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, Mar. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$1,544,127-26%3,525--$438$32,500,9601Warner Bros. / New Line
221 And Over$699,308-23%2,771--$252$11,100,8971Relativity Media
3Identity Thief$678,300-16%3,2308$210$109,548,7354Universal
4Snitch (2013)$537,837-21%2,5110$214$26,238,2862Lionsgate / Summit
5Safe Haven$489,534-19%2,951-272$166$58,583,4103Relativity Media
6Silver Linings Playbook$433,098-8%1,836-176$236$116,599,81016Weinstein Company
7A Good Day to Die Hard$377,950-18%2,589-966$146$60,896,1863Fox
8Escape From Planet Earth$372,207-18%3,110-243$120$44,264,3563Weinstein Company
9The Last Exorcism Part II$270,002-26%2,700--$100$8,697,1831CBS Films
10Dark Skies$222,289-21%2,3130$96$14,102,5372Weinstein / Dimension
11Side Effects (2013)$156,845-15%1,112-958$141$28,555,7024Open Road
12Warm Bodies$150,968-15%1,930-714$78$62,421,0075Lionsgate / Summit
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$71,235-2%1,075-1875$66$18,773,4243Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$203,980-11%725369$281$11,789,8858Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$182,461-25%62654$291$117,613,78715Fox
3Argo$153,041-11%985183$155$133,128,25221Warner Bros.
4Zero Dark Thirty$101,2554%722-475$140$93,865,65511Sony / Columbia
5Django Unchained$94,156-19%983324$96$160,571,20310Weinstein Company
6Lincoln$85,406-5%652-223$131$180,323,11017Disney / DreamWorks
7Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$55,658-24%601-824$93$54,272,5536Paramount
8Les Miserables (2012)$49,280-10%352-110$140$147,781,24510Universal
9Mama$22,225-1%447-716$50$70,944,0657Universal
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$21,339-21%210-178$102$301,473,01812Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jack Reacher$18,801-6%225125$84$79,738,76611Paramount
12Bless Me, Ultima$17,202-7%183-80$94$1,312,6822Arenas Entertainment
13Rise of The Guardians$16,8942%295-10$57$102,437,23015Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Impossible$16,649-13%151-122$110$18,372,52511Lionsgate / Summit
15Parental Guidance$15,011-1%258-123$58$76,104,62510Fox
16Gangster Squad$11,084-11%138-64$80$45,787,8978Warner Bros.
17Kai Po Che$11,084-26%104-6$107$910,7212UTV Motion Pictures
18The Guilt Trip$8,444-6%133-53$63$37,125,33011Paramount
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$6,092-5%180-43$34$292,318,34416Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$12,761-14%7--$1,823$202,8931Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$11,25517%520$216$11,508,81746Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hyde Park on Hudson$9,604-14%38-27$253$6,244,07813Focus
4The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$6,431-3%68--$95$161,8261Methinx Entertainment
5Bullet to the Head$4,460-5%86-19$52$9,467,8645Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,10776%300$137$22,095,521100Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Broken City$3,609-19%69-29$52$19,651,8147Fox
8Parker$2,510-35%51-161$49$17,450,8406FilmDistrict
9Stand Up Guys$2,20117%17-24$129$3,307,3915Lionsgate / Roadside
10The Sweeney$1,319-8%11--$120$24,3791eOne Films US
11Camp (2013)$78824%21$394$17,5852Freestyle Releasing
12A Late Quartet$75638%6-1$126$1,553,58818Entertainment One / RKO
13Movie 43$418-9%17-4$25$8,810,2356Relativity Media
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$6870%2-7$34$222,0984UTV Motion Pictures