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, Sep. 27 - Sun, Sep. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$34,017,930--4,001--$8,502$34,017,9301Sony / Columbia
2Prisoners$10,865,262-48%3,29030$3,303$38,549,1942Warner Bros.
3Rush (2013)$10,014,9205247%2,2972292$4,360$10,275,8292Universal
4Baggage Claim$9,031,102--2,027--$4,455$9,031,1021Fox Searchlight
5Don Jon$8,677,009--2,422--$3,583$8,677,0091Relativity Media
6Insidious: Chapter 2$6,552,114-53%3,120-35$2,100$69,349,5093FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$3,732,432-47%2,894-197$1,290$31,754,6023Relativity Media
8We're the Millers$2,807,479-38%2,405-598$1,167$142,360,9318Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,401,793-43%2,062-869$1,165$110,265,8627Weinstein Company
10Battle of the Year$2,023,792-56%2,0080$1,008$7,492,0842Sony / Screen Gems
11Riddick$1,607,145-56%1,826-1196$880$40,056,7104Universal
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$801,522-55%1,007-466$796$65,380,2738Fox
13Planes$759,290-72%1,426-1020$532$87,681,4498Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$3,465,408-36%948-30$3,655$38,652,8965Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$2,098,902802%227223$9,246$2,466,3812Fox Searchlight
3Metallica Through The Never$1,576,561--305--$5,169$1,576,5611Picturehouse
4Despicable Me 2$792,895-42%748-256$1,060$361,774,71513Universal
5Blue Jasmine$624,245-49%528-319$1,182$30,662,23210Sony Pictures Classics
6The Wizard of Oz 3D$557,233-82%305-13$1,827$5,081,0492Warner Bros.
7Grown Ups 2$551,295120%390132$1,414$131,964,54012Sony / Columbia
8Elysium$501,998-66%562-830$893$91,851,0608Sony / TriStar
92 Guns$286,145-56%403-349$710$75,002,5559Universal
10The Wolverine$269,477-41%329-133$819$131,304,65010Fox
11The Smurfs 2$250,441-53%353-243$709$69,915,4189Sony / Columbia
12Turbo$250,026-39%282-51$887$81,963,43811Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13The Conjuring$201,292-52%338-223$596$136,972,05511Warner Bros. / New Line
14The World's End$191,973-73%281-552$683$25,694,5456Focus
15The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$190,982-71%329-718$580$31,046,2016Sony / Screen Gems
16The Heat$183,109-33%251-59$730$158,948,63614Fox
17Thanks for Sharing$159,812-70%251-18$637$898,4032Roadside Attractions
18Monsters University$158,367-48%178-136$890$266,068,49215Disney
19One Direction: This Is Us$141,289-88%228-1478$620$28,818,9675Sony / TriStar
20This Is The End$122,431-62%205-322$597$101,362,89416Sony / Columbia
21The Spectacular Now$115,175-70%142-429$811$6,656,9549A24
22In a World...$112,729-52%121-23$932$2,597,3868Roadside Attractions
23Pacific Rim$112,099-36%140-62$801$101,624,60212Warner Bros.
24The Grandmaster$105,090-56%143-330$735$6,505,6166Weinstein Company
25Austenland$95,890-59%107-127$896$1,732,5247Sony Pictures Classics
26The Way, Way Back$90,652-58%158-166$574$21,324,65613Fox Searchlight
27World War Z$88,130-53%160-43$551$202,278,85815Paramount
28Salinger$64,581-65%134-4$482$504,5734Weinstein Company
29Red 2$64,410-34%110-68$586$52,869,28711Lionsgate / Summit
30You're Next$30,750-84%112-420$275$18,409,9646Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Generation Iron$150,000-39%8429$1,786$407,0002The Vladar Company
2Inequality for All$140,888--28--$5,032$140,8881RADiUS-TWC
3Alone Yet Not Alone$125,775--11--$11,434$125,7751Enthuse Entertainment
4Wadjda$73,70311%167$4,606$308,3393Sony Pictures Classics
5Phata Poster Nikla Hero$73,688-72%940$784$390,2072Eros International
6The Lone Ranger$60,725-36%89-49$682$89,237,14813Disney
7Short Term 12$58,391-55%55-20$1,062$811,5966Cinedigm
8On the Job$56,098--29--$1,934$56,0981Well Go USA
9Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon$32,795--35--$937$32,7951AMC Entertainment
10Haute Cuisine$32,202109%1411$2,300$55,3052Weinstein Company
11Hubble 3D$29,980-25%151$1,999$40,803,709185Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Jobs$27,384-70%84-68$326$16,117,4437Open Road
13Getaway$25,111-87%74-441$339$10,494,4945Warner Bros.
