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 Wed, Oct. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,445,137-6%2,855-392$506$64,333,8813Warner Bros.
2Paranormal Activity 4$1,036,91252%3,4120$304$44,700,4462Paramount
3Sinister$832,70067%2,347-195$355$41,116,9833Lionsgate / Summit
4Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$830,06620%2,933--$283$10,065,1451Open Road
5Hotel Transylvania$825,6384%3,276-108$252$132,458,9915Sony / Columbia
6Cloud Atlas$812,115-21%2,008--$404$12,168,0421Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$687,870-5%2,995-494$230$118,990,7524Fox
8Alex Cross$442,206-7%2,5412$174$20,700,4382Lionsgate / Summit
9Here Comes the Boom$430,336-13%2,491-523$173$31,531,8453Sony / Columbia
10Fun Size$286,805-5%3,014--$95$4,891,8661Paramount
11Pitch Perfect$279,860-24%1,999-661$140$52,179,8185Universal
12Frankenweenie$251,46320%1,738-624$145$32,397,3454Disney
13Looper$233,671-15%1,189-1034$197$62,199,3365Sony / TriStar
14Chasing Mavericks$206,406-19%2,002--$103$2,906,9251Fox
15Seven Psychopaths$177,098-12%1,003-477$177$12,467,1153CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$127,114-17%736-9$173$11,630,8136Lionsgate / Summit
2Trouble with the Curve$40,66726%420-505$97$34,753,3786Warner Bros.
3The Master$38,32324%201-211$191$15,296,3177Weinstein Company
4End of Watch$33,123-1%290-461$114$38,655,1316Open Road
5Arbitrage$25,05041%125-44$200$7,395,1397Roadside Attractions
6The Dark Knight Rises$24,981-6%291-54$86$447,233,92915Warner Bros.
7House at the End of the Street$18,74742%302-444$62$31,096,9186Relativity Media
8ParaNorman$16,271-19%280112$58$54,985,60611Focus
9The Bourne Legacy$16,2356%191-41$85$113,044,81512Universal
10The Campaign$12,435-21%222148$56$86,624,04512Warner Bros.
11Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$11,933-4%147-798$81$3,239,4253Atlas Distribution
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,01018%192-30$57$160,283,79816Fox
13The Expendables 2$10,507-21%17886$59$84,740,50511Lionsgate
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,581-8%116-33$31$48,669,90213Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$27,305-6%2016$1,365$443,4222Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$11,9459%520$230$9,441,37228Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$6,71225%300$224$21,166,82682Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Intouchables$5,89214%48-12$123$12,899,61923Weinstein Company
5Lawless$3,096-32%96-88$32$37,348,9839Weinstein Company
6Dredd 3D$2,716-24%72-88$38$13,411,1616Lionsgate
7The Possession$2,47747%82-51$30$48,885,5819Lionsgate
8Won't Back Down$2,0591%65-103$32$5,270,4065Fox
9War of the Buttons (2012)$1,14649%8-27$143$41,1193Weinstein Company
10Moonrise Kingdom$1,121-3%15-14$75$45,511,13123Focus
11Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$41537%4--$104$57,4484Roadside Attractions
12Gayby$15475%10$154$11,3783The Film Collaborative