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, Sep. 7 - Sun, Sep. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$9,317,472-47%2,83418$3,288$33,166,5822Lionsgate
2Lawless$6,007,036-40%3,138250$1,914$23,525,4552Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$4,951,899-45%3,260-74$1,519$75,619,0384Lionsgate
4The Words$4,750,894--2,801--$1,696$4,750,8941CBS Films
5ParaNorman$4,195,415-36%2,856-229$1,469$45,452,8764Focus
6The Bourne Legacy$3,969,330-45%2,766-365$1,435$103,628,8255Universal
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$3,650,158-42%2,71782$1,343$43,007,2084Disney
8The Campaign$3,377,189-41%2,542-399$1,329$79,320,6215Warner Bros.
92016: Obama's America$3,309,422-41%2,017270$1,641$26,115,7179Rocky Mountain Pictures
10The Dark Knight Rises$3,218,189-47%1,987-200$1,620$437,782,4828Warner Bros.
11Hope Springs (2012)$2,800,217-40%2,437-4$1,149$57,519,6565Sony / Columbia
12Premium Rush$2,311,414-42%2,182-73$1,059$16,743,1043Sony / Columbia
13The Cold Light of Day$1,831,588--1,511--$1,212$1,831,5881Lionsgate / Summit
14Hit and Run$1,077,146-58%1,810-1060$595$12,503,7503Open Road
15Marvel's The Avengers$786,181-59%1,209-496$650$621,414,62719Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$1,673,731--267--$6,269$1,673,7311Paramount
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$834,216-36%763-273$1,093$157,173,6609Fox
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$817,491-42%931-273$878$46,742,1006Fox
4Sparkle (2012)$780,085-56%873-384$894$23,374,1624Sony / TriStar
5Brave$720,572-50%959-749$751$233,397,96412Disney
6The Amazing Spider-Man$565,880-39%416-85$1,360$260,571,24110Sony / Columbia
7Ted (2012)$548,730-32%515-46$1,065$216,858,06011Universal
8Robot & Frank$505,598-27%20258$2,503$2,014,0274IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9Total Recall (2012)$467,562-46%502-254$931$57,627,6936Sony / Columbia
10Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$380,983-40%345-160$1,104$215,240,16514Paramount / DreamWorks
11Beasts of the Southern Wild$358,952-32%2692$1,334$10,272,09111Fox Searchlight
12Celeste and Jesse Forever$352,037-51%441-145$798$2,610,5116Sony Pictures Classics
13The Intouchables$302,504-20%19419$1,559$11,555,46416Weinstein Company
14Branded$240,589--307--$784$240,5891Roadside Attractions
15Moonrise Kingdom$229,830-33%2003$1,149$44,640,04816Focus
16Step Up Revolution$190,638-34%198-38$963$34,484,1027Lionsgate / Summit
17The Apparition$173,841-73%276-534$630$4,739,3623Warner Bros.
18The Watch$149,098-35%135-60$1,104$33,998,9007Fox
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$143,610-22%167-12$860$65,483,07911Lionsgate
20Men in Black 3$128,715-32%173-13$744$179,020,85416Sony / Columbia
21Magic Mike$92,919-41%202-66$460$113,578,73711Warner Bros.
22The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$82,338-17%1149$722$46,083,01919Fox Searchlight
23The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$43,854-90%281-1879$156$1,029,0502Kenn Viselman Presents

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sleepwalk With Me$280,359-13%7344$3,841$816,3073IFC Films
2For A Good Time, Call...$215,98550%5633$3,857$450,0042Focus
3Samsara$194,86240%2516$7,794$482,6103Oscilloscope
4Bachelorette$181,494--47--$3,862$181,4941RADiUS-TWC
5Searching For Sugar Man$114,455-19%331$3,468$892,5967Sony Pictures Classics
6To Rome with Love$107,252-27%973$1,106$16,316,77612Sony Pictures Classics
7The Queen of Versailles$104,761-36%73-14$1,435$2,011,3668Magnolia Pictures
8To the Arctic 3D$78,788-50%520$1,515$8,395,13521Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Imposter$68,243-13%27-4$2,528$601,2129Indomina Releasing
10Keep the Lights On$55,574--5--$11,115$55,5741Music Box Films
11Ruby Sparks$54,889-39%76-2$722$2,373,0737Fox Searchlight
122 Days In New York$50,558-44%34-8$1,487$519,6575Magnolia Pictures
13Cosmopolis$43,537-51%45-20$967$702,8424Entertainment One Films
