'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 Wed, Sep. 1 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$1,674,363--2,721--$615$1,674,3630Focus
2Takers$1,247,008-29%2,206--$565$25,261,0061Sony / Screen Gems
3The Last Exorcism$941,797-25%2,874--$328$23,919,6551Lionsgate
4Eat Pray Love$865,586-18%3,023-59$286$63,258,8283Sony / Columbia
5The Expendables$794,627-25%3,398128$234$84,803,4933Lionsgate
6The Other Guys$551,237-24%3,004-468$184$100,934,8824Sony / Columbia
7Inception$473,331-19%1,923-478$246$272,091,8447Warner Bros.
8The Switch (2010)$447,179-28%2,0175$222$17,931,2332Miramax
9Nanny McPhee Returns$433,225-26%2,79814$155$18,446,3102Universal
10Piranha 3D$406,485-27%2,49121$163$19,694,9362Weinstein Company
11Vampires Suck$311,924-31%3,2330$96$28,995,3902Fox
12Despicable Me$262,105-28%1,691-545$155$237,197,3008Universal
13Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$247,455-23%1,269-1551$195$27,040,8003Universal
14Lottery Ticket$244,156-25%1,818-155$134$18,135,0842Warner Bros.
15Dinner for Schmucks$151,330-25%1,501-648$101$69,743,0715Paramount / DreamWorks
16Salt$150,835-29%1,012-782$149$113,806,5596Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Step Up 3D$124,493-34%757-835$164$40,160,7514Disney
3Toy Story 3$109,230-27%600-130$182$406,040,34211Disney
4Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$63,279-31%719-861$88$41,503,7585Warner Bros.
5The Kids Are All Right$56,649-26%342-62$166$19,339,0988Focus
6The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$53,347-11%476-81$112$298,200,5979Summit
7Hubble 3D$38,525-8%1510$255$14,682,25924Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Last Airbender$33,290-20%30683$109$130,704,7959Paramount
9Ramona and Beezus$27,923-16%354-34$79$24,911,5576Fox
10Knight and Day$17,333-34%229-48$76$76,049,32710Fox
11Shrek Forever After$16,129-20%207-25$78$238,107,36315Paramount / DreamWorks
12Charlie St. Cloud$13,445-27%270-377$50$30,798,2855Universal
14Winter's Bone$12,276-27%119-12$103$5,477,45312Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Sea 3D$10,2464%160$640$24,016,19681Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Concert$7,37833%200$369$387,8736Weinstein Company
3Flipped$5,799-36%26-3$223$693,9944Warner Bros.
4The A-Team$5,720-16%92-59$62$77,114,30912Fox
6The Tillman Story$3,943-12%51$789$120,5732Weinstein Company
7Peepli Live$3,652-12%45-25$81$715,5533UTV Communications
8Solitary Man$2,674-22%190$141$4,324,90415Anchor Bay
9Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$2,651-18%21-6$126$456,6136NeoClassics
10Cyrus$2,430-29%32-24$76$7,361,59011Fox Searchlight
11La Soga$1,688-13%12-8$141$149,35437-57 Releasing
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,241-47%7-1$177$134,3674Anchor Bay
13Princess Kaiulani$32055%10$320$872,70116Roadside Attractions
14The People I've Slept With$237-13%1--$237$11,7523People Pictures
15Tales From Earthsea$146-22%1-4$146$48,4613Disney
16City Island$60-29%1-3$60$6,670,91224Anchor Bay