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. 17 - Mon, Feb. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe House$27,542,825-31%3,1212$8,825$81,812,4402Universal
2The Vow$26,640,786-35%2,9580$9,006$88,567,6232Sony / Screen Gems
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$25,934,109-5%3,50030$7,410$59,050,4512Warner Bros. / New Line
4Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$25,470,773--3,174--$8,025$25,470,7731Sony / Columbia
5This Means War$20,006,912--3,189--$6,274$21,616,7171Fox
6Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$9,920,675-56%2,6550$3,737$35,793,9102Fox
7Chronicle$9,164,061-24%2,556-352$3,585$52,643,4873Fox
8The Secret World of Arrietty$8,684,864--1,522--$5,706$8,684,8641Disney
9The Woman in Black$7,794,176-23%2,559-297$3,046$46,404,7943CBS Films
10The Grey$3,717,234-26%2,107-694$1,764$48,610,2934Open Road
11The Descendants$3,489,6721%1,243-338$2,807$75,572,44214Fox Searchlight
12Big Miracle$3,162,190-20%1,634-499$1,935$17,605,6853Universal
13Red Tails$1,769,318-27%1,009-571$1,754$47,885,8545Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$2,971,45333%8080$3,678$28,070,41213Weinstein Company
2Hugo$2,201,23925%558-144$3,945$67,287,36313Paramount
3Underworld Awakening$1,350,106-46%826-831$1,635$61,593,9075Sony / Screen Gems
4The Iron Lady$1,296,47412%623111$2,081$24,656,2608Weinstein Company
5One For the Money$929,511-60%933-1123$996$25,605,7204Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$771,146-48%577-798$1,336$30,774,1239Warner Bros.
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$684,11528%400-102$1,710$129,872,61010Fox
8Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$669,147103%403138$1,660$185,386,50110Warner Bros.
9Contraband$634,185-50%420-661$1,510$65,860,2056Universal
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$598,6679%184-48$3,254$22,801,51411Focus
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$591,538-16%275-194$2,151$207,404,96110Paramount
12The Adventures of Tintin$528,19955%30346$1,743$76,529,5159Paramount
132012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$444,4048%13818$3,220$1,059,8472Shorts International
14The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$411,219-17%189-80$2,176$101,431,0909Sony / Columbia
15Man on a Ledge$405,207-69%401-1022$1,010$18,451,1554Lionsgate
16We Bought a Zoo$386,3997%287-133$1,346$73,743,0209Fox
17War Horse$367,484-19%394-108$933$78,775,4509Disney / DreamWorks
18Beauty and the Beast 3D$356,618-58%214-464$1,666$47,104,4446Disney
19The Muppets$288,4936%269-22$1,072$88,148,49013Disney
20Joyful Noise$267,546-45%340-346$787$30,355,5056Warner Bros.
21Puss in Boots (2011)$263,02621%163-46$1,614$149,074,00217Paramount / DreamWorks
22My Week with Marilyn$249,29720%120-5$2,077$13,694,41413Weinstein Company
23Albert Nobbs$240,555-12%119-32$2,021$2,407,7454Roadside Attractions
24Jack and Jill$152,710-7%134-53$1,140$74,051,63615Sony / Columbia
25Happy Feet Two$130,414-30%135-67$966$63,859,63814Warner Bros.
