'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, Oct. 18 - Sun, Oct. 20

Wide (1000+)

1Gravity$30,027,161-30%3,820160$7,861$169,563,2913Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$16,413,093-36%3,0200$5,435$52,443,3282Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$16,101,552--3,157--$5,100$16,101,5521Sony / Screen Gems
4Escape Plan$9,885,732--2,883--$3,429$9,885,7321Lionsgate / Summit
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,672,791-30%3,602-272$2,685$92,709,5594Sony / Columbia
6Prisoners$2,064,235-43%2,160-695$956$57,258,3935Warner Bros.
7The Fifth Estate$1,673,351--1,769--$946$1,673,3511Disney / DreamWorks
8Runner Runner$1,665,242-56%2,011-1015$828$17,576,5603Fox
9Insidious: Chapter 2$1,499,842-45%1,665-491$901$80,890,0836FilmDistrict
10Rush (2013)$1,261,115-47%1,197-933$1,054$24,623,2945Universal
11Machete Kills$1,203,135-69%2,5380$474$6,402,3742Open Road
12Don Jon$1,182,410-50%1,114-882$1,061$22,479,5774Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

1Enough Said$1,750,519-8%757151$2,312$10,737,9665Fox Searchlight
2Baggage Claim$1,100,374-46%865-455$1,272$20,001,0294Fox Searchlight
3I'm in Love with a Church Girl$971,826--457--$2,127$971,8261High Top Releasing
4We're the Millers$744,255-32%881-269$845$147,710,41611Warner Bros. / New Line
5Pulling Strings$607,966-52%43810$1,388$5,163,7523Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Instructions Not Included$538,588-48%475-236$1,134$43,542,1388Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Despicable Me 2$485,850-4%395-39$1,230$363,741,08016Universal
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$387,473-38%602-378$644$114,282,70010Weinstein Company
9Monsters University$307,919-14%230-5$1,339$267,497,03718Disney
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$300,021-15%350-54$857$66,921,92711Fox
11Grace Unplugged$234,392-55%313-189$749$2,177,7303Roadside Attractions
12Romeo and Juliet (2013)$221,128-57%4610$480$938,2012Relativity Media
13The Family (2013)$215,410-63%483-567$446$36,295,4456Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$208,797-23%223-38$936$133,123,82015Sony / Columbia
15The Smurfs 2$199,131-21%242-26$823$70,630,58612Sony / Columbia
16Blue Jasmine$188,718-18%152-38$1,242$31,972,04513Sony Pictures Classics
17The Wolverine$152,564-15%207-20$737$132,078,65113Fox
19Inequality for All$127,946-16%10323$1,242$778,0734RADiUS-TWC
20Turbo$120,102-25%149-38$806$82,628,80814Fox / DreamWorks Animation
222 Guns$91,740-21%135-31$680$75,573,30012Universal
23The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$84,268-67%1470$573$441,0732Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
24The Heat$77,246-20%103-36$750$159,403,24417Fox
25The Conjuring$43,032-37%113-32$381$137,344,44114Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

