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 Sun, Oct. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 4$4,473,532-53%3,412--$1,311$29,003,8661Paramount
2Argo$3,901,354-48%3,24715$1,202$43,011,9642Warner Bros.
3Hotel Transylvania$3,516,891-40%3,3849$1,039$118,522,3894Sony / Columbia
4Taken 2$2,927,084-52%3,489-217$839$105,832,3393Fox
5Alex Cross$2,530,038-48%2,539--$996$11,396,7681Lionsgate / Summit
6Here Comes the Boom$2,038,308-46%3,0140$676$23,131,5292Sony / Columbia
7Sinister$2,006,617-47%2,54215$789$31,735,6432Lionsgate / Summit
8Pitch Perfect$1,502,910-49%2,660-127$565$45,516,7784Universal
9Frankenweenie$1,265,180-33%2,362-643$536$28,238,7793Disney
10Looper$1,048,854-44%2,223-382$472$57,842,8194Sony / TriStar
11Seven Psychopaths$806,800-45%1,4800$545$9,161,4722CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$504,631-46%74519$677$9,123,8725Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$231,535-35%751-800$308$37,895,5715Open Road
3Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$167,601-33%945-67$177$2,860,4202Atlas Distribution
4Trouble with the Curve$162,174-51%925-887$175$34,084,5725Warner Bros.
5The Master$129,593-46%412-270$315$14,738,2136Weinstein Company
6The Dark Knight Rises$93,283-42%345-120$270$446,764,06714Warner Bros.
7House at the End of the Street$76,114-67%746-1120$102$30,782,8625Relativity Media
8Arbitrage$69,517-51%169-25$411$7,061,2676Roadside Attractions
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$57,013-34%222-15$257$160,072,50615Fox
10The Bourne Legacy$37,115-51%232-13$160$112,808,70011Universal
11Dredd 3D$32,079-28%1605$200$13,325,9685Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$29,762-35%149-27$200$48,574,36312Fox
13ParaNorman$29,012-40%168-8$173$54,664,35210Focus
14Resident Evil: Retribution$25,781-45%158-191$163$41,954,2986Sony / Screen Gems
15Lawless$22,808-39%184-103$124$37,264,1038Weinstein Company
16Ted (2012)$16,350-48%109-36$150$218,628,68017Universal
17Hope Springs (2012)$14,824-46%131-84$113$63,536,01111Sony / Columbia
18Premium Rush$13,432-43%119-44$113$20,275,4469Sony / Columbia
19Won't Back Down$12,523-36%168-345$75$5,228,7704Fox
20The Possession$10,571-64%133-236$79$48,833,6308Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$30,862-36%4--$7,716$113,4671Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$25,609-22%520$492$9,272,18427Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$11,661-44%601$194$12,822,91222Weinstein Company
4The Expendables 2$11,512-45%92-54$125$84,573,29310Lionsgate
5Born to Be Wild 3D$8,580-28%300$286$21,089,64981Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Campaign$8,110-46%74-27$110$86,437,56611Warner Bros.
7Simon and the Oaks$6,741-34%76$963$37,4772The Film Arcade
8The Other Dream Team$5,846-27%131$450$101,0054The Film Arcade
9Moonrise Kingdom$4,743-43%29-27$164$45,489,12522Focus
10War of the Buttons (2012)$4,591-42%3530$131$24,2732Weinstein Company
11Beasts of the Southern Wild$4,374-43%28-8$156$11,186,65017Fox Searchlight
12Barfi!$3,105-39%10-24$311$2,799,4456UTV Communications
13Thaandavam$1,014-53%2-1$507$212,1454UTV Communications
14Husbands In Goa$55038%20$275$9,5355UTV Communications
15Gayby$457-43%1--$457$8,2272The Film Collaborative