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 Mon, Apr. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$2,762,627-67%2,015--$1,371$36,398,9301Sony / Screen Gems
2The Lucky One (2012)$1,448,453-70%3,155--$459$23,966,8111Warner Bros.
3The Hunger Games$1,009,203-76%3,752-164$269$358,075,6705Lionsgate
4Chimpanzee$752,153-78%1,563--$481$11,425,9011Disneynature
5The Cabin in the Woods$723,029-67%2,8110$257$27,969,2762Lionsgate
6American Reunion$485,025-67%3,033-170$160$49,003,3503Universal
7The Three Stooges$457,158-85%3,4825$131$30,376,8182Fox
821 Jump Street$405,221-69%2,427-308$167$127,622,3886Sony / Columbia
9Titanic 3D$366,758-75%2,515-182$146$53,227,3323Paramount
10Wrath of the Titans$319,192-73%2,502-600$128$77,552,1474Warner Bros.
11Lockout$284,201-70%2,33527$122$11,503,8212Open Road
12Mirror Mirror$255,596-81%2,938-268$87$55,755,5284Relativity Media
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$110,985-83%1,583-529$70$207,263,8508Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$57,052-69%44611$128$7,134,2667CBS Films
2Bully (2012)$51,223-69%263105$195$1,588,8934Weinstein Company
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$29,806-84%444-58$67$101,268,71311Warner Bros. / New Line
4Safe House$19,565-66%301-70$65$125,626,84511Universal
5Project X (2012)$15,527-60%258113$60$54,509,5048Warner Bros.
6Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$15,525-64%1064$146$952,0592Code Black Entertainment
7This Means War$14,083-68%29310$48$54,125,11510Fox
8Act of Valor$11,493-67%229-123$50$69,484,0319Relativity Media
9Jeff Who Lives at Home$11,228-68%122-61$92$4,040,9366Paramount Vantage
10Blue Like Jazz$10,531-68%126-10$84$478,6052Roadside Attractions
11The Iron Lady$8,546-54%102-44$84$29,967,98217Weinstein Company
12Chronicle$8,141-71%137-28$59$64,314,97012Fox
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,553-80%135-18$34$132,928,05719Fox
14A Thousand Words$4,231-75%168-109$25$17,941,1107Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$33,733-62%50--$675$303,9611Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$13,726-41%32-8$429$18,344,49855Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Friends With Kids$6,776-64%83-30$82$7,096,7357Roadside Attractions
4The Artist$5,776-62%86-35$67$44,160,29422Weinstein Company
5Casa de mi Padre$4,101-70%58-63$71$5,779,0386Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Touchback$4,092-71%6919$59$145,5482Anchor Bay Films
7The Woman in Black$3,331-69%90-32$37$54,283,04212CBS Films
8Silent House (2012)$3,140-57%590$53$12,729,6987Open Road
9We Bought a Zoo$3,033-68%66-17$46$75,551,27718Fox
10Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,987-75%81-44$25$34,855,4969Lionsgate
11Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,853-75%32-1$58$43,403,95411Fox
12Red Tails$1,446-65%39-4$37$49,827,16714Fox
13Coriolanus$1,424-56%14-4$102$687,57314Weinstein Company
14W.E.$1,034-69%15-2$69$565,72212Weinstein Company
15Undefeated$769-65%170$45$505,72010Weinstein Company
16Albert Nobbs$559-53%153$37$2,998,79513Roadside Attractions