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, Apr. 26 - Sun, Apr. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pain and Gain$20,244,505--3,277--$6,178$20,244,5051Paramount
2Oblivion (2013)$17,803,425-52%3,7929$4,695$65,090,9252Universal
342 (2013)$10,657,443-40%3,405155$3,130$69,011,8153Warner Bros.
4The Big Wedding$7,591,663--2,633--$2,883$7,591,6631Lionsgate
5The Croods$6,726,918-27%3,283-152$2,049$163,151,7016Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$3,701,825-36%2,707-468$1,368$116,477,9685Paramount
7Scary Movie 5$3,434,451-44%2,733-669$1,257$27,471,3873Weinstein / Dimension
8Olympus Has Fallen$2,863,345-36%2,334-304$1,227$93,171,8176FilmDistrict
9The Place Beyond the Pines$2,727,243-45%1,58442$1,722$16,252,1145Focus
10Jurassic Park 3D$2,374,685-41%1,848-482$1,285$42,065,0604Universal
11Evil Dead$1,986,168-52%2,186-637$909$51,853,9264Sony / TriStar
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,810,606-40%1,610-435$1,125$226,258,7458Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$2,215,891--363--$6,104$2,215,8911Roadside Attractions
2The Company You Keep$1,152,905191%807723$1,429$2,251,0504Sony Pictures Classics
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,096,599-51%942-463$1,164$50,630,9225Lionsgate
4Filly Brown$557,850-62%25971$2,154$2,302,9412Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Home Run$460,871-71%370-11$1,246$2,290,1712IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6Jack the Giant Slayer$420,831100%365110$1,153$63,733,9389Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Host (2013)$379,907-62%611-745$622$25,866,9935Open Road
8Identity Thief$350,610-28%425-55$825$133,160,99012Universal
9The Call$324,055-63%513-464$632$50,727,6887Sony / TriStar
10Silver Linings Playbook$197,626-64%361-506$547$131,422,96824Weinstein Company
11Snitch (2013)$187,024132%25291$742$42,325,85510Lionsgate / Summit
12The Lords of Salem$183,155-72%280-75$654$1,038,4482Anchor Bay Films
13The Sapphires$179,558-30%12612$1,425$1,415,7226Weinstein Company
14Escape From Planet Earth$161,78612%28343$572$55,050,33311Weinstein Company
15Safe Haven$134,035-36%259-66$518$71,088,72311Relativity Media
16Admission$114,603-66%279-206$411$17,692,9046Focus
17Trance$113,194-72%157-286$721$2,119,9914Fox Searchlight
18Arthur Newman$112,788--248--$455$112,7881Cinedigm
19Warm Bodies$101,202-33%190-50$533$66,267,98513Lionsgate / Summit
20Quartet$82,237-47%130-46$633$18,005,35116Weinstein Company
21Life of Pi$80,301-50%131-62$613$124,666,51323Fox
22The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$67,296-57%185-80$364$22,465,8057Warner Bros. / New Line
2321 And Over$67,18471%13686$494$25,594,1659Relativity Media
24Side Effects (2013)$47,956-84%108-537$444$31,994,08912Open Road
25A Good Day to Die Hard$47,404-50%122-48$389$67,234,78111Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Renoir$122,998-13%637$1,952$853,0535IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
2To the Wonder$71,430-34%6011$1,191$381,4593Magnolia Pictures
3No (2013)$68,857-41%74-14$931$2,137,08411Sony Pictures Classics
4To the Arctic 3D$57,15724%520$1,099$12,297,04154Warner Bros. / IMAX
5From Up on Poppy Hill$54,846-26%44-4$1,247$800,7577GKIDS
6Hubble 3D$51,808-13%15-1$3,454$37,832,092163Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Spring Breakers$51,493-50%72-50$715$13,941,2517A24
8Upstream Color$48,530-30%4313$1,129$293,5864ERBP
9Camp (2013)$47,679-3%28-4$1,703$293,35510Freestyle Releasing
10The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$44,610--25--$1,784$515,5169Methinx Entertainment
11Wreck-It Ralph$35,847-32%80-34$448$189,412,67726Disney
12The Angels' Share$34,76610%2611$1,337$107,1243IFC Films
13Monsters, Inc. 3D$32,610-8%26-3$1,254$34,034,16819Disney
14The Reluctant Fundamentalist$30,920--3--$10,307$30,9201IFC Films
15In the House$29,028-8%96$3,225$74,9432Cohen Media Group
