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. 28 - Sun, Sep. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$42,522,194--3,349--$12,697$42,522,1941Sony / Columbia
2Looper$20,801,552--2,992--$6,952$20,801,5221Sony / TriStar
3End of Watch$7,812,077-41%2,78050$2,810$25,980,7102Open Road
4Trouble with the Curve$7,277,385-40%3,2120$2,266$23,473,3472Warner Bros.
5House at the End of the Street$7,122,347-42%3,0830$2,310$22,193,3162Relativity Media
6Finding Nemo 3D$4,035,826-58%2,639-265$1,529$36,444,8063Disney
7Resident Evil: Retribution$2,986,356-55%2,381-635$1,254$38,691,2893Sony / Screen Gems
8Won't Back Down$2,603,370--2,515--$1,035$2,603,3701Fox
9Dredd 3D$2,363,956-62%2,55751$925$10,948,5632Lionsgate
10The Possession$1,362,404-48%1,618-980$842$47,411,7225Lionsgate
11Lawless$867,807-62%1,503-1111$577$36,277,4475Weinstein Company
12ParaNorman$780,975-67%1,209-408$646$53,934,9447Focus
13The Odd Life of Timothy Green$648,195-58%1,187-565$546$49,711,0377Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$5,149,433--335--$15,371$5,149,4331Universal
2The Master$2,680,554-39%85668$3,131$9,568,6243Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,103,946383%10298$10,823$1,428,7852Lionsgate / Summit
4Arbitrage$869,407-27%25511$3,409$5,114,7023Roadside Attractions
5The Dark Knight Rises$789,429-38%655-293$1,205$444,377,66011Warner Bros.
6The Bourne Legacy$782,800-51%824-607$950$111,699,9558Universal
7The Expendables 2$524,199-64%815-1005$643$84,025,3477Lionsgate
8The Campaign$488,008-60%630-620$775$85,899,5208Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$425,491-50%691-456$616$62,937,7228Sony / Columbia
102016: Obama's America$411,929-56%575-641$716$32,946,36512Rocky Mountain Pictures
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$384,421-29%387-33$993$159,080,86612Fox
12Barfi!$321,034-50%127-3$2,528$2,462,0083UTV Communications
13Marvel's The Avengers$270,275-42%241-49$1,121$623,279,54722Disney
14The Amazing Spider-Man$221,547-10%204-49$1,086$261,765,61713Sony / Columbia
15Unconditional$212,881-59%231-81$922$879,6052Veracity Moving Pictures
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$190,722-42%332-42$574$48,034,7119Fox
17Ted (2012)$175,485-28%225-68$780$218,118,55014Universal
18Total Recall (2012)$160,066-43%239-83$670$58,731,5789Sony / Columbia
19Last Ounce of Courage$158,494-72%297-767$534$3,202,5813Rocky Mountain Pictures
20Sleepwalk With Me$151,074-35%120-15$1,259$1,876,8496IFC Films
21Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$149,170-33%203-37$735$216,096,34417Paramount / DreamWorks
22The Words$147,977-80%278-969$532$11,434,8674CBS Films
23Brave$139,008--114--$1,219$233,697,25515Disney
24The Intouchables$136,300-25%121-35$1,126$12,471,35319Weinstein Company
25Premium Rush$132,031-64%208-359$635$19,924,5556Sony / Columbia
26Robot & Frank$99,702-45%116-40$860$3,064,3887IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
27Sparkle (2012)$97,475-23%22014$443$24,397,4697Sony / TriStar
28Step Up Revolution$63,509-55%110-72$577$35,057,33210Lionsgate / Summit
29Hit and Run$41,176-70%132-159$312$13,714,1376Open Road
30The Cold Light of Day$33,795-43%104-51$325$3,749,0614Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Samsara$150,209-22%590$2,546$1,396,8316Oscilloscope
2Thaandavam$123,753--45--$2,750$129,0441UTV Communications
3Searching For Sugar Man$95,3452%37-1$2,577$1,318,74510Sony Pictures Classics
4Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$90,69942%1411$6,479$193,5432IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
5To the Arctic 3D$90,5278%520$1,741$8,806,38524Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Heroine$75,725-81%97-17$781$560,2852UTV Communications
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$69,563-44%69-63$1,008$11,029,93014Fox Searchlight
8Moonrise Kingdom$65,845-49%82-38$803$45,294,88819Focus
9For A Good Time, Call...$53,459-64%84-21$636$1,205,0455Focus
10Liberal Arts$49,11827%3212$1,535$150,2103IFC Films
11My Uncle Rafael$45,038-59%5-9$9,008$182,0842Rocky Mountain Pictures
1210 Years$39,721-46%6320$630$178,0353Anchor Bay Films
13The Apparition$38,104235%6530$586$4,901,2836Warner Bros.
