'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, Dec. 14 - Sun, Dec. 16

Wide (1000+)

1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$84,617,303--4,045--$20,919$84,617,3031Warner Bros. / New Line
2Rise of The Guardians$7,143,445-31%3,387-252$2,109$71,085,2684Paramount / DreamWorks
3Lincoln$7,033,132-21%2,285271$3,078$107,687,3196Disney / DreamWorks
4Skyfall$6,555,732-39%2,924-477$2,242$271,921,7956Sony / Columbia
5Life of Pi$5,413,066-35%2,548-398$2,124$69,572,4724Fox
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$5,136,074-44%3,042-604$1,688$276,826,1435Lionsgate / Summit
7Wreck-It Ralph$3,216,043-34%2,249-497$1,430$168,721,5927Disney
8Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,146,443-45%2,8403$1,108$10,737,5352FilmDistrict
9Red Dawn (2012)$2,408,882-43%2,250-504$1,071$40,904,3054FilmDistrict
11Killing Them Softly$1,008,127-64%1,427-997$706$14,140,4323Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1Silver Linings Playbook$2,109,274-3%3710$5,685$16,979,3235Weinstein Company
2Argo$1,170,175-21%667-277$1,754$104,955,07910Warner Bros.
3Hitchcock$1,107,65955%561380$1,974$3,071,8714Fox Searchlight
4Anna Karenina (2012)$1,022,214-34%409-13$2,499$8,380,5175Focus
5The Collection$529,158-64%621-782$852$6,520,7943LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$288,772-25%339-91$852$138,132,49311Fox
7Pitch Perfect$245,680-20%332-55$740$63,869,42312Universal
8Talaash$168,828-65%113-49$1,494$2,706,4833Reliance Entertainment
9The Sessions$147,487-33%151-46$977$5,208,5389Fox Searchlight
10End of Watch$91,195-88%172-1077$530$40,469,93613Open Road
11Looper$89,512-34%190-42$471$66,305,04512Sony / TriStar
12The Perks of Being A Wallflower$87,459-37%125-50$700$17,008,01313Lionsgate / Summit
13Here Comes the Boom$81,619-43%150-84$544$42,680,15910Sony / Columbia
14Sinister$77,378112%184107$421$47,917,44410Lionsgate / Summit
15Hotel Transylvania$74,170-28%136-60$545$143,923,82012Sony / Columbia
16Alex Cross$73,777-36%175-39$422$25,739,7579Lionsgate / Summit
17Khiladi 786$61,563-73%1150$535$352,6842Eros International
18Paranormal Activity 4$56,616216%157109$361$53,808,2349Paramount
19Seven Psychopaths$45,457-36%100-41$455$14,989,76110CBS Films
20The Odd Life of Timothy Green$42,362-30%105-27$403$51,749,34618Disney
22The Man With the Iron Fists$39,380-54%105-76$375$15,608,5457Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hyde Park on Hudson$292,796260%3632$8,133$404,8162Focus
2The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$91,933-19%14-3$6,567$449,4424Warner Bros.
3Cloud Atlas$83,295-52%98-93$850$26,623,2238Warner Bros.
