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 Fri, Nov. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$30,504,0771287%3,505--$8,703$32,704,0771Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$7,876,082282%3,7520$2,099$68,510,6912Disney
3Flight$4,243,936131%2,047163$2,073$36,914,2352Paramount
4Argo$1,827,422131%2,763-11$661$80,793,3805Warner Bros.
5Taken 2$1,179,280203%2,487-152$474$128,466,4516Fox
6Pitch Perfect$785,915289%1,391-111$565$57,312,5587Universal
7The Man With the Iron Fists$758,16065%1,8724$405$10,986,4852Universal
8Cloud Atlas$712,82477%2,02310$352$20,899,5303Warner Bros.
9Here Comes the Boom$698,634225%2,044-270$342$37,209,7295Sony / Columbia
10Paranormal Activity 4$630,115163%2,348-658$268$51,250,6944Paramount
11Hotel Transylvania$519,774159%2,566-356$203$139,073,7567Sony / Columbia
12Sinister$478,492167%1,554-328$308$45,532,7305Lionsgate / Summit
13Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$369,69335%1,902-1031$194$15,452,9623Open Road
14Alex Cross$248,95280%1,090-558$228$23,940,0214Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$201,67087%1,301-1715$155$8,244,7833Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$333,087201%607-15$549$13,814,9338Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$168,13565%491-205$342$64,255,3687Sony / TriStar
3The Sessions$139,267208%12859$1,088$1,248,9394Fox Searchlight
4Chasing Mavericks$125,52619%459-1571$273$4,930,7883Fox
5Seven Psychopaths$110,61661%356-103$311$13,804,2735CBS Films
6Trouble with the Curve$78,529337%421135$187$35,114,7798Warner Bros.
7The Dark Knight Rises$42,042121%243-48$173$447,656,55317Warner Bros.
8ParaNorman$34,059155%198-48$172$55,329,37613Focus
9End of Watch$30,24080%125-33$242$38,948,1048Open Road
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$23,006207%147-10$157$160,476,39118Fox
11The Campaign$17,51376%138-50$127$86,802,67714Warner Bros.
12The Expendables 2$15,95277%134-39$119$84,908,82613Lionsgate
13The Possession$15,830108%121-34$131$49,029,06911Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lincoln$268,131--11--$24,376$268,1311Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$43,693312%6253$705$154,0152Entertainment One / RKO
3To the Arctic 3D$31,88562%520$613$9,616,52430Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Master$26,73221%88-50$304$15,611,7909Weinstein Company
5Arbitrage$21,92748%87-29$252$7,606,8229Roadside Attractions
6Resident Evil: Retribution$13,152--91-40$145$42,305,3229Sony / Screen Gems
7House at the End of the Street$11,890191%78-50$152$31,212,1748Relativity Media
8Born to Be Wild 3D$10,978301%300$366$21,235,31784Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$10,640302%82-13$130$48,763,15315Fox
10This Must Be the Place$7,955361%119$723$21,3122Weinstein Company
11Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$7,85198%38-22$207$123,4492UTV Communications
12The Intouchables$6,61676%346$195$12,956,86125Weinstein Company
13Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$4,033-8%43-27$94$3,305,0255Atlas Distribution
14Lawless$2,24331%20-15$112$37,373,92111Weinstein Company
15Won't Back Down$2,19843%38-3$58$5,293,7917Fox
16The Other Dream Team$1,515--50$303$132,0527The Film Arcade
17Step Up to the Plate$1,007--2--$504$39,5799Cinema Guild
18Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$99847%2-2$499$72,4716Roadside Attractions
19Vamps$682809%10$682$1,4532Anchor Bay Films
20The Bay$96-96%1-22$96$29,4672Roadside Attractions