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. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$7,811,52050%3,7929$2,060$60,313,0052Universal
2Pain and Gain$7,342,078-2%3,277--$2,240$14,833,5241Paramount
342 (2013)$4,837,28464%3,405155$1,421$66,143,2173Warner Bros.
4The Croods$3,155,580101%3,283-152$961$161,151,2146Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5The Big Wedding$3,129,12021%2,633--$1,188$5,705,6931Lionsgate
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,680,71573%2,707-468$621$115,429,3065Paramount
7Scary Movie 5$1,609,34449%2,733-669$589$26,726,1093Weinstein / Dimension
8Olympus Has Fallen$1,287,49364%2,334-304$552$92,381,2846FilmDistrict
9The Place Beyond the Pines$1