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, Apr. 4 - Sun, Apr. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$95,023,721--3,938--$24,130$95,023,7211Disney
2Noah$17,045,744-61%3,5714$4,773$72,386,9052Paramount
3Divergent$12,976,413-49%3,631-305$3,574$114,005,5533Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$7,762,603-12%1,758580$4,416$32,558,1873Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Muppets Most Wanted$6,145,357-46%3,052-142$2,014$42,002,8083Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$6,115,230-28%1,263286$4,842$33,195,6575Fox Searchlight
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$5,131,458-43%2,931-368$1,751$102,033,3835Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$1,999,758-62%2,4860$804$8,858,3432Open Road
9Need For Speed$1,807,160-57%1,779-926$1,016$40,810,7454Disney / DreamWorks
10Non-Stop (2014)$1,793,330-55%1,724-791$1,040$88,104,1206Universal
11Bad Words$1,613,277-37%1,074232$1,502$5,941,6814Focus
12300: Rise of an Empire$1,466,274-65%1,555-1046$943$104,023,9265Warner Bros.
13The LEGO Movie$1,402,281-54%1,350-651$1,039$250,608,5849Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$962,077-66%6640$1,449$4,598,1722Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Frozen (2013)$399,87718%321-66$1,246$398,938,89020Disney
3Frankie & Alice$350,647--171--$2,051$350,6471Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
4Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$324,546-71%425-714$764$15,659,8284Lionsgate
5The Lunchbox$320,69812%10330$3,114$1,330,8406Sony Pictures Classics
6Son of God$305,629-71%481-796$635$58,545,2756Fox
7Le Week-End$290,62035%10353$2,822$841,6384Music Box Films
8The Nut Job$273,434-13%285-9$959$63,506,25212Open Road
9Gravity$242,00698%255120$949$273,605,31427Warner Bros.
10The Monuments Men$217,803-49%308-193$707$76,974,2949Sony / Columbia
1150 to 1$206,207420%133115$1,550$369,0363Ten Furlongs
12Ride Along$184,255-42%236-124$781$133,941,07012Universal
13Jinn$149,337--201--$743$149,3371Freestyle Releasing
14Philomena$86,582-18%197-5$440$37,470,37020Weinstein Company
15Pompeii$71,077-23%134-28$530$23,091,1277Sony / TriStar
163 Days to Kill$67,181-68%131-209$513$30,388,4067Relativity Media
17Lone Survivor$67,075-25%140-25$479$125,069,69615Universal
1812 Years a Slave$65,934-51%128-100$515$56,501,00125Fox Searchlight
19The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$60,720-41%130-55$467$258,307,30417Warner Bros. / New Line
20RoboCop (2014)$54,417-44%118-50$461$57,372,1338Sony / Columbia
21American Hustle$52,791-51%119-69$444$150,117,80717Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$188,307--37--$5,089$188,3071Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Main Tera Hero$162,404--77--$2,109$162,4041Eros International
3Under the Skin (2014)$133,154--4--$33,289$133,1541A24
4The Raid 2$130,928-21%2619$5,036$351,7662Sony Pictures Classics
5Nymphomaniac: Volume I$97,704-21%5921$1,656$536,1363Magnolia Pictures
6Journey to the South Pacific$89,299-33%170$5,253$1,850,92619IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Finding Vivian Maier$83,260--13--$6,405$172,5842IFC Films
8Nymphomaniac: Volume II$74,978--30--$2,499$74,9781Magnolia Pictures
9Afflicted$69,447--44--$1,578$69,4471CBS Films
10The Unknown Known$64,315--18--$3,573$64,3151RADiUS-TWC
11Hubble 3D$63,399-3%181$3,522$43,323,340212Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Wind Rises$58,472-52%52-26$1,124$5,035,9427Disney
13Particle Fever$57,315-17%270$2,123$533,6235Abramorama / Bond 360
14Enemy$55,591-55%75-45$741$893,4104A24
15Jerusalem 3D$52,040-23%320$1,626$3,504,10529National Geographic
16Jodorowsky's Dune$49,99039%169$3,124$163,3253Sony Pictures Classics
17Rob the Mob$48,963119%2217$2,226$97,1963Millennium Entertainment
18Tim's Vermeer$48,855-46%64-30$763$1,522,04310Sony Pictures Classics
19Anita (2014)$40,804104%92$4,534$132,8343IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
20On My Way$37,952-36%25-6$1,518$216,8624Cohen Media Group
21The Face of Love$36,670--36--$1,019$268,6015IFC Films
22Veronica Mars$36,525-77%74-136$494$3,285,1234Warner Bros.
