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 Thu, Mar. 21 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,582,193-4%3,9120$660$155,528,1332Disney
2The Call$1,101,832-6%2,507--$440$22,204,1211Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$603,525-10%3,160--$191$13,090,4301Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$471,158-6%3,357-168$140$56,087,2833Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$382,295-4%2,842-160$135$125,181,9456Universal
6Snitch (2013)$279,6380%2,35313$119$38,412,5494Lionsgate / Summit
721 And Over$278,341-3%2,424-347$115$23,135,3203Relativity Media
8Silver Linings Playbook$238,723-12%1,602-125$149$125,578,54318Weinstein Company
9Safe Haven$221,6504%2,206-335$100$67,780,1455Relativity Media
10Dead Man Down$188,510-19%2,1880$86$10,305,8682FilmDistrict
11Escape From Planet Earth$161,996-7%2,211-338$73$52,877,3775Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$109,834-11%1,117-608$98$65,937,1825Fox
13The Last Exorcism Part II$65,118-13%1,575-1125$41$14,688,9073CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$125,301-9%688-27$182$15,336,22910Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$106,061-14%646-25$164$121,826,51117Fox
3Emperor$63,498-19%31150$204$2,316,9692Roadside Attractions
4Side Effects (2013)$51,238-15%402-200$127$30,711,1116Open Road
5Warm Bodies$49,7461%659-393$75$64,780,9387Lionsgate / Summit
6Lincoln$43,289-7%46634$93$181,591,78019Disney / DreamWorks
7Dark Skies$43,0562%703-802$61$16,829,4854Weinstein / Dimension
8Argo$42,555-16%540-201$79$135,376,83523Warner Bros.
9Zero Dark Thirty$36,339-12%450-72$81$95,476,53413Sony / Columbia
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$31,7751%305-32$104$302,517,73314Warner Bros. / New Line
11Django Unchained$31,622-11%266-70$119$161,723,81612Weinstein Company
12Les Miserables (2012)$28,85019%241-45$120$148,578,35512Universal
13Rise of The Guardians$16,6292%213-62$78$103,071,72417Paramount / DreamWorks
14Parental Guidance$14,5244%2223$65$76,600,59712Fox
15Mama$13,1658%204-10$65$71,377,2459Universal
16The Impossible$12,4885%105-9$119$18,659,45513Lionsgate / Summit
17Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$10,659-5%130-95$82$54,723,8338Paramount
18Jack Reacher$8,949-2%130-64$69$80,070,73613Paramount
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$8,40710%125-156$67$19,205,9175Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$27,017-12%9477$287$771,3253Fox Searchlight
2Girl Rising$18,610574%10-8$1,861$427,8862Gathr Films
3To the Arctic 3D$16,10455%520$310$11,736,75448Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Born to Be Wild 3D$8,255-3%300$275$22,235,803102Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Parker$6,6338%9258$72$17,563,4928FilmDistrict
6Bless Me, Ultima$6,594-9%45-7$147$1,490,7614Arenas Entertainment
7Hyde Park on Hudson$4,452-19%31-8$144$6,353,62015Focus
8Gangster Squad$4,387-1%50-40$88$45,938,26010Warner Bros.
9The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$4,10523%45-11$91$325,3263Methinx Entertainment
10From Up on Poppy Hill$3,96016%2--$1,980$72,2331GKIDS
11Camp (2013)$2,4333%1511$162$73,7164Freestyle Releasing
12Kai Po Che$1,733-32%42-29$41$1,088,6084UTV Motion Pictures