'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, Feb. 8 - Sun, Feb. 10

Wide (1000+)

1Identity Thief$34,551,025--3,141--$11,000$34,551,0251Universal
2Warm Bodies$11,356,090-44%3,0090$3,774$36,481,1722Lionsgate / Summit
3Side Effects (2013)$9,303,145--2,605--$3,571$9,303,1451Open Road
4Silver Linings Playbook$6,425,271-17%2,8090$2,287$89,519,51013Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$5,753,165-39%3,285-90$1,751$43,836,0183Paramount
7Zero Dark Thirty$4,006,860-23%2,562-309$1,564$83,567,4508Sony / Columbia
8Argo$2,375,34417%1,405470$1,691$123,608,95718Warner Bros.
9Django Unchained$2,303,495-23%1,502-275$1,534$154,516,6277Weinstein Company
10Bullet to the Head$2,078,192-54%2,4040$864$8,269,2142Warner Bros.
11Lincoln$1,873,537-22%1,517-239$1,235$173,621,00614Disney / DreamWorks
13Les Miserables (2012)$1,555,550-36%1,447-401$1,075$143,983,7057Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,468,374-23%1,001-299$1,467$298,333,4269Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$1,071,766-28%1,219-261$879$74,344,2567Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1Top Gun 3D$1,965,737--300--$6,552$1,965,7371Paramount
2Life of Pi$1,745,744-7%92422$1,889$108,530,24912Fox
3Wreck-It Ralph$1,065,81779%75797$1,408$184,414,53215Disney
4The Impossible$957,594-27%739-26$1,296$16,668,3388Lionsgate / Summit
5Quartet$940,930-21%24442$3,856$5,000,4175Weinstein Company
6Gangster Squad$874,071-53%942-683$928$44,807,9115Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House$780,058-49%913-588$854$39,000,4515Open Road
8Stand Up Guys$646,910-56%67011$966$2,766,6742Lionsgate / Roadside
9Broken City$489,536-67%755-1031$648$19,233,0004Fox
10Skyfall$434,210-18%370-55$1,174$303,460,11614Sony / Columbia
11The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$387,7094%15145$2,568$924,7122ShortsHD
12Amour$376,233-16%12531$3,010$3,019,1118Sony Pictures Classics
13Movie 43$279,717-83%777-1246$360$8,661,1803Relativity Media
14Rise of The Guardians$254,284-5%275-32$925$100,865,90812Paramount / DreamWorks
15Jack Reacher$235,703-28%307-143$768$79,116,9448Paramount
16Monsters, Inc. 3D$217,662-14%236-33$922$33,095,6808Disney
17This is 40$194,605-48%278-95$700$67,255,6208Universal
18Hotel Transylvania$160,173-38%191-33$839$148,151,97520Sony / Columbia
19Hyde Park on Hudson$136,945-25%130-14$1,053$5,832,37710Focus
20The Guilt Trip$108,025-37%225-66$480$36,695,5628Paramount
21Texas Chainsaw 3D$101,742153%18564$550$34,185,7916Lionsgate
22The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$99,805-27%160-29$624$291,429,27313Lionsgate / Summit
23Here Comes the Boom$97,585-16%144-31$678$45,193,96118Sony / Columbia
24The Last Stand$93,427-66%239-450$391$11,904,8354Lionsgate
26Red Dawn (2012)$54,198-37%105-48$516$44,750,61512FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

1Beasts of the Southern Wild$124,4343%9735$1,283$12,062,57633Fox Searchlight
2ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$95,236--25--$3,809$95,2361UTV Motion Pictures
3Race 2$81,944-71%63-76$1,301$1,524,8773UTV Motion Pictures
4A Royal Affair$63,642-34%37-7$1,720$1,110,19814Magnolia Pictures
5Anna Karenina (2012)$61,504-15%911$676$12,679,18713Focus
6To the Arctic 3D$61,4178%520$1,181$11,169,29343Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Hubble 3D$47,283-1%17-1$2,781$36,272,150152Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Born to Be Wild 3D$43,56776%300$1,452$21,924,34497Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Space Station 3D$43,103100%30$14,368$87,134,591565IMAX
10Deep Sea 3D$42,350243%73$6,050$45,404,580363Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Gatekeepers$42,071-32%30$14,024$152,5382Sony Pictures Classics
12Killing Them Softly$38,2931281%8784$440$15,003,53711Weinstein Company
1356 Up$37,75043%163$2,359$280,8556First Run Features
14Lost in Thailand$32,206--35--$920$32,2061WAMCR
15Sound City$31,675-50%193$1,667$245,1102Variance Films
16Lore$31,498--6--$5,250$31,4981Music Box Films
17Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$31,171-9%47-3$663$12,495,8658Paramount
18Rust and Bone$29,363-59%51-29$576$1,899,33112Sony Pictures Classics
19Playing For Keeps (2012)$28,161-60%81-67$348$13,081,68110FilmDistrict
20Koch$26,023-26%42$6,506$77,7592Zeitgeist Films
21The Master$23,758-43%291$819$16,247,15922Weinstein Company
22Searching For Sugar Man$20,5553%202$1,028$3,245,67129Sony Pictures Classics
23John Dies at the End$20,364182%97$2,263$45,1823Magnolia / Magnet
24Hitchcock$19,96513%36-8$555$5,924,22412Fox Searchlight
25Taken 2$15,057-56%35-48$430$139,840,85419Fox
26The Sessions$11,712-47%18-11$651$5,933,82817Fox Searchlight
27West of Memphis$10,045-9%102$1,005$117,8047Sony Pictures Classics
28Yossi$8,89653%64$1,483$35,6093Strand Releasing
29A Late Quartet$8,813-43%120$734$1,514,02915Entertainment One / RKO
31The Sorcerer and the White Snake$5,530--5--$1,106$5,5301Magnolia / Magnet
32The Waiting Room$5,242355%42$1,311$194,64020International Film Circuit
33Pitch Perfect$3,895-72%15-26$260$64,998,36820Universal
34Night Across the Street$3,248--1--$3,248$3,2481Cinema Guild
35Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$3,138-6%10$3,138$25,1723Music Box Films
36Under the Sea 3D$3,118-51%80$390$32,539,408209Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Beware of Mr. Baker$2,935-58%3-4$978$106,91411SnagFilms
385 Broken Cameras$2,62843%74$375$89,50137Kino Lorber
39Let My People Go!$1,787--2--$894$11,0615Zeitgeist Films
40Masquerade (2012)$1,752--4--$438$909,69021CJ Entertainment
41Brief Reunion$1,674--1--$1,674$5,8914Striped Entertainment
42The House I Live In$1,626-60%32$542$210,75219Abramorama
43Any Day Now$1,576-4%50$315$179,9039Music Box Films
44The Other Son$1,546-32%3-1$515$1,249,71916Cohen Media Group
45LUV$1,504-72%3-5$501$156,2514Indomina Media
46Step Up to the Plate$1,238362%21$619$44,98522Cinema Guild
47Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder$1,197--1--$1,197$1,1971First Run Features
48The Invisible War$996--1--$996$66,16734Cinedigm
49Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$994-89%10$994$11,5832First Run Features
50Neighboring Sounds$914-40%10$914$52,04225Cinema Guild
51Clandestine Childhood$880--2--$440$9,0175Film Movement
52Port of Shadows (2012 re-issue)$611--1--$611$26,76522Rialto Pictures
53Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$443--1--$443$9,24814APD/Cinema Conservancy
54Wagner & Me$242246%10$242$35,41610First Run Features