Grosses

'The Battle of the Five Armies' Marches to $89.1M in Five Days; 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' ($17.1M) Outpaces 'Annie' ($15.9M) for SecondDecember 22, 2014 12:50 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies easily led this weekend's box office with $54.72 million. The third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy has grossed $89.13 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 1.63 to 1. The five-day debut of The Battle of the Five Armies was 13 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 3.5 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 $16.56 million on Friday, increased 29 percent on Saturday to take in $21.39 million and declined 22 percent on Sunday to gross $16.76 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.30 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 $7.45 million of the film's overall gross this weekend. Thus far The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $13.37 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 opening weekend take of $17.10 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 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 $5.66 million on Friday, increased 16 percent on Saturday to gross $6.55 million and decreased 25 percent on Sunday to gross $4.89 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.02 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 $15.86 million. The musical remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations. That is positive 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 $1.24 million this weekend. Annie opened 32 percent below the $23.24 million debut of the previously mentioned Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

Annie started out with $5.29 million on Friday, increased 15 percent on Saturday to gross $6.08 million and fell 26 percent on Sunday to gross $4.49 million. That gives the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.00 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 beginning 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 $8.11 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down a very sharp 66 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 lackluster $38.94 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 $7.88 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a solid 38 percent from last weekend. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $289.36 million in 31 days, which leaves it just $10.64 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 $4.11 million to place in sixth. The critically acclaimed drama starring Reese Witherspoon claimed a per-location average of $3,877 from 1,061 locations. Wild has grossed $7.17 million in 19 days of release.

On the limited front, UTV's PK was off to a very strong start with $3.57 million from 272 locations. That gave the Hindi language comedy starring Aamir Khan a per-location average of $13,108 for the frame. PK finished in ninth place among all films this weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, May. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$69,557,990-14%4,349--$15,994$150,371,9751Disney
2Think Like a Man$3,299,97624%2,010-5$1,642$70,999,6203Sony / Screen Gems
3The Pirates! Band of Misfits$2,457,54686%3,3580$732$16,944,1392Sony / Columbia
4The Hunger Games$2,426,87749%2,794-778$869$379,083,9217Lionsgate
5The Lucky One (2012)$2,211,36014%3,005-170$736$46,564,1413Warner Bros.
6The Five-Year Engagement$2,043,99522%2,9415$695$17,824,2702Universal
7The Raven$1,047,75623%2,2096$474$11,436,9012Relativity Media
8Chimpanzee$1,004,31943%1,531-36$656$22,324,8893Disneynature
9Safe (2012)$1,003,14218%2,2715$442$12,253,6122Lionsgate
10The Three Stooges$800,36368%2,174-931$368$39,114,6834Fox
11The Cabin in the Woods$617,86720%1,669-970$370$37,587,5584Lionsgate
1221 Jump Street$444,63223%1,040-780$428$133,740,4878Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Reunion$342,40023%856-1298$400$55,104,2005Universal
2Mirror Mirror$326,01872%922-1095$354$59,943,9596Relativity Media
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$195,37583%521-362$375$208,909,82510Universal
4Wrath of the Titans$184,31427%715-857$258$81,488,9656Warner Bros.
5Titanic 3D$147,09353%333-1076$442$57,168,4465Paramount
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$127,94070%303-98$422$102,189,42713Warner Bros. / New Line
7Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$126,09169%247-88$510$8,159,5129CBS Films
8Lockout$92,65612%311-948$298$13,849,9464Open Road
9Bully (2012)$60,592-1%2630$230$2,488,9136Weinstein Company
10Safe House$48,12549%175-54$275$125,994,65013Universal
11This Means War$37,16030%171-61$217$54,466,49412Fox
12A Thousand Words$35,19565%140-29$251$18,165,1769Paramount
13The Vow$34,03537%157-61$217$124,918,66313Sony / Screen Gems
14Act of Valor$30,15128%193-92$156$69,804,29011Relativity Media
15Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$26,37143%143104$184$34,924,50411Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$312,24758%27--$11,565$509,3011Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$70,1825%500$1,404$973,8463Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$43,44867%95-32$457$51,756,92212Sony / Columbia
4Sound of My Voice$23,51737%2823$840$89,9102Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$21,520-34%340$633$18,624,57357Warner Bros. / IMAX
6A Beautiful Soul$16,7492%20--$837$33,1051Tyscot Manhaddon Films
7Chronicle$13,20545%78-43$169$64,463,06314Fox
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$12,713185%75-36$170$133,022,55321Fox
9Project X (2012)$12,56937%72-83$175$54,689,28110Warner Bros.
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$11,55542%30-37$385$1,129,2394Code Black Entertainment
11Jeff Who Lives at Home$11,49634%47-32$245$4,183,7628Paramount Vantage
12Casa de mi Padre$11,03227%6832$162$5,838,7268Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Friends With Kids$6,94226%34-19$204$7,181,7059Roadside Attractions
14The Artist$6,30452%41-9$154$44,237,94524Weinstein Company
15We Bought a Zoo$6,29098%38-14$166$75,604,35420Fox
16Coriolanus$5,34832%184$297$724,07416Weinstein Company
17Blue Like Jazz$4,23435%20-26$212$575,2194Roadside Attractions
18Touchback$3,36862%12-16$281$195,2394Anchor Bay Films
19Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$3,23542%17-10$190$43,444,62613Fox
20Undefeated$2,47413%13-7$190$529,13512Weinstein Company
21Red Tails$1,99130%12-11$166$49,857,50216Fox
22W.E.$1,242238%6-4$207$581,02014Weinstein Company
23Albert Nobbs$78651%5-11$157$3,012,51115Roadside Attractions