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 Sun, Nov. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Immortals$7,236,897-29%3,112--$2,325$32,206,4251Relativity Media
2Puss in Boots (2011)$6,100,338-37%3,903-60$1,563$108,035,3593Paramount / DreamWorks
3Jack and Jill$5,538,214-42%3,438--$1,611$25,003,5751Sony / Columbia
4Tower Heist$2,545,815-53%3,3703$755$43,465,6152Universal
5J. Edgar$2,496,018-44%1,910--$1,307$11,315,8581Warner Bros.
6A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$1,351,865-41%2,8750$470$23,237,5252Warner Bros. / New Line
7In Time$839,537-51%2,591-536$324$30,598,6183Fox
8Paranormal Activity 3$693,563-55%2,776-510$250$100,808,8354Paramount
9Footloose (2011)$515,741-56%2,215-596$233$48,767,5145Paramount
10Real Steel$422,498-45%1,758-680$240$81,612,8046Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Courageous$264,987-34%905-233$293$31,565,8087Sony / TriStar
2Moneyball$205,294-58%813-465$253$71,857,8368Sony / Columbia
3The Ides of March$196,711-56%696-695$283$38,358,3186Sony / Columbia
4The Rum Diary$195,631-39%947-1345$207$12,371,4403FilmDistrict
5Dolphin Tale$168,354-37%705-400$239$69,634,0728Warner Bros.
6Anonymous$146,483-39%482-32$304$3,753,9183Sony / Columbia
7Margin Call$128,818-49%19921$647$3,310,9654Roadside Attractions
8Martha Marcy May Marlene$122,429-40%18385$669$1,681,5204Fox Searchlight
9The Three Musketeers (2011)$118,183-41%669-1194$177$19,167,1754Summit
1050/50$110,527-50%424-323$261$33,841,6447Summit
11The Smurfs$79,611-39%269-9$296$141,671,84216Sony / Columbia
12Contagion$74,832-43%35595$211$74,865,77710Warner Bros.
13Johnny English Reborn$55,580-34%210-434$265$8,129,4554Universal
14Rise of the Planet of the Apes$33,921-35%164-35$207$176,332,80915Fox
15Sarah's Key$30,302-23%162-156$187$7,576,48017Weinstein Company
16Killer Elite$18,383-28%16041$115$25,093,6078Open Road
17Dream House$17,165-51%172-158$100$21,283,4407Universal
18Crazy, Stupid, Love$17,023-53%130-42$131$84,244,87716Warner Bros.
19The Thing (2011)$16,145-40%141-243$115$16,907,4505Universal
20Abduction$14,270-55%127-80$112$27,483,0338Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Like Crazy$133,374-36%7054$1,905$1,055,7783Paramount Vantage
2Born to Be Wild 3D$30,780-29%490$628$14,144,83332Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Drive (2011)$25,617-44%75-61$342$34,259,3119FilmDistrict
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$15,878-22%85-140$187$380,955,61918Warner Bros.
5The Mighty Macs$14,067-35%61-40$231$1,825,7364Quaker Media
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$13,753-31%72-26$191$38,421,12413Weinstein Company
7I Don't Know How She Does It$6,716-46%8375$81$9,639,2429Weinstein Company
8The Big Year$6,021-60%83-130$73$7,082,0635Fox
9What's Your Number?$4,934-46%63-39$78$13,987,4827Fox
10Shark Night 3D$4,460-33%29-15$154$18,860,40311Relativity Media
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$3,890-28%32-20$122$24,042,49012FilmDistrict
12Apollo 18$2,664-2%18-75$148$17,683,67011Weinstein Company
13Our Idiot Brother$1,815-33%12-23$151$24,809,54712Weinstein Company
14The Double (2011)$1,746-21%12-33$146$134,2863Image Entertainment
15Laugh at My Pain$1,206-59%13-26$93$7,688,75610CodeBlack Entertainment
16Munger Road$895-59%7-2$128$266,1907Freestyle Releasing
17The Son of No One$736-37%4-6$184$28,8702Anchor Bay Films
18Circumstance$5367%50$107$439,95812Roadside Attractions
19Machine Gun Preacher$482-41%120$40$526,8488Relativity Media
20The Future$296700%3-2$99$568,08016Roadside Attractions
21Texas Killing Fields$189-52%3-7$63$45,2825Anchor Bay Films
22Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$156-55%1-4$156$487,50611Indomina Media