23Her (2013)$32,382-34%85-25$381$25,523,80616Warner Bros.
24Breathe In$31,704107%4123$773$56,1012Cohen Media Group
25Ernest & Celestine$31,5212%2412$1,313$171,8286GKIDS
26Dom Hemingway$29,276--4--$7,319$38,7281Fox Searchlight
27Dallas Buyers Club$28,832-49%52-47$554$27,242,01223Focus
28About Last Night$26,851-64%44-47$610$48,473,6488Sony / Screen Gems
29Thor: The Dark World$22,93336%35-6$655$206,344,13122Disney
30The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$17,453-24%36-7$485$58,229,12015Fox
31Walking With Dinosaurs$13,473-27%33-9$408$36,073,23216Fox
32Alan Partridge$12,664--3--$4,221$12,6641Magnolia Pictures
33August: Osage County$11,924-64%42-39$284$37,699,25615Weinstein Company
34Saving Mr. Banks$11,335-64%36-19$315$83,289,48117Disney
35Gloria (2014)$10,821-48%17-19$637$2,048,26811Roadside Attractions
36Alien Abduction$10,514--13--$809$10,5141IFC Midnight
37Veil of Tears$10,162--4--$2,541$48,0902Word Films
38The Book Thief$9,963-51%23-8$433$21,483,15422Fox
39Mistaken for Strangers$9,393-89%7-2$1,342$108,4742Abramorama
40Ilo Ilo$8,775--2--$4,388$8,7751Film Movement
41Cheap Thrills$8,733-4%1811$485$45,6993Drafthouse Films
42Under the Sea 3D$7,894-17%114$718$33,831,737269Warner Bros. / IMAX
43The Great Beauty$7,798-68%7-13$1,114$2,815,30921Janus Films
44Watermark$7,724--2--$3,862$7,7241eOne Films US
45To the Arctic 3D$7,704-46%5-1$1,541$13,950,388103Warner Bros. / IMAX
46The Players$6,674--50--$133$6,6741Weinstein Company
47The Missing Picture$6,261-19%95$696$34,7383Strand Releasing
48On the Other Side of the Tracks$5,923--50--$118$5,9231Weinstein Company
49The Invisible Woman$5,551-29%9-7$617$1,219,89715Sony Pictures Classics
50The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$5,185--1--$5,185$5,1851Zeitgeist Films
51Born to Be Wild 3D$4,619-57%10-2$462$23,260,849157Warner Bros. / IMAX
52The Jewish Cardinal$4,581--4--$1,145$85,36313Film Movement
53Child's Pose$4,1043%40$1,026$76,9607Zeitgeist Films
54Stranger By the Lake$3,022-31%51$604$320,81711Strand Releasing
55Vampire Academy$2,593-59%11-13$236$7,791,1469Weinstein Company
56Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$2,39568%4-1$599$120,1559Kino Lorber
57The Past$1,756-75%4-19$439$1,325,67216Sony Pictures Classics
58No God, No Master$1,591--5--$318$1,7522Monterey Media
59Stalingrad (2014)$1,577-86%10-56$158$1,013,9456Sony / Columbia
60Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,55155%31$517$28,1969Rialto Pictures
61Sweet Dreams (2013)$1,43848%2-1$719$43,30323International Film Circuit
62Grand Piano$1,204-53%5-1$241$20,8985Magnolia / Magnet
63Jews of Egypt$1,177-46%10$1,177$4,5062ArtMattan Productions
64When Comedy Went to School$1,082-61%3-2$361$365,54836International Film Circuit
65Big Men$1,021-89%1-2$1,021$39,5554Abramorama
66Fire in the Blood$885--3--$295$28,94831International Film Circuit
67In Bloom$880-56%10$880$42,45513Big World Pictures
68Refuge$796-38%10$796$2,5542Strand Releasing
69Girl on a Bicycle$769-25%32$256$88,2468Monterey Media
70Maidentrip$623-53%1-3$623$66,00516First Run Features
71Journey to the West$533-63%2-1$267$17,7345Magnolia / Magnet
72The Rocket (2013)$414--1--$414$52,58613Kino Lorber
7320 Feet from Stardom$154-91%1-3$154$4,940,78343RADiUS-TWC