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, Nov. 16 - Sun, Nov. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$141,067,634--4,070--$34,660$141,067,6341Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$41,104,513-53%3,5050$11,727$160,941,6212Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$21,049,4062129%1,7751764$11,859$22,468,2422Disney / DreamWorks
4Wreck-It Ralph$18,582,937-44%3,622-130$5,131$121,750,2273Disney
5Flight$8,802,881-40%2,612565$3,370$61,523,6913Paramount
6Argo$4,046,366-39%2,210-553$1,831$91,998,8466Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$2,126,620-47%2,063-424$1,031$134,651,0097Fox
8Pitch Perfect$1,267,855-51%1,122-269$1,130$61,084,2138Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$1,172,656-54%1,350-694$869$40,991,6716Sony / Columbia
10Hotel Transylvania$942,921-61%1,248-1318$756$142,734,5198Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jab Tak Hai Jaan$1,283,585--160--$8,022$1,941,8051Yash Raj Films
2Cloud Atlas$929,229-65%920-1103$1,010$24,923,1324Warner Bros.
3The Sessions$910,50467%516388$1,765$2,813,9385Fox Searchlight
4The Man With the Iron Fists$718,905-72%910-962$790$14,681,8803Universal
5The Perks of Being A Wallflower$585,179-48%511-96$1,145$15,572,2839Lionsgate / Summit
6Sinister$456,027-70%789-765$578$47,451,2776Lionsgate / Summit
7Paranormal Activity 4$383,755-81%850-1498$451$53,504,5985Paramount
8Son of Sardaar$341,552--109--$3,134$463,1671Eros International
9Alex Cross$280,182-69%535-555$524$25,194,8405Lionsgate / Summit
10Brave$223,608-26%220-19$1,016$236,619,92222Disney
11Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$213,936-84%456-1446$469$17,127,7764Open Road
12Looper$206,383-65%214-277$964$65,117,0448Sony / TriStar
13Chasing Mavericks$179,544-60%198-261$907$5,619,0384Fox
14A Late Quartet$158,226-11%10038$1,582$530,8183Entertainment One / RKO
15Seven Psychopaths$157,527-61%171-185$921$14,457,6316CBS Films
16The Odd Life of Timothy Green$152,328-23%209-16$729$51,245,87614Disney
17Fun Size$136,778-82%388-913$353$9,153,5984Paramount
18Trouble with the Curve$127,172-50%272-149$468$35,529,4189Warner Bros.
19ParaNorman$116,291-29%180-18$646$55,633,87214Focus
20Frankenweenie$116,091-56%177-204$656$34,055,3487Disney
21House at the End of the Street$102,276151%17597$584$31,354,6709Relativity Media
22The Dark Knight Rises$93,291-38%160-83$583$447,911,14818Warner Bros.
23Ice Age: Continental Drift$87,149-21%132-15$660$160,692,10919Fox
24The Campaign$29,381-51%101-37$291$86,897,18215Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$443,003--16--$27,688$443,0031Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$320,690--16--$20,043$320,6901Focus
3The Other Son$91,888-32%48-5$1,914$678,2794Cohen Media Group
4Chasing Ice$80,649--10--$8,065$106,0482Submarine Deluxe
5A Royal Affair$78,284105%3225$2,446$138,1252Magnolia Pictures
6To the Arctic 3D$74,986-23%520$1,442$9,815,03631Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Searching For Sugar Man$68,832-33%54-40$1,275$2,670,91717Sony Pictures Classics
8Arbitrage$53,924-36%80-7$674$7,761,71210Roadside Attractions
9End of Watch$52,532-52%75-50$700$39,126,4909Open Road
10The Master$50,056-52%52-36$963$15,788,70110Weinstein Company
11Holy Motors$48,250--23--$2,098$192,8035Indomina Releasing
12Hubble 3D$47,886-10%17-1$2,817$35,115,654140Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$41,014-24%72-10$570$48,869,51716Fox
14Born to Be Wild 3D$36,43612%300$1,215$21,317,46485Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Flat$35,434-37%261$1,363$306,4985IFC Films
16The Expendables 2$35,365-44%95-39$372$85,017,40114Lionsgate
17Samsara$31,110-36%31-17$1,004$2,456,55713Oscilloscope
18This Must Be the Place$27,570-12%154$1,838$87,2243Weinstein Company
19The Possession$27,231-57%81-40$336$49,122,31912Lionsgate
