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 Mon, Apr. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$5,005,449-21%4,06519$1,231$93,893,3942Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$4,547,019-53%3,719--$1,223$55,555,7081Paramount
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$2,213,795-48%2,047--$1,081$23,855,4741Lionsgate
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,854,673-37%3,324-481$558$200,229,3894Disney
5Olympus Has Fallen$1,681,213-54%3,1068$541$56,571,2982FilmDistrict
6The Host (2013)$1,201,011-32%3,202--$375$11,801,1231Open Road
7The Call$653,968-48%2,439-68$268$40,259,8593Sony / TriStar
8Spring Breakers$394,814-42%1,379275$286$10,469,2503A24
9Admission$385,515-50%2,1611$178$12,129,6562Focus
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$203,049-41%1,575-1585$129$20,832,6953Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jack the Giant Slayer$174,248-34%1,080-1480$161$61,573,6325Warner Bros. / New Line
12Identity Thief$140,660-47%1,082-1084$130$130,056,7658Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$104,353-53%752-292$139$128,816,91620Weinstein Company
2Escape From Planet Earth$76,79826%977-517$79$54,003,8947Weinstein Company
3Life of Pi$68,275-41%340-149$201$123,389,40019Fox
4Safe Haven$64,962-21%550-729$118$69,876,3987Relativity Media
5Snitch (2013)$54,094-50%746-1061$73$41,407,9536Lionsgate / Summit
6Quartet$50,515-52%302-123$167$16,650,17912Weinstein Company
721 And Over$49,242-34%344-790$143$25,001,3315Relativity Media
8Django Unchained$26,650-39%233-63$114$162,341,33314Weinstein Company
9Stoker$21,532-51%194-81$111$1,495,3545Fox Searchlight
10A Good Day to Die Hard$21,484-43%209-239$103$66,572,5537Fox
11Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$20,749-50%202-7$103$55,241,23710Paramount
12Argo$19,555-47%26075$75$135,749,69025Warner Bros.
13Emperor$19,421-49%138-99$141$2,909,7264Roadside Attractions
14Warm Bodies$18,950-24%162-137$117$65,265,5479Lionsgate / Summit
15Rise of The Guardians$16,0497%134-28$120$103,311,88619Paramount / DreamWorks
16Parental Guidance$15,896-1%140-45$114$76,914,38414Fox
17Side Effects (2013)$13,086-62%102-123$128$31,247,6618Open Road
18The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$11,453-30%145-90$79$302,860,94616Warner Bros. / New Line
19Mama$11,070-36%123-7$90$71,599,29011Universal
20Les Miserables (2012)$9,265-32%109-20$85$148,784,72514Universal
21The Last Exorcism Part II$7,917-41%102-353$78$15,160,7965CBS Films
22Dark Skies$7,321-26%101-104$72$17,138,0696Weinstein / Dimension
23Beautiful Creatures (2013)$6,660-29%115-73$58$19,405,0057Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$30,865-61%4--$7,716$310,3221Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$17,5448%520$337$11,934,61950Warner Bros. / IMAX
3From Up on Poppy Hill$15,992-51%2519$640$299,4413GKIDS
4Himmatwala$13,238-76%99--$134$211,0081UTV Motion Pictures
5Girl Rising$10,199187%3936$262$528,7294Gathr Films
6Born to Be Wild 3D$7,522-17%300$251$22,369,068104Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Impossible$7,375-34%86-37$86$18,826,33715Lionsgate / Summit
8The Sapphires$6,673-67%128$556$132,8912Weinstein Company
9Starbuck$3,945-72%1714$232$3,531,2842eOne Films US
10Dead Man Down$3,559-48%75-537$47$10,768,1724FilmDistrict
11Bless Me, Ultima$1,726-45%11-10$157$1,538,2456Arenas Entertainment
12Parker$1,453-56%36-19$40$17,611,43510FilmDistrict
13Gangster Squad$1,304-72%500$26$45,998,02212Warner Bros.
14The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$99856%7-21$143$364,8355Methinx Entertainment
15Kai Po Che$419-71%5-13$84$1,116,7136UTV Motion Pictures
16Camp (2013)$414-17%6-11$69$104,7256Freestyle Releasing