Grosses

'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, Aug. 9 - Sun, Aug. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Elysium$29,807,393--3,284--$9,077$29,807,3931Sony / TriStar
2We're the Millers$26,419,396--3,260--$8,104$37,908,1791Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$22,232,291--3,702--$6,005$22,232,2911Disney
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$14,401,054--3,031--$4,751$23,258,1131Fox
52 Guns$11,249,145-58%3,0283$3,715$48,638,0502Universal
6The Smurfs 2$9,328,495-47%3,8671$2,412$46,471,9982Sony / Columbia
7The Wolverine$8,024,404-62%2,867-1057$2,799$112,010,5743Fox
8The Conjuring$6,627,356-49%2,650-465$2,501$120,672,2624Warner Bros. / New Line
9Despicable Me 2$5,915,650-42%2,395-812$2,470$338,481,8456Universal
10Grown Ups 2$3,645,565-54%2,102-973$1,734$123,786,4965Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$2,351,120-62%1,771-1214$1,328$75,121,0744Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$1,966,274-57%1,351-723$1,455$153,582,2197Fox
13Red 2$1,940,423-65%1,574-1181$1,233$49,351,6454Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Jasmine$2,345,40726%11969$19,709$6,041,2463Sony Pictures Classics
2Chennai Express$2,220,497--196--$11,329$2,416,5131UTV Motion Pictures
3Pacific Rim$1,550,226-65%980-823$1,582$96,779,7575Warner Bros.
4The Way, Way Back$1,491,433-45%780-221$1,912$16,311,6216Fox Searchlight
5Fruitvale Station$1,406,275-46%828-258$1,698$13,453,9355Weinstein Company
6Man of Steel$750,30761%426122$1,761$288,681,9709Warner Bros.
7Monsters University$683,659-51%405-474$1,688$260,171,1758Disney
8World War Z$654,475-64%505-407$1,296$197,458,1078Paramount
9R.I.P.D.$458,915-81%478-1225$960$31,970,1104Universal
10The Lone Ranger$290,661-56%261-292$1,114$87,344,9736Disney
11Star Trek Into Darkness$287,830-40%256-44$1,124$226,801,05613Paramount
1220 Feet from Stardom$194,228-35%112-23$1,734$3,851,5129RADiUS-TWC
13Lovelace$184,536--118--$1,564$184,5361RADiUS-TWC
14White House Down$161,842-68%159-194$1,018$71,947,0107Sony / Columbia
15Epic$160,241-29%222-33$722$106,984,45312Fox
16Fast & Furious 6$146,985-36%191-39$770$238,286,64012Universal
17Now You See Me$143,607-53%143-63$1,004$115,750,14711Lionsgate / Summit
18This Is The End$116,816-63%102-66$1,145$96,505,1939Sony / Columbia
19The Internship$100,996-42%136-36$743$44,422,69010Fox
20The Croods$95,092-33%142-20$670$186,855,00821Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21The Great Gatsby (2013)$84,474-53%135-93$626$144,710,21314Warner Bros.
22After Earth$77,509-38%109-37$711$60,424,49411Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$266,58935%1915$14,031$534,6922A24
2Blackfish$233,103-13%8126$2,878$1,044,5534Magnolia Pictures
3Hubble 3D$88,9785%130$6,844$40,141,035178Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Attack$88,049-6%451$1,957$1,365,0608Cohen Media Group
5In a World...$70,541--3--$23,514$70,5411Roadside Attractions
6The To Do List$69,809-89%86-499$812$3,447,3393CBS Films
7Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$62,096-75%77-137$806$32,163,0636Lionsgate / Summit
8Still Mine$58,597-39%31-10$1,890$909,3115IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
9Iron Man 3$58,175-76%71-305$819$407,848,52315Disney
10Unfinished Song$53,963-37%53-15$1,018$1,509,9868Weinstein Company
11I'm So Excited$50,864-59%52-47$978$1,216,1687Sony Pictures Classics
12Before Midnight$46,199-71%56-170$825$7,940,52612Sony Pictures Classics
13Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$40,501-25%53-5$764$4,169,35410Roadside Attractions
14The Act of Killing$38,537-23%269$1,482$239,2594Drafthouse Films
15Prince Avalanche$36,694--14--$2,621$36,6941Magnolia Pictures
16Space Station 3D$34,7695%1-1$34,769$88,789,317591IMAX
17Mud$32,344-47%44-18$735$21,538,36716Roadside Attractions
18Europa Report$27,22622%107$2,723$58,6302Magnolia / Magnet
19Hannah Arendt$24,138-34%150$1,609$533,71811Zeitgeist Films
20Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$23,195-71%16-26$1,450$1,626,2895Reliance Entertainment
21The Hunt$23,065-69%26-21$887$458,9365Magnolia Pictures
22Snake and Mongoose$20,254--1--$20,254$20,2541Rocky Mountain Pictures
23Under the Sea 3D$20,10516%82$2,513$33,436,902235Warner Bros. / IMAX
24To the Arctic 3D$20,102-16%120$1,675$13,382,19369Warner Bros. / IMAX
25The Hangover Part III$19,959-76%46-57$434$112,186,62512Warner Bros.
