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 Sun, Apr. 21 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$9,041,355-39%3,783--$2,390$37,054,4851Universal
242 (2013)$4,502,324-44%3,250247$1,385$53,753,5112Warner Bros.
3The Croods$2,590,884-41%3,435-254$754$154,633,0375Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,580,608-40%3,175-360$498$111,200,1574Paramount
5The Place Beyond the Pines$1,316,491-40%1,5421028$854$11,642,6454Focus
6Scary Movie 5$1,266,006-55%3,4020$372$22,798,1762Weinstein / Dimension
7Olympus Has Fallen$1,176,565-43%2,638-297$446$88,776,7955FilmDistrict
8Jurassic Park 3D$1,130,050-39%2,330-448$485$38,525,3753Universal
9Evil Dead$1,009,690-42%2,823-202$358$48,456,9513Sony / TriStar
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$804,398-44%2,045-459$393$223,726,7527Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$543,258-47%1,405-400$387$48,884,4564Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$232,003-50%1,356-816$171$25,178,8784Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Filly Brown$395,480-3%188--$2,104$1,478,3231Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Call$222,297-44%977-653$228$50,100,4436Sony / TriStar
3The Lords of Salem$153,087-25%355--$431$642,9421Anchor Bay Films
4Silver Linings Playbook$128,513-53%867416$148$131,030,87523Weinstein Company
5Trance$106,744-42%4435$241$1,826,3963Fox Searchlight
6Identity Thief$105,600-56%480-84$220$132,675,99511Universal
7Side Effects (2013)$83,939-40%645592$130$31,803,64511Open Road
8Admission$73,375-56%485-424$151$17,452,4975Focus
9The Sapphires$65,859-47%11421$578$1,137,7275Weinstein Company
10Jack the Giant Slayer$55,075-44%255-76$216$63,261,1268Warner Bros. / New Line
11Safe Haven$48,163-50%32548$148$70,876,74510Relativity Media
12The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$44,023-35%265-9$166$22,339,6676Warner Bros. / New Line
13Life of Pi$44,014-42%193-24$228$124,525,08422Fox
14Quartet$43,817-40%176-48$249$17,843,84415Weinstein Company
15Escape From Planet Earth$42,815-37%240-36$178$54,849,38110Weinstein Company
16Warm Bodies$39,876-42%240-39$166$66,118,64312Lionsgate / Summit
17Girl Rising$32,822-12%170122$193$849,4847Gathr Films
18Spring Breakers$28,794-31%122-304$236$13,831,7486A24
19A Good Day to Die Hard$26,416-39%170-40$155$67,153,51310Fox
20Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$19,531-29%112-42$174$55,682,07013Paramount
21Snitch (2013)$19,214-48%161-54$119$42,111,9929Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1From Up on Poppy Hill$22,295-33%48-1$464$722,4246GKIDS
2Dark Skies$16,566-46%9166$182$17,293,0659Weinstein / Dimension
3Parental Guidance$13,023-53%900$145$77,184,90717Fox
4Camp (2013)$10,850-31%32--$339$230,0459Freestyle Releasing
521 And Over$10,318-37%50-57$206$25,505,4758Relativity Media
6To the Arctic 3D$9,846-35%520$189$12,197,94253Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Django Unchained$9,257-51%77-49$120$162,760,25617Weinstein Company
8Emperor$7,826-33%64-32$122$3,274,2487Roadside Attractions
9Not Today$6,514-6%20-21$326$138,6772Freestyle Releasing
10Starbuck$6,198-49%29-3$214$3,696,7785eOne Films US
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$4,976-35%51-4$98$303,001,22919Warner Bros. / New Line
12Argo$3,915-49%43-129$91$136,019,44828Warner Bros.
13Born to Be Wild 3D$2,980-54%300$99$22,493,946107Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Stoker$2,753-38%28-2$98$1,690,8878Fox Searchlight
15Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$2,631-45%1--$2,631$10,3411Rialto Pictures
16Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$996-21%2-11$498$124,3663CodeBlack Films
17Settai$919-56%2-13$460$84,4053UTV Motion Pictures
18Pawn$303-23%1--$303$2,1371Anchor Bay Films
19Kai Po Che$222-57%21$111$1,121,8169UTV Motion Pictures
20Himmatwala$8156%1-2$81$270,8804UTV Motion Pictures