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 Thu, May. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black 3$4,114,5543%4,248--$969$83,003,5531Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$2,774,98410%3,918-331$708$532,463,9804Disney
3Battleship$925,9259%3,70212$250$50,312,8502Universal
4The Dictator$826,2702%3,0146$274$46,110,3602Paramount
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$782,5184%3,0210$259$26,293,3592Lionsgate
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$759,5171%1,233879$616$20,896,6054Fox Searchlight
7Dark Shadows$662,2165%3,404-351$195$66,973,8413Warner Bros.
8Chernobyl Diaries$581,408-5%2,433--$239$11,371,1141Warner Bros.
9The Hunger Games$267,52314%1,421-643$188$396,773,74810Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$118,0558%786-936$150$89,041,7696Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$110,63434%884-956$125$27,929,7825Sony / Columbia
3The Lucky One (2012)$82,11020%615-1390$134$58,645,9186Warner Bros.
4Mirror Mirror$68,29619%42215$162$62,543,1399Relativity Media
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$56,55016%39011$145$211,145,66013Universal
6The Three Stooges$31,7617%325-269$98$42,477,4317Fox
7The Five-Year Engagement$30,1405%274-901$110$28,104,7555Universal
8Wrath of the Titans$26,98316%255-105$106$83,065,7529Warner Bros.
9The Cabin in the Woods$23,247-5%203-245$115$41,052,4157Lionsgate
10Bully (2012)$21,80223%104-100$210$3,366,9769Weinstein Company
11Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$20,85230%175-70$119$103,219,42916Warner Bros. / New Line
12American Reunion$12,37525%165-125$75$56,758,8358Universal
13Girl in Progress$10,5869%143-179$74$2,479,4523Lionsgate / Pantelion
14The Raven$7,33010%111-321$66$15,771,9395Relativity Media
15Safe (2012)$7,004-11%112-391$63$16,836,7125Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$60,568-5%501$1,211$2,564,5216Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Moonrise Kingdom$56,231-1%4--$14,058$860,2121Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$24,8709%340$731$19,154,16860Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Crooked Arrows$13,820106%6712$206$522,9122Branded/Peck Films
5The Intouchables$10,4007%4--$2,600$166,6121Weinstein Company
6Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$9,875-85%87-47$114$8,976,22312CBS Films
7Titanic 3D$5,16315%42-28$123$57,825,3518Paramount
8Sound of My Voice$4,5837%425$109$333,3505Fox Searchlight
9A Thousand Words$4,2349%59-51$72$18,450,12712Paramount
10This Means War$3,15310%44-46$72$54,734,73815Fox
11The Artist$2,08112%20-83$104$44,585,29227Weinstein Company
125 Broken Cameras$1,912--1--$1,912$1,9120Kino Lorber
13Act of Valor$70837%39-57$18$70,006,08014Relativity Media
14Undefeated$682-9%6-3$114$558,50615Weinstein Company
15Tonight You're Mine$269-2%3--$90$6,2553Roadside Attractions
16Coriolanus$2342%4-4$59$757,19519Weinstein Company
17Red Tails$209-80%74$30$160,15819Fox
18Blue Like Jazz$15-92%3-4$5$594,7367Roadside Attractions