'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, Oct. 26 - Sun, Oct. 28

Wide (1000+)

1Argo$12,085,059-27%2,855-392$4,233$60,510,3473Warner Bros.
2Cloud Atlas$9,612,247--2,008--$4,787$9,612,2471Warner Bros.
3Hotel Transylvania$9,444,014-27%3,276-108$2,883$130,380,3555Sony / Columbia
4Paranormal Activity 4$8,510,186-71%3,4120$2,494$42,467,5512Paramount
5Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$8,023,036--2,933--$2,735$8,023,0361Open Road
6Taken 2$7,716,732-42%2,995-494$2,577$117,105,5774Fox
7Here Comes the Boom$5,210,024-38%2,491-523$2,092$30,320,4963Sony / Columbia
8Alex Cross$5,133,486-55%2,5412$2,020$19,452,1772Lionsgate / Summit
9Sinister$4,996,099-43%2,347-195$2,129$39,441,0543Lionsgate / Summit
10Fun Size$4,101,017--3,014--$1,361$4,101,0171Paramount
11Pitch Perfect$3,948,025-42%1,999-661$1,975$51,300,2585Universal
13Chasing Mavericks$2,268,274--2,002--$1,133$2,268,2741Fox
14Looper$2,100,527-50%1,189-1034$1,767$61,513,8335Sony / TriStar
15Seven Psychopaths$1,498,350-54%1,003-477$1,494$11,959,8583CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,449,493-33%736-9$1,969$11,257,1726Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$332,483-60%290-461$1,146$38,555,9946Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$304,653-58%420-505$725$34,660,2276Warner Bros.
5The Dark Knight Rises$263,856-27%291-54$907$447,158,35415Warner Bros.
6The Master$258,270-50%201-211$1,285$15,208,6527Weinstein Company
8House at the End of the Street$174,500-63%302-444$578$31,055,2576Relativity Media
9Arbitrage$168,009-41%125-44$1,344$7,341,2727Roadside Attractions
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$140,747-27%192-30$733$160,255,73216Fox
11Searching For Sugar Man$137,728-30%114-23$1,208$2,192,64014Sony Pictures Classics
12The Bourne Legacy$131,735-21%191-41$690$113,001,84012Universal
13Student of the Year$130,985-60%1060$1,236$548,6912Eros International
14The Campaign$130,639280%222148$588$86,581,91612Warner Bros.
15Resident Evil: Retribution$122,04721%19840$616$42,119,6787Sony / Screen Gems
16The Expendables 2$112,946150%17886$635$84,705,40411Lionsgate
17Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$92,299-85%147-798$628$3,206,3533Atlas Distribution
18Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$64,587-37%116-33$557$48,658,66213Fox
19The Odd Life of Timothy Green$59,441-43%115-79$517$50,714,38011Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Sessions$217,35392%2016$10,868$376,9962Fox Searchlight
2The Other Son$125,691--40--$3,142$125,6911Cohen Media Group
3The Thieves$105,652-31%225$4,802$532,6993Well Go USA
4Chakravyuh$97,896--79--$1,239$111,3521Eros International
6The Paperboy$89,327-20%762$1,175$538,3524Millennium Entertainment
7To the Arctic 3D$80,950-9%520$1,557$9,408,02028Warner Bros. / IMAX
8English Vinglish$70,376-61%880$800$1,779,6284Eros International
9Finding Nemo 3D$61,382-60%78-105$787$40,496,2197Disney
10Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$57,232-22%26-1$2,201$653,7106IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
11Tai Chi Zero$41,410-51%23-8$1,800$158,9992Variance / Well Go USA
12Smashed$39,592-11%211$1,885$145,1053Sony Pictures Classics
13The Intouchables$36,992-18%48-12$771$12,885,03123Weinstein Company
14The Flat$36,82285%97$4,091$70,9682IFC Films
15Born to Be Wild 3D$35,93614%300$1,198$21,149,64482Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Possession$33,532-42%82-51$409$48,879,9979Lionsgate
17Hubble 3D$29,608-22%150$1,974$34,844,477137Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Simon and the Oaks$29,22526%147$2,088$75,3183The Film Arcade
19Lawless$28,950-66%96-88$302$37,338,0499Weinstein Company
