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 Fri, Apr. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$13,297,245--3,783--$3,515$13,297,2451Universal
242 (2013)$5,217,573169%3,250247$1,605$41,249,6742Warner Bros.
3The Croods$2,232,251208%3,435-254$650$147,629,9935Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Scary Movie 5$2,065,872294%3,4020$607$18,713,4642Weinstein / Dimension
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,546,211131%3,175-360$487$106,982,4774Paramount
6The Place Beyond the Pines$1,417,571291%1,5421028$919$8,142,6714Focus
7Evil Dead$1,361,136124%2,823-202$482$45,706,0863Sony / TriStar
8Olympus Has Fallen$1,243,077110%2,638-297$471$85,544,3295FilmDistrict
9Jurassic Park 3D$1,071,88593%2,330-448$460$35,542,9753Universal
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$764,634137%2,045-459$374$221,486,7427Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$658,642133%1,405-400$469$47,322,8074Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$308,11169%1,356-816$227$24,486,8644Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Filly Brown$676,688--188--$3,599$676,6881Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Lords of Salem$285,242--355--$803$285,2421Anchor Bay Films
3The Call$255,55062%977-653$262$49,477,6996Sony / TriStar
4Silver Linings Playbook$148,357282%867416$171$130,631,57223Weinstein Company
5Identity Thief$139,185253%480-84$290$132,330,39511Universal
6Trance$114,29743%4435$258$1,536,9083Fox Searchlight
7Admission$100,27933%485-424$207$17,211,0235Focus
8Side Effects (2013)$78,0131173%645592$121$31,580,84311Open Road
9The Sapphires$64,352164%11421$564$947,1105Weinstein Company
10Safe Haven$63,806316%32548$196$70,731,35810Relativity Media
11Jack the Giant Slayer$55,701151%255-76$218$63,106,8658Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$45,715278%265-9$173$22,228,2976Warner Bros. / New Line
13Life of Pi$42,23397%193-24$219$124,405,35222Fox
14Warm Bodies$42,186126%240-39$176$66,010,21512Lionsgate / Summit
15Quartet$38,65542%176-48$220$17,727,42015Weinstein Company
16Escape From Planet Earth$33,822204%240-36$141$54,738,81110Weinstein Company
17Spring Breakers$32,936-25%122-304$270$13,761,4636A24
18Girl Rising$28,70614%170--$169$779,5227Gathr Films
19A Good Day to Die Hard$25,81093%170-40$152$67,084,03010Fox
20Snitch (2013)$24,363132%161-54$151$42,055,7319Lionsgate / Summit
21Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$14,67071%112-42$131$55,635,18713Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Camp (2013)$22,588663%32--$706$203,5039Freestyle Releasing
2To the Arctic 3D$21,021104%520$404$12,172,97853Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Dark Skies$20,6431101%9166$227$17,245,7139Weinstein / Dimension
4From Up on Poppy Hill$18,76672%48-1$391$666,9536GKIDS
5Parental Guidance$15,028448%900$167$77,144,33117Fox
621 And Over$12,47983%50-57$250$25,478,7378Relativity Media
7Django Unchained$10,41436%77-49$135$162,732,06117Weinstein Company
8Born to Be Wild 3D$7,677-11%300$256$22,484,529107Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Starbuck$7,490151%29-3$258$3,678,3255eOne Films US
10Emperor$6,469-17%64-32$101$3,254,6667Roadside Attractions
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$6,158186%51-4$121$302,988,57019Warner Bros. / New Line
12Not Today$6,1581%20-21$308$125,2442Freestyle Releasing
13Argo$5,27632%43-129$123$136,007,85028Warner Bros.
14Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$2,965--1--$2,965$2,9651Rialto Pictures
15Stoker$2,93754%28-2$105$1,683,6908Fox Searchlight
16Pawn$1,438--1--$1,438$1,4381Anchor Bay Films
17Settai$1,092100%2-13$546$81,3813UTV Motion Pictures
18Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$625-84%2-11$313$122,1053CodeBlack Films
19Kai Po Che$1841740%21$92$1,121,0809UTV Motion Pictures