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, May. 17 - Sun, May. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Trek Into Darkness$70,165,559--3,868--$18,140$83,701,9811Paramount
2Iron Man 3$35,770,094-51%4,237-16$8,442$337,661,9773Disney
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$23,939,228-52%3,55015$6,743$90,682,8322Warner Bros.
4Pain and Gain$3,237,689-35%2,429-874$1,333$46,712,1834Paramount
5The Croods$3,024,602-16%2,373-277$1,275$177,024,7859Fox / DreamWorks Animation
642 (2013)$2,812,115-39%2,380-550$1,182$88,816,6276Warner Bros.
7Oblivion (2013)$2,337,050-43%2,077-693$1,125$85,588,0105Universal
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$2,159,980-53%2,0410$1,058$7,867,7572Lionsgate
9The Big Wedding$1,210,204-51%1,443-855$839$20,308,1884Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$2,232,961-12%960108$2,326$11,660,3864Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$871,165-19%535-239$1,628$231,351,16111Disney
3G.I. Joe: Retaliation$580,176-4%409-341$1,419$120,522,0438Paramount
4The Iceman$464,147315%165148$2,813$762,8853Millennium Entertainment
5Olympus Has Fallen$429,867-42%466-370$922$97,332,5489FilmDistrict
6Scary Movie 5$420,253-38%508-499$827$31,206,3766Weinstein / Dimension
7Jurassic Park 3D$340,260-46%428-225$795$45,299,6807Universal
8The Place Beyond the Pines$306,969-56%317-352$968$20,627,9768Focus
9Escape From Planet Earth$244,552141%693439$353$55,612,39814Weinstein Company
10Jack the Giant Slayer$231,339-6%250-31$925$64,789,19612Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Company You Keep$225,469-44%223-171$1,011$4,510,5007Sony Pictures Classics
12The Call$215,368132%229108$940$51,319,36210Sony / TriStar
13Identity Thief$214,49011%241-38$890$133,989,14015Universal
14Evil Dead$158,325-46%208-235$761$54,036,2837Sony / TriStar
15The Host (2013)$112,421-28%231-70$487$26,542,1988Open Road
16Snitch (2013)$110,407-6%153-35$722$42,838,78613Lionsgate / Summit
17The Sapphires$98,358-29%102-16$964$1,989,1589Weinstein Company
18Tyler Perry's Temptation$87,446-53%150-128$583$51,847,8168Lionsgate
19Silver Linings Playbook$47,033-62%131-192$359$132,028,68027Weinstein Company
20Admission$46,480-35%129-27$360$17,954,9909Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$157,11485%6139$2,576$419,7384Weinstein Company
2Frances Ha$137,398--4--$34,350$137,3981IFC Films
3Stories We Tell$131,589386%2321$5,721$175,1032Roadside Attractions
4Renoir$115,026-23%80-6$1,438$1,484,1978IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
5Rangeelay$73,541--20--$3,677$73,5411Eros International
6Love Is All You Need$68,89585%2212$3,132$172,1273Sony Pictures Classics
7The Reluctant Fundamentalist$67,242-9%5812$1,159$348,2734IFC Films
8Hubble 3D$60,99912%193$3,210$38,223,594166Warner Bros. / IMAX
9In the House$54,018-11%362$1,501$304,5995Cohen Media Group
10Go Goa Gone$53,058-69%920$577$270,1392Eros International
11To the Arctic 3D$50,44315%520$970$12,536,19957Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Home Run$44,975-66%86-45$523$2,817,8015IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$42,465-4%241$1,769$182,2993eOne Films US
14Ginger & Rosa$40,197167%286$1,436$908,49010A24
15What Maisie Knew$31,99530%41$7,999$101,9003Millenium Entertainment
16Life of Pi$30,142-23%51-19$591$124,863,50526Fox
17At Any Price$28,576-44%38-12$752$176,0154Sony Pictures Classics
18Safe Haven$26,919-40%90-34$299$71,324,50914Relativity Media
