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, Jul. 18 - Sun, Jul. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$36,254,310-50%3,9692$9,134$139,207,1542Fox
2The Purge: Anarchy$29,816,675--2,806--$10,626$29,816,6751Universal
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$17,509,407--3,826--$4,576$17,509,4071Disney
4Sex Tape$14,608,152--3,062--$4,771$14,608,1521Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$9,845,720-40%3,224-689$3,054$227,002,6084Paramount
6Tammy$7,402,208-41%3,402-63$2,176$71,050,3043Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$4,703,353-28%2,229-582$2,110$180,512,4646Sony / Columbia
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$3,904,709-36%2,169-716$1,800$160,776,6046Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Earth to Echo$3,267,824-40%2,450-780$1,334$31,987,1383Relativity Media
10Maleficent$3,238,213-23%1,541-536$2,101$228,303,4488Disney
11Begin Again$2,639,584-6%1,302363$2,027$9,365,2504Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$1,677,356-30%1,030-75$1,629$11,421,0524Lionsgate
13Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$1,537,715-68%1,491-1558$1,031$29,221,4653Sony / Screen Gems
14Jersey Boys$1,201,490-52%1,003-965$1,198$44,435,2105Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,110,317-12%552-149$2,011$25,922,00211Open Road
2Edge of Tomorrow$1,103,226-39%602-501$1,833$96,617,8767Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man Too$1,070,856-55%628-603$1,705$63,935,1835Sony / Screen Gems
4Persecuted$851,391--736--$1,157$851,3911Millennium Entertainment
5The Fault in Our Stars$816,412-46%557-445$1,466$121,599,4907Fox
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$710,704-31%387-268$1,836$230,485,3669Fox
7Godzilla (2014)$515,187109%32623$1,580$199,019,97910Warner Bros.
8Snowpiercer$452,825-29%211-145$2,146$3,454,2484RADiUS-TWC
9Rio 2$302,953-23%256-29$1,183$130,238,94115Fox
10Blended$275,771-20%285-50$968$45,212,8219Warner Bros.
11Neighbors (2014)$252,975-29%230-37$1,100$149,093,03011Universal
12The Amazing Spider-Man 2$237,749-31%218-57$1,091$202,084,84312Sony / Columbia
13Captain America: The Winter Soldier$181,371-15%191-24$950$258,591,35216Disney
14Million Dollar Arm$169,823-9%175-49$970$35,955,57210Disney
15Life Itself$128,909-9%10034$1,289$538,6553Magnolia Pictures
16Heaven is for Real$128,225-15%149-24$861$91,080,55714Sony / TriStar
17Third Person$111,217-53%154-73$722$785,3515Sony Pictures Classics
18The LEGO Movie$42,286-46%202-148$209$257,484,82724Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$1,170,217202%3429$34,418$1,785,3842IFC Films
2Wish I Was Here$484,401--68--$7,124$484,4011Focus
3Obvious Child$172,584-21%96-38$1,798$2,635,4737A24
4Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$162,5827%410$3,965$4,621,71016Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Ida (2014)$125,530-15%80-8$1,569$3,341,59412Music Box Films
6The Grand Seduction$125,2473%90-2$1,392$2,936,9558eOne Films US
7Belle$111,464-19%92-15$1,212$10,449,14812Fox Searchlight
8Journey to the South Pacific$77,21830%180$4,290$3,833,35834IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
9Hubble 3D$59,94514%141$4,282$45,188,815227Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Grand Budapest Hotel$52,376-24%46-17$1,139$58,943,02020Fox Searchlight
11Words and Pictures$41,648-12%33-7$1,262$2,058,7289Roadside Attractions
12The Other Woman (2014)$35,874-45%60-36$598$83,821,08913Fox
13Land Ho!$34,9052%73$4,986$84,7202Sony Pictures Classics
14A Hard Day's Night (2014 re-issue)$34,499-47%29-27$1,190$515,0053Janus Films
