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. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$1,251,280-72%2,0150$621$61,723,4792Sony / Screen Gems
2The Five-Year Engagement$822,085-68%2,936--$280$11,432,1451Universal
3The Hunger Games$721,922-75%3,572-180$202$372,740,9436Lionsgate
4The Lucky One (2012)$683,349-70%3,17520$215$40,093,0682Warner Bros.
5Safe (2012)$644,504-70%2,266--$284$8,537,0431Lionsgate
6The Raven$587,678-68%2,203--$267$7,877,3201Relativity Media
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$525,071-84%3,358--$156$11,662,8051Sony / Columbia
8The Cabin in the Woods$411,362-65%2,639-172$156$35,194,6823Lionsgate
9Chimpanzee$397,389-73%1,5674$254$19,318,1832Disneynature
1021 Jump Street$245,250-67%1,820-607$135$132,182,8227Sony / Columbia
11American Reunion$237,025-65%2,154-879$110$53,708,7604Universal
12The Three Stooges$235,564-83%3,105-377$76$37,143,5293Fox
13Wrath of the Titans$163,311-71%1,572-930$104$80,688,1305Warner Bros.
14Titanic 3D$151,136-72%1,409-1106$107$56,432,0114Paramount
15Mirror Mirror$143,466-77%2,017-921$71$59,013,8265Relativity Media
16Lockout$85,828-65%1,259-1076$68$13,420,7643Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bully (2012)$44,342-55%2630$169$2,168,2115Weinstein Company
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$44,150-82%883-700$50$208,479,9009Universal
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$36,189-65%335-111$108$7,814,0358CBS Films
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$27,928-81%401-43$70$101,911,34512Warner Bros. / New Line
5Act of Valor$17,328-60%28556$61$69,698,79910Relativity Media
6Safe House$13,695-67%229-72$60$125,869,55012Universal
7This Means War$11,293-69%232-61$49$54,362,33011Fox
8A Thousand Words$9,175-72%1691$54$18,080,1768Paramount
9Project X (2012)$8,020-62%155-103$52$54,645,0279Warner Bros.
10Chronicle$5,849-73%121-16$48$64,422,27113Fox
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,643-76%111-24$33$132,994,33420Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$33,236-54%500$665$701,3672Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$13,786-33%342$405$18,510,49856Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$7,164-70%67-39$107$1,089,4633Code Black Entertainment
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,317-53%79-43$80$4,144,5157Paramount Vantage
5The Artist$3,829-47%50-36$77$44,214,68623Weinstein Company
6Blue Like Jazz$3,797-61%46-80$83$555,5393Roadside Attractions
7Sound of My Voice$3,413-56%5--$683$39,5471Fox Searchlight
8The Woman in Black$2,563-63%63-27$41$54,324,83613CBS Films
9Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,175-61%27-5$81$43,433,13912Fox
10Friends With Kids$1,984-69%53-30$37$7,156,9388Roadside Attractions
11Coriolanus$1,831-60%140$131$709,11515Weinstein Company
12Casa de mi Padre$1,792-76%36-22$50$5,814,1027Lionsgate / Pantelion
13We Bought a Zoo$1,686-72%52-14$32$75,588,39619Fox
14Touchback$1,485-75%28-41$53$184,8003Anchor Bay Films
15Red Tails$1,217-68%23-16$53$49,849,41115Fox
16Undefeated$778-73%203$39$520,43211Weinstein Company
17Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$776-52%39-42$20$34,877,26210Lionsgate
18Silent House (2012)$774-69%22-37$35$12,751,6708Open Road
19W.E.$495-65%10-5$50$576,52413Weinstein Company
20Albert Nobbs$326-90%161$20$3,009,60214Roadside Attractions