26Museum Hours$19,648135%148$1,403$235,7657Cinema Guild
27The Artist and the Model$18,386--5--$3,677$45,1002Cohen Media Group
28The Bling Ring$16,982-26%401$425$5,806,4609A24
29Only God Forgives$14,760-70%17-28$868$742,0884RADiUS-TWC
30Drug War$13,38234%84$1,673$38,7413Variance Films / Well Go USA
31Frances Ha$13,221-43%15-7$881$4,001,58513IFC Films
32Fill the Void$12,920-53%19-14$680$1,722,97912Sony Pictures Classics
33Pain and Gain$12,30140%19-1$647$49,803,78016Paramount
34Deep Sea 3D$11,578-10%111$1,053$45,793,980389Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Born to Be Wild 3D$11,177-26%141$798$22,846,662123Warner Bros. / IMAX
36The Canyons$11,076-17%43$2,769$31,1622IFC Films
37When Comedy Went to School$11,052-35%61$1,842$47,9602International Film Circuit
38Love Is All You Need$9,328-24%12-1$777$1,589,05515Sony Pictures Classics
39Girl Most Likely$7,808-80%12-24$651$1,370,0614Roadside Attractions
40Stories We Tell$6,088-53%10-7$609$1,569,74214Roadside Attractions
41Computer Chess$5,705-52%5-1$1,141$79,6174Kino Lorber
42I Give It a Year$5,436--2--$2,718$5,4361Magnolia Pictures
43Free the Mind$4,900106%42$1,225$98,16915International Film Circuit
44Crystal Fairy$4,227-78%10-10$423$164,2875IFC Films
45M (2013 re-issue)$4,199--2--$2,100$33,64822Kino Lorber
46Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$4,15845%5-1$832$96,3986Magnolia Pictures
47Terms and Conditions May Apply$3,225-66%2-4$1,613$35,5375Variance Films
48Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers$3,050-36%10$3,050$13,6722Doppelgänger Releasing
49More Than Honey$2,85219%31$951$64,0339Kino Lorber
50Hava Nagila (The Movie)$2,363--3--$788$364,73924International Film Circuit
51Copperhead$2,239-44%1-1$2,239$171,7407Brainstorm Media
52A Hijacking$2,114-67%4-3$529$373,4168Magnolia Pictures
53Augustine$2,05459%32$685$102,19813Music Box Films
54Storm Surfers 3D$1,614122%21$807$113,41416XLrator Media
55Searching For Sugar Man$1,568513%10$1,568$3,694,80855Sony Pictures Classics
56The Wall$1,268-11%31$423$25,95011Music Box Films
57Post Tenebras Lux$1,223--2--$612$38,91115Strand Releasing
58Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$966--1--$966$107,06617Kino Lorber
59In the Fog$935--2--$468$11,6549Strand Releasing
60Rising From Ashes$874-88%2-1$437$11,4222First Run Features
61Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$267-88%1-1$267$146,81717Kino Lorber
62A Band Called Death$233-67%30$78$114,8357Drafthouse Films
63You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$193--2--$97$16,10610Kino Lorber
64√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$50-82%10$50$16,67110Magnolia Pictures
65Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$32-78%1-1$32$27,1569First Run Features