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, Jan. 24 - Sun, Jan. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$21,299,495-49%2,75996$7,720$75,544,8052Universal
2Lone Survivor$12,900,960-42%3,162173$4,080$93,914,9215Universal
3The Nut Job$12,101,118-38%3,47245$3,485$40,056,3632Open Road
4Frozen (2013)$9,118,806-23%2,757-222$3,308$347,899,01110Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$9,084,687-41%3,3870$2,682$30,452,8202Paramount
6I, Frankenstein$8,610,441--2,753--$3,128$8,610,4411Lionsgate
7American Hustle$7,061,676-28%2,304100$3,065$127,000,4297Sony / Columbia
8The Wolf of Wall Street$5,478,368-23%1,804-126$3,037$98,508,8225Paramount
9August: Osage County$5,029,030-32%2,411360$2,086$26,514,5315Weinstein Company
10Devil's Due$2,786,341-66%2,5440$1,095$12,922,3042Fox
11Her (2013)$2,289,318-43%1,325-404$1,728$19,179,7266Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$2,147,414-42%1,285-530$1,671$252,326,3387Warner Bros. / New Line
13Saving Mr. Banks$2,080,948-47%1,660-789$1,254$79,158,3107Disney
1412 Years a Slave$2,031,31632%1,231470$1,650$43,560,13315Fox Searchlight
15Dallas Buyers Club$2,028,570116%1,110691$1,828$20,357,27713Focus
16Gravity$2,025,4938%1,260316$1,608$261,208,96217Warner Bros.
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,539,949-37%1,051-277$1,465$420,021,91710Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$1,232,828-64%1,371-733$899$17,045,0363Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$1,552,42676%968560$1,604$11,720,40011Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$1,075,904-15%5050$2,131$25,814,48310Weinstein Company
3Jai Ho$840,506--195--$4,310$840,5061Eros International
4Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$817,473-62%824-907$992$123,803,3396Paramount
5Gimme Shelter (2014)$689,070--385--$1,790$689,0701Roadside Attractions
6The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$607,947-53%540-497$1,126$56,342,6805Fox
7Inside Llewyn Davis$506,643-50%289-296$1,753$11,995,9908CBS Films
8Captain Phillips$312,133-40%302-601$1,034$106,244,15116Sony / Columbia
9Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$301,127-78%527-1042$571$32,098,4954Paramount
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$268,275-8%242-14$1,109$118,870,50518Sony / Columbia
11The Invisible Woman$260,446199%153127$1,702$584,8645Sony Pictures Classics
1247 Ronin$253,340-44%239-104$1,060$38,055,8405Universal
13Walking With Dinosaurs$241,759-24%330-124$733$34,691,5636Fox
14The Book Thief$210,652-7%1977$1,069$20,513,76212Fox
15Thor: The Dark World$167,296-13%153-32$1,093$204,509,24312Disney
16Grudge Match$101,645-34%244-164$417$29,236,2935Warner Bros.
17Free Birds$94,456-21%171-28$552$55,435,49013Relativity Media
18Last Vegas$84,235-33%159-35$530$63,749,94213CBS Films
19Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$49,856-71%132-259$378$52,327,4367Lionsgate
20Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$48,419-40%102-20$475$8,079,8719Weinstein Company
21Lee Daniels' The Butler$35,975-44%101-18$356$116,597,28624Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Great Beauty$118,091-14%51-3$2,316$1,466,92211Janus Films
2The Past$103,2976%333$3,130$526,0786Sony Pictures Classics
3The Saratov Approach$59,607193%4119$1,454$1,745,29116Purdie Distribution
4Gloria (2014)$56,454--3--$18,818$56,4541Roadside Attractions
5Journey to the South Pacific$56,433423%128$4,703$218,5699IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
6Hubble 3D$40,761-15%150$2,717$42,273,447202Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Delivery Man$36,262-31%57-22$636$30,131,21610Disney / DreamWorks
8Blue Jasmine$32,109-29%368$892$33,201,54527Sony Pictures Classics
9Stranger By the Lake$27,599--2--$13,800$27,5991Strand Releasing
10Like Father, Like Son (2014)$21,72035%42$5,430$47,6282IFC Films
11Out of the Furnace$21,288-49%74-23$288$11,308,9018Relativity Media
12Space Station 3D$20,62618%30$6,875$89,929,709615IMAX
13Knights of Badassdom$17,449--13--$1,342$46,7631eOne Films US
14All Is Lost$17,169-57%30-32$572$6,223,97315Roadside Attractions
15The Best Offer$15,07817%159$1,005$40,6584IFC Films
16Visitors$9,094--1--$9,094$9,0941Cinedigm
17Generation War$8,70218%43$2,176$23,4782Music Box Films
18Blue Is the Warmest Color$8,008-47%7-5$1,144$2,162,24314IFC Films
19Maidentrip$7,178-21%43$1,795$26,2386First Run Features
20The Armstrong Lie$5,32353%4-5$1,331$374,56112Sony Pictures Classics
21The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$5,322--4--$1,331$66,23613Zeitgeist Films
22Born to Be Wild 3D$5,28187%114$480$23,144,355147Warner Bros. / IMAX
23To the Arctic 3D$5,174-17%91$575$13,774,85793Warner Bros. / IMAX
24American Mustang$4,649-41%10$4,649$13,3172Vitagraph / Just Media
25If You Build It$4,565--1--$4,565$11,0793Long Shot Factory
26Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,494-48%16-8$281$68,558,66225Fox
27Run & Jump$3,944--2--$1,972$3,9441IFC Films
28Big Bad Wolves$3,925-38%71$561$16,2062Magnolia / Magnet
29Inequality for All$3,399--9--$378$1,198,60918RADiUS-TWC
30A Touch of Sin$3,36511%5-2$673$146,26417Kino Lorber
31Under the Sea 3D$3,327-36%40$832$33,728,627259Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Kill Your Darlings$3,311-31%7-5$473$1,019,90515Sony Pictures Classics
33Bettie Page Reveals All$3,118-1%61$520$102,37810Music Box Films
34Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys$2,842--1--$2,842$2,8421Argot Pictures
3520 Feet from Stardom$2,178--4--$545$4,834,82333RADiUS-TWC
36Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America$1,415--1--$1,415$1,4151First Run Features
37The Rocket (2013)$1,387-63%50$277$18,0553Kino Lorber
38Museum Hours$1,214--1--$1,214$555,57531Cinema Guild
39Muscle Shoals$966-59%6-5$161$684,90618Magnolia Pictures
40In Bloom$879-83%20$440$23,7493Big World Pictures
41When Comedy Went to School$857--1--$857$238,92926International Film Circuit
42The Act of Killing$575-39%1-1$575$469,21428Drafthouse Films
43More Than Honey$430-69%10$430$78,14133Kino Lorber
44Interior. Leather Bar.$400--1--$400$10,9264Strand Releasing
45Cutie and the Boxer$320--3--$107$190,95024RADiUS-TWC
46Personal Tailor$283-74%10$283$375,7866China Lion Film
47Short Term 12$269--3--$90$1,009,25323Cinedigm
48Wadjda$252-90%4-4$63$1,423,24520Sony Pictures Classics
49Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$131--1--$131$17,3219Cinema Guild
50Computer Chess$13033%10$130$102,04128Kino Lorber
51Fire in the Blood$56-98%1-2$56$22,50621International Film Circuit
52Camille Claudel 1915$45--1--$45$31,70815Kino Lorber