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 Fri, Sep. 24 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$6,913,160--3,565--$1,939$6,913,1601Fox
2The Town$5,005,216138%2,88524$1,735$38,092,1172Warner Bros.
3Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,519,426--3,575--$1,264$4,519,4261Warner Bros.
4Easy A$3,604,536241%2,8560$1,262$25,718,2542Sony / Screen Gems
5You Again$2,734,062--2,548--$1,073$2,734,0621Disney
6Devil$2,121,985228%2,8112$755$17,375,4502Universal
7Resident Evil: Afterlife$1,395,78286%2,642-567$528$48,514,5793Sony / Screen Gems
8Alpha and Omega$1,092,745248%2,6250$416$11,522,4182Lionsgate
9Takers$484,085121%1,413-726$343$53,746,9585Sony / Screen Gems
10The Other Guys$295,89099%1,047-780$283$116,270,0598Sony / Columbia
11The American$271,68319%1,315-1142$207$33,982,6824Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$380,168116%907-398$419$286,186,45411Warner Bros.
2Eat Pray Love$209,85211%855-813$245$78,545,5477Sony / Columbia
3Machete$187,92114%682-1022$276$25,278,7664Fox
4The Expendables$164,02835%852-1002$193$101,669,9947Lionsgate
5Despicable Me$146,425211%610-329$240$245,078,50512Universal
6The Last Exorcism$107,57635%707-1306$152$40,536,2025Lionsgate
7The Virginity Hit$103,523--700--$148$134,1013Sony / Columbia
8Nanny McPhee Returns$95,62573%765-813$125$27,927,5756Universal
9Going the Distance (2010)$84,380-33%475-1532$178$17,374,9264Warner Bros. / New Line
10Dinner for Schmucks$78,672331%32310$244$72,357,6469Paramount / DreamWorks
11Grown Ups$65,542--265-39$247$161,248,60114Sony / Columbia
12Vampires Suck$60,843181%415-549$147$36,017,9766Fox
13Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$50,230265%267-93$188$43,126,1729Warner Bros.
14Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$50,09564%233-150$215$31,248,0807Universal
15Salt$44,063--186-149$237$117,123,36910Sony / Columbia
16The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$36,03791%224-115$161$300,210,36813Summit
17Ramona and Beezus$28,256166%191-69$148$25,787,25710Fox
18Flipped$24,86460%106-269$235$1,654,2038Warner Bros.
19The Kids Are All Right$23,59746%107-62$221$20,593,60312Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catfish$147,575496%5745$2,589$506,2752Universal / Rogue
2Never Let Me Go$67,944596%2622$2,613$264,5362Fox Searchlight
3Waiting for 'Superman'$52,652--4--$13,163$52,6521Paramount Vantage
4Hubble 3D$41,26935%61-2$677$15,799,22828Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Buried$36,977--11--$3,362$36,9771Lionsgate
6Jack Goes Boating$20,734569%3733$560$62,3462Relativity / Overture
7Winter's Bone$16,09856%79-22$204$6,009,41116Roadside Attractions
8Piranha 3D$11,499-11%66-198$174$24,796,4906Weinstein Company
9The Tillman Story$10,52752%27-1$390$557,3866Weinstein Company
10Avatar$10,234-72%29-100$353$760,213,94141Fox
11Knight and Day$9,767224%45-19$217$76,385,80914Fox
12The Concert$6,777110%18-2$377$560,89510Weinstein Company
13Under the Sea 3D$6,73818%182$374$24,249,23785Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Bran Nue Dae$5,867225%5538$107$65,0493Freestyle Releasing
15We Are Family$4,967127%24-54$207$615,3784UTV Communications
16Cyrus$2,43813%14-5$174$7,431,27115Fox Searchlight
17The Romantics$1,654-39%6-8$276$98,8903Four of a Kind
18Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,522--10$1,522$15,4392Collective Eye
19La Soga$874119%2-2$437$209,11677-57 Releasing
20Solitary Man$801-2%6-1$134$4,356,16319Anchor Bay
21The Disappearance of Alice Creed$375495%2-1$188$157,1898Anchor Bay