Grosses

'The Battle of the Five Armies' Marches to $89.1M in Five Days; 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' ($17.1M) Outpaces 'Annie' ($15.9M) for SecondDecember 22, 2014 12:50 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies easily led this weekend's box office with $54.72 million. The third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy has grossed $89.13 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 1.63 to 1. The five-day debut of The Battle of the Five Armies was 13 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 3.5 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 $16.56 million on Friday, increased 29 percent on Saturday to take in $21.39 million and declined 22 percent on Sunday to gross $16.76 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.30 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 $7.45 million of the film's overall gross this weekend. Thus far The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $13.37 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 opening weekend take of $17.10 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 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 $5.66 million on Friday, increased 16 percent on Saturday to gross $6.55 million and decreased 25 percent on Sunday to gross $4.89 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.02 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 $15.86 million. The musical remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations. That is positive 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 $1.24 million this weekend. Annie opened 32 percent below the $23.24 million debut of the previously mentioned Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

Annie started out with $5.29 million on Friday, increased 15 percent on Saturday to gross $6.08 million and fell 26 percent on Sunday to gross $4.49 million. That gives the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.00 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 beginning 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 $8.11 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down a very sharp 66 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 lackluster $38.94 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 $7.88 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a solid 38 percent from last weekend. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $289.36 million in 31 days, which leaves it just $10.64 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 $4.11 million to place in sixth. The critically acclaimed drama starring Reese Witherspoon claimed a per-location average of $3,877 from 1,061 locations. Wild has grossed $7.17 million in 19 days of release.

