'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. 28 - Sun, Mar. 2

Wide (1000+)

1Non-Stop (2014)$28,875,635--3,090--$9,345$28,875,6351Universal
2Son of God$25,601,865--3,260--$7,853$25,601,8651Fox
3The LEGO Movie$20,828,356-33%3,770-120$5,525$209,138,4404Warner Bros.
43 Days to Kill$4,950,813-60%2,8720$1,724$20,751,6962Relativity Media
5The Monuments Men$4,940,198-38%3,002-62$1,646$65,633,1714Sony / Columbia
6RoboCop (2014)$4,508,609-54%2,885-487$1,563$51,220,0533Sony / Columbia
7Pompeii$4,331,431-58%2,6580$1,630$17,767,1152Sony / TriStar
8Frozen (2013)$3,631,640-18%1,746-145$2,080$388,756,78315Disney
9About Last Night$3,383,253-55%1,804-449$1,875$43,734,6013Sony / Screen Gems
10Ride Along$3,037,680-34%1,869-317$1,625$127,161,0807Universal
11Endless Love (2014)$1,526,780-62%1,874-1022$815$22,189,6103Universal
12Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$1,358,833--1,317--$1,032$126,527,20111Paramount
13Philomena$1,206,8411%1,09793$1,100$34,611,50915Weinstein Company
14Lone Survivor$1,026,650-48%1,017-499$1,009$123,341,61610Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1American Hustle$1,921,94511%94542$2,034$146,710,37512Sony / Columbia
2The Wind Rises$1,517,404384%496475$3,059$2,095,9972Disney
3The Wolf of Wall Street$1,221,240-6%505-122$2,418$114,570,29210Paramount
412 Years a Slave$975,93187%41162$2,375$50,336,29620Fox Searchlight
5Gravity$889,3005%340-8$2,616$270,478,83122Warner Bros.
6The Nut Job$661,537-38%752-483$880$60,792,1817Open Road
7Shaadi Ke Side Effects$582,672--108--$5,395$582,6721Eros International
8That Awkward Moment$558,391-60%608-600$918$25,081,2645Focus
9Stalingrad (2014)$510,846--308--$1,659$510,8461Sony / Columbia
10Repentance$501,290--152--$3,298$501,2901Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
11Dallas Buyers Club$434,16146%21641$2,010$25,325,09418Focus
12Her (2013)$421,0493%2500$1,684$24,594,34411Warner Bros.
13Nebraska$390,539-9%28979$1,351$17,118,74716Paramount Vantage
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$272,025-67%367-440$741$49,862,8017Paramount
15Winter's Tale$244,092-89%705-2260$346$12,314,2423Warner Bros.
16August: Osage County$239,360-40%346-179$692$37,066,41110Weinstein Company
17The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$238,1110%143-5$1,665$2,171,8495ShortsHD
18The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$213,073-27%215-51$991$256,961,18512Warner Bros. / New Line
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$186,042-42%198-42$940$423,905,46615Lionsgate
20Gloria (2014)$146,319-37%102-8$1,435$1,590,3766Roadside Attractions
21Saving Mr. Banks$145,567-36%207-39$703$82,834,33212Disney
22Thor: The Dark World$144,465-36%174-25$830$206,012,42317Disney
23I, Frankenstein$132,223-14%169-48$782$18,850,4256Lionsgate
24The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$119,337-31%163-45$732$57,901,56310Fox
25Walking With Dinosaurs$118,140-15%195-19$606$35,783,99611Fox
26Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$74,479-13%163-18$457$119,640,26423Sony / Columbia
27Labor Day (2013)$47,776-79%107-311$447$13,250,5225Paramount
28In Secret$42,755-84%109-157$392$420,3092Roadside Attractions
29Vampire Academy$39,359-85%111-425$355$7,724,8044Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1Tim's Vermeer$129,00849%5331$2,434$491,0385Sony Pictures Classics
2Captain Phillips$109,93671%96-93$1,145$107,100,85521Sony / Columbia
3Journey to the South Pacific$101,519-20%160$6,345$880,64614IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
4Highway$94,754-71%80-17$1,184$490,5852UTV Motion Pictures
5The Great Beauty$84,2993%48-2$1,756$2,218,79416Janus Films
6Jerusalem 3D$78,667-4%281$2,810$2,678,79424National Geographic
7The Legend Of Hercules$70,176-31%89-21$788$18,755,0038Lionsgate / Summit
8The Book Thief$52,054-19%73-11$713$21,277,41717Fox
9The Past$47,789-41%66-9$724$1,222,03311Sony Pictures Classics
10Hubble 3D$44,740-16%181$2,486$42,705,099207Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Lunchbox$44,542--3--$14,847$44,5421Sony Pictures Classics
12Beijing Love Story$41,217-56%11-1$3,747$386,8393China Lion Film
13Inside Llewyn Davis$39,951-45%65-42$615$13,159,11413CBS Films
14Delivery Man$34,133-30%78-20$438$30,600,56715Disney / DreamWorks
15Devil's Due$29,658-55%48-36$618$15,773,3997Fox
16The Bag Man$29,231--2--$14,616$29,2311Cinedigm
17Free Birds$25,576-2%48-8$533$55,682,51818Relativity Media
18Grudge Match$21,225-55%75-33$283$29,784,05910Warner Bros.
