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 Sat, Apr. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$9,654,72075%3,61637$2,670$61,643,5052Universal
2Hanna$5,032,56421%2,535--$1,985$9,195,6041Focus
3Arthur (2011)$5,011,04811%3,276--$1,530$9,509,4841Warner Bros.
4Soul Surfer$4,366,32620%2,214--$1,972$8,008,9651Sony / TriStar
5Insidious$4,095,26825%2,41911$1,693$24,725,7902FilmDistrict
6Source Code$3,923,86042%2,97110$1,321$26,257,2752Summit
7Your Highness$3,405,870-10%2,769--$1,230$7,171,9951Universal
8Limitless$2,460,00642%2,655-183$927$62,880,5814Relativity Media
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$2,181,02063%2,881-288$757$44,097,1403Fox
10The Lincoln Lawyer$2,029,40060%2,420-287$839$45,151,9624Lionsgate
11Rango$1,043,27771%2,007-1127$520$116,882,6736Paramount
12Sucker Punch$919,08344%1,755-1278$524$33,428,9893Warner Bros.
13Paul$775,20548%1,667-883$465$34,636,4904Universal
14Battle: Los Angeles$688,65853%1,408-855$489$80,838,8425Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Win Win$574,17186%22677$2,541$3,168,2954Fox Searchlight
2Jane Eyre (2011)$517,07657%24767$2,093$4,833,2055Focus
3The Adjustment Bureau$418,90555%783-742$535$59,920,7406Universal
4Born to Be Wild 3D$341,83133%206--$1,659$598,5301Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The King's Speech$239,49653%675-332$355$137,431,29820Weinstein Company
6Red Riding Hood$236,81339%777-1011$305$36,574,5525Warner Bros.
7No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$233,19836%226--$1,032$404,2091Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Just Go With It$126,93648%320-277$397$101,864,9139Sony / Columbia
9Beastly$124,78942%339-482$368$27,269,5876CBS Films
10Unknown (2011)$123,25141%36540$338$63,032,2078Warner Bros.
11Hall Pass$123,09645%366-337$336$44,242,9787Warner Bros. / New Line
12True Grit (2010)$97,67347%263-61$371$170,715,41016Paramount
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$73,30387%184-66$398$37,459,0078Fox
14The Green Hornet$47,77252%161-50$297$98,671,99513Sony / Columbia
15Cedar Rapids$44,79449%118-92$380$6,638,1919Fox Searchlight
16Drive Angry$25,49459%126104$202$10,638,0407Summit
17Black Swan$22,34135%103-59$217$106,870,14519Fox Searchlight
18Take Me Home Tonight$14,96332%10250$147$6,887,4696Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thank You$107,91053%92--$1,173$178,3131UTV Communications
2Kill the Irishman$43,05590%52-4$828$820,3915Anchor Bay Films
3Hubble 3D$32,796-4%31-13$1,058$23,613,18556Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Miral$25,22680%2914$870$231,3113Weinstein Company
5Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$15,16152%69-44$220$72,732,6319Paramount
6Biutiful$14,48821%38-20$381$4,684,74115Roadside Attractions
7The Company Men$8,81617%32-13$276$4,351,61112Weinstein Company
8The Last Godfather$8,42656%20-38$421$149,9912Roadside Attractions
9The Music Never Stopped$3,877101%14-14$277$216,8824Roadside Attractions
10Blue Valentine (2010)$3,64955%19-20$192$9,687,79715Weinstein Company
11happythankyoumoreplease$3,37680%9-3$375$204,5206Anchor Bay Films
12I Love You Phillip Morris$2,426143%7-5$347$2,034,31919Roadside Attractions
13Meet Monica Velour$2,177-38%2--$1,089$5,7141Anchor Bay Films
14Winter's Bone$124182%2-1$62$6,531,18944Roadside Attractions