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, Oct. 25 - Sun, Oct. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$32,055,177--3,336--$9,609$32,055,1771Paramount
2Gravity$20,135,387-33%3,707-113$5,432$199,649,7484Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$11,642,040-29%3,143123$3,704$69,916,0833Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$7,842,930--3,044--$2,577$7,842,9301Fox
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,275,325-35%3,111-491$2,017$100,786,5795Sony / Columbia
6Carrie (2013)$5,988,713-63%3,1570$1,897$26,110,0682Sony / Screen Gems
7Escape Plan$4,558,239-54%2,8830$1,581$17,641,8212Lionsgate / Summit
8Prisoners$1,068,339-48%1,347-813$793$59,127,4016Warner Bros.
9Insidious: Chapter 2$880,293-41%1,229-436$716$82,133,6787FilmDistrict
10The Fifth Estate$570,890-66%1,7690$323$2,848,3562Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$305,268-75%1,253-1285$244$7,268,6593Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$2,134,325131%123104$17,352$3,394,2682Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$1,588,004-9%83578$1,902$13,054,0966Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$700,695-44%677-520$1,035$25,856,5346Universal
4We're the Millers$582,445-22%786-95$741$148,561,67812Warner Bros. / New Line
5Runner Runner$560,118-66%969-1042$578$18,819,5384Fox
6Baggage Claim$560,046-49%594-271$943$20,837,8145Fox Searchlight
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$506,315-48%4581$1,105$1,716,4872High Top Releasing
8Don Jon$495,999-58%540-574$919$23,501,6225Relativity Media
9Despicable Me 2$390,370-20%379-16$1,030$364,248,63017Universal
10Instructions Not Included$283,651-47%301-174$942$43,956,2679Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$269,717-30%444-158$607$114,742,82011Weinstein Company
12Pulling Strings$268,912-56%315-123$854$5,574,5854Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Planes$242,49860%321111$755$88,992,71312Disney
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$227,140-24%303-47$750$67,221,11412Fox
15Monsters University$208,569-32%207-23$1,008$267,788,62019Disney
16Blue Jasmine$149,267-21%119-33$1,254$32,210,61514Sony Pictures Classics
17Grown Ups 2$139,825-33%188-35$744$133,318,54816Sony / Columbia
18Grace Unplugged$120,978-48%208-105$582$2,367,0914Roadside Attractions
19The Smurfs 2$104,115-48%205-37$508$70,777,76313Sony / Columbia
20The Wolverine$102,772-33%164-43$627$132,244,11914Fox
21The Family (2013)$88,788-59%218-265$407$36,485,5407Relativity Media
22Turbo$74,749-38%108-41$692$82,729,69915Fox / DreamWorks Animation
23Riddick$60,060-49%156-97$385$41,997,7908Universal
24The Conjuring$27,605-36%100-13$276$137,387,27215Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$512,600448%8276$6,251$650,7872Roadside Attractions
2The Saratov Approach$157,22719%4319$3,656$674,1833Purdie Distribution
3Wadjda$123,035-13%8721$1,414$984,9147Sony Pictures Classics
4Blue Is the Warmest Color$100,316--4--$25,079$100,3161IFC Films
5Inequality for All$83,076-35%97-6$856$937,3455RADiUS-TWC
6Muscle Shoals$82,966-13%5620$1,482$341,5255Magnolia Pictures
7Metallica Through The Never$48,361--22--$2,198$3,419,9675Picturehouse
8Kill Your Darlings$41,982-21%84$5,248$132,1902Sony Pictures Classics
9The Heat$39,460-49%80-23$493$159,469,28818Fox
10Romeo and Juliet (2013)$35,813-84%91-370$394$1,070,7083Relativity Media
11Elysium$35,780-36%61-32$587$92,531,47212Sony / TriStar
12Hubble 3D$35,000-18%141$2,500$41,055,526189Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Austenland$30,971-17%43-4$720$2,008,18511Sony Pictures Classics
14The Summit$24,672-42%53-17$466$194,1594IFC Films
15In a World...$22,916-38%32-15$716$2,879,10112Roadside Attractions
