1,183$104,5227Strand Releasing
33Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai 3D$6,521--5--$1,304$38,4094Tribeca Film
34Trishna$6,178-74%13-10$475$225,1965IFC Films
35Neil Young Journeys$5,894-56%140$421$148,8837Sony Pictures Classics
36A Cat In Paris$5,868-46%12-2$489$287,70911GKIDS
37Total Recall (1990) (2012 re-issue)$5,788--1--$5,788$5,7881Rialto Pictures
38Hysteria$5,779-11%161$361$1,749,93213Sony Pictures Classics
39Klown$5,757-51%10-6$576$52,8813Drafthouse Films
40Red Lights (2012)$5,393-63%8-10$674$49,2515Millennium Entertainment
41Dark Horse$5,226-32%8-1$653$150,48210Vitagraph
42Shut Up and Play the Hits$4,880-40%82$610$505,1544Oscilloscope
43Headhunters$4,652-50%9-1$517$1,196,75216Magnolia Pictures
44Kumare$4,071-62%6-3$679$87,7738Kino Lorber
45For Greater Glory$4,036-74%10-24$404$5,669,08111ARC Entertainment
46Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$3,981347%42$995$74,1029Music Box Films
47Jiro Dreams of Sushi$3,137-26%3-3$1,046$2,545,98823Magnolia Pictures
48Elena (2012)$2,799-64%3-2$933$205,32013Zeitgeist Films
49You've Been Trumped$2,275-49%21$1,138$9,0752International Film Circuit
50Marley$1,976-33%51$395$1,412,12417Magnolia Pictures
51I Wish$1,600-65%3-3$533$144,40814Magnolia Pictures
52Dreams of A Life$1,543-50%10$1,543$6,5952Strand Releasing
53Nobody Else But You$1,471-61%20$736$32,06914First Run Features
54Mirror Mirror$1,295-81%456$29$64,933,67020Relativity Media
55Lost Bohemia$1,22363%1-1$1,223$23,58465Impact Partners
56Mosquita Y Mari$1,186-77%10$1,186$8,6142The Film Collaborative
57The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$1,103--1--$1,103$41,61318Rialto
58Union Square (2012)$832-17%20$416$36,1245Dada Films
59Soldiers of Fortune$641-97%2-48$321$38,8422Roadside Attractions
60The Invisible War$619-46%2-1$310$52,6008Cinedigm
61Damsels in Distress$44466%20$222$1,006,68119Sony Pictures Classics
62Darling Companion$368-94%4-3$92$791,43117Sony Pictures Classics
63Where Do We Go Now?$339-93%1-11$339$521,48914Sony Pictures Classics
64Natural Selection$335--1--$335$55,28222Cinema Guild
65China Heavyweight$325--1--$325$8,8626Zeitgeist Films
66The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$206-93%1-1$206$1,124,78621Music Box Films
675 Broken Cameras$187-79%1-1$187$63,92411Kino Lorber
68Bonsai$149-92%1-2$149$21,16314Strand Releasing