19Like Father, Like Son (2014)$20,282-35%264$780$220,7237IFC Films
20Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$18,365-34%64$3,061$57,8272IFC Films
21Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$18,094100%9158$199$8,271,23714Weinstein Company
22Ernest & Celestine$13,078--1--$13,078$13,0781GKIDS
23The Invisible Woman$12,631-45%320$395$1,132,26210Sony Pictures Classics
24Stranger By the Lake$12,338-41%11-1$1,122$224,0926Strand Releasing
25The Attorney$11,824-74%10-8$1,182$557,2364Well Go USA
26Blue Jasmine$11,775-36%24-33$491$33,315,73832Sony Pictures Classics
27When Comedy Went to School$9,307-50%7-1$1,330$322,22231International Film Circuit
28Child's Pose$8,793-32%31$2,931$29,2112Zeitgeist Films
29The Saratov Approach$8,491-26%12-4$708$2,137,70521Purdie Distribution
30Generation War$8,457--2--$4,229$45,3717Music Box Films
31Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$7,652-21%63$1,275$71,6324Kino Lorber
3220 Feet from Stardom$7,599-6%11-1$691$4,881,47438RADiUS-TWC
33To the Arctic 3D$7,179-30%91$798$13,845,75598Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Under the Sea 3D$6,07723%61$1,013$33,762,645264Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Born to Be Wild 3D$5,264-1%125$439$23,195,174152Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Maidentrip$5,190668%54$1,038$41,95711First Run Features
38Hasee Toh Phasee$3,985-89%9-24$443$645,1264Reliance Entertainment
39The Best Offer$3,64915%5-1$730$82,0169IFC Films
40Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$3,528-51%10$3,528$37,5243Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
41The Rocket (2013)$3,076-10%71$439$31,5918Kino Lorber
42American Mustang$2,656-49%21$1,328$28,0197Vitagraph / Just Media
43Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$2,308--1--$2,308$16,38621First Run Features
44Girl on a Bicycle$2,289-62%6-9$382$66,3803Monterey Media
45Blue Is the Warmest Color$2,256-4%30$752$2,198,26019IFC Films
46Free the Mind$1,977--1--$1,977$153,99844International Film Circuit
47Jimmy P$1,659-55%41$415$19,8163IFC Films
48Cutie and the Boxer$1,361154%2-3$681$198,58729RADiUS-TWC
49Two Lives$1,303--1--$1,303$1,3031IFC Films
50Museum Hours$1,145--1--$1,145$559,73836Cinema Guild
51Big Bad Wolves$1,008-46%3-3$336$28,0197Magnolia / Magnet
52In Bloom$992-49%21$496$32,3498Big World Pictures
53Almost Human$862-68%53$172$4,8392IFC Midnight
54Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$575-62%10$575$21,5604Rialto Pictures
55A Field in England$516-76%1-5$516$25,3274Drafthouse Films
56The Last Time I Saw Macao$454--1--$454$6,09525Cinema Guild
57Viola$452--1--$452$21,22834Cinema Guild
58Fire in the Blood$245-60%1-1$245$26,92026International Film Circuit
59Muscle Shoals$227-57%2-2$114$691,78923Magnolia Pictures
60The Act of Killing$57-93%1-2$57$484,22133Drafthouse Films