16Dark Skies$27,730-59%63-28$440$17,343,77510Weinstein / Dimension
17King's Faith$27,648--6--$4,608$27,6481Waking Giants Entertainment
18Born to Be Wild 3D$24,52743%300$818$22,531,773108Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Parental Guidance$24,155-57%61-29$396$77,221,85718Fox
20Kon-Tiki$22,168--2--$11,084$22,1681Weinstein Company
21Blancanieves$20,676-26%12-15$1,723$191,8055Cohen Media Group
22Room 237$20,026-25%21-6$954$223,6985IFC Midnight
23Ek Thi Daayan$19,986-70%470$425$103,3032Eros International
24Starbuck$19,199-26%27-2$711$3,725,9666eOne Films US
25Lore$17,963-23%17-10$1,057$856,60512Music Box Films
26Under the Sea 3D$17,623-2%192$928$32,850,881220Warner Bros. / IMAX
27No Place on Earth$16,458-3%2711$610$98,5984Magnolia Pictures
28At Any Price$16,095--4--$4,024$22,2871Sony Pictures Classics
29Django Unchained$14,660-62%38-39$386$162,789,43218Weinstein Company
30Girl Rising$14,240-86%72-98$198$1,006,6978Gathr Films
31Space Station 3D$13,234-35%30$4,411$87,735,916576IMAX
32Graceland$13,059--15--$871$13,0591Drafthouse Films
33Tai Chi Hero$12,624--7--$1,803$12,6241Well Go USA
34The Gatekeepers$12,272-59%22-28$558$2,342,24813Sony Pictures Classics
35Ginger & Rosa$12,045-51%20-28$602$785,2267A24
36Fists of Legend$11,368-55%8-10$1,421$126,7713CJ Entertainment
37An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$10,055--2--$5,028$10,0551Variance Films
38Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$9,527-31%10$9,527$34,8562Kino Lorber
39Hava Nagila (The Movie)$7,62076%7-2$1,089$267,9559International Film Circuit
40Emperor$7,599-71%26-38$292$3,295,6288Roadside Attractions
41Storm Surfers 3D$7,299--2--$3,650$7,2991XLrator Media
42Paradise: Love$6,014--2--$3,007$6,0141Strand Releasing
43Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$5,841-44%10$5,841$24,3332Rialto Pictures
44Searching For Sugar Man$5,287-36%8-5$661$3,648,14540Sony Pictures Classics
45On the Road$4,830-63%17-16$284$717,75319IFC Films
4656 Up$4,810-12%61$802$686,32617First Run Features
47Deep Sea 3D$4,69555%42$1,174$45,518,944374Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$4,626-42%10$4,626$18,0772Kino Lorber
49Simon Killer$3,02459%53$605$21,3034IFC Films
50Amour$2,999-62%10-9$300$6,731,55219Sony Pictures Classics
51Not Today$2,813-86%3-17$938$147,6993Freestyle Releasing
52Gimme the Loot$2,809-38%70$401$90,8776IFC Films
535 Broken Cameras$2,785--1--$2,785$106,90248Kino Lorber
54Wrong$2,658598%51$532$43,3115Drafthouse Films
55Stoker$2,450-76%9-19$272$1,698,8959Fox Searchlight
56Leonie$2,086-48%3-6$695$44,2887Monterey Media
57Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$1,994--1--$1,994$18,0028Rialto Pictures
58Settai$1,827-56%1-1$1,827$87,2604UTV Motion Pictures
59A Royal Affair$1,733-73%5-1$347$1,545,72625Magnolia Pictures
60Sound City$1,701--2--$851$404,63513Variance Films
61Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$1,652-73%5-4$330$334,02114Music Box Films
62Violeta Went to Heaven$1,580-41%1-2$1,580$17,8025Kino Lorber
63Koch$1,389-46%1-1$1,389$336,32413Zeitgeist Films
64A Place at the Table$1,014-80%7-4$145$221,1129Magnolia Pictures
65Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$982-78%2-2$491$20,4194First Run Features
66Hunky Dory$814--2--$407$18,0856Variance Films
67The Well-Digger's Daughter$774--1--$774$386,36841Kino Lorber
68If I Were You$700233%10$700$9,2227Kino Lorber
69Kai Po Che$534-42%20$267$1,122,52710UTV Motion Pictures
70Leviathan (2013)$423-75%1-3$423$53,9579Cinema Guild
71Wagner & Me$413--1--$413$37,74521First Run Features
72Herman's House$385-89%21$193$4,5082First Run Features
73The Silence$232-69%1-2$232$78,3638Music Box Films
74Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal$227--1--$227$1,5214Music Box Films
75The Pirogue$165--1--$165$11,16514ArtMattan Productions
76La Playa D.C.$144--1--$144$1441ArtMattan Productions
77A Fierce Green Fire$82-96%1-3$82$26,7899First Run Features