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 Thu, Feb. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe Haven$8,828,918--3,223--$2,739$8,828,9180Relativity Media
2A Good Day to Die Hard$8,239,116--3,553--$2,319$8,239,1160Fox
3Identity Thief$5,371,110163%3,141--$1,710$47,287,7851Universal
4Warm Bodies$2,555,511306%3,0090$849$41,220,5312Lionsgate / Summit
5Beautiful Creatures (2013)$2,542,317--2,950--$862$2,542,3170Warner Bros.
6Side Effects (2013)$1,245,39097%2,605--$478$12,820,8361Open Road
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,234,569142%2,532-277$488$92,374,47213Weinstein Company
8Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$895,229112%2,570-805$348$46,228,7953Paramount
9Mama$725,265219%2,043-738$355$65,480,1754Universal
10Zero Dark Thirty$401,77142%1,866-1005$215$84,928,6688Sony / Columbia
11Argo$341,03957%1,405470$243$124,663,05218Warner Bros.
12Django Unchained$327,08871%1,408-369$232$155,492,9837Weinstein Company
13Lincoln$319,19165%1,158-598$276$174,587,92714Disney / DreamWorks
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$162,21345%1,001-299$162$298,884,3459Warner Bros. / New Line
15Bullet to the Head$91,485-46%2,4040$38$8,993,6792Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$268,337101%713-189$376$109,301,90112Fox
2Quartet$222,47486%333131$668$5,576,0175Weinstein Company
3Les Miserables (2012)$212,20547%903-945$235$144,665,9807Universal
4Parker$121,770-25%811-1427$150$16,556,0243FilmDistrict
5Wreck-It Ralph$111,182113%601-59$185$184,733,85915Disney
6The Impossible$87,79313%523-242$168$17,026,6518Lionsgate / Summit
7A Haunted House$86,012102%913-588$94$39,247,7715Open Road
8Parental Guidance$78,55628%642-838$122$74,663,8607Fox
9Gangster Squad$64,122-15%942-683$68$45,144,5515Warner Bros.
10Stand Up Guys$62,014-8%67011$93$3,055,0572Lionsgate / Roadside
11Rise of The Guardians$43,068307%33831$127$100,959,57512Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$40,909472%25465$161$291,493,50613Lionsgate / Summit
13Hyde Park on Hudson$31,63391%130-14$243$5,913,44810Focus
14Jack Reacher$27,00536%223-227$121$79,205,9858Paramount
15This is 40$26,52060%204-169$130$67,333,4408Universal
16Broken City$22,493-49%194-1592$116$19,404,9124Fox
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$16,985131%15635$109$34,229,0356Lionsgate
18The Guilt Trip$16,41172%143-148$115$36,743,0798Paramount
19Flight$7,41354%100-100$74$93,772,37515Paramount
20The Last Stand$5,993-9%137-552$44$11,933,8104Lionsgate
21Red Dawn (2012)$5,54271%105-48$53$44,766,91812FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$29,008-90%33--$879$2,817,0181Paramount
2Movie 43$14,485-40%35-1988$414$8,760,3143Relativity Media
3Anna Karenina (2012)$14,18525%911$156$12,722,08913Focus
4To the Arctic 3D$10,25580%520$197$11,199,59443Warner Bros. / IMAX
5ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$6,82818%25--$273$126,1541UTV Motion Pictures
6Born to Be Wild 3D$6,654109%300$222$21,939,79697Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Race 2$5,45235%63-76$87$1,549,1843UTV Motion Pictures
8The Master$4,01694%291$138$16,258,72422Weinstein Company
9Lost in Thailand$3,457-4%35--$99$47,2751WAMCR
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$3,040-37%38-12$80$12,512,8628Paramount
11The Sessions$2,98466%18-11$166$5,942,21317Fox Searchlight
12Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,74529%81-67$34$13,091,77610FilmDistrict
13Taken 2$1,72563%35-48$49$139,846,09719Fox
14A Late Quartet$1,57424%120$131$1,518,53615Entertainment One / RKO
15Hitchcock$1,374-37%36-8$38$5,934,46512Fox Searchlight
16Pitch Perfect$400-62%10-31$40$65,001,09320Universal
17LUV$165-10%3-5$55$156,9964Indomina Media