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 Fri, Mar. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121 Jump Street$13,239,489--3,121--$4,242$13,239,4891Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$6,784,20098%3,76923$1,800$142,407,2153Universal
3John Carter$3,968,48789%3,7490$1,059$43,625,9402Disney
4Project X (2012)$1,545,14560%2,922-133$529$45,670,9913Warner Bros.
5Act of Valor$1,143,21681%2,765-186$413$59,863,5854Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$1,130,794120%1,8955$597$9,483,6152Paramount
7Safe House$825,60083%1,920-224$430$118,318,6956Universal
8The Vow$760,35588%2,175-303$350$119,823,6106Sony / Screen Gems
9This Means War$760,27999%1,660-289$458$49,160,0615Fox
10Silent House (2012)$733,22185%2,1240$345$9,224,9652Open Road
11Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$717,76446%1,935-590$371$93,323,4506Warner Bros. / New Line
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$401,34683%1,016-500$395$31,757,6794Lionsgate
13The Artist$306,79547%1,155-350$266$41,372,21417Weinstein Company
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$268,12529%1,024-780$262$49,150,5175Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$780,056--382--$2,042$780,0561Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$457,287163%640271$715$3,187,2692Roadside Attractions
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$269,351--254--$1,060$269,3511Paramount Vantage
4Wanderlust$171,0250%698-522$245$16,395,1254Universal
5Chronicle$153,09351%432-163$354$62,823,0547Fox
6Hugo$135,770124%38370$354$72,642,45017Paramount
7The Iron Lady$119,53082%4569$262$28,308,80112Weinstein Company
8Gone$101,0058%476-668$212$11,193,0994Summit
9The Descendants$88,32846%347-170$255$81,793,13918Fox Searchlight
10The Woman in Black$84,21460%305-128$276$53,316,3737CBS Films
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$81,58368%286-1$285$131,453,53514Fox
12Seeking Justice$75,712--231--$328$75,7121Anchor Bay Films
13Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$71,35183%2290$312$208,616,66214Paramount
14The Grey$44,823213%21968$205$51,062,1058Open Road
15Big Miracle$42,480124%236-2$180$19,703,9307Universal
16We Bought a Zoo$41,56666%188-40$221$74,808,37213Fox
17Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$35,3511%156-102$227$43,005,5926Fox
18Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$28,55657%125-83$228$186,620,16914Warner Bros.
19Red Tails$25,734118%152-26$169$49,414,7839Fox
20The Adventures of Tintin$24,8221%123-30$202$77,508,58513Paramount
21The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$21,401--108-103$198$102,465,22713Sony / Columbia
22One For the Money$20,713539%11248$185$26,153,5828Lionsgate
23Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$12,6387%105-97$120$31,769,97313Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$120,444486%6244$1,943$428,8442CBS Films
2Joyful Noise$89,6891245%65-38$1,380$30,899,35810Warner Bros.
3Born to Be Wild 3D$54,22848%400$1,356$17,185,81850Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Being Flynn$41,767805%8876$475$161,7533Focus
5Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$29,28649%86-23$341$24,031,02715Focus
6Undefeated$13,713153%218$653$291,7725Weinstein Company
7The Devil Inside$11,2073587%7767$146$53,217,74311Paramount
8Coriolanus$10,03971%212$478$507,5179Weinstein Company
9Albert Nobbs$8,75940%483$182$2,823,1428Roadside Attractions
10My Week with Marilyn$8,237-13%50-70$165$14,536,67517Weinstein Company
11W.E.$7,14662%20-4$357$409,4097Weinstein Company
12Haywire$4,347-26%69-13$63$18,924,9429Relativity Media
13Paan Singh Tomar$86665%50$173$36,3033UTV Communications
14Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$254-76%3-7$85$176,4224UTV Communications