20Brooklyn Castle$26,62842%86$3,329$50,5002Producers Distribution Agency
21Middle of Nowhere (2012)$26,360-48%243$1,098$163,1613AFFRM
22Sleepwalk With Me$25,945-29%32-13$811$2,218,64710IFC Films
23District of Corruption$25,086--3--$8,362$25,0861Rocky Mountain Pictures
24The House I Live In$22,31449%128$1,860$107,9224Abramorama
25Dredd 3D$21,661-80%72-88$301$13,401,6836Lionsgate
26The Big Picture (2012)$17,81918%60$2,970$61,7113MPI Media
27El Milagro de Marcelino Pan y Vino$17,095--1--$17,095$17,0951Gigapix Releasing
28Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story$16,011--1--$16,011$16,0111Dutchmen Films
29The Loneliest Planet$15,689--2--$7,845$15,6891IFC Films
30Liberal Arts$14,44314%202$722$280,6707IFC Films
31Won't Back Down$14,212-68%65-103$219$5,264,0935Fox
32The Waiting Room$13,537-54%40$3,384$102,8605International Film Circuit
33The Other Dream Team$11,641-45%141$832$119,6535The Film Arcade
34Hating Breitbart$10,994-73%40$2,749$54,0662Rocky Mountain Pictures
35Wuthering Heights (2012)$10,012-40%121$834$62,1294Oscilloscope
36Moonrise Kingdom$9,547-51%15-14$636$45,507,86523Focus
37Beasts of the Southern Wild$9,396-46%20-8$470$11,204,34718Fox Searchlight
38V/H/S$9,23174%193$486$87,6294Magnolia / Magnet
39Somewhere Between$8,420-63%60$1,403$107,84610Long Shot Factory
40Robot & Frank$7,845-50%24-10$327$3,255,61011IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
41Keep the Lights On$7,51619%5-4$1,503$218,0838Music Box Films
42All Together$7,327-43%7-3$1,047$23,2622Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
43The Well-Digger's Daughter$7,257-15%6-3$1,210$343,63615Kino Lorber
44Orchestra of Exiles$6,719--1--$6,719$6,7191First Run Features
45Chicken With Plums$6,08050%111$553$226,77011Sony Pictures Classics
46War of the Buttons (2012)$5,399-69%8-27$675$38,6613Weinstein Company
47Nobody Walks$5,372-26%75$767$15,5322Magnolia Pictures
48To Rome with Love$5,313-45%11-21$483$16,677,74619Sony Pictures Classics
49The Queen of Versailles$5,035-34%8-5$629$2,380,93315Magnolia Pictures
50Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$5,027-45%3-3$1,676$48,7684Rainbow Releasing
51The Revisionaries$4,839--3--$1,613$12,6364Kino Lorber
52Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$4,338--4--$1,085$56,3664Roadside Attractions
53Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$4,201-34%104$420$31,9564Drafthouse Films
54Tristana (2012 re-issue)$4,153--1--$4,153$12,6863Cohen Media Group
55Celeste and Jesse Forever$3,88670%150$259$3,087,50313Sony Pictures Classics
56Under the Sea 3D$3,858-39%51$772$32,410,500194Warner Bros. / IMAX
57You've Been Trumped$3,188486%2-1$1,594$23,59213International Film Circuit
58How To Survive A Plague$2,979-68%9-5$331$118,4906IFC Films
592 Days In New York$2,916-13%72$417$626,23112Magnolia Pictures
60The Oranges$2,892-82%5-10$578$364,8754IDP/ATO Pictures
61Compliance$1,922-26%8-3$240$318,62211Magnolia Pictures
62Least Among Saints$1,714-65%4-4$429$25,3203Brainstorm Media
63Bringing Up Bobby$1,68082%2-2$840$4,7585Monterey Media
64Gayby$1,670-13%10$1,670$11,0703The Film Collaborative
65Trade of Innocents$1,295298%32$432$13,6494Monterey Media
66Death by China$1,257--1--$1,257$32,01811Area23a
67Unforgivable$1,052-32%20$526$153,78518Strand Releasing
68Step Up to the Plate$808-26%21$404$37,6177Cinema Guild
69Husbands In Goa$600-37%1-1$600$10,1356UTV Communications
70The Eye of the Storm$368-91%1-1$368$82,0718Sycamore Entertainment
71Kumare$300--1--$300$125,36519Kino Lorber
72Barfi!$228-98%1-9$228$2,804,8747UTV Communications
73Meet The Fokkens$182--1--$182$27,59912Kino Lorber
74The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$86--1--$86$861Strand Releasing
75Girl Model$73-70%10$73$20,8088First Run Features