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, Jan. 3 - Sun, Jan. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$19,575,525-32%3,318-17$5,900$296,691,7297Disney
2Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$18,343,611--2,867--$6,398$18,343,6111Paramount
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$15,675,220-46%3,730-198$4,202$229,059,6424Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Wolf of Wall Street$13,230,353-28%2,55720$5,174$63,125,4672Paramount
5American Hustle$12,404,207-34%2,51811$4,926$87,923,1234Sony / Columbia
6Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$10,633,959-46%3,407-100$3,121$108,713,4723Paramount
7Saving Mr. Banks$8,694,891-35%2,1100$4,121$58,958,2804Disney
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$8,001,717-37%2,92213$2,738$45,470,9542Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$7,051,309-30%2,143-172$3,290$407,139,6997Lionsgate
10Grudge Match$5,325,423-24%2,85618$1,865$24,835,4802Warner Bros.
1147 Ronin$5,057,215-49%2,6901$1,880$32,687,6802Universal
12Walking With Dinosaurs$3,740,592-49%2,560-683$1,461$31,344,1853Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,912,311-58%1,474-314$1,976$50,227,2774Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,055,769-53%1,01035$1,045$7,061,5876Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$573,566-71%1,0370$553$5,962,9822Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$1,442,960-18%607-120$2,377$19,586,3117Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$1,078,455-14%156-5$6,913$6,890,8055CBS Films
3Nebraska$618,248-16%240-10$2,576$7,003,2968Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$529,211-14%329-152$1,609$19,091,8199Fox
5Gravity$477,241-6%165-10$2,892$255,621,66714Warner Bros.
6Thor: The Dark World$476,507-25%291-28$1,637$203,449,2049Disney
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$440,528-14%278-25$1,585$117,614,23715Sony / Columbia
812 Years a Slave$328,744-12%151-3$2,177$38,472,08612Fox Searchlight
9Dhoom 3$310,734-71%138-82$2,252$7,846,8723Yash Raj Films
10Dallas Buyers Club$303,6559%1284$2,372$16,300,84310Focus
11Ender's Game$220,537-18%242-7$911$61,656,84910Lionsgate / Summit
12Free Birds$210,161-7%25310$831$54,894,52510Relativity Media
13Last Vegas$198,965-21%25736$774$63,112,31810CBS Films
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$174,804-25%220-37$795$101,625,44411Paramount
15Captain Phillips$121,032-14%105-6$1,153$104,834,73413Sony / Columbia
16The Best Man Holiday$105,935-51%13010$815$70,492,6858Universal
17Lee Daniels' The Butler$101,351334%13399$762$116,293,66221Weinstein Company
18Delivery Man$97,687-18%1459$674$29,866,4387Disney / DreamWorks
19Despicable Me 2$96,640-25%151-14$640$367,956,73527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$722,76511%470$15,378$2,987,7413Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$139,915-22%50$27,983$481,6842Weinstein Company
3The Great Beauty$89,53928%431$2,082$948,9068Janus Films
4Lone Survivor$84,857-7%20$42,429$326,6852Universal
5Hubble 3D$58,764-66%9-1$6,529$42,031,656199Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Escape Plan$50,093-27%84-23$596$25,063,55512Lionsgate / Summit
7All Is Lost$46,629-28%714$657$6,047,20712Roadside Attractions
8Space Station 3D$42,951167%2-1$21,476$89,779,230612IMAX
9The Past$34,8642%50$6,973$154,9193Sony Pictures Classics
10Personal Tailor$28,913-47%90$3,213$343,1293China Lion Film
11Blue Is the Warmest Color$27,6097%240$1,150$2,066,03411IFC Films
12The Invisible Woman$27,136-15%41$6,784$113,8252Sony Pictures Classics
13Out of the Furnace$23,087-44%59-43$391$11,187,5365Relativity Media
14Enough Said$21,264-12%23-4$925$17,497,66916Fox Searchlight
15Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$20,681-21%39-14$530$68,518,21022Fox
16The Saratov Approach$20,44418%162$1,278$1,573,12413Purdie Distribution
17Blue Jasmine$19,517-8%20-3$976$33,053,13324Sony Pictures Classics
18Kill Your Darlings$18,136-17%25-3$725$989,07412Sony Pictures Classics
19Journey to the South Pacific$7,703-61%41$1,926$78,7416IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
20To the Arctic 3D$7,027-28%6-2$1,171$13,745,67590Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Bettie Page Reveals All$6,71619%72$959$81,7767Music Box Films
22The Armstrong Lie$6,171-23%151$411$345,8919Sony Pictures Classics
23Interior. Leather Bar.$5,218--1--$5,218$5,2181Strand Releasing
24Wadjda$5,187-27%10-6$519$1,411,02817Sony Pictures Classics
25Under the Sea 3D$5,077-29%41$1,269$33,713,828256Warner Bros. / IMAX
26The Punk Singer$4,52826%133$348$115,8146IFC Films
27The Counselor$4,088-33%21-3$195$16,960,22411Fox
28Black Nativity$3,730-69%15-9$249$7,012,3166Fox Searchlight
2920 Feet from Stardom$3,660-25%4-4$915$4,821,58130RADiUS-TWC
30Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$3,544-51%130$273$132,4097IFC Films
31Born to Be Wild 3D$3,448-9%3-1$1,149$23,125,926144Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Don Jon$3,204-21%21-10$153$24,475,19315Relativity Media
33The Family (2013)$2,973-33%19-10$156$36,917,73017Relativity Media
34The Selfish Giant$2,912126%63$485$10,5313IFC Films
35The Best Offer$2,595--1--$2,595$2,5951IFC Films
36Muscle Shoals$2,188-11%5-2$438$671,81015Magnolia Pictures
37The Act of Killing$1,94575%42$486$461,77725Drafthouse Films
38Beyond Outrage$1,938--1--$1,938$1,9381Magnolia / Magnet
39Museum Hours$1,672--2--$836$553,73628Cinema Guild
40I Am Divine$1,064-62%2-2$532$63,66113The Film Collaborative
41Paradise: Hope$841--3--$280$5,9425Strand Releasing
42The Last Days on Mars$5051%21$253$23,3765Magnolia / Magnet
43Short Term 12$477--1--$477$1,008,98420Cinedigm
44Inequality for All$475-65%43$119$1,192,89115RADiUS-TWC
45Here Comes the Devil$322-47%20$161$3,2714Magnolia / Magnet
46The Wait$161--1--$161$1611Monterey Media
47Sweet Dreams (2013)$101--1--$101$25,59110International Film Circuit