4Chasing Ice$65,559-36%53-4$1,237$612,0896Submarine Deluxe
5Finding Nemo 3D$63,755-10%70-4$911$40,930,67014Disney
6Rust and Bone$57,40710%62$9,568$209,0534Sony Pictures Classics
7A Werewolf Boy$52,381-38%201$2,619$222,5813CJ Entertainment
8A Late Quartet$51,339-30%46-17$1,116$1,084,3397Entertainment One / RKO
9A Royal Affair$46,514-14%5613$831$534,2676Magnolia Pictures
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$45,736-19%84-6$544$161,011,39123Fox
11Any Day Now$40,489--16--$2,531$40,4891Music Box Films
12The Central Park Five$38,32939%2212$1,742$175,8014IFC Films
13To the Arctic 3D$37,371-10%520$719$10,208,06835Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Hubble 3D$37,30812%14-2$2,665$35,443,590144Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Searching For Sugar Man$22,555-39%31-11$728$2,931,59921Sony Pictures Classics
18Born to Be Wild 3D$19,471-19%300$649$21,509,30589Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Chasing Mavericks$18,964-30%46-21$412$5,904,9308Fox
20The Intouchables$18,091521%2513$724$13,069,90130Weinstein Company
21Deadfall (2012)$16,649-14%176$979$45,3922Magnolia Pictures
22Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$15,068-16%41-6$368$49,002,81520Fox
23The Flat$14,817-29%15-2$988$445,9199IFC Films
25Hecho en Mexico$14,146-49%10-16$1,415$145,9363Lionsgate / Pantelion
27Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$11,530-57%45-31$256$17,529,1578Open Road
28House at the End of the Street$11,347-53%41-27$277$31,607,59813Relativity Media
29The Master$9,361-22%14-9$669$15,912,49914Weinstein Company
30Arbitrage$6,507-58%10-15$651$7,890,70114Roadside Attractions
31Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$6,249--2--$3,125$88,55711Rainbow Releasing
32Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$4,532-37%14-1$324$938,47613IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
33Under the Sea 3D$4,41932%5-2$884$32,473,827201Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Beware of Mr. Baker$4,414-57%10$4,414$45,2523SnagFilms
35Smashed$4,157-74%10-19$416$368,88710Sony Pictures Classics
36The Big Picture (2012)$3,866-35%3-2$1,289$158,41110MPI Media
37Save the Date$3,755--2--$1,878$3,7551IFC Films
38The Loneliest Planet$3,644-1%5-1$729$128,5198IFC Films
39Let Fury Have the Hour$3,386--1--$3,386$3,3861CAVU Pictures
40Wagner & Me$3,278-33%42$820$26,0312First Run Features
41This Must Be the Place$3,071-32%3-2$1,024$142,2427Weinstein Company
42Somewhere Between$2,9195%21$1,460$177,63317Long Shot Factory
43Step Up to the Plate$2,452--2--$1,226$42,72914Cinema Guild
44Lost Angels: Skid Row Is My Home$2,436-65%10$2,436$11,4882Cinema Libre
45Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$2,33075%52$466$49,45811Drafthouse Films
46Masquerade (2012)$1,8440%10$1,844$902,33713CJ Entertainment
47The Well-Digger's Daughter$1,82812%20$914$375,00922Kino Lorber
49Starlet$1,654-82%4-6$414$76,2106Music Box Films
50Only the Young$1,5306%21$765$3,5582Oscilloscope
51Brooklyn Castle$1,356-75%2-2$678$186,6909Producers Distribution Agency
52North Sea Texas$1,259-71%2-1$630$20,5127Strand Releasing
53The House I Live In$1,223-71%1-3$1,223$181,78211Abramorama
54The Waiting Room$1,082-75%3-1$361$174,99112International Film Circuit
55Cheerful Weather for the Wedding$1,01640%21$508$1,9492IFC Films
56The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$1,008-67%10$1,008$5,6092Indican Pictures
57In Our Nature$893-80%10$893$6,1752Cinedigm
58Neighboring Sounds$868--1--$868$47,97417Cinema Guild
59California Solo$853-80%20$427$10,9113Strand Releasing
60Keep the Lights On$820-58%10$820$243,53615Music Box Films
61The Law in These Parts$504--1--$504$10,8135Cinema Guild
62Planet of Snail$431--1--$431$13,22221Cinema Guild
63All Together$343-46%10$343$37,7349Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
64Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet$319--2--$160$7941Kino Lorber
65Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning$319--2--$160$5,2473Magnolia / Magnet
67Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$168--1--$168$27,6877Zeitgeist Films
68The Revisionaries$164--1--$164$18,26211Kino Lorber
69In Another Country$25--1--$25$7,9436Kino Lorber