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. 11 - Sun, Apr. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$41,274,861-57%3,9380$10,481$158,883,0322Disney
2Rio 2$39,327,869--3,948--$9,961$39,327,8691Fox
3Oculus$12,005,402--2,648--$4,534$12,005,4021Relativity Media
4Draft Day$9,783,603--2,781--$3,518$9,783,6031Lionsgate / Summit
5Noah$7,553,607-56%3,282-289$2,302$84,975,2423Paramount
6Divergent$7,380,460-43%3,110-521$2,373$124,757,4534Lionsgate / Summit
7God's Not Dead$5,540,678-29%1,860102$2,979$40,897,9904Freestyle / Pure Flix
8The Grand Budapest Hotel$4,069,245-33%1,467204$2,774$39,488,8006Fox Searchlight
9Muppets Most Wanted$2,275,944-63%2,261-791$1,007$45,752,9914Disney
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,872,803-64%2,001-930$936$105,262,7826Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Raid 2$956,672631%954928$1,003$1,369,7973Sony Pictures Classics
2Non-Stop (2014)$750,225-58%762-962$985$89,454,5307Universal
3Need For Speed$682,317-62%613-1166$1,113$42,076,5615Disney / DreamWorks
4Bad Words$596,236-63%763-311$781$7,126,3425Focus
5The LEGO Movie$502,033-64%610-740$823$251,560,80410Warner Bros.
6300: Rise of an Empire$441,465-70%525-1030$841$105,020,8906Warner Bros.
7Frozen (2013)$385,006-4%34423$1,119$399,445,24821Disney
8Sabotage (2014)$361,438-82%751-1735$481$10,069,5693Open Road
9Son of God$297,567-3%905424$329$58,969,6407Fox
10Cesar Chavez$285,502-70%305-359$936$5,186,3303Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Lunchbox$283,903-11%12926$2,201$1,735,9117Sony Pictures Classics
12Le Week-End$250,586-14%14542$1,728$1,201,6475Music Box Films
13The Nut Job$186,577-32%261-24$715$63,799,50513Open Road
14The Monuments Men$174,646-20%265-43$659$77,256,82710Sony / Columbia
15RoboCop (2014)$149,157174%19476$769$57,545,2029Sony / Columbia
16Ride Along$144,995-21%177-59$819$134,141,53013Universal
17Gravity$133,931-45%202-53$663$273,838,26928Warner Bros.
18Frankie & Alice$129,337-63%1710$756$592,2202Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
19Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$83,975-74%135-290$622$15,850,3815Lionsgate
20Philomena$52,665-39%157-40$335$37,574,90021Weinstein Company
21The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$27,379-55%101-29$271$258,355,35418Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Skin (2014)$281,650112%5450$5,216$472,6472A24
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$140,315-25%370$3,792$449,3082Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Joe (2014)$105,881--48--$2,206$105,8811Roadside Attractions
4Finding Vivian Maier$99,02319%207$4,951$309,0243IFC Films
5Only Lovers Left Alive$87,989--4--$21,997$87,9891Sony Pictures Classics
650 to 1$78,924-62%95-38$831$507,4864Ten Furlongs
7Journey to the South Pacific$73,139-18%14-3$5,224$1,977,87520IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
8Dom Hemingway$70,118140%4238$1,669$119,9412Fox Searchlight
9Nymphomaniac: Volume II$68,443-9%29-1$2,360$191,4372Magnolia Pictures
10Jerusalem 3D$68,44032%331$2,074$3,638,73930National Geographic
11The Unknown Known$63,835-1%8062$798$152,1982RADiUS-TWC
12The Railway Man$61,845--4--$15,461$61,8451Weinstein Company
13Cuban Fury$57,105--79--$723$57,1051eOne Films US
14Hubble 3D$55,218-13%14-4$3,944$43,438,528213Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Nymphomaniac: Volume I$54,878-44%49-10$1,120$648,1984Magnolia Pictures
16Main Tera Hero$45,272-72%770$588$253,2122Eros International
17Jodorowsky's Dune$42,392-15%237$1,843$237,3934Sony Pictures Classics
18Particle Fever$41,309-28%23-4$1,796$598,6476Abramorama / Bond 360
19Pompeii$41,025-42%93-41$441$23,169,0338Sony / TriStar
203 Days to Kill$39,516-41%83-48$476$30,455,3868Relativity Media
2112 Years a Slave$32,935-50%64-64$515$56,567,84426Fox Searchlight
22Rob the Mob$30,293-38%308$1,010$147,3844Millennium Entertainment
23Enemy$29,874-46%39-36$766$950,5125A24
24The Wind Rises$24,870-57%25-27$995$5,089,1618Disney
25Ernest & Celestine$24,601-22%3915$631$212,1797GKIDS
26The Face of Love$22,857-38%32-4$714$309,4276IFC Films
27Tim's Vermeer$19,790-59%29-35$682$1,569,30611Sony Pictures Classics
28The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$18,535257%43$4,634$27,0452Zeitgeist Films
29Afflicted$18,328-74%34-10$539$121,1792CBS Films
30Dallas Buyers Club$17,577-39%33-19$533$27,272,14524Focus
31Her (2013)$16,523-49%38-47$435$25,556,06517Warner Bros.
