'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, Dec. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$6,919,722-29%4,1000$1,688$228,546,6043Warner Bros. / New Line
2Les Miserables (2012)$6,247,080-24%2,814--$2,220$72,967,2401Universal
3Django Unchained$5,162,458-43%3,010--$1,715$68,605,6111Weinstein Company
4Parental Guidance$4,650,60512%3,367--$1,381$33,993,3501Fox
5Jack Reacher$3,393,293-12%3,3520$1,012$47,550,6422Paramount
6This is 40$2,520,610-32%2,9141$865$38,951,9602Universal
7Lincoln$2,321,9386%1,966-327$1,181$134,189,0978Disney / DreamWorks
8The Guilt Trip$1,813,103-8%2,4310$746$22,770,9212Paramount
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,440,079-23%2,6180$550$20,013,9802Disney
10Skyfall$1,345,069-2%1,637-728$822$290,904,2718Sony / Columbia
11Rise of The Guardians$1,198,238-13%2,055-976$583$91,337,6596Paramount / DreamWorks
12Life of Pi$989,363-17%1,178-572$840$85,639,8166Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$383,828-47%1,191-809$322$286,422,8937Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,128,950-11%745374$1,515$28,458,9867Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$663,915-15%8400$790$8,090,8412Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$484,687-8%913-531$531$175,990,0199Disney
4Argo$294,960-4%345-105$855$108,720,92012Warner Bros.
5Anna Karenina (2012)$119,139-32%218-113$547$10,825,0057Focus
6Hotel Transylvania$111,374-31%3010$370$145,321,69014Sony / Columbia
7Hitchcock$105,528-13%349-186$302$5,091,2076Fox Searchlight
9Red Dawn (2012)$74,300-38%425-586$175$43,468,0526FilmDistrict
10Here Comes the Boom$67,567-26%252-39$268$43,599,65612Sony / Columbia
11Taken 2$38,885-43%232-43$168$138,936,37913Fox
12Playing For Keeps (2012)$30,240-15%268-583$113$12,717,9174FilmDistrict
13Pitch Perfect$23,790-48%183-31$130$64,427,36814Universal
14The Perks of Being A Wallflower$16,228-46%125-16$130$17,328,05715Lionsgate / Summit
15End of Watch$12,088-55%162-10$75$40,766,73415Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$151,9014%84-2$1,808$1,889,8974Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$73,746-33%50$14,749$1,442,7322Sony / Columbia
3Promised Land (2012)$52,4458%25--$2,098$226,3601Focus
4The Impossible$45,880-24%150$3,059$528,8032Lionsgate / Summit
5To the Arctic 3D$22,497-36%520$433$10,518,62537Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Not Fade Away$16,517-6%1916$869$112,3242Paramount Vantage
7The Sessions$14,609-39%80-18$183$5,529,31011Fox Searchlight
8A Late Quartet$13,809-25%37-2$373$1,280,9639Entertainment One / RKO
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$9,543-18%62-10$154$161,139,59925Fox
10Born to Be Wild 3D$9,006-29%300$300$21,632,59191Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Looper$6,727-45%84-16$80$66,475,04214Sony / TriStar
12Killing Them Softly$6,009-51%68-81$88$14,836,6305Weinstein Company
13Alex Cross$5,573-46%77-17$72$25,869,48811Lionsgate / Summit
14The Intouchables$5,262-8%114$478$13,132,20332Weinstein Company
15Sinister$4,616-63%82-11$56$48,061,55612Lionsgate / Summit
16Cloud Atlas$3,867-59%45-5$86$26,785,67310Warner Bros.
17The Master$2,905-33%130$223$15,959,56716Weinstein Company
18Talaash$2,865-49%16-9$179$2,854,0095Reliance Entertainment
19Paranormal Activity 4$2,173-66%500$43$53,886,99411Paramount
20The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$1,916-13%150$128$667,3426Warner Bros.
22Arbitrage$880-63%72$126$7,909,61316Roadside Attractions