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 Thu, Nov. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$1,967,7435%3,952--$498$42,473,0381Paramount / DreamWorks
2Paranormal Activity 3$1,015,5143%3,3298$305$86,783,0542Paramount
3In Time$1,014,7600%3,122--$325$16,508,6451Fox
4The Rum Diary$533,624-2%2,272--$235$7,435,7341FilmDistrict
5Footloose (2011)$447,74213%3,224-331$139$40,249,6203Paramount
6The Three Musketeers (2011)$345,1311%3,0170$114$16,348,9962Summit
7Real Steel$326,5595%2,914-498$112$75,343,2424Disney / DreamWorks
8The Ides of March$280,7536%1,572-470$179$34,800,2854Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$243,3069%1,631-722$149$68,427,3906Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$197,85524%1,134-61$174$28,411,7335Sony / TriStar
1150/50$183,6769%1,194-738$154$32,021,2415Summit
12Dolphin Tale$126,0358%1,838-990$69$67,595,1176Warner Bros.
13Johnny English Reborn$124,3206%1,5542$80$7,048,9102Universal
14The Thing (2011)$90,6108%1,394-1601$65$16,479,6803Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$102,3544%265--$386$1,450,3261Sony / Columbia
2Margin Call$76,2324%14084$545$1,798,5102Roadside Attractions
3The Help$52,44910%450-326$117$167,094,66112Disney / DreamWorks
4The Way$47,11510%258-25$183$1,788,9604Producers Distribution Agency
5Drive (2011)$41,72819%194-173$215$33,867,1087FilmDistrict
6Contagion$35,8215%411-490$87$74,251,1158Warner Bros.
7The Mighty Macs$23,712-28%389-586$61$1,642,9582Quaker Media
8Dream House$23,3850%585-639$40$20,945,5305Universal
9The Big Year$22,88917%423-1727$54$6,913,0963Fox
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$21,71917%250-58$87$83,979,35614Warner Bros.
11The Lion King 3D$20,9859%378-713$56$93,223,6067Disney
12Abduction$19,70423%351-402$56$27,235,7216Lionsgate
13Rise of the Planet of the Apes$19,65910%231-18$85$175,962,57613Fox
14Killer Elite$13,6255%257-494$53$24,964,0376Open Road
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$13,59523%163-77$83$380,753,26516Warner Bros.
16Captain America: The First Avenger$6,94814%139-45$50$176,580,00515Paramount
17Apollo 18$5,9829%120107$50$17,627,8999Weinstein Company
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$4,05220%151-27$27$38,297,45211Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$29,282-1%3228$915$565,2522Fox Searchlight
2Like Crazy$16,50916%4--$4,127$177,9961Paramount Vantage
3Born to Be Wild 3D$12,733-19%490$260$13,868,16230Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Debt$7,1725%87-32$82$31,177,5489Focus
5Cowboys & Aliens$6,32516%91-40$70$100,240,55114Universal
6What's Your Number?$5,909-12%62-281$95$13,881,1375Fox
7Sarah's Key$4,2649%29-19$147$7,069,17515Weinstein Company
8Shark Night 3D$3,64211%90-12$40$18,811,3539Relativity Media
9Laugh at My Pain$3,173-13%51-52$62$7,651,0878CodeBlack Entertainment
10The Double (2011)$3,0044%11--$273$38,3681Image Entertainment
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,9493%7522$39$23,988,17110FilmDistrict
12Machine Gun Preacher$2,60468%13-12$200$513,0786Relativity Media
13Our Idiot Brother$2,22410%51-28$44$24,771,86710Weinstein Company
14Munger Road$1,88866%10-6$189$248,9155Freestyle Releasing
15Warrior (2011)$1,5502%31-34$50$13,657,1158Lionsgate
16Inni$1,307114%2--$654$35,7501Cinema Purgatorio
17Circumstance$1,13716%7-3$162$433,28410Roadside Attractions
18Texas Killing Fields$1,03029%73$147$37,7113Anchor Bay Films
19I Don't Know How She Does It$85128%14-15$61$9,605,9347Weinstein Company
20Labios Rojos$36517%11-32$33$136,1633Lionsgate / Pantelion
21The Future$323-13%5-9$65$566,50214Roadside Attractions
22Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$25627%6-15$43$484,1969Indomina Media
23Dirty Girl$145169%1-4$145$51,7024Weinstein Company
24Thunder Soul$52767%40$13$143,7076Roadside Attractions
25Project Nim$32-63%3-9$11$406,09817Roadside Attractions