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, Jun. 21 - Sun, Jun. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$82,429,469--4,004--$20,587$82,429,4691Disney
2World War Z$66,411,834--3,607--$18,412$66,411,8341Paramount
3Man of Steel$41,287,206-65%4,2070$9,814$210,078,1532Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$13,290,642-36%3,0550$4,350$58,082,1662Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$7,876,002-29%2,823-259$2,790$94,456,9784Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$4,930,685-49%2,417-958$2,040$228,618,1555Universal
7The Purge$3,587,630-57%2,201-390$1,630$59,604,0753Universal
8The Internship$3,400,361-52%1,916-1483$1,775$38,339,8663Fox
9Star Trek Into Darkness$3,166,709-49%1,565-766$2,023$216,777,6256Paramount
10Epic$1,793,375-71%1,994-1157$899$101,048,5005Fox
11After Earth$940,031-77%1,166-1266$806$57,382,2404Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$2,212,582-25%924-725$2,395$403,157,8048Disney
2The Bling Ring$2,001,903834%650645$3,080$2,343,1442A24
3Before Midnight$901,292-35%441-456$2,044$4,618,9355Sony Pictures Classics
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$752,844366%206183$3,655$1,225,4393Roadside Attractions
5The Hangover Part III$717,304-74%530-1371$1,353$110,013,7725Warner Bros.
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$602,410-64%362-813$1,664$141,600,5137Warner Bros.
7The Croods$503,900-12%324-44$1,555$183,566,52514Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Raanjhanaa$414,211--102--$4,061$414,2111Eros International
9The East$365,10127%19580$1,872$1,208,0424Fox Searchlight
10Mud$311,053-43%213-192$1,460$20,206,3689Roadside Attractions
1142 (2013)$259,133-57%325-119$797$94,205,43911Warner Bros.
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$186,161-24%233-26$799$234,548,59216Disney
13Frances Ha$175,455-40%138-74$1,271$3,214,9416IFC Films
14Oblivion (2013)$136,680-25%201-57$680$89,021,73510Universal
15Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$132,293-57%1610$822$3,637,8064Eros International
16Olympus Has Fallen$126,262-26%177-24$713$98,592,65714FilmDistrict
17G.I. Joe: Retaliation$90,555-18%139-31$651$122,263,05613Paramount
18Scary Movie 5$82,983-4%134-7$619$31,673,66711Weinstein / Dimension
19The Big Wedding$72,704-10%141-24$516$21,613,8719Lionsgate
20Escape From Planet Earth$43,382-29%138-13$314$56,784,24619Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fill the Void$186,725107%4628$4,059$629,8645Sony Pictures Classics
2The Kings of Summer$130,512-16%652$2,008$761,1204CBS Films
3Hubble 3D$64,9045%15-3$4,327$38,933,710171Warner Bros. / IMAX
420 Feet from Stardom$64,46418%63$10,744$149,1912RADiUS-TWC
5Love Is All You Need$63,015-37%44-28$1,432$1,286,8428Sony Pictures Classics
6Kon-Tiki$46,298-40%53-17$874$1,302,2139Weinstein Company
7Dirty Wars$45,409-6%206$2,270$203,7253IFC Films
8Stories We Tell$42,308-49%33-30$1,282$1,331,4537Roadside Attractions
9A Hijacking$39,392--7--$5,627$39,3921Magnolia Pictures
10The Company You Keep$33,3928%65-1$514$5,041,48012Sony Pictures Classics
11What Maisie Knew$32,095-39%33-18$973$958,0618Millenium Entertainment
12The Place Beyond the Pines$29,577-11%53-23$558$21,383,29813Focus
13SOMM$28,050--5--$5,610$107,8341IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14The Attack$27,379--3--$9,126$27,3791Cohen Media Group
15Unfinished Song$25,728--2--$12,864$25,7281Weinstein Company
16To the Arctic 3D$24,711-17%520$475$12,858,44962Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Pain and Gain$24,323-35%50-20$486$49,333,7449Paramount
