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, Sep. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$9,421,48618%3,222--$2,924$17,406,0501Warner Bros.
2The Help$3,925,54847%2,93592$1,337$135,002,4795Disney / DreamWorks
3The Debt$2,187,03753%1,87650$1,166$20,717,4802Focus
4Warrior (2011)$2,133,56220%1,869--$1,142$3,904,3071Lionsgate
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,827,54567%2,887-306$633$166,882,3716Fox
6Colombiana$1,794,14855%2,354-260$762$28,730,4453Sony / TriStar
7Shark Night 3D$1,625,10262%2,84842$571$13,891,1852Relativity Media
8Apollo 18$1,311,58850%3,3302$394$14,271,2222Weinstein Company
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,235,783164%2,544-463$486$33,425,8404Weinstein Company
10Our Idiot Brother$1,199,91844%2,396-159$501$20,694,0013Weinstein Company
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$999,22248%2,251-529$444$20,507,5693FilmDistrict
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$973,00841%1,310-140$743$77,911,2727Warner Bros.
13The Smurfs$879,648150%1,977-729$445$135,439,7497Sony / Columbia
14Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$532,762-1%1,500--$355$1,070,9501Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$449,80770%810-282$555$376,817,2009Warner Bros.
2Captain America: The First Avenger$392,50161%804-246$488$173,250,6888Paramount
3Cowboys & Aliens$381,80063%920-265$415$97,830,2217Universal
4Seven Days in Utopia$273,53428%555-6$493$2,587,9842Visio Entertainment
5Horrible Bosses$262,50543%50381$522$115,655,96710Warner Bros. / New Line
6Final Destination 5$261,63756%655-571$399$41,630,7315Warner Bros. / New Line
730 Minutes or Less$236,66236%646-709$366$36,349,9215Sony / Columbia
8Zookeeper$208,35487%343-58$607$78,650,85410Sony / Columbia
9Sarah's Key$173,78562%306-13$568$5,744,1848Weinstein Company
10One Day$160,18526%492-695$326$13,339,5534Focus
11The Change-Up$143,99043%374-165$385$36,408,6556Universal
12Conan the Barbarian (2011)$132,21251%551-1171$240$20,836,6404Lionsgate
13Saving Private Perez$95,75955%1654$580$1,084,7572Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$82,99277%177-247$469$350,755,10911Paramount / DreamWorks
15Mr. Popper's Penguins$79,477104%2520$315$67,657,43813Fox
16Bridesmaids$70,92036%197-23$360$168,713,12518Universal
17Super 8$64,40660%203-37$317$126,691,69014Paramount
18Kung Fu Panda 2$59,532121%164-141$363$164,965,22216Paramount / DreamWorks
19Green Lantern (2011)$55,34689%155-30$357$116,433,57813Warner Bros.
20Friends With Benefits$35,02329%114-47$307$55,688,6688Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$769,7641%98--$7,855$1,528,2251CodeBlack Entertainment
2Monte Carlo$47,69590%6928$691$23,020,42311Fox
3Born to Be Wild 3D$41,713147%490$851$12,649,41223Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Bad Teacher$28,75948%96-890$300$99,028,28112Sony / Columbia
5Circumstance$22,15129%2312$963$165,8533Roadside Attractions
6Attack the Block$20,20717%51-15$396$934,7067Sony / Screen Gems
7The Tree of Life$18,52644%62-24$299$13,074,77616Fox Searchlight
8X-Men: First Class$18,52254%67-34$276$146,348,46115Fox
9The Hangover Part II$14,09553%60-30$235$254,450,91216Warner Bros.
10Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$9,73629%30$3,245$95,7442Indomina Media
11The Devil's Double$9,20543%33-16$279$1,314,8157Lionsgate
12Another Earth$9,04654%41-30$221$1,266,6878Fox Searchlight
13The Future$7,29137%269$280$470,3517Roadside Attractions
14Project Nim$2,67641%11-4$243$372,61210Roadside Attractions
15Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$1,22247%8-4$153$1,337,0599Fox Searchlight
16Tanner Hall$998-7%5--$200$2,0721Anchor Bay Films
17Everything Must Go$22626%40$57$2,711,04218Roadside Attractions
18In/Sight$12451%3-20$41$16,9562Check Entertainment
195 Days of War$1097%1-2$109$17,1494Anchor Bay Films
20The Conspirator$8-50%10$8$11,538,19622Roadside Attractions