26The Darkest Hour$98,6911334%11395$873$21,319,6969Summit
27The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$70,974-58%148-82$480$281,275,99114Lionsgate / Summit
28Agneepath$42,859-49%1320$325$1,981,6054Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Separation$369,88039%549$6,850$2,086,6328Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$366,27242%7810$4,696$2,243,1009IFC Films
3Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$262,704-59%98-13$2,681$1,058,2372UTV Communications
4Thin Ice$217,444--53--$4,103$217,4441IDP/ATO Pictures
5Born to Be Wild 3D$202,56998%451$4,502$16,426,13446Warner Bros. / IMAX
6A Dangerous Method$180,280-12%96-11$1,878$5,199,78313Sony Pictures Classics
7Rampart$155,571157%2823$5,556$239,9912Millennium Entertainment
8In Darkness$101,607271%1411$7,258$161,5702Sony Pictures Classics
9Haywire$84,365-59%79-184$1,068$18,766,1095Relativity Media
10We Need to Talk About Kevin$83,6260%160$5,227$617,21511Oscilloscope
11Love$83,178--7--$11,883$83,1781China Lion Film
12Shame$81,455-4%44-8$1,851$3,735,07512Fox Searchlight
13W.E.$65,90710%203$3,295$219,8373Weinstein Company
14Hubble 3D$62,13743%190$3,270$31,065,735101Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Coriolanus$48,72256%132$3,748$331,4725Weinstein Company
16Under the Sea 3D$46,463164%11-1$4,224$30,579,553158Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Undefeated$42,247--5--$8,449$42,2471Weinstein Company
18Bullhead$42,070--7--$6,010$42,0701Drafthouse Films
19Carnage (2011)$40,664-1%35-1$1,162$2,427,52310Sony Pictures Classics
20Chico & Rita$38,56387%54$7,713$68,1302GKIDS
21The Sitter$35,514-38%43-56$826$30,476,84011Fox
22Young Adult$28,822116%8752$331$16,295,03311Paramount
23Pariah (2011)$25,3509%130$1,950$692,6158Focus
24On the Ice$20,340--4--$5,085$20,3401PMK*BNC
25The Devil Inside$16,783-52%34-61$494$53,183,2267Paramount
26New Year's Eve$15,242-76%33-122$462$54,540,52511Warner Bros. / New Line
27The Help$12,83423%130$987$169,672,06128Disney / DreamWorks
28Midnight in Paris$12,606-28%16-8$788$56,556,23140Sony Pictures Classics
29The Women on the 6th Floor$12,38511%62$2,064$605,03820Strand Releasing
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$8,992-53%12-2$749$4,794,504933D Entertainment
31In the Land of Blood and Honey$8,915-20%8-2$1,114$286,7849FilmDistrict
32Le Havre$7,195--7--$1,028$577,11318Janus Films
33Death of the Virgin$6,860-20%2-1$3,430$18,8602Indican Pictures
34The Flowers of War$6,02883%3-3$2,009$219,8205Wrekin Hill Entertainment
35Immortals$5,725-69%29-4$197$83,503,16115Relativity Media
36An Inconsistent Truth$5,655-23%31$1,885$53,1094Rocky Mountain Pictures
37Declaration of War$5,627--7--$804$35,0814IFC Films
38The Turin Horse$4,694-49%21$2,347$19,0742Cinema Guild
39J. Edgar$4,478-67%11-31$407$37,304,95015Warner Bros.
40The Interrupters$4,209--2--$2,105$282,44830Cinema Guild
41Michael (2012)$4,178--1--$4,178$5,3581Strand Releasing
42The Way$3,932-47%5-2$786$4,422,69120Producers Distribution Agency
43The Innkeepers$3,702-49%7-6$529$75,1723Magnolia / Magnet
44Khodorkovsky$3,6274323%10$3,627$33,78112Kino Lorber
45Kung Fu Joe$3,4088%1-1$3,408$7,6942Indican Pictures
46The Viral Factor$3,214-61%40$804$212,5965China Lion Film
47Melancholia$3,127-66%5-3$625$3,023,55315Magnolia Pictures
48Young Goethe In Love$2,929-37%50$586$145,99516Music Box Films
49Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,762-34%20$1,381$63,2257Cinema Guild
50Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$2,724-44%2-1$1,362$863,38333International Film Circuit
51Vettai$2,518-23%1-1$2,518$202,5816UTV Communications
52How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?$2,011--4--$503$12,7434First Run Features
53The Skin I Live In$1,87351%4-2$468$3,168,68219Sony Pictures Classics
54Putin's Kiss$1,858--1--$1,858$1,8581Kino Lorber
55Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$1,815--1--$1,815$48,71328Lorber Films
56Circus Columbia$1,648--1--$1,648$1,6481Strand Releasing
57Kill List$1,610-22%40$403$19,5483IFC Films
58Mozart's Sister$1,118--2--$559$706,62227Music Box Films
59Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$1,080468%21$540$287,28118Submarine Deluxe
60Sing Your Song$95644%1-1$956$32,0836S2BN Films
61The Whale$67724%10$677$69,94424Paladin
62Hell and Back Again$561--2--$281$38,09920Docurama Films
63Eames: The Architect and the Painter$518--1--$518$146,07914First Run Features
64Take Shelter$449-14%40$112$1,724,58821Sony Pictures Classics
65The Conquest$423-84%2-2$212$186,37215Music Box Films
66Man on a Mission$396--1--$396$8,5486First Run Features
67My Reincarnation$319-96%20$160$82,61817Long Shot Factory
68The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$262--1--$262$28,73924The Film Desk
69Crazy Wisdom$96-6%10$96$55,46513Alive Mind Cinema