15Le Chef$31,8523%153$2,123$219,8025Cohen Media Group
16There’s No Place Like Utopia$30,710--1--$30,710$30,7101Rocky Mountain Pictures
17I Origins$27,652--4--$6,913$27,6521Fox Searchlight
18Mood Indigo$26,511--2--$13,256$26,5111Drafthouse Films
19Yves Saint Laurent$25,572-25%11-3$2,325$210,3184Weinstein Company
20Mr. Peabody & Sherman$23,302-43%63-15$370$111,291,01020Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$21,87058%93$2,430$107,1955Big World Pictures
22Jerusalem 3D$19,994-2%11-3$1,818$4,724,52544National Geographic
23A Five Star Life$15,996--1--$15,996$15,9961Music Box Films
24Only Lovers Left Alive$13,675-21%11-1$1,243$1,814,14015Sony Pictures Classics
25Video Games: The Movie$12,759--25--$510$12,7591Variance Films
26Under the Sea 3D$12,43123%115$1,130$34,158,726284Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Code Black$12,136-38%70$1,734$99,1115Long Shot Factory
28Siddharth$10,942537%54$2,188$25,4834Zeitgeist Films
29Closed Curtain$9,89198%43$2,473$21,4542Variance Films
30The Rover$9,577-6%11-1$871$1,061,2076A24
31A Coffee in Berlin$9,529-38%8-2$1,191$129,6226Music Box Films
32Under the Skin (2014)$8,884-10%90$987$2,581,11216A24
33Coherence$8,812--7--$1,259$68,8775Oscilloscope
34The Breakup Guru$7,573-47%3-3$2,524$201,2144China Lion Film
35Locke$7,325-16%7-3$1,046$1,341,75913A24
36Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$6,788-29%7-2$970$67,2034Magnolia Pictures
37God's Not Dead$6,433-45%11-14$585$60,737,88218Freestyle / Pure Flix
38Fed Up$5,8720%12-8$489$1,515,79811RADiUS-TWC
39A Long Way Down$5,006251%54$1,001$7,4352Magnolia Pictures
40The Lunchbox$4,7663%6-4$794$4,193,34421Sony Pictures Classics
41Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$3,18668%104$319$206,1197RADiUS-TWC
42The Last Sentence$3,100-48%3-3$1,033$45,4175Music Box Films
43The Double (2014)$2,952-30%4-3$738$185,74111Magnolia Pictures
44We Are the Best!$2,890-1%8-2$361$165,0648Magnolia Pictures
45The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$2,849112%1-1$2,849$48,9114FilmBuff / Participant
4650 to 1$2,261-72%4-3$565$806,94318Ten Furlongs
47To the Arctic 3D$2,18396%31$728$14,153,532118Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Redwood Highway$2,134-16%31$711$123,31115Monterey Media
49The Empty Hours$1,96644%21$983$4,6092Strand Releasing
50Borgman$1,88926%50$378$55,3797Drafthouse Films
51Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$1,513373%10$1,513$62,86523Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
52Citizen Koch$1,403-77%3-6$468$147,4337Variance Films
53Flamenco, Flamenco$1,259--1--$1,259$1,2591Dada Films
54Bicycling with Molière$1,244137%21$622$58,77213Strand Releasing
55Night Moves$1,024-54%3-3$341$250,4218Cinedigm
56Jodorowsky's Dune$98960%42$247$645,34518Sony Pictures Classics
57Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$875-28%8-2$109$8,458,99411Clarius Entertainment
58Godzilla: The Japanese Original$819--1--$819$146,41814Rialto Pictures
59As It Is in Heaven (2014)$531--1--$531$3,5262Embark Visuals
60The Hornet's Nest$318-39%1-1$318$311,04611Freestyle Releasing
61Filth$277-31%1-1$277$34,3218Magnolia / Magnet
62For No Good Reason$251-59%1-2$251$64,88413Sony Pictures Classics
63Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$228-59%31$76$44,61110International Film Circuit
64Deep Sea 3D$222-47%20$111$46,070,691438Warner Bros. / IMAX
65The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$182--1--$182$10,60710First Run Features
66Born to Be Wild 3D$18174%62$30$23,447,616172Warner Bros. / IMAX