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, Feb. 14 - Sun, Feb. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$49,846,430-28%3,7750$13,204$130,149,3602Warner Bros.
2About Last Night$25,649,011--2,253--$11,384$25,649,0111Sony / Screen Gems
3RoboCop (2014)$21,681,430--3,372--$6,430$26,627,0421Sony / Columbia
4The Monuments Men$15,475,490-30%3,0830$5,020$44,144,1572Sony / Columbia
5Endless Love (2014)$13,307,125--2,896--$4,595$13,307,1251Universal
6Ride Along$8,708,820-9%2,517-283$3,460$116,082,6155Universal
7Winter's Tale$7,297,694--2,965--$2,461$7,297,6941Warner Bros.
8Frozen (2013)$6,226,580-9%2,101-359$2,964$376,417,79413Disney
9Lone Survivor$4,086,435-27%2,013-856$2,030$118,412,6018Universal
10That Awkward Moment$3,480,453-34%1,922-887$1,811$21,543,3993Focus
11American Hustle$2,433,738-21%1,072-568$2,270$141,453,99610Sony / Columbia
12Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$2,232,275-37%1,278-861$1,747$47,679,1365Paramount
13Vampire Academy$1,911,651-51%2,6760$714$6,663,6502Weinstein Company
14The Nut Job$1,838,887-51%1,918-1086$959$57,589,5435Open Road
15Philomena$1,524,44391%1,225721$1,244$30,597,57013Weinstein Company
16Labor Day (2013)$1,250,675-61%1,664-920$752$12,445,2433Paramount
17August: Osage County$883,300-40%1,010-317$875$35,765,1078Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$1,929,392-25%751-416$2,569$110,675,5248Paramount
2Gravity$1,036,659-38%355-346$2,920$267,958,26920Warner Bros.
3Her (2013)$601,955-18%255-202$2,361$23,310,9459Warner Bros.
412 Years a Slave$562,764-31%386-292$1,458$48,214,74018Fox Searchlight
5Nebraska$540,664-23%324-201$1,669$15,800,78714Paramount Vantage
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$535,612-19%326-203$1,643$423,111,43113Lionsgate
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$497,509-28%285-252$1,746$256,122,88610Warner Bros. / New Line
8I, Frankenstein$474,108-68%468-959$1,013$18,338,9864Lionsgate
9Dallas Buyers Club$373,849-38%223-265$1,676$24,274,17016Focus
10The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$360,223-8%16725$2,157$1,380,6683ShortsHD
11Thor: The Dark World$313,436-6%212-21$1,478$205,459,22515Disney
12Saving Mr. Banks$234,444-45%212-273$1,106$82,246,82510Disney
13The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$196,5434%201-41$978$57,456,5488Fox
14Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$192,421-26%261-85$737$125,086,8519Paramount
15Walking With Dinosaurs$166,671-3%248-3$672$35,409,7309Fox
16Devil's Due$126,125-61%123-262$1,025$15,617,8545Fox
17Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$102,118-18%181-16$564$119,405,17121Sony / Columbia
18Grudge Match$92,054-36%291-50$316$29,661,4998Warner Bros.
