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, Dec. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$8,518,218-12%3,4480$2,470$94,737,6392Paramount
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,557,259-4%3,683-43$1,780$69,837,1512Fox
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,515,996-11%3,7030$1,760$103,691,1982Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$4,166,138-9%2,9140$1,430$36,615,5511Sony / Columbia
5The Adventures of Tintin$4,147,004-10%3,0870$1,343$31,923,2151Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$4,049,507-6%3,117--$1,299$23,399,8161Fox
7War Horse$3,714,009-11%2,376--$1,563$22,414,5241Disney / DreamWorks
8New Year's Eve$1,701,2722%2,225-826$765$37,896,5853Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$1,242,087-15%2,324--$534$7,766,5561Summit
10The Muppets$1,012,4270%1,536-323$659$78,852,3185Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$753,282-2%1,411-411$534$272,707,3276Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$542,568-7%1,486-987$365$24,112,9483Fox
13Arthur Christmas$378,704-10%1,524-581$248$44,775,4975Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$805,549-3%753-82$1,070$35,199,0446Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$726,017-6%951-536$763$46,247,2605Paramount
3Young Adult$622,428-5%9871$631$9,355,8263Paramount
4The Artist$303,3032%167150$1,816$3,415,2635Weinstein Company
5Puss in Boots (2011)$268,6981%389-368$691$144,452,8929Paramount / DreamWorks
6My Week with Marilyn$241,6714%602358$401$7,769,2425Weinstein Company
7Happy Feet Two$146,3726%525-235$279$60,258,1576Warner Bros.
8Jack and Jill$63,4511%242-435$262$71,455,7787Sony / Columbia
9J. Edgar$63,0203%4550$139$36,260,5427Warner Bros.
10Moneyball$58,250-1%2420$241$74,696,78214Sony / Columbia
11Dolphin Tale$57,0121%188-62$303$71,750,66314Warner Bros.
12Tower Heist$53,8650%283-135$190$76,425,7258Universal
13Courageous$46,3586%1925$241$33,837,38413Sony / TriStar
14Immortals$38,263-4%228-988$168$82,493,3887Relativity Media
15A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$34,167-7%2450$139$34,762,4418Warner Bros. / New Line
16Footloose (2011)$29,67411%182-71$163$51,523,39911Paramount
17In Time$22,17111%112-161$198$36,933,9409Fox
18The Ides of March$21,206-6%1454$146$40,719,17512Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity 3$15,41811%124-82$124$103,923,43010Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$231,384-2%5539$4,207$2,625,9763Focus
2Shame$56,9815%500$1,140$1,708,2294Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$49,4635%490$1,009$15,006,09538Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$30,7729%6--$5,129$173,7031Warner Bros.
5Pariah (2011)$21,824--4--$5,456$21,8240Focus
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$14,80812%20-2$740$668,3925Warner Bros.
7The Way$14,7603%27-66$547$4,101,10712Producers Distribution Agency
8Margin Call$6,734-32%30-91$224$5,214,82910Roadside Attractions
9Drive (2011)$5,13914%26-30$198$34,802,97615FilmDistrict
10In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,85110%3--$1,617$34,7071FilmDistrict
11Like Crazy$4,60537%30-70$154$3,353,7649Paramount Vantage
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$4,45619%37-86$120$20,370,52410Summit
13Martha Marcy May Marlene$2,6273%15-24$175$2,897,45710Fox Searchlight
1450/50$2,273-10%31-80$73$35,011,67313Summit
15Inni$153233%1--$153$116,8379Cinema Purgatorio