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, Jul. 12 - Sun, Jul. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$43,892,895-47%4,0036$10,965$228,376,7752Universal
2Grown Ups 2$41,508,572--3,491--$11,890$41,508,5721Sony / Columbia
3Pacific Rim$37,285,325--3,275--$11,385$37,285,3251Warner Bros.
4The Heat$14,002,080-43%3,128-56$4,476$112,365,5573Fox
5The Lone Ranger$11,506,100-61%3,9040$2,947$71,467,2922Disney
6Monsters University$10,631,576-46%3,142-597$3,384$237,771,0034Disney
7World War Z$9,314,862-49%3,003-313$3,102$176,971,7824Paramount
8White House Down$6,162,633-54%2,566-656$2,402$62,975,5663Sony / Columbia
9Man of Steel$4,719,084-59%2,150-755$2,195$280,888,9625Warner Bros.
10This Is The End$2,850,571-51%1,394-710$2,045$91,639,0115Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$4,754,152-53%89216$5,330$26,132,4612Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$1,334,164-53%850-756$1,570$113,311,8667Lionsgate / Summit
3Star Trek Into Darkness$686,181-48%403-162$1,703$224,360,9059Paramount
4Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$647,112--139--$4,655$647,1121Reliance Entertainment
5Fast & Furious 6$547,815-49%392-225$1,397$236,533,1708Universal
620 Feet from Stardom$497,2663%13142$3,796$1,770,4055RADiUS-TWC
7Epic$480,879-6%352-76$1,366$104,872,2938Fox
8Before Midnight$293,836-39%154-60$1,908$7,070,5058Sony Pictures Classics
9After Earth$273,432-28%238-32$1,149$59,383,5747Sony / Columbia
10Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$256,699-43%138-32$1,860$3,526,8266Roadside Attractions
11The Croods$255,632-25%243-26$1,052$185,630,10117Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Iron Man 3$241,289-50%199-95$1,213$406,850,97711Disney
13The Internship$217,751-53%233-146$935$43,220,7056Fox
14The Hangover Part III$199,820-43%265-73$754$111,651,6078Warner Bros.
15The Great Gatsby (2013)$168,297-41%125-60$1,346$143,218,77610Warner Bros.
16The Purge$161,995-50%179-77$905$63,833,9756Universal
17Mud$135,921-16%1132$1,203$21,070,58112Roadside Attractions
18Lootera$78,765-75%1000$788$550,6512Eros International
19Pain and Gain$75,007-36%150-20$500$49,663,15712Paramount
2042 (2013)$60,809-49%105-77$579$94,927,85014Warner Bros.
21Raanjhanaa$12,078-74%1020$118$901,1064Eros International
22Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$7,686-61%1610$48$3,820,3777Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$1,121,851103%7960$14,201$1,866,3362Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$386,291--7--$55,184$386,2911Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$239,700-2%9121$2,634$785,1864Weinstein Company
4The Bling Ring$157,907-51%97-62$1,628$5,458,1525A24
5Fill the Void$132,216-18%645$2,066$1,401,5618Sony Pictures Classics
6I'm So Excited$105,420-26%226$4,792$469,5703Sony Pictures Classics
7The East$93,838-43%71-31$1,322$2,126,0907Fox Searchlight
8Scary Movie 5$79,846350%33-10$2,420$31,957,94414Weinstein / Dimension
9The Kings of Summer$72,006-25%565$1,286$1,206,7117CBS Films
10Frances Ha$67,381-40%57-13$1,182$3,766,6149IFC Films
11Hubble 3D$66,213-25%101$6,621$39,413,552174Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Escape From Planet Earth$62,002572%55-7$1,127$56,958,05122Weinstein Company
13A Hijacking$52,033-15%3212$1,626$276,6314Magnolia Pictures
14The Hunt$43,045--4--$10,761$43,0451Magnolia Pictures
15Love Is All You Need$38,334-14%354$1,095$1,505,91011Sony Pictures Classics
16Hannah Arendt$35,548-13%162$2,222$347,5957Zeitgeist Films
17Killing Season$27,713--15--$1,848$27,7131Millenium Entertainment
18Space Station 3D$25,786-23%20$12,893$88,492,317587IMAX
19Stories We Tell$25,669-26%281$917$1,484,07410Roadside Attractions