112 Years a Slave$923,715--19--$48,617$923,7151Fox Searchlight
2Wadjda$140,92434%6619$2,135$800,6496Sony Pictures Classics
3The Saratov Approach$132,476-3%241$5,520$450,3442Purdie Distribution
4Muscle Shoals$95,44389%3622$2,651$219,3254Magnolia Pictures
5All Is Lost$93,583--6--$15,597$93,5831Roadside Attractions
6The Face Reader$68,802-41%18-1$3,822$484,1123Pan Media & Entertainment
7Elysium$55,621-37%93-47$598$92,468,06611Sony / TriStar
8Generation Iron$55,230-27%33-1$1,674$696,7155The Vladar Company
9Kill Your Darlings$53,452--4--$13,363$69,2751Sony Pictures Classics
10A.C.O.D.$45,99235%4224$1,095$121,3403The Film Arcade
11Battle of the Year$43,392-69%86-124$505$8,888,3555Sony / Screen Gems
12Hubble 3D$42,65430%130$3,281$40,985,570188Warner Bros. / IMAX
13The Summit$42,189-1%7036$603$144,8073IFC Films
14Austenland$37,236-11%47-5$792$1,958,05510Sony Pictures Classics
15In a World...$36,761-18%47-7$782$2,837,65311Roadside Attractions
16Seasons of Gray$31,953--24--$1,331$31,9531EchoLight Studios
17Parkland$30,598-67%32-101$956$614,6223Exclusive Media
18Space Station 3D$25,682-11%41$6,421$89,206,530601IMAX
19The Spectacular Now$22,44116%5421$416$6,811,44512A24
20Haute Cuisine$20,176-18%21-9$961$190,7565Weinstein Company
21Escape From Tomorrow$18,322-71%11-19$1,666$118,3332Producers Distribution Agency
22The Way, Way Back$17,876-23%38-25$470$21,456,09216Fox Searchlight
23Linsanity$16,697-68%9-7$1,855$227,9083Ketchup Entertainment
24The World's End$14,215-56%40-33$355$25,934,3259Focus
26Short Term 12$12,705-33%22-8$578$931,2389Cinedigm
27Shahid$12,153--16--$760$12,1531UTV Motion Pictures
28Broadway Idiot$11,522109%65$1,920$18,2682FilmBuff
29Thanks for Sharing$9,37531%14-2$670$1,045,0385Roadside Attractions
30A Touch of Sin$9,043-51%60$1,507$69,6543Kino Lorber
31To the Arctic 3D$8,1308%9-1$903$13,590,50979Warner Bros. / IMAX
32We Are What We Are (2013)$7,907-51%12-1$659$64,0434eOne Films US
3320 Feet from Stardom$7,881--17--$464$4,698,37619RADiUS-TWC
34Fruitvale Station$7,870-31%20-21$394$16,086,92315Weinstein Company
35As I Lay Dying$5,841-18%21$2,921$15,0092Millenium Entertainment
36Born to Be Wild 3D$5,290-39%8-1$661$23,026,394133Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Camille Claudel 1915$5,106--1--$5,106$6,6401Kino Lorber
38Torn$4,881--1--$4,881$4,8811The Film Collective
39Museum Hours$4,78244%6-1$797$526,80417Cinema Guild
40The Trials of Muhammad Ali$4,694337%3-3$1,565$35,9549Kino Lorber
41Under the Sea 3D$4,497-19%5-1$899$33,643,674245Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Blackfish$4,43824%163$277$2,070,05314Magnolia Pictures
43Populaire$4,349-19%14-7$311$175,2567Weinstein Company
44When Comedy Went to School$4,074-63%6-6$679$202,45412International Film Circuit
45Zaytoun$3,889259%42$972$30,7435Strand Releasing
46Deep Sea 3D$3,857-40%1-1$3,857$45,908,186399Warner Bros. / IMAX
47The Grandmaster$3,583-54%9-7$398$6,594,1369Weinstein Company
48Drinking Buddies$3,50887%136$270$333,4969Magnolia Pictures
49Good Ol' Freda$3,268-51%8-3$409$110,3367Magnolia Pictures
50God Loves Uganda$3,154-43%10$3,154$11,9302Variance Films
51The Patience Stone$2,814-27%8-12$352$136,16710Sony Pictures Classics
52Hannah Arendt$2,659--2--$1,330$707,19421Zeitgeist Films
53The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$2,53851%31$846$22,3504Rialto Pictures
54Blue Caprice$2,113-32%6-10$352$91,1266IFC Films
55Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon$2,081-61%20$1,041$87,7834AMC Entertainment
56Let the Fire Burn$2,020--2--$1,010$18,6623Zeitgeist Films
57Bad Milo!$1,901-54%5-4$380$16,3943Magnolia / Magnet
58Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$1,880-56%10$1,880$8,3662First Run Features
59Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$1,712--1--$1,712$26,1686Icarus Films
60Free the Mind$1,422-13%2-1$711$142,00825International Film Circuit
61Ip Man: The Final Fight$1,343-16%10$1,343$37,8845Well Go USA
62I Used to Be Darker$1,335-13%31$445$16,9874Strand Releasing
63Birth of the Living Dead$1,239--6--$207$1,2391First Run Features
64Drug War$1,099--2--$550$127,69513Variance Films / Well Go USA
65On the Job$955-90%1-7$955$164,6204Well Go USA
66Prince Avalanche$879-36%73$126$195,19611Magnolia Pictures
67The Citizen$605-31%2-2$303$23,2727Monterey Media
68The Act of Killing$51717%2-2$259$445,09214Drafthouse Films
69Cassadaga$397-76%30$132$2,2412Archstone Distribution
70Shepard & Dark$379-69%1-1$379$7,7924Music Box Films
71Viola$316--1--$316$20,66915Cinema Guild
72Leviathan (2013)$235-69%10$235$76,20234Cinema Guild
73Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$230--1--$230$9,4874Rialto Pictures
74Touchy Feely$204-74%1-2$204$35,9667Magnolia Pictures
75Il Futuro$81--1--$81$9,7227Strand Releasing