19Filly Brown$24,265-64%39-53$622$2,767,6935Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Quartet$21,650-40%42-17$515$18,196,20419Weinstein Company
21Space Station 3D$19,53087%119$1,775$87,871,421579IMAX
22From Up on Poppy Hill$19,344-35%31-6$624$928,99710GKIDS
23Dark Skies$17,28212%323$540$17,411,93013Weinstein / Dimension
24No (2013)$17,155-49%38-1$451$2,276,22614Sony Pictures Classics
25The Angels' Share$16,517-56%25-13$661$248,5676IFC Films
26Born to Be Wild 3D$15,918-6%300$531$22,651,521111Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Lore$14,559129%137$1,120$903,80215Music Box Films
28Not Today$14,333172%61$2,389$176,7946Freestyle Releasing
29A Good Day to Die Hard$13,703-26%31-19$442$67,344,39214Fox
30Augustine$13,616--5--$2,723$13,6161Music Box Films
31Trance$13,005-40%23-17$565$2,295,6147Fox Searchlight
32Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$12,966-68%25-18$519$169,3793Lionsgate / Pantelion
33Under the Sea 3D$12,520-43%15-3$835$32,946,193223Warner Bros. / IMAX
34To the Wonder$11,599-49%26-14$446$534,7466Magnolia Pictures
35Spring Breakers$9,925-10%11-5$902$14,049,59310A24
36Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$9,697129%1-2$9,697$70,2455Kino Lorber
37Parental Guidance$9,089-4%22-7$413$77,264,92621Fox
38Shootout at Wadala$8,938-85%890$100$365,7333Eros International
39Venus and Serena$8,693-21%73$1,242$23,6642Magnolia Pictures
40Something in the Air$8,342-41%9-1$927$52,9133IFC Films
41Sightseers$8,10110%53$1,620$19,0372IFC Films
42The Gatekeepers$7,250-45%3819$191$2,391,84916Sony Pictures Classics
43Deep Sea 3D$7,1109%4-1$1,778$45,548,853377Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Hava Nagila (The Movie)$6,998-42%9-2$778$316,89612International Film Circuit
45Free the Mind$6,998196%97$778$316,8963International Film Circuit
46Starbuck$6,941-1%90$771$3,790,0599eOne Films US
47Hating Breitbart (PG-13)$6,602--15--$440$6,6021Freestyle Releasing
48Pieta$6,222--12--$519$6,2221Drafthouse Films
49No One Lives$6,131-87%12-41$511$72,1402Anchor Bay Films
50The English Teacher$6,001--2--$3,001$6,0011Cinedigm
51Emperor$4,552-15%7-3$650$3,326,60411Roadside Attractions
52King's Faith$4,434-68%9-5$493$67,3144Waking Giants Entertainment
53Searching For Sugar Man$3,561-23%6-1$594$3,667,23043Sony Pictures Classics
54Bidder 70$2,477--1--$2,477$2,4771First Run Features
55No Place on Earth$2,301-70%7-3$329$146,0717Magnolia Pictures
56The Silence$1,937192%20$969$85,80911Music Box Films
57Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,926-70%40$482$33,6625Kino Lorber
58The Painting (2013)$1,765-51%10$1,765$6,2772GKIDS
59Arthur Newman$1,654-68%4-6$414$204,7204Cinedigm
60Koch$1,25142%21$626$342,21216Zeitgeist Films
61Tai Chi Hero$1,214-60%20$607$30,2044Well Go USA
62Camp (2013)$1,197-24%2-1$599$316,57813Freestyle Releasing
63Kiss of the Damned$944-77%5-2$189$12,0773Magnolia / Magnet
64One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$938-92%21$469$18,4622Zeitgeist Films
65All Together$935--1--$935$43,18031Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
66The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$895--2--$448$1,72530Strand Releasing
6756 Up$475-73%1-2$475$695,37120First Run Features
68Girl Rising$340-92%37-26$9$1,231,08411Gathr Films
69Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$338--2--$169$29,9467First Run Features
70Dead Man's Burden$280-73%10$280$10,8083Cinedigm
71Leonie$253-86%2-1$127$53,69210Monterey Media
7211 Flowers$176--1--$176$9,21313First Run Features
73M (2013 re-issue)$142-81%10$142$28,25910Kino Lorber