'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, Mar. 22 - Sun, Mar. 24

Wide (1000+)

1The Croods$43,639,736--4,046--$10,786$43,639,7361Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$30,373,794--3,098--$9,804$30,373,7941FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$21,568,957-48%3,805-107$5,669$177,097,0903Disney
4The Call$8,900,935-48%2,5070$3,550$31,105,0562Sony / TriStar
6Spring Breakers$4,858,9441747%1,1041101$4,401$5,265,8022A24
7The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$4,321,388-58%3,1600$1,368$17,411,8182Warner Bros. / New Line
8Jack the Giant Slayer$2,949,101-53%2,560-797$1,152$59,036,3844Warner Bros. / New Line
9Identity Thief$2,588,355-41%2,166-676$1,195$127,770,3007Universal
10Snitch (2013)$1,885,200-46%1,807-546$1,043$40,297,7495Lionsgate / Summit
11Silver Linings Playbook$1,585,071-37%1,044-558$1,518$127,163,61419Weinstein Company
12Safe Haven$1,137,864-54%1,279-927$890$68,918,0096Relativity Media
1321 And Over$1,028,521-61%1,134-1290$907$24,163,8414Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$477,522-80%1,494-717$320$53,354,8996Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1Life of Pi$720,257-41%489-157$1,473$122,546,76818Fox
2Quartet$578,043-38%425-263$1,360$15,914,27211Weinstein Company
3Stoker$353,32633%275181$1,285$1,124,6514Fox Searchlight
4A Good Day to Die Hard$323,549-72%448-669$722$66,260,7316Fox
5The Last Exorcism Part II$320,567-75%455-1120$705$15,009,4744CBS Films
6Dead Man Down$306,090-86%612-1576$500$10,611,9583FilmDistrict
7Emperor$283,763-55%237-74$1,197$2,600,7323Roadside Attractions
8Django Unchained$283,6190%29630$958$162,007,43513Weinstein Company
9Side Effects (2013)$269,562-50%225-177$1,198$30,980,6737Open Road
10Warm Bodies$238,069-58%299-360$796$65,019,0078Lionsgate / Summit
11Lincoln$217,555-45%292-174$745$181,809,33520Disney / DreamWorks
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$207,973112%20979$995$54,931,8069Paramount
13Wreck-It Ralph$197,051-36%238-39$828$188,742,35721Disney
14Dark Skies$186,012-66%205-498$907$17,015,4975Weinstein / Dimension
15The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$178,205-44%235-70$758$302,695,93815Warner Bros. / New Line
16InAPPropriate Comedy$156,414--275--$569$156,4141Freestyle Releasing
17Argo$142,310-72%185-355$769$135,519,14524Warner Bros.
18Zero Dark Thirty$138,415-68%215-235$644$95,614,94914Sony / Columbia
19Parental Guidance$135,529-11%185-37$733$76,736,12613Fox
20Rise of The Guardians$102,496-41%162-51$633$103,174,22018Paramount / DreamWorks
21Beautiful Creatures (2013)$98,63336%18863$525$19,304,5506Warner Bros.
22Les Miserables (2012)$94,810-52%129-112$735$148,673,16513Universal
24The Impossible$76,890-9%12318$625$18,736,34514Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

