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, Nov. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$12,437,56413%4,066--$3,059$171,415,7261Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$6,510,912--3,440--$1,893$6,510,9120Disney
3Happy Feet Two$2,907,46421%3,606--$806$28,310,8511Warner Bros.
4Arthur Christmas$2,389,269--3,376--$708$2,389,2690Sony / Columbia
5Jack and Jill$1,922,78727%3,029-409$635$45,229,9552Sony / Columbia
6Immortals$1,813,3237%2,677-435$677$57,915,4232Relativity Media
7Hugo$1,681,250--1,277--$1,317$1,681,2500Paramount
8Puss in Boots (2011)$1,647,56310%3,005-898$548$126,630,9164Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$1,281,83532%2,489-881$515$56,468,5403Universal
10J. Edgar$832,01310%1,94737$427$22,889,2402Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$980,177696%390385$2,513$2,486,0711Fox Searchlight
2A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$377,170-28%960-1915$393$29,597,0023Warner Bros. / New Line
3My Week with Marilyn$156,034--123--$1,269$156,0340Weinstein Company
4In Time$148,287-49%470-2121$316$34,096,1874Fox
5Like Crazy$96,14941%15080$641$1,988,3884Paramount Vantage
6Footloose (2011)$61,922-58%384-1831$161$50,480,9136Paramount
7Paranormal Activity 3$55,064-60%355-2421$155$102,919,6675Paramount
8Moneyball$51,171-30%187-626$274$72,816,7649Sony / Columbia
9The Three Musketeers (2011)$44,67229%224-445$199$19,643,4295Summit
10Dolphin Tale$44,510-15%388-317$115$70,155,5919Warner Bros.
11Margin Call$42,991-13%170--$253$4,041,4835Roadside Attractions
12Courageous$41,507-42%211-694$197$32,506,0498Sony / TriStar
13The Ides of March$40,834-32%159-537$257$39,243,3147Sony / Columbia
1450/50$34,72661%210-214$165$34,326,8018Summit
15Contagion$33,15911%301-54$110$75,266,40211Warner Bros.
16The Way$31,562-6%137-34$230$3,134,4377Producers Distribution Agency
17Martha Marcy May Marlene$29,511-37%127-56$232$2,371,4345Fox Searchlight
18Abduction$25,50927%16336$156$27,688,4019Lionsgate
19Rise of the Planet of the Apes$16,49018%120-44$137$176,496,31016Fox
20Johnny English Reborn$9,130-15%108-102$85$8,297,6755Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$20,627-25%490$421$14,353,84333Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Drive (2011)$14,19564%9318$153$34,392,84210FilmDistrict
3Anonymous$10,941-65%72-410$152$4,219,0624Sony / Columbia
4The Rum Diary$9,683-58%54-893$179$12,892,2224FilmDistrict
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$7,8617%91-39$86$84,344,76717Warner Bros.
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$6,855-21%48-24$143$38,487,85114Weinstein Company
7The Mighty Macs$4,73627%28-33$169$1,875,5215Quaker Media
8The Big Year$4,0202%52-31$77$7,132,0776Fox
9Inni$2,912285%5-2$582$92,3604Cinema Purgatorio
10Sarah's Key$2,658-36%27-135$98$7,673,20918Weinstein Company
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,003-50%78-7$26$381,009,52519Warner Bros.
12Shark Night 3D$718-66%270$27$18,876,64212Relativity Media
13Laugh at My Pain$590-45%11-2$54$7,698,85311CodeBlack Entertainment
14Machine Gun Preacher$54035%9-3$60$532,8129Relativity Media
15I Don't Know How She Does It$274-82%38-45$7$9,662,12210Weinstein Company
16Our Idiot Brother$266-45%6-6$44$24,815,89513Weinstein Company
17Circumstance$111-7%1-4$111$441,72413Roadside Attractions
18Apollo 18$82-71%5-13$16$17,687,62012Weinstein Company
19The Future$4-92%1-2$4$568,27917Roadside Attractions