16Space Station 3D$22,785-11%51$4,557$89,258,423602IMAX
17Spinning Plates$20,718--3--$6,906$20,7181The Film Arcade
18A.C.O.D.$16,857-63%19-23$887$157,1214The Film Arcade
19The Square (2013)$16,359--1--$16,359$16,3591Netflix Originals
20Escape From Tomorrow$15,287-17%110$1,390$140,8063Producers Distribution Agency
21The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$13,722-84%49-98$280$487,3483Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
22Short Term 12$13,6097%18-4$756$951,90110Cinedigm
23Parkland$13,090-57%20-12$655$640,5954Exclusive Media
24Linsanity$12,846-23%8-1$1,606$252,7924Ketchup Entertainment
25The World's End$11,960-16%26-14$460$25,955,72910Focus
26Seasons of Gray$11,714-63%14-10$837$51,5612EchoLight Studios
27American Promise$11,001--4--$2,750$39,3252Rada Film Group
28The Way, Way Back$10,250-43%23-15$446$21,475,65317Fox Searchlight
29Thanks for Sharing$9,4441%11-3$859$1,059,2396Roadside Attractions
3020 Feet from Stardom$9,36419%12-5$780$4,713,79820RADiUS-TWC
31Haute Cuisine$8,599-57%14-7$614$212,0726Weinstein Company
32Born to Be Wild 3D$8,36258%102$836$23,052,481134Warner Bros. / IMAX
33To the Arctic 3D$8,3473%101$835$13,602,34180Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Torn$8,28870%54$1,658$16,5962The Film Collective
35The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$8,286226%1411$592$31,7575Rialto Pictures
36We Are What We Are (2013)$8,1874%175$482$76,6335eOne Films US
37Good Ol' Freda$7,811139%135$601$121,3258Magnolia Pictures
38The Spectacular Now$7,176-68%24-30$299$6,830,53113A24
39Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$7,006--1--$7,006$7,0061Cinepix
40Deep Sea 3D$6,88579%32$2,295$45,929,289400Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Fruitvale Station$4,884-38%16-4$305$16,095,50116Weinstein Company
42Camille Claudel 1915$4,683-8%21$2,342$14,6642Kino Lorber
43Bastards$4,432--1--$4,432$6,3681IFC Films
44Zaytoun$4,35012%62$725$36,8276Strand Releasing
45I'm So Excited$3,240--5--$648$1,366,03618Sony Pictures Classics
46Under the Sea 3D$3,104-31%72$443$33,649,535246Warner Bros. / IMAX
47The Patience Stone$3,0599%5-3$612$140,84011Sony Pictures Classics
48The Trials of Muhammad Ali$3,012-36%41$753$41,11210Kino Lorber
49I Used to Be Darker$2,761107%52$552$20,3715Strand Releasing
50When Comedy Went to School$2,249-45%4-2$562$207,38913International Film Circuit
51Russian Ark (2013 re-issue)$1,992--2--$996$34,4748Kino Lorber
52Il Futuro$1,6571946%10$1,657$11,4688Strand Releasing
53Drinking Buddies$1,635-53%5-8$327$338,37810Magnolia Pictures
54Shepard & Dark$1,631330%21$816$9,6845Music Box Films
55Birth of the Living Dead$1,62031%104$162$3,1912First Run Features
56Guitar Innovators: John Fahey & Nels Cline$1,457--2--$729$4,42211First Run Features
57A Touch of Sin$1,338-85%2-4$669$76,3834Kino Lorber
58Museum Hours$1,289-73%4-2$322$530,35618Cinema Guild
59Let the Fire Burn$1,171-42%20$586$21,5734Zeitgeist Films
60Prince Avalanche$1,05520%3-4$352$196,88012Magnolia Pictures
61Before Midnight$930--3--$310$8,113,73723Sony Pictures Classics
62Hannah Arendt$735-72%1-1$735$710,92122Zeitgeist Films
63Bad Milo!$559-71%2-3$280$17,8964Magnolia / Magnet
64Informant$506--2--$253$9,7707Music Box Films
65Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$415-78%10$415$9,6553First Run Features
66Free the Mind$413-71%20$207$146,18826International Film Circuit
67Murder 11$406--1--$406$21,3154Indican Pictures
68Cassadaga$268-32%2-1$134$2,5773Archstone Distribution
69Fire in the Blood$263--2--$132$10,6468International Film Circuit
70Broadway Idiot$199-98%1-5$199$23,4083FilmBuff
71The Citizen$178-71%1-1$178$24,1178Monterey Media
72The Act of Killing$64-88%1-1$64$446,17915Drafthouse Films