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, Apr. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$14,715,88511%3,783--$3,890$28,013,1301Universal
242 (2013)$8,001,51353%3,250247$2,462$49,251,1872Warner Bros.
3The Croods$4,412,16098%3,435-254$1,284$152,042,1535Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Scary Movie 5$2,818,70636%3,4020$829$21,532,1702Weinstein / Dimension
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$2,637,07271%3,175-360$831$109,619,5494Paramount
6The Place Beyond the Pines$2,183,48354%1,5421028$1,416$10,326,1544Focus
7Olympus Has Fallen$2,055,90165%2,638-297$779$87,600,2305FilmDistrict
8Jurassic Park 3D$1,852,35073%2,330-448$795$37,395,3253Universal
9Evil Dead$1,741,17528%2,823-202$617$47,447,2613Sony / TriStar
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,435,61288%2,045-459$702$222,922,3547Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,018,39155%1,405-400$725$48,341,1984Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$460,01149%1,356-816$339$24,946,8754Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Filly Brown$406,155-40%188--$2,160$1,082,8431Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Call$400,44757%977-653$410$49,878,1466Sony / TriStar
3Silver Linings Playbook$270,79083%867416$312$130,902,36223Weinstein Company
4Identity Thief$240,00072%480-84$500$132,570,39511Universal
5The Lords of Salem$204,613-28%355--$576$489,8551Anchor Bay Films
6Trance$182,74160%4435$413$1,719,6523Fox Searchlight
7Admission$168,09968%485-424$347$17,379,1225Focus
8Side Effects (2013)$138,86378%645592$215$31,719,70611Open Road
9The Sapphires$124,75894%11421$1,094$1,071,8685Weinstein Company
10Jack the Giant Slayer$99,18678%255-76$389$63,206,0518Warner Bros. / New Line
11Safe Haven$97,22452%32548$299$70,828,58210Relativity Media
12Life of Pi$75,71879%193-24$392$124,481,07022Fox
13Quartet$72,60788%176-48$413$17,800,02715Weinstein Company
14Warm Bodies$68,55262%240-39$286$66,078,76712Lionsgate / Summit
15Escape From Planet Earth$67,755100%240-36$282$54,806,56610Weinstein Company
16The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$67,34747%265-9$254$22,295,6446Warner Bros. / New Line
17A Good Day to Die Hard$43,06767%170-40$253$67,127,09710Fox
18Spring Breakers$41,49126%122-304$340$13,802,9546A24
19Girl Rising$37,14029%170--$218$816,6627Gathr Films
20Snitch (2013)$37,04752%161-54$230$42,092,7789Lionsgate / Summit
21Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$27,35286%112-42$244$55,662,53913Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1From Up on Poppy Hill$33,17677%48-1$691$700,1296GKIDS
2Dark Skies$30,78649%9166$338$17,276,4999Weinstein / Dimension
3Parental Guidance$27,55383%900$306$77,171,88417Fox
4Django Unchained$18,93882%77-49$246$162,750,99917Weinstein Company
521 And Over$16,42032%50-57$328$25,495,1578Relativity Media
6Camp (2013)$15,692-31%32--$490$219,1959Freestyle Releasing
7To the Arctic 3D$15,118-28%520$291$12,188,09653Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Starbuck$12,25564%29-3$423$3,690,5805eOne Films US
9Emperor$11,75682%64-32$184$3,266,4227Roadside Attractions
10Argo$7,68346%43-129$179$136,015,53328Warner Bros.
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$7,68325%51-4$151$302,996,25319Warner Bros. / New Line
12Not Today$6,91912%20-21$346$132,1632Freestyle Releasing
13Born to Be Wild 3D$6,437-16%300$215$22,490,966107Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$4,74660%1--$4,746$7,7101Rialto Pictures
15Stoker$4,44451%28-2$159$1,688,1348Fox Searchlight
16Settai$2,10593%2-13$1,053$83,4863UTV Motion Pictures
17Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$1,265102%2-11$633$123,3703CodeBlack Films
18Kai Po Che$514179%21$257$1,121,5949UTV Motion Pictures
19Pawn$396-72%1--$396$1,8341Anchor Bay Films
20Himmatwala$52--1-2$52$270,7994UTV Motion Pictures