On the limited front, UTV's PK was off to a very strong start with $3.57 million from 272 locations. That gave the Hindi language comedy starring Aamir Khan a per-location average of $13,108 for the frame. PK finished in ninth place among all films this weekend.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Nov. 9 - Sun, Nov. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$88,364,714--3,505--$25,211$90,564,7141Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$33,012,796-33%3,7520$8,799$93,647,4052Disney
3Flight$14,785,097-41%2,047163$7,223$47,455,3962Paramount
4Argo$6,617,229-35%2,763-11$2,395$85,583,1875Warner Bros.
5Taken 2$4,012,829-32%2,487-152$1,614$131,300,0006Fox
6Cloud Atlas$2,658,250-51%2,02310$1,314$22,844,9563Warner Bros.
7The Man With the Iron Fists$2,592,705-67%1,8724$1,385$12,821,0302Universal
8Pitch Perfect$2,573,350-16%1,391-111$1,850$59,099,9937Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$2,522,790-28%2,044-270$1,234$39,033,8855Sony / Columbia
10Hotel Transylvania$2,400,226-46%2,566-356$935$140,954,2087Sony / Columbia
11Paranormal Activity 4$1,980,033-53%2,348-658$843$52,600,6124Paramount
12Sinister$1,524,448-44%1,554-328$981$46,578,6865Lionsgate / Summit
13Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$1,300,137-60%1,902-1031$684$16,383,4063Open Road
14Alex Cross$911,973-53%1,090-558$837$24,603,0424Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$757,223-67%1,301-1715$582$8,800,3363Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,132,924-9%607-15$1,866$14,614,7708Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$582,150-52%491-205$1,186$64,669,3837Sony / TriStar
3The Sessions$545,55016%12859$4,262$1,655,2224Fox Searchlight
4Chasing Mavericks$448,648-63%459-1571$977$5,253,9103Fox
5Seven Psychopaths$404,812-45%356-103$1,137$14,098,4695CBS Films
6Brave$303,009-8%239-14$1,268$236,276,53621Disney
7Frankenweenie$266,872-65%381-476$700$33,821,4726Disney
8Trouble with the Curve$252,80239%421135$600$35,289,0528Warner Bros.
9The Odd Life of Timothy Green$198,974251%225131$884$51,010,92613Disney
10ParaNorman$163,086-29%198-48$824$55,458,40313Focus
11The Dark Knight Rises$150,072-42%243-48$618$447,764,58317Warner Bros.
12End of Watch$110,418-30%125-33$883$39,028,2828Open Road
13Ice Age: Continental Drift$109,800-13%147-10$747$160,563,12518Fox
14The Expendables 2$63,350-38%134-39$473$84,956,22413Lionsgate
15The Possession$62,743-34%121-34$519$49,075,98211Lionsgate
16The Campaign$60,549-42%138-50$439$86,845,71314Warner Bros.
17Student of the Year$20,988-58%1060$198$670,0864Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lincoln$944,308--11--$85,846$944,3081Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$178,594137%6253$2,881$288,9162Entertainment One / RKO
3The Other Son$135,885-11%531$2,564$521,9873Cohen Media Group
4The Master$103,425-43%88-50$1,175$15,688,4839Weinstein Company
5Searching For Sugar Man$103,223-31%94-11$1,098$2,560,19816Sony Pictures Classics
6To the Arctic 3D$97,05825%520$1,867$9,681,69730Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Arbitrage$84,335-31%87-29$969$7,669,2309Roadside Attractions
8The Flat$56,494-22%252$2,260$245,3834IFC Films
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$53,955-15%82-13$658$48,806,46815Fox
10Resident Evil: Retribution$53,361-37%91-40$586$42,345,5319Sony / Screen Gems
11Hubble 3D$53,14415%180$2,952$35,018,766139Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Samsara$48,667-29%48-14$1,014$2,392,82712Oscilloscope
13Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$42,063-23%240$1,753$811,4508IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14House at the End of the Street$40,711-44%78-50$522$31,240,9958Relativity Media
15Smashed$38,94414%4221$927$247,8745Sony Pictures Classics
16A Royal Affair$38,212--7--$5,459$38,2121Magnolia Pictures
17The Details$37,062100%7359$508$63,5952RADiUS-TWC
18Born to Be Wild 3D$32,4512%300$1,082$21,256,79084Warner Bros. / IMAX
19This Must Be the Place$31,258303%119$2,842$44,6152Weinstein Company
20The Intouchables$25,002-20%346$735$12,975,24725Weinstein Company
21Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$24,795-74%38-22$653$140,3922UTV Communications
22The Paperboy$23,610-51%34-8$694$675,8136Millennium Entertainment
23The Loneliest Planet$20,495-21%132$1,577$76,8903IFC Films
24Dangerous Liaisons (2012)$18,027--6--$3,005$18,0271Well Go USA
25Brooklyn Castle$17,445-36%11-2$1,586$114,8084Producers Distribution Agency
26English Vinglish$16,414-53%880$187$1,853,0486Eros International
27Starlet$15,662--6--$2,610$15,6621Music Box Films
28The House I Live In$15,61815%110$1,420$153,7656Abramorama
29Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$14,193-59%43-27$330$3,315,1865Atlas Distribution
30Simon and the Oaks$13,468-53%174$792$141,4535The Film Arcade
31The Big Picture (2012)$11,869-46%80$1,484$114,1125MPI Media
32Beasts of the Southern Wild$10,2057%150$680$11,240,98520Fox Searchlight
33The Waiting Room$10,089--4--$2,522$140,0987International Film Circuit
34The Thieves$9,283-79%11-7$844$656,0675Well Go USA
35Robot & Frank$8,206-9%12-2$684$3,286,05213IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
36Lawless$7,466-42%20-15$373$37,379,14411Weinstein Company
37Tai Chi Zero$7,454-46%7-6$1,065$203,6344Variance / Well Go USA
38Won't Back Down$7,366-44%38-3$194$5,298,9597Fox
39Sleepwalk With Me$7,353-49%13-5$566$2,257,41112IFC Films
40Liberal Arts$7,165-23%11-6$651$309,4679IFC Films
41Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$6,028304%10$6,028$11,9072Zeitgeist Films
42Under the Sea 3D$5,759-7%7-2$823$32,430,026196Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Citadel$5,715--1--$5,715$5,7151Cinedigm
44Wuthering Heights (2012)$5,5849%5-6$1,117$79,4406Oscilloscope
45The Queen of Versailles$5,5355%82$692$2,397,30017Magnolia Pictures
46Keep the Lights On$4,075-22%72$582$232,80310Music Box Films
47Chicken With Plums$3,972-1%14-4$284$239,99213Sony Pictures Classics
48The Well-Digger's Daughter$3,773-28%50$755$357,30817Kino Lorber
49Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$3,466--1--$3,466$3,4661APD/Cinema Conservancy
50The Other Dream Team$3,241-32%50$648$133,7787The Film Arcade
51In Another Country$3,207--1--$3,207$3,2071Kino Lorber
52Chakravyuh$3,104-79%790$39$151,7783Eros International
53Nobody Walks$2,94695%51$589$23,7734Magnolia Pictures
54Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$2,638-77%2-2$1,319$74,1116Roadside Attractions
55Vamps$2,193300%10$2,193$2,9642Anchor Bay Films
56North Sea Texas$2,172-52%2-1$1,086$9,8022Strand Releasing
57Burn$1,970--1--$1,970$6,8661Area23a
5828 Hotel Rooms$1,869--1--$1,869$1,8691Oscilloscope
59Somewhere Between$1,844-78%2-4$922$128,48712Long Shot Factory
602 Days In New York$1,50511%40$376$632,82414Magnolia Pictures
61V/H/S$1,313-65%2-6$657$99,7706Magnolia / Magnet
62Celeste and Jesse Forever$1,2367%50$247$3,091,72415Sony Pictures Classics
63All Together$1,146-22%2-1$573$33,4094Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
64The Bay$1,103-94%1-22$1,103$30,4742Roadside Attractions
65Orchestra of Exiles$1,098-84%2-3$549$17,5213First Run Features
66To Rome with Love$1,058-37%61$176$16,684,35221Sony Pictures Classics
67Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,054--1--$1,054$166,56527Rialto Pictures
68Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$1,009--1--$1,009$152,40845Cinema Guild
69Death by China$874-72%1-1$874$37,41213Area23a
70How To Survive A Plague$7419%42$185$122,6658IFC Films
71You've Been Trumped$729--2--$365$27,12015International Film Circuit
72Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$714-13%1-1$714$38,4856Drafthouse Films
73Planet of Snail$401--1--$401$12,70616Cinema Guild
74Nature Calls$382--2--$191$3821Magnolia / Magnet
75Whores' Glory$240--1--$240$31,31329Kino Lorber
76The Revisionaries$182-85%1-3$182$17,6496Kino Lorber
7717 Girls$168-89%10$168$15,0028Strand Releasing
785 Broken Cameras$141--1--$141$73,96124Kino Lorber
79Jack and Diane$113-62%1-1$113$1,0412Magnolia Pictures