14Fruitvale Station$24,272-44%42-61$578$16,011,61012Weinstein Company
1520 Feet from Stardom$21,745--30--$725$4,651,65916RADiUS-TWC
16Wedding Palace$19,908--6--$3,318$19,9081GoGoGo Entertainment
17Blue Caprice$19,85959%2516$794$56,6743IFC Films
18Paranoia$19,152-69%66-22$290$7,376,0277Relativity Media
19Grand Masti$18,706-74%640$292$404,7893Eros International
20Space Station 3D$18,54634%52$3,709$89,054,813598IMAX
21The Ultimate Life$17,020-82%47-137$362$1,311,2354High Top Releasing
22Good Ol' Freda$15,245-18%176$897$80,6414Magnolia Pictures
23Museum Hours$14,642-54%16-3$915$491,31114Cinema Guild
24Muscle Shoals$13,901--1--$13,901$13,9011Magnolia Pictures
25We Are What We Are (2013)$13,727--2--$6,864$13,7271eOne Films US
26Blackfish$13,4003%22-6$609$2,043,69111Magnolia Pictures
27Populaire$12,985-53%244$541$130,0884Weinstein Company
28You Will Be My Son$12,066-59%17-4$710$187,1317Cohen Media Group
29GMO OMG$12,031--9--$1,337$41,9023Submarine Deluxe
30The Citizen$11,654--3--$3,885$12,6014Monterey Media
31Still Mine$10,694-32%16-3$668$1,127,45812IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
32Drinking Buddies$9,880-73%22-11$449$320,0516Magnolia Pictures
33Born to Be Wild 3D$9,66712%90$1,074$22,983,103130Warner Bros. / IMAX
34To the Arctic 3D$9,574-4%10-1$957$13,554,04576Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Unfinished Song$9,565-24%19-4$503$1,697,29415Weinstein Company
36Under the Sea 3D$9,29348%7-1$1,328$33,619,887242Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Chennai Express$8,388-62%9-11$932$5,306,7298UTV Motion Pictures
38Ip Man: The Final Fight$7,165-54%6-8$1,194$29,4692Well Go USA
39The Trials of Muhammad Ali$6,734838%98$748$19,0416Kino Lorber
40Jewtopia$6,628-75%8-8$829$42,2932Le Petit Canyon Productions
41Ain't Them Bodies Saints$6,581-61%21-22$313$387,6067IFC Films
42The Hunt$6,475112%113$589$610,96812Magnolia Pictures
43The Attack$6,375-61%9-6$708$1,714,71015Cohen Media Group
44My Lucky Star$5,988-87%7-16$855$61,2562China Lion Film
45The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$5,493--1--$5,493$5,4931Rialto Pictures
46C.O.G.$5,438-83%9-11$604$49,6912Screen Media / Focus World
47The Short Game$5,326-81%8-12$666$38,8562Phase 4 Films / Samuel Goldwyn
48Zaytoun$5,01822%53$1,004$11,6352Strand Releasing
49Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,460-59%8-10$558$4,319,24317Roadside Attractions
50Mademoiselle C$4,423-57%3-4$1,474$44,7963Cohen Media Group
51Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$4,147--1--$4,147$5,6741Rialto Pictures
52Computer Chess$4,0901014%31$1,363$99,14911Kino Lorber
53Adore$3,641-81%9-23$405$317,1254Exclusive Media
54The Patience Stone$3,544-71%9-6$394$115,6327Sony Pictures Classics
55I Used to Be Darker$3,533--1--$3,533$3,5331Strand Releasing
56Deep Sea 3D$3,412-27%20$1,706$45,884,461396Warner Bros. / IMAX
57Before Midnight$3,350-41%6-4$558$8,102,19619Sony Pictures Classics
58Hannah Arendt$3,304-71%3-3$1,101$688,07518Zeitgeist Films
59Free the Mind$3,166557%43$792$131,01822International Film Circuit
60When Comedy Went to School$3,106-48%7-1$444$166,8569International Film Circuit
61Morning$2,876--4--$719$2,8761Anchor Bay Films
62Prince Avalanche$2,64410%92$294$186,5018Magnolia Pictures
63Hotel Normandy$2,552--1--$2,552$2,5521Rialto Premieres
64Fill the Void$2,4281%4-5$607$1,774,63919Sony Pictures Classics
65Touchy Feely$2,306-47%3-2$769$30,5684Magnolia Pictures
66The Act of Killing$2,2161%10-1$222$438,05511Drafthouse Films
67A Hijacking$1,9051069%53$381$413,27615Magnolia Pictures
68Shepard & Dark$1,226--1--$1,226$2,8951Music Box Films
69Informant$1,21673%31$405$7,6373Music Box Films
70Love Is All You Need$1,05022%2-1$525$1,631,30622Sony Pictures Classics
71Rising From Ashes$658-68%1-2$658$33,4019First Run Features
72Satyagraha$649-88%2-7$325$738,5255UTV Motion Pictures
73I'm So Excited$560-74%2-7$280$1,357,09114Sony Pictures Classics
74Il Futuro$52061%10$520$9,3354Strand Releasing
75Europa Report$44893%21$224$123,2639Magnolia / Magnet
76Stories We Tell$447-55%4-1$112$1,598,11421Roadside Attractions
77Leviathan (2013)$42161%10$421$75,21531Cinema Guild
78Our Nixon$370-24%1-1$370$18,5735Cinedigm
79You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$325--2--$163$18,45517Kino Lorber
80Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$166-55%10$166$151,38924Kino Lorber
81Hava Nagila (The Movie)$95--1--$95$368,72431International Film Circuit
82Night Across the Street$50--1--$50$16,77834Cinema Guild
83I Declare War$28-84%1-2$28$14,7725Drafthouse Films