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 Sat, Feb. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Good Day to Die Hard$10,165,91641%3,553--$2,861$25,609,3661Fox
2Identity Thief$9,906,45052%3,16524$3,130$63,714,2302Universal
3Safe Haven$8,381,64718%3,223--$2,601$24,337,2241Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$6,680,25480%3,288--$2,032$10,381,5081Weinstein Company
5Warm Bodies$3,662,06041%2,897-112$1,264$47,486,4143Lionsgate / Summit
6Beautiful Creatures (2013)$3,037,09532%2,950--$1,030$7,876,9261Warner Bros.
7Silver Linings Playbook$2,721,64178%2,202-607$1,236$96,622,05014Weinstein Company
8Side Effects (2013)$2,654,41758%2,6050$1,019$17,155,2642Open Road
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,487,34371%2,103-1182$707$48,588,4384Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$1,280,35891%1,527-1035$838$86,881,0829Sony / Columbia
11Mama$1,161,84053%1,648-1029$705$67,400,0955Universal
12Lincoln$705,08697%1,007-510$700$175,651,64915Disney / DreamWorks
13Django Unchained$641,49676%1,017-485$631$156,497,9748Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$961,47497%903-502$1,065$126,111,98019Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$644,14794%647-277$996$110,278,29913Fox
3Quartet$557,05264%33389$1,673$6,473,6056Weinstein Company
4The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$426,39696%605-396$705$299,527,80410Warner Bros. / New Line
5Les Miserables (2012)$361,66075%676-771$535$145,233,8208Universal
6Wreck-It Ralph$343,76297%506-251$679$185,252,04516Disney
7The Impossible$205,67974%422-317$487$17,350,7039Lionsgate / Summit
8Parental Guidance$204,21672%603-616$339$74,986,7258Fox
9Rise of The Guardians$178,40899%33863$528$101,227,85513Paramount / DreamWorks
10Parker$176,29353%705-1299$250$16,847,8874FilmDistrict
11A Haunted House$131,41175%340-573$387$39,454,2746Open Road
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$119,06172%25494$469$291,681,73814Lionsgate / Summit
13Skyfall$116,25660%262-108$444$303,819,94115Sony / Columbia
14Bullet to the Head$98,24460%470-1934$209$9,153,3613Warner Bros.
15Gangster Squad$79,84349%210-732$380$45,277,8876Warner Bros.
16Jack Reacher$56,19751%175-132$321$79,299,3299Paramount
17This is 40$41,75047%167-111$250$67,403,5809Universal
18Stand Up Guys$41,28747%119-551$347$3,124,4043Lionsgate / Roadside
19Hotel Transylvania$38,760107%144-47$269$148,248,97421Sony / Columbia
20Broken City$34,23344%133-622$257$19,462,9455Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$55,09647%40-260$1,377$2,909,5812Paramount
2Hyde Park on Hudson$42,93461%86-44$499$5,982,99011Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$32,98773%520$634$11,251,62344Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Texas Chainsaw 3D$24,46876%96-89$255$34,267,4347Lionsgate
5Here Comes the Boom$24,04880%96-48$251$45,257,85819Sony / Columbia
6ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$21,95891%22-3$998$159,5892UTV Motion Pictures
7The Guilt Trip$20,69644%88-137$235$36,778,1949Paramount
8Anna Karenina (2012)$15,20550%51-40$298$12,747,40714Focus
9Born to Be Wild 3D$14,62823%300$488$21,966,29198Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Red Dawn (2012)$11,95267%56-49$213$44,786,04613FilmDistrict
11The Last Stand$10,25068%54-185$190$11,950,1535Lionsgate
12Race 2$7,183114%11-52$653$1,559,7204UTV Motion Pictures
13Movie 43$7,08213%35-742$202$8,773,6524Relativity Media
14A Late Quartet$5,397135%131$415$1,526,22516Entertainment One / RKO
15The Sessions$5,379115%16-2$336$5,950,09318Fox Searchlight
16Hitchcock$4,03549%14-22$288$5,941,20213Fox Searchlight
17Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,35948%23-58$146$13,097,41211FilmDistrict
18Lost in Thailand$3,06948%350$88$52,4172WAMCR
19Taken 2$2,53264%16-19$158$139,850,17020Fox
20The Package (2013)$422-25%1--$422$9811Anchor Bay Films