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 Tue, Apr. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$3,158,80517%3,783--$835$42,918,1351Universal
242 (2013)$1,392,20730%3,250247$428$56,219,1422Warner Bros.
3The Place Beyond the Pines$595,59936%1,5421028$386$12,675,6984Focus
4The Croods$530,49032%3,435-254$154$155,564,9925Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$474,46229%3,175-360$149$112,041,1244Paramount
6Olympus Has Fallen$449,86826%2,638-297$171$89,582,5045FilmDistrict
7Evil Dead$415,37219%2,823-202$147$49,220,1403Sony / TriStar
8Scary Movie 5$390,36935%3,4020$115$23,477,3412Weinstein / Dimension
9Jurassic Park 3D$337,85026%2,330-448$145$39,131,1753Universal
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$204,10121%2,045-459$100$224,099,0567Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$188,73112%1,405-400$134$49,241,3714Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$87,03221%1,356-816$64$25,337,8304Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Call$90,88031%977-653$93$50,260,8306Sony / TriStar
2Filly Brown$80,1573%188--$426$1,636,2321Lionsgate / Pantelion
3The Lords of Salem$59,5782%355--$168$760,9201Anchor Bay Films
4Silver Linings Playbook$55,45424%867416$64$131,130,98223Weinstein Company
5Trance$52,28527%4435$118$1,919,8903Fox Searchlight
6Side Effects (2013)$41,35321%645592$64$31,879,17411Open Road
7Identity Thief$40,80031%480-84$85$132,747,99511Universal
8Admission$37,34539%485-424$77$17,516,7895Focus
9Girl Rising$35,23670%170122$207$905,4827Gathr Films
10The Sapphires$27,65343%11421$243$1,184,6695Weinstein Company
11Safe Haven$22,02932%32548$68$70,915,41110Relativity Media
12Quartet$20,95237%176-48$119$17,880,13015Weinstein Company
13Spring Breakers$18,55336%122-304$152$13,863,9086A24
14Life of Pi$17,73538%193-24$92$124,555,66122Fox
15The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$16,69522%265-9$63$22,370,0096Warner Bros. / New Line
16Jack the Giant Slayer$15,35032%255-76$60$63,288,1438Warner Bros. / New Line
17Warm Bodies$12,30314%240-39$51$66,141,70212Lionsgate / Summit
18Escape From Planet Earth$10,00924%240-36$42$54,867,46110Weinstein Company
19A Good Day to Die Hard$9,03016%170-40$53$67,170,29910Fox
20Snitch (2013)$7,97432%161-54$50$42,126,0119Lionsgate / Summit
21Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$5,3338%112-42$48$55,692,35713Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$11,25522%520$216$12,218,45253Warner Bros. / IMAX
221 And Over$6,77556%50-57$136$25,516,5968Relativity Media
3Dark Skies$6,035-2%9166$66$17,305,2359Weinstein / Dimension
4From Up on Poppy Hill$5,1323%48-1$107$732,5256GKIDS
5Django Unchained$4,17328%77-49$54$162,767,69017Weinstein Company
6Parental Guidance$3,71437%900$41$77,191,32817Fox
7Camp (2013)$3,68310%3211$115$237,0819Freestyle Releasing
8Emperor$3,416-4%64-32$53$3,281,2267Roadside Attractions
9Born to Be Wild 3D$3,32579%300$111$22,499,126107Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$3,257-16%31--$105$460,0528Methinx Entertainment
11Starbuck$2,85655%29-3$98$3,701,4805eOne Films US
12Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$2,08530%1--$2,085$14,0311Rialto Pictures
13Argo$1,98181%43-129$46$136,022,52428Warner Bros.
14Not Today$1,5996%20-21$80$141,7842Freestyle Releasing
15Stoker$1,50521%28-2$54$1,693,6408Fox Searchlight
16Settai$562293%2-13$281$85,1103UTV Motion Pictures
17The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$55212%51-4$11$303,002,27419Warner Bros. / New Line
18Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$353-28%2-11$177$125,2123CodeBlack Films
19Pawn$18555%1--$185$2,4411Anchor Bay Films
20Kai Po Che$115174%21$58$1,121,9739UTV Motion Pictures