19Captain Phillips$80,650-27%135-47$597$106,859,13819Sony / Columbia
20Delivery Man$70,444-9%114-28$618$30,475,30413Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$310,39226%9833$3,167$953,5974Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$153,047-55%77-11$1,988$555,3782Reliance Entertainment
3Beijing Love Story$140,106--9--$15,567$140,1061China Lion Film
4Inside Llewyn Davis$121,321-24%86-43$1,411$12,940,12211CBS Films
5Journey to the South Pacific$121,059134%152$8,071$496,34712IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
6The Attorney$119,825-45%26-1$4,609$425,0202Well Go USA
7The Great Beauty$102,702-6%52-1$1,975$1,949,40914Janus Films
8The Past$99,796-4%7710$1,296$996,4759Sony Pictures Classics
9The Book Thief$82,022-20%94-41$873$21,078,31815Fox
10The Legend Of Hercules$73,562-68%90-158$817$18,518,8426Lionsgate / Summit
11Tim's Vermeer$57,75648%125$4,813$202,7463Sony Pictures Classics
12Hubble 3D$43,9079%16-1$2,744$42,480,336205Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$40,740-41%62-41$657$32,447,6507Paramount
14Girl on a Bicycle$37,610--52--$723$38,1301Monterey Media
15Like Father, Like Son (2014)$33,517245%158$2,234$133,5755IFC Films
16Free Birds$33,411-3%75-34$445$55,608,78116Relativity Media
17The Invisible Woman$32,744-45%44-30$744$1,040,9908Sony Pictures Classics
18When Comedy Went to School$25,008620%72$3,573$269,38629International Film Circuit
19Stranger By the Lake$21,153-44%9-3$2,350$169,4784Strand Releasing
20Last Vegas$17,708-21%41-19$432$63,908,21716CBS Films
21Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$16,584-16%34-12$488$8,217,51212Weinstein Company
22Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$12,869--1--$12,869$12,8691Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
2320 Feet from Stardom$12,606229%169$788$4,856,68536RADiUS-TWC
24The Saratov Approach$12,048-71%22-34$548$2,085,09719Purdie Distribution
25Blue Jasmine$9,252-15%16-6$578$33,265,91230Sony Pictures Classics
26Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$9,052-41%1-1$9,052$39,2352Kino Lorber
27To the Arctic 3D$8,443205%90$938$13,809,03996Warner Bros. / IMAX
28The Last of the Unjust$7,760-46%4-4$1,940$28,5712Cohen Media Group
29Visitors$7,457-4%103$746$42,3954Cinedigm
30Under the Sea 3D$7,385138%41$1,846$33,743,487262Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Jimmy P$7,191--1--$7,191$7,1911IFC Films
32Gimme Shelter (2014)$5,091-91%15-61$339$1,352,8254Roadside Attractions
33Born to Be Wild 3D$4,35319%6-2$726$23,171,468150Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Blue Is the Warmest Color$4,237-10%93$471$2,189,15817IFC Films
35Adult World$3,783--2--$1,892$3,7831IFC Films
36All Is Lost$3,49810%9-3$389$6,259,06018Roadside Attractions
37Knights of Badassdom$3,496-32%2-7$1,748$100,7044eOne Films US
38Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2,866-61%10$2,866$15,1332Rialto Pictures
39A Field in England$2,831-70%8-5$354$19,5892Drafthouse Films
40Kill Your Darlings$2,0251%40$506$1,028,18118Sony Pictures Classics
41The Pretty One$1,98033%10$1,980$4,3342Dada Films
42Generation War$1,936--3--$645$36,1185Music Box Films
43Camille Claudel 1915$1,770--1--$1,770$33,51218Kino Lorber
44At Middleton$1,708-51%1-7$1,708$52,9263Anchor Bay / Freestyle
45The Act of Killing$1,657-54%2-18$829$482,71331Drafthouse Films
46The Best Offer$1,418-70%8-4$177$72,2797IFC Films
47Museum Hours$1,24288%20$621$557,98034Cinema Guild
48Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$1,219382%10$1,219$19,18812Cinema Guild
49Muscle Shoals$1,164338%31$388$690,19921Magnolia Pictures
50Cutie and the Boxer$85348%64$142$194,22727RADiUS-TWC
51Maidentrip$775781%21$388$34,3419First Run Features
52Big Bad Wolves$707-38%3-2$236$23,4565Magnolia / Magnet
53Sweet Dreams (2013)$612-36%20$306$33,79116International Film Circuit
54The Armstrong Lie$525-70%1-2$525$381,67315Sony Pictures Classics
55Peter Brook: The Tightrope$502-71%21$251$17,3053First Run Features
56The Rocket (2013)$497-73%2-2$249$22,7166Kino Lorber
57In Bloom$443-84%20$222$28,1596Big World Pictures
58The End of Time$354-28%10$354$4,37512First Run Features
59Inequality for All$286-65%2-1$143$1,204,87321RADiUS-TWC