14Farewell, My Queen$37,456-37%360$1,040$1,251,7369Cohen Media Group
15Safety Not Guaranteed$35,010-12%546$648$3,876,51914FilmDistrict
16Compliance$34,300-37%212$1,633$231,3634Magnolia Pictures
17Little White Lies$33,106-23%142$2,365$137,8193MPI Media
18Prometheus$28,434-38%48-7$592$126,429,11714Fox
19Red Hook Summer$27,837-47%29-12$960$300,4585Variance Films
20The Eye of the Storm$25,785--7--$3,684$25,7851Sycamore Entertainment
21Born to Be Wild 3D$24,731-49%330$749$20,816,62475Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Hello I Must Be Going$23,904--2--$11,952$23,9041Oscilloscope
23The Bullet Vanishes$22,461-48%13-1$1,728$91,1972China Lion Film
24Hubble 3D$21,963-49%173$1,292$34,385,498130Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Toys in the Attic$19,913--27--$738$19,9131Hannover House
26Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$18,632-60%39-10$478$37,498,90612Fox
27Joker$17,725-83%43-31$412$163,0702UTV Communications
28Detropia$17,414--1--$17,414$17,4141Loki Films
29The Well-Digger's Daughter$16,579-32%13-1$1,275$273,2778Kino Lorber
30Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$15,562-10%246$648$450,0907IFC Films
31Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$14,267-12%100$1,427$6,096,5821223D Entertainment
32Beloved (2012)$14,2290%60$2,372$100,4204IFC Films
33Mugamoodi$13,590-76%17-4$799$90,5762UTV Communications
34Flying Swords of Dragon Gate$13,464-86%3-12$4,488$170,2762Indomina Releasing
35Bernie$13,130-50%18-8$729$9,185,90820Millennium Entertainment
36Unforgivable$12,997401%65$2,166$135,94711Strand Releasing
37Wild Horse, Wild Ride$11,376--5--$2,275$16,2563Screen Media Films
38Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$9,756-36%22-9$443$3,360,7685ARC Entertainment
39Chicken With Plums$9,611-14%52$1,922$115,6924Sony Pictures Classics
40Take This Waltz$7,40717%134$570$1,216,73411Magnolia Pictures
41Girl Model$6,864--1--$6,864$6,8641First Run Features
42Kumare$5,139206%52$1,028$114,09312Kino Lorber
43Hysteria$5,055249%73$722$1,779,16617Sony Pictures Classics
44For Ellen$4,616--1--$4,616$5,7981Tribeca Film
45Neil Young Journeys$4,188-31%10-1$419$193,64211Sony Pictures Classics
46Under the Sea 3D$3,938-83%81$492$32,335,611187Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Painted Skin: The Resurrection$3,897109%32$1,299$44,8884Well Go USA
48The Ambassador$3,773-71%84$472$24,2952Drafthouse Films
49A Cat In Paris$3,543-37%52$709$318,54315GKIDS
50[REC] 3: Genesis$3,001--8--$375$3,0011Magnolia / Magnet
51Neighboring Sounds$2,738-71%1-1$2,738$37,4273Cinema Guild
52Oslo, August 31st$2,215-79%2-5$1,108$97,81116Strand Releasing
53The Awakening (2012)$2,072-77%4-9$518$175,0884Cohen Media Group
54360$2,008-55%52$402$92,7376Magnolia Pictures
55Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,434--1--$1,434$148,69118Rialto Pictures
56The Day$1,281-87%2-10$641$20,5022Anchor Bay Films
57Last Ride$1,245--2--$623$5,48011Music Box Films
58Little Birds$1,222-73%10$1,222$11,5012Millenium Entertainment
59How To Grow A Band$1,056--1--$1,056$16,37422International Film Circuit
60Elena (2012)$1,017-42%1-1$1,017$215,50717Zeitgeist Films
61The Invisible War$696466%21$348$58,49212Cinedigm
62Where Do We Go Now?$656-53%31$219$531,81318Sony Pictures Classics
63OC87$634--2--$317$41,58716Fisher Klingenstein Films
64Easy Money (2012)$603-75%20$302$188,8709Weinstein Company
65Klown$571-65%1-1$571$67,5877Drafthouse Films
66Alps$561--1--$561$8,5939Kino Lorber
67Planet of Snail$531--1--$531$9,1317Cinema Guild
68Ballplayer: Pelotero$459--2--$230$44,6899Strand Releasing
69Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$444-83%21$222$79,81413Music Box Films
70Hermano$403-69%4-4$101$29,3793Music Box Films
71The Turin Horse$358--1--$358$56,09731Cinema Guild
72Elles$206--1--$206$157,42720Kino Lorber
73Turn Me On, Dammit!$200-71%10$200$123,54324New Yorker Films
74Pink Ribbons, Inc.$129--1--$129$26,55815First Run Features