1No (2013)$197,5459%6012$3,292$989,9806Sony Pictures Classics
2The Gatekeepers$170,606-25%948$1,815$1,589,3008Sony Pictures Classics
3New World$129,954--24--$5,415$129,9541Well Go USA
4On the Road$102,445--42--$2,439$256,69514IFC Films
5Ginger & Rosa$98,706130%3431$2,903$118,7882A24
6Hubble 3D$76,15531%252$3,046$37,022,041158Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Lore$70,867-28%49-2$1,446$496,8267Music Box Films
8From Up on Poppy Hill$59,6934%64$9,949$131,9262GKIDS
9Amour$55,197-46%90-39$613$6,591,72914Sony Pictures Classics
10Monsters, Inc. 3D$46,816-34%49-9$955$33,760,98914Disney
11To the Arctic 3D$46,427-19%520$893$11,783,18149Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Sapphires$38,372--4--$9,593$38,3721Weinstein Company
13Born to Be Wild 3D$33,191-16%300$1,106$22,268,994103Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Gangster Squad$29,964-10%500$599$45,968,22411Warner Bros.
15Upside Down$26,145-9%3928$670$68,1432Millennium Entertainment
16Space Station 3D$25,24256%50$5,048$87,456,091571IMAX
17Searching For Sugar Man$23,780-34%25-9$951$3,559,83835Sony Pictures Classics
19Hava Nagila (The Movie)$23,121-50%21-3$1,101$190,9394International Film Circuit
20Bless Me, Ultima$22,701-53%21-24$1,081$1,513,4625Arenas Entertainment
21The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$22,368-59%28-17$799$347,6944Methinx Entertainment
22Gimme the Loot$21,065--1--$21,065$21,0651IFC Films
23West of Memphis$20,620-27%401$516$271,08513Sony Pictures Classics
24Like Someone in Love$20,501-32%235$891$178,7106IFC Films
25Kai Po Che$16,951-62%18-24$942$1,105,5595UTV Motion Pictures
26Camp (2013)$15,975-38%172$940$89,6915Freestyle Releasing
27Starbuck$15,530--3--$5,177$3,470,5551eOne Films US
28Hyde Park on Hudson$14,160-37%20-11$708$6,367,78016Focus
29Koch$13,547-33%160$847$291,5558Zeitgeist Films
30A Royal Affair$12,619-45%12-7$1,052$1,471,82920Magnolia Pictures
31Under the Sea 3D$12,033-31%112$1,094$32,671,385215Warner Bros. / IMAX
3256 Up$11,519-19%16-4$720$624,01612First Run Features
33Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$11,456-56%16-5$716$278,6739Music Box Films
34My Brother the Devil$10,305--2--$5,153$10,3051Paladin/108 Media
35Rust and Bone$9,816-11%172$577$2,057,62618Sony Pictures Classics
36The Waiting Room$9,29490%83$1,162$233,24826International Film Circuit
37Beyond the Hills$8,592-64%7-7$1,227$66,9103IFC Films
38Hunky Dory$7,443--11--$677$7,4431Variance Films
39A Resurrection$7,300--17--$429$7,3001Archstone Distribution
40War Witch$7,20411%116$655$37,9024Tribeca Film
41Girl Rising$7,140-52%4-1$1,785$435,0263Gathr Films
42Deep Sea 3D$6,95325%30$2,318$45,470,062369Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$6,424-48%21$3,212$57,7263Tribeca Film
44Dorfman in Love$6,410--7--$916$6,4101Brainstorm Media
45Any Day Now$5,848--7--$835$194,88915Music Box Films
46The We and the I$5,8390%75$834$28,2543Paladin/108 Media
47Le Pont du Nord (2013 re-issue)$5,333--1--$5,333$6,1451The Film Desk
48Leviathan (2013)$5,27415%20$2,637$37,5444Cinema Guild
49The Silence$5,0305%40$1,258$24,2773Music Box Films
50Leonie$4,5501464%32$1,517$5,2192Monterey Media
51Rangrezz$4,318--11--$393$4,3181UTV Motion Pictures
52John Dies at the End$4,142-31%10-3$414$134,7379Magnolia / Magnet
53Yossi$3,852277%1-2$3,852$111,5699Strand Releasing
54A Place at the Table$3,835-72%17-2$226$191,9594Magnolia Pictures
55Broken City$3,512-32%11-1$319$19,682,78310Fox
56Love and Honor (2013)$2,815--2--$1,408$2,8151IFC Films
57The Girl (2013)$2,745-60%70$392$26,3673Brainstorm Media / Vitagraph
58M (2013 re-issue)$2,570-58%10$2,570$13,3532Kino Lorber
59The ABC's of Death$2,558-32%7-7$365$19,6213Magnet / Drafthouse
60Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey$2,029-80%6-13$338$53,6763Cinedigm
61The Happy Poet$1,847--1--$1,847$1,8471Cinema Libre Studio
62Sound City$1,801-78%2-9$901$377,0988Variance Films
63Hitler's Children$1,702--1--$1,702$26,08319Film Movement
64Come Out and Play$1,600--10--$160$1,6001Cinedigm Entertainment
65Silver Circle$1,314--1--$1,314$1,3141Area23a
66You Don't Need Feet to Dance$1,239--1--$1,239$1,2391First Run Features
67If I Were You$1,208-69%5-9$242$7,5502Kino Lorber
68The Attacks of 26/11$1,006-91%510$20$248,3464Eros International
69Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$974--2--$487$20,99310Kino Lorber
70The Power of Few$880--1--$880$30,4446Steelyard Pictures
71A Fierce Green Fire$848-89%3-2$283$14,7124First Run Features
72The End of Love$376-90%1-2$376$7,9634Variance Films
73Orchestra of Exiles$29614%10$296$27,67322First Run Features
74Masquerade (2012)$293-90%1-3$293$921,89127CJ Entertainment
75Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$239-10%1-1$239$28,9998First Run Features
765 Broken Cameras$194-8%1-1$194$102,53443Kino Lorber