20Crystal Fairy$25,052--2--$12,526$25,0521IFC Films
21Museum Hours$22,277-29%30$7,426$123,1253Cinema Guild
22Kon-Tiki$21,777-12%21-3$1,037$1,445,03412Weinstein Company
23To the Arctic 3D$20,302-20%182$1,128$13,185,32765Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Under the Sea 3D$20,300-29%60$3,383$33,236,559231Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Still Mine$19,920--4--$4,980$449,9211IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
26G.I. Joe: Retaliation$17,811-48%41-22$434$122,512,05216Paramount
27Storm Surfers 3D$14,88680%64$2,481$62,04612XLrator Media
28Born to Be Wild 3D$13,183-30%130$1,014$22,705,233119Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Stuck in Love$12,872-63%15-6$858$61,8042Millennium Entertainment
30Oz: The Great and Powerful$12,623-65%43-53$294$234,903,07619Disney
31Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$12,028-20%75$1,718$39,6532Magnolia Pictures
32Byzantium$12,019-5%137$925$63,2453IFC Films
33What Maisie Knew$11,075-27%131$852$1,046,03611Millenium Entertainment
34Deep Sea 3D$9,943-10%3-1$3,314$45,673,253385Warner Bros. / IMAX
35V/H/S/2$9,932--12--$828$9,9321Magnolia / Magnet
36The Sapphires$9,720-30%150$648$2,439,25317Weinstein Company
37Renoir$9,449-9%10-1$945$2,198,71316IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
38Dealin' with Idiots$8,508--1--$8,508$8,5081IFC Films
39Dirty Wars$8,151-32%130$627$332,9476IFC Films
40Augustine$7,9181%8-1$990$87,0099Music Box Films
41One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$7,769--4--$1,942$71,23610Zeitgeist Films
42More Than Honey$7,541175%42$1,885$34,1225Kino Lorber
43A Band Called Death$7,468-62%10-4$747$91,7163Drafthouse Films
44Pandora's Promise$6,969--4--$1,742$51,9915Abramorama
45Viola$6,109--1--$6,109$6,1091Cinema Guild
46Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$5,5296561%43$1,382$20,1165First Run Features
47Pawn Shop Chronicles$4,924--15--$328$4,9241Anchor Bay Films
48The Iceman$4,691-19%5-1$938$1,947,93011Millennium Entertainment
49The Company You Keep$4,620-48%9-4$513$5,106,48615Sony Pictures Classics
50Terms and Conditions May Apply$4,446--1--$4,446$4,4461Variance Films
51Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$4,236101%31$1,412$508,43011eOne Films US
52Copperhead$4,071-72%5-10$814$119,1433Brainstorm Media
53Not Today$4,018741%1-1$4,018$317,16514Freestyle Releasing
54At Any Price$3,792-9%6-1$632$372,18412Sony Pictures Classics
55Revelation Road 2$3,722--5--$744$3,7221Freestyle Releasing
56Shadow Dancer$2,928174%42$732$94,1597Magnolia Pictures
57The Look of Love$2,429-52%2-1$1,215$10,3792IFC Films
5856 Up$2,215-6%10$2,215$701,27828First Run Features
59Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$2,176-47%10$2,176$129,92813Kino Lorber
60The History of Future Folk$1,951--2--$976$15,3667Variance / FilmBuff
61Hava Nagila (The Movie)$1,560-2%41$390$358,84920International Film Circuit
62In the Fog$1,485--3--$495$8,2805Strand Releasing
63Night Across the Street$1,108--1--$1,108$15,71223Cinema Guild
64No Place on Earth$1,016236%20$508$192,34415Magnolia Pictures
65Free the Mind$58814%31$196$80,12911International Film Circuit
66Call Me Kuchu$571--1--$571$8,9415Cinedigm
67Searching For Sugar Man$456-46%10$456$3,690,57551Sony Pictures Classics
68You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$454-73%20$227$14,4036Kino Lorber
69Hammer of the Gods$24751%20$124$4382Magnolia / Magnet
70100 Bloody Acres$236-53%2-1$118$5,9723Doppelgänger Releasing
71√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$190-61%21$95$13,5036Magnolia Pictures
72Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$116-94%1-4$116$99,11813Kino Lorber
73A Girl and a Gun$84-95%1-8$84$3,0062First Run Features