'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, May. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black 3$14,661,938-18%4,248--$3,451$69,254,7171Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$10,535,543-19%3,918-331$2,689$523,907,2024Disney
4The Dictator$2,188,857-31%3,0146$726$43,313,5212Paramount
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,977,540-12%1,233879$1,604$18,564,2394Fox Searchlight
6Dark Shadows$1,934,859-25%3,404-351$568$64,922,1423Warner Bros.
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,677,646-26%3,0210$555$23,826,8132Lionsgate
8Chernobyl Diaries$1,399,817-31%2,433--$575$9,355,1241Warner Bros.
9The Hunger Games$701,977-15%1,421-643$494$396,022,16810Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Pirates! Band of Misfits$355,533-9%884-956$402$27,642,1255Sony / Columbia
2Think Like a Man$349,342-30%786-936$444$88,686,5486Sony / Screen Gems
3Bernie$258,014--194--$1,330$2,479,9745Millennium Entertainment
4Mirror Mirror$155,492-1%42215$368$62,356,2519Relativity Media
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$146,250-5%39011$375$210,985,80513Universal
6The Lucky One (2012)$137,450-25%615-1390$223$58,417,1126Warner Bros.
821 Jump Street$108,241-48%364--$297$136,611,76311Sony / Columbia
9The Three Stooges$81,293-27%325-269$250$42,385,2207Fox
10The Five-Year Engagement$63,020-35%274-901$230$28,012,8605Universal
11Wrath of the Titans$60,977-25%255-105$239$82,988,7339Warner Bros.
12Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$53,513-10%175-70$306$103,164,12416Warner Bros. / New Line
13John Carter$50,172--175--$287$72,523,73112Disney
14The Cabin in the Woods$46,665-26%203-245$230$40,979,8107Lionsgate
15Girl in Progress$42,011-20%143-179$294$2,447,7743Lionsgate / Pantelion
16American Reunion$17,325-45%165-125$105$56,724,0808Universal
17The Raven$14,833-31%111-321$134$15,750,3365Relativity Media
18Safe (2012)$14,441-37%112-391$129$16,813,5695Lionsgate
19Bully (2012)$12,9049%104-100$124$3,309,9299Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$163,183-5%4--$40,796$686,1791Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$76,445-5%501$1,529$2,386,7916Warner Bros. / IMAX
3First Position$50,834--56--$908$544,1724IFC Films
4Hysteria$36,400--32--$1,138$230,4572Sony Pictures Classics
5Crooked Arrows$36,390-24%6712$543$493,2342Branded/Peck Films
6Headhunters$35,202--45--$782$605,7945Magnolia Pictures
7The Intouchables$33,497-11%4--$8,374$137,0041Weinstein Company
8Monsieur Lazhar$33,098--65--$509$1,483,22731Music Box Films
9Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$23,291-22%87-47$268$8,889,26912CBS Films
10Darling Companion$20,792--61--$341$539,2916Sony Pictures Classics
11Marley$20,351--53--$384$1,183,2806Magnolia Pictures
12Born to Be Wild 3D$19,207-3%340$565$19,088,24460Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Cowgirls n' Angels$16,724--50--$334$71,3991IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Jiro Dreams of Sushi$16,116--35--$460$2,285,28812Magnolia Pictures
15Polisse$14,097--14--$1,007$88,5382IFC Films
16Where Do We Go Now?$13,230--25--$529$134,7583Sony Pictures Classics
17Sound of My Voice$9,884-25%425$235$320,2655Fox Searchlight
18Titanic 3D$9,586-23%42-28$228$57,810,6088Paramount
19A Thousand Words$9,068-16%59-51$154$18,438,14912Paramount
20We Have a Pope$8,054--22--$366$434,5498IFC Films
21Footnote$7,980--31--$257$1,896,69712Sony Pictures Classics
22This Means War$6,145-14%44-46$140$54,725,89215Fox
23The Secret World of Arrietty$5,438--26--$209$19,178,30715Disney
24Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$5,167--3--$1,722$71,9623Rialto Pictures
25The Artist$4,112-7%20-83$206$44,579,48127Weinstein Company
26Elena (2012)$3,965--2--$1,983$37,8502Zeitgeist Films
27I Wish$3,435--5--$687$35,5553Magnolia Pictures
29Oslo, August 31st$3,337--2--$1,669$12,9011Strand Releasing
30The Kid With A Bike$3,301--20--$165$1,351,06711IFC Films
31Damsels in Distress$3,080--11--$280$827,6988Sony Pictures Classics
32Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,956--2--$1,478$131,85321Cinema Guild
33FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$2,868--9--$319$66,6434International Film Circuit
34The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$2,701--19--$142$1,061,73510Music Box Films
35Elles$2,569--8--$321$121,3195Kino Lorber
36The Perfect Family$2,463--6--$411$92,5244Variance Films
37OC87$2,217--1--$2,217$7,9501Fisher Klingenstein Films
38Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,180--22--$99$133,097,31724Fox
39God Bless America$2,015--15--$134$79,0803Magnolia / Magnet
40October Baby$1,932--16--$121$5,336,16731IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
41Act of Valor$1,864-45%39-57$48$70,004,36214Relativity Media
42The Raid: Redemption$1,803--12--$150$4,082,23410Sony Pictures Classics
43Friends With Kids$1,706-31%9-16$190$7,240,68312Roadside Attractions
44Undefeated$1,347-15%6-3$225$556,51215Weinstein Company
45Whores' Glory$1,150--2--$575$15,9305Kino Lorber
46A Separation$894--10--$89$7,079,54922Sony Pictures Classics
47Turn Me On, Dammit!$678--2--$339$72,2069New Yorker Films
48Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$671--3--$224$5,9682Music Box Films
49Surviving Progress$599--2--$300$35,8158First Run Features
50Beyond the Black Rainbow$536--2--$268$12,2652Magnolia / Magnet
51Henning Mankell’s Wallander: The Revenge$511--1--$511$2,7411Music Box Films
52Red Tails$504-28%74$72$49,871,94419Fox
53Lovely Molly$48641%2-3$243$18,4632Image Entertainment
54Coriolanus$426-37%4-4$107$756,45219Weinstein Company
55Gerhard Richter Painting$386--3--$129$184,46011Kino Lorber
56Tonight You're Mine$380-44%3--$127$5,4663Roadside Attractions
57Virginia$351--2--$176$11,4202Entertainment One Films
58The Salt of Life$331--4--$83$302,06513Zeitgeist Films
59Goon$317--5--$63$4,168,1449Magnolia / Magnet
60Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$300--1--$300$4,4522First Run Features
61Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$224--7--$32$97,5213Magnolia Pictures
62The Hunter (2012)$208--3--$69$170,7528Magnolia Pictures
63The Women on the 6th Floor$202--2--$101$711,51234Strand Releasing
64Hit So Hard$201--3--$67$28,6207Variance Films
65Bonsai$200--2--$100$9,7883Strand Releasing
66Jesus Henry Christ$142--2--$71$18,5326Entertainment One Films
67The Fairy$138--1--$138$24,17914Kino Lorber
68Payback (2012)$60--1--$60$12,2215Zeitgeist Films
69Blue Like Jazz$47-78%3-4$16$594,5147Roadside Attractions
70Nobody Else But You$18--1--$18$7,0743First Run Features