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.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Aug. 17 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$3,866,939-2%3,270--$1,183$42,632,6851Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$3,341,82310%3,082--$1,084$29,490,1981Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$2,236,419-1%3,6510$613$74,449,0312Sony / Columbia
4Inception$1,541,4161%3,120-298$494$251,543,2575Warner Bros.
5Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,437,180-2%2,818--$510$13,512,3351Universal
6Step Up 3D$1,193,04713%2,4394$489$32,094,0612Disney
7Despicable Me$1,109,2851%2,923-490$380$224,402,6706Universal
8Dinner for Schmucks$969,5891%3,04642$318$60,711,7953Paramount / DreamWorks
9Salt$868,97613%2,834-483$307$105,075,6114Sony / Columbia
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$757,2787%2,728-977$278$36,686,2473Warner Bros.
11Toy Story 3$369,331-5%1,219-495$303$401,584,3539Disney
12Charlie St. Cloud$323,905-3%2,083-642$155$29,415,6453Universal
13The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$211,187-2%1,212-492$174$296,268,3437Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$184,9508%830-164$223$17,078,1936Focus
2Ramona and Beezus$163,3012%632-846$258$23,658,5594Fox
3Grown Ups$135,4571%968-801$140$158,323,6688Sony / Columbia
4Shrek Forever After$65,54120%254-54$258$237,356,20313Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Last Airbender$54,54513%364-275$150$129,806,3337Paramount
6Knight and Day$36,25717%310-26$117$75,356,5418Fox
7Predators$35,126-4%343-111$102$51,133,4476Fox
8Winter's Bone$28,26610%136-5$208$4,909,36710Roadside Attractions
9The A-Team$22,24717%204-37$109$76,834,72710Fox
10Middle Men$20,83617%2520$83$678,0122Paramount
11Marmaduke$19,88129%151-19$132$33,376,93811Fox
12Iron Man 2$19,04413%178-46$107$312,093,36015Paramount
13Killers (2010)$16,1289%169-3$95$47,031,46411Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$68,7330%541$1,273$13,541,83022Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$28,42429%163$1,777$23,723,11879Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Peepli Live$26,70443%64--$417$395,4861UTV Communications
4Flipped$20,0562%44-1$456$488,2942Warner Bros.
5The Concert$8,65917%190$456$215,1484Weinstein Company
6Cyrus$8,2122%84-48$98$7,268,9669Fox Searchlight
7Letters to Juliet$6,52912%61-42$107$52,991,90114Summit
8La Soga$6,0992%11--$554$64,60917-57 Releasing
9Sex and the City 2$5,01712%81-119$62$95,338,45112Warner Bros. / New Line
10Solitary Man$3,83068%28-17$137$4,264,39413Anchor Bay
11Date Night$3,54513%33-13$107$98,663,01619Fox
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,20116%122$267$87,9922Anchor Bay
13Tales From Earthsea$2,468-21%5--$494$26,2111Disney
14The People I've Slept With$2,428887%1--$2,428$6,3901People Pictures
15Twelve$61212%12-219$51$182,7482Hannover House
16Princess Kaiulani$494-24%32$165$867,49914Roadside Attractions
17City Island$322-1%81$40$6,666,45822Anchor Bay