20Smashed$25,256-35%39-3$648$296,3426Sony Pictures Classics
21Masquerade (2012)$21,275--7--$3,039$844,8889CJ Entertainment
22Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$20,959-50%15-9$1,397$859,7809IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
23Brooklyn Castle$17,4220%9-2$1,936$138,4645Producers Distribution Agency
24The Intouchables$13,267-47%24-10$553$13,003,61326Weinstein Company
25Dangerous Liaisons (2012)$12,978-28%60$2,163$39,5882Well Go USA
26Starlet$9,986-36%93$1,110$33,6402Music Box Films
27Somewhere Between$9,388409%42$2,347$142,62813Long Shot Factory
28The Loneliest Planet$7,387-64%7-6$1,055$93,9844IFC Films
29Won't Back Down$6,148-17%24-14$256$5,308,5538Fox
30The Big Picture (2012)$5,833-51%5-3$1,167$125,4006MPI Media
31Lawless$5,486-27%19-1$289$37,389,03412Weinstein Company
32English Vinglish$5,272-68%880$60$1,863,5927Eros International
33Under the Sea 3D$5,164-10%70$738$32,441,296197Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Wuthering Heights (2012)$4,533-19%94$504$84,4397Oscilloscope
35Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$4,102-71%15-28$273$3,325,9546Atlas Distribution
36Robot & Frank$3,920-52%6-6$653$3,294,83014IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
37The Man in the White Suit (2012 re-issue)$3,874--1--$3,874$3,8741Rialto Pictures
38The Paperboy$3,856-84%10-24$386$692,3377Millennium Entertainment
39Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$3,837-36%32$1,279$19,8413Zeitgeist Films
40Liberal Arts$3,802-47%10-1$380$317,19010IFC Films
41Port of Shadows (2012 re-issue)$3,641--1--$3,641$17,03710Rialto Pictures
42Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$3,641245%10$3,641$170,20628Rialto Pictures
43Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$3,626--2--$1,813$68,3457Rainbow Releasing
4428 Hotel Rooms$3,08065%32$1,027$5,4712Oscilloscope
45Chicken With Plums$3,014-24%11-3$274$243,23314Sony Pictures Classics
46Hitler's Children$2,939--1--$2,939$2,9391Film Movement
47The Queen of Versailles$2,878-48%5-3$576$2,401,65218Magnolia Pictures
48The Law in These Parts$2,814--1--$2,814$4,3771Cinema Guild
49Price Check$2,783--1--$2,783$2,7831IFC Films
50Sleepwalk With Me$2,778-62%11-2$253$2,263,43613IFC Films
51Orchestra of Exiles$2,723148%31$908$20,6554First Run Features
52Tai Chi Zero$2,628-65%3-4$876$210,2885Variance / Well Go USA
53The House I Live In$2,621-83%3-8$874$163,3927Abramorama
54The Waiting Room$2,288-77%1-3$2,288$147,1528International Film Circuit
55Simon and the Oaks$2,146-84%5-12$429$150,1096The Film Arcade
56Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$1,793151%32$598$40,6677Drafthouse Films
57The Thieves$1,765-81%2-9$883$662,5446Well Go USA
58Citadel$1,738-70%43$435$8,3362Cinedigm
59In Another Country$1,673-48%10$1,673$6,7172Kino Lorber
60Red Hook Summer$1,390--2--$695$338,80315Variance Films
61The Well-Digger's Daughter$1,318-65%3-2$439$365,17818Kino Lorber
62Photographic Memory$1,245--2--$623$7,7116First Run Features
63You've Been Trumped$1,23469%1-1$1,234$28,45016International Film Circuit
64We Won't Grow Old Together$1,016--1--$1,016$12,28724The Film Desk
65North Sea Texas$818-62%1-1$818$11,6503Strand Releasing
66Keep the Lights On$778-81%3-4$259$236,77911Music Box Films
67Celeste and Jesse Forever$727-41%3-2$242$3,093,09316Sony Pictures Classics
68Nobody Walks$552-81%2-3$276$24,9955Magnolia Pictures
69Head Games$469--1--$469$14,0569Variance Films
70Bestiaire$350--2--$175$1,4285Kimstim Films
71All Together$272-76%1-1$272$35,1255Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
72Girl Model$267--1--$267$21,09211First Run Features
73The Revisionaries$1904%10$190$17,9437Kino Lorber
74Sushi: The Global Catch$140--1--$140$4,58316Alive Mind Cinema
75Breathing$70--1--$70$3,82012Kino Lorber
76Bringing Up Bobby$38--1--$38$4,9758Monterey Media