18Renoir$19,776-37%23-10$860$2,114,41313IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
19The Sapphires$19,348-14%29-10$667$2,360,23714Weinstein Company
20Hannah Arendt$19,265-28%71$2,752$195,3654Zeitgeist Films
21Born to Be Wild 3D$18,86113%300$629$22,848,311116Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Space Station 3D$17,110-5%73$2,444$88,110,208584IMAX
23Under the Sea 3D$16,40741%100$1,641$33,095,826228Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Quartet$13,02328%294$449$18,381,78724Weinstein Company
25Fukrey$11,585-84%570$203$116,4152Eros International
26Shadow Dancer$8,719-66%10-4$872$78,0944Magnolia Pictures
27Augustine$7,723548%97$858$55,7036Music Box Films
28Lost and Found in Armenia$7,604-8%1-1$7,604$102,9343High Top Releasing
29The Iceman$6,863-60%12-18$572$1,921,1098Millennium Entertainment
30Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$6,366-47%8-6$796$490,3108eOne Films US
31Berberian Sound Studio$6,004-9%116$546$17,5622IFC Midnight
32Deep Sea 3D$5,927-26%63$988$45,621,858382Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Maniac$5,571--1--$5,571$5,5711IFC Midnight
34Hava Nagila (The Movie)$4,97916%7-1$711$346,97917International Film Circuit
35Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$4,570--17--$269$6,1941High Top Releasing
36The English Teacher$4,53816%1-1$4,538$55,5726Cinedigm
37An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$4,26133%31$1,420$51,7219Variance Films
38More Than Honey$4,206-20%10$4,206$14,8522Kino Lorber
39Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$3,673-1%43$918$9,7112First Run Features
40Pandora's Promise$3,594-84%5-11$719$38,1812Abramorama
41Girl Rising$3,500--16--$219$1,420,92716Gathr Films
42Made in Cleveland$3,411--5--$682$7,0111Striped Entertainment
43Life of Pi$3,385-73%16-9$212$124,969,15031Fox
44Not Today$3,229-57%3-4$1,076$296,89911Freestyle Releasing
45No Place on Earth$3,13111%30$1,044$187,56712Magnolia Pictures
46√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$2,655266%41$664$9,5943Magnolia Pictures
47Downloaded$2,504--2--$1,252$2,5041Abramorama
48One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$2,406-45%2-1$1,203$57,5307Zeitgeist Films
49At Any Price$2,1984%50$440$356,5309Sony Pictures Classics
50To the Wonder$2,176-55%50$435$579,37511Magnolia Pictures
51Wish You Were Here (2013)$2,008-61%3-3$669$45,2673eOne Films US
52So Young$2,003-62%2-1$1,002$9,9902China Lion Film
53Lore$1,910-61%1-1$1,910$966,35820Music Box Films
54In the Fog$1,807-22%21$904$5,4432Strand Releasing
55Call Me Kuchu$1,692-51%10$1,692$7,3312Cinedigm
56Venus and Serena$1,6381%2-1$819$51,0007Magnolia Pictures
57Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,422-63%4-4$356$75,06510Kino Lorber
58Storm Surfers 3D$1,102-86%1-1$1,102$37,4629XLrator Media
59Post Tenebras Lux$1,01052%31$337$36,9968Strand Releasing
60Tiger Eyes$942-80%0-6--$25,1633Freestyle Releasing
61The Wall$932-76%2-2$466$15,0444Music Box Films
62Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$852-12%2-2$426$112,81910Kino Lorber
63The Silence$749-2%1-1$749$92,49216Music Box Films
64Searching For Sugar Man$684-52%2-2$342$3,687,51148Sony Pictures Classics
65Paradise: Love$643-29%10$643$23,8089Strand Releasing
66Free the Mind$480-27%2-1$240$70,7338International Film Circuit
67Camp (2013)$292-93%1-1$292$324,97618Freestyle Releasing
68The History of Future Folk$259-83%1-1$259$12,3234Variance / FilmBuff
69Pieta$170-23%10$170$21,9326Drafthouse Films