32On My Way$14,587-62%14-11$1,042$247,9825Cohen Media Group
33About Last Night$13,495-50%26-18$519$48,500,5199Sony / Screen Gems
34Anita (2014)$12,845-69%123$1,070$154,8274IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
35Alan Partridge$11,875-6%74$1,696$63,8012Magnolia Pictures
36Gloria (2014)$11,6348%247$485$2,064,69712Roadside Attractions
37Dancing in Jaffa$10,564--2--$5,282$10,5641IFC Films
38Thor: The Dark World$10,322-55%16-19$645$206,360,01823Disney
39Veil of Tears$9,953-2%2-2$4,977$69,8303Word Films
40Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$9,412293%40$2,353$134,68510Kino Lorber
41Breathe In$8,853-72%15-26$590$81,4263Cohen Media Group
42Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$8,548--16--$534$288,8968IFC Films
43Veronica Mars$8,540-77%23-51$371$3,309,8315Warner Bros.
44Watermark$8,2677%31$2,756$20,2142eOne Films US
45August: Osage County$7,681-36%27-15$284$37,718,08316Weinstein Company
46To the Arctic 3D$6,631-14%4-1$1,658$13,967,001104Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Hank and Asha$6,192--1--$6,192$6,1921FilmRise Releasing
48Under the Sea 3D$6,074-23%7-4$868$33,843,931270Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Hateship Loveship$6,015--1--$6,015$6,0151IFC Films
50The Great Beauty$5,578-28%5-2$1,116$2,835,88622Janus Films
51Mistaken for Strangers$5,065-46%4-3$1,266$121,6613Abramorama
52Born to Be Wild 3D$4,9647%111$451$23,269,886158Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Saving Mr. Banks$4,436-61%15-21$296$83,299,76118Disney
54Cheap Thrills$4,224-52%10-8$422$53,6824Drafthouse Films
55The Past$2,59448%3-1$865$1,330,59617Sony Pictures Classics
56Interior. Leather Bar.$2,439--2--$1,220$40,86215Strand Releasing
57The Invisible Woman$1,941-65%7-2$277$1,222,86316Sony Pictures Classics
58Child's Pose$1,809-56%2-2$905$81,0858Zeitgeist Films
59The Butterfly Room$1,081--1--$1,081$1,0811Archstone Distribution
60Sweet Dreams (2013)$972-32%31$324$45,31024International Film Circuit
61Maidentrip$93650%10$936$67,70517First Run Features
62Grand Piano$909-25%2-3$455$22,3536Magnolia / Magnet
63Peter Brook: The Tightrope$824--1--$824$18,92911First Run Features
64Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$552-64%1-2$552$29,39710Rialto Pictures
65The Missing Picture$545-91%3-6$182$39,8604Strand Releasing
6620 Feet from Stardom$480212%21$240$4,941,26344RADiUS-TWC
67The Rocket (2013)$377-9%32$126$52,96314Kino Lorber
68Girl on a Bicycle$328-57%2-1$164$89,8529Monterey Media
69Stranger By the Lake$302-90%1-4$302$323,07012Strand Releasing
70Redwood Highway$30--1--$30$301Monterey Media