14The Queen of Versailles$37,526-25%38-2$988$2,284,88611Magnolia Pictures
15To Rome with Love$35,620-35%23-27$1,549$16,592,13815Sony Pictures Classics
16The Watch$32,946-38%46-31$716$34,287,28410Fox
17Vulgaria$31,097--16--$1,944$31,0971China Lion Film
18Detropia$27,315-17%110$2,483$177,8784Loki Films
19Hubble 3D$27,013-11%14-1$1,930$34,546,616133Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Born to Be Wild 3D$26,80627%330$812$20,929,55578Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$26,522-65%40-45$663$3,115,1154Paramount
22The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$25,661-38%32-15$802$46,313,97622Fox Searchlight
23The Other Dream Team$19,821--2--$9,911$19,8211The Film Arcade
24Celeste and Jesse Forever$18,826-60%34-20$554$3,053,9959Sony Pictures Classics
25Backwards$17,050-26%94$1,894$50,8852Dada Films
26How To Survive A Plague$16,145-43%73$2,306$57,1252IFC Films
27Safety Not Guaranteed$12,675-37%34-6$373$3,980,77017FilmDistrict
28Ruby Sparks$9,363-53%17-26$551$2,498,09810Fox Searchlight
29Keep the Lights On$9,354-59%5-3$1,871$172,0374Music Box Films
30Hello I Must Be Going$8,769-58%11-4$797$83,8144Oscilloscope
31Toys in the Attic$7,87024%60$1,312$59,7774Hannover House
32The Well-Digger's Daughter$7,648300%116$695$303,73711Kino Lorber
33Wild Horse, Wild Ride$7,648-51%8-6$956$94,6216Screen Media Films
34Chicken With Plums$7,590-54%9-8$843$181,9737Sony Pictures Classics
35Occupy Unmasked$7,521-82%40$1,880$51,7872Magnolia / Magnet
362 Days In New York$7,440-48%9-9$827$601,4178Magnolia Pictures
37Tales of the Night$7,154--1--$7,154$10,9751GKIDS
38The Waiting Room$7,086--4--$1,772$15,9981International Film Circuit
39Compliance$6,146-52%15-1$410$302,4167Magnolia Pictures
40Somewhere Between$5,831-49%31$1,944$50,1136Long Shot Factory
41Farewell, My Queen$5,590-44%12-8$466$1,329,66012Cohen Media Group
42Elena (2012)$4,725137%31$1,575$228,23920Zeitgeist Films
43Hellbound?$4,32210%51$864$11,7502Area23a
44The Eye of the Storm$4,160--2--$2,080$67,0414Sycamore Entertainment
45Under the Sea 3D$3,873-75%70$553$32,371,867190Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Radio Unnameable$3,695-37%10$3,695$15,8262Kino Lorber
47Red Hook Summer$3,592--6--$599$331,0258Variance Films
4817 Girls$3,499-21%5-5$700$10,7002Strand Releasing
49Head Games$3,270--3--$1,090$4,8542Variance Films
50The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best$3,022-22%32$1,007$7,4662Oscilloscope
51Death by China$2,887596%21$1,444$25,5207Area23a
52Cosmopolis$2,348-10%5-4$470$761,5527Entertainment One Films
53Step Up to the Plate$2,066-79%1-5$2,066$26,8173Cinema Guild
54Husbands In Goa$1,991-56%4-3$498$7,4552UTV Communications
55Neil Young Journeys$1,910149%9-2$212$208,34014Sony Pictures Classics
56Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,714-23%70$245$3,374,5398ARC Entertainment
57Unforgivable$1,687427%10$1,687$145,39314Strand Releasing
58How To Grow A Band$1,623331%20$812$19,23725International Film Circuit
59Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,591-66%20$796$160,85821Rialto Pictures
60[REC] 3: Genesis$1,2583%2-1$629$8,9734Magnolia / Magnet
61Bringing Up Bobby$1,005--1--$1,005$1,0051Monterey Media
62You've Been Trumped$9217%2-1$461$19,3979International Film Circuit
63Headshot$532--2--$266$5321Kino Lorber
64Neighboring Sounds$416-73%20$208$42,5366Cinema Guild
65We Won't Grow Old Together$374--1--$374$10,31717The Film Desk
66Three Stars$369-63%10$369$8,6922First Run Features
675 Broken Cameras$292--1--$292$70,41118Kino Lorber
68Planet of Snail$274--1--$274$11,96710Cinema Guild
69Branded$24-93%1-1$24$353,4684Roadside Attractions