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 Wed, Dec. 15 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,422,976-18%3,555--$400$28,793,9111Fox
2The Tourist$1,309,214-22%2,756--$475$20,820,1251Sony / Columbia
3Tangled$866,455-14%3,565-38$243$118,136,2793Disney
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$727,307-9%3,577-548$203$259,924,2544Warner Bros.
5Burlesque$381,443-15%2,876-161$133$33,718,7733Sony / Screen Gems
6Love and Other Drugs$361,659-14%2,240-218$161$28,727,5523Fox
7Unstoppable (2010)$318,877-10%2,967-185$107$75,204,5785Fox
8Due Date$280,468-7%1,990-460$141$95,773,7196Warner Bros.
9Faster (2010)$175,964-14%2,106-364$84$21,888,0593CBS Films
10Megamind$170,971-12%2,425-748$71$140,762,4076Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Warrior's Way$116,197-7%1,6220$72$5,311,0272Relativity Media
12The Next Three Days$111,455-16%1,426-810$78$20,649,1804Lionsgate
13Morning Glory (2010)$59,122-18%1,004-1259$59$30,388,7045Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$130,048-8%416-17$313$8,638,5216Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$53,457-16%4360$123$8,376,1536Summit
3Red (2010)$50,352-3%564-215$89$88,042,2109Summit
4The Social Network$43,0166%227-33$189$91,510,96811Sony / Columbia
5Despicable Me$17,7700%255-25$70$250,303,19023Universal
6The Town$17,515-4%255-63$69$91,998,62513Warner Bros.
7Skyline$15,130-9%277-301$55$21,300,1655Universal / Rogue
8For Colored Girls$13,533-1%243-242$56$37,574,9306Lionsgate
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$12,238-18%288-34$42$55,073,19012Warner Bros.
10Jackass 3D$6,812-5%108-72$63$116,851,7849Paramount
11Life As We Know It$6,132-1%120-88$51$52,227,80910Warner Bros.
12Inception$5,646-6%108-9$52$292,479,10422Warner Bros.
13Paranormal Activity 2$5,0759%125-75$41$84,349,5628Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$477,7500%9072$5,308$6,963,2642Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$82,489-3%1913$4,342$1,755,7433Weinstein Company
3The Fighter$33,956-10%4--$8,489$402,1441Paramount
4Hubble 3D$26,5863%570$466$19,225,05139Warner Bros. / IMAX
5I Love You Phillip Morris$17,603-3%3528$503$356,9702Roadside Attractions
6The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$12,6246%150$842$364,8186Warner Bros.
7Conviction$6,70313%75-32$89$6,750,9539Fox Searchlight
8The Tempest$4,881-3%5--$976$57,1731Disney
9Waiting for 'Superman'$4,790-43%55-30$87$6,392,80012Paramount Vantage
10Under the Sea 3D$4,678-16%11-2$425$25,049,77496Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Hereafter$4,0700%87-27$47$32,502,0409Warner Bros.
12Hemingway's Garden of Eden$1,96419%14--$140$17,8831Roadside Attractions
13Stone$1,319-7%19-3$69$1,780,97610Relativity / Overture
14Frankie & Alice (2010)$88467%1--$884$9,6731Freestyle Releasing
15Wild Target$818-4%9-4$91$119,6537Freestyle
16The Nutcracker in 3D$760-31%37-78$21$193,6033Freestyle Releasing
17Jack Goes Boating$753-23%4233$18$541,24913Relativity / Overture
18Winter's Bone$238-4%31$79$6,233,31127Roadside Attractions
19Cool It$117-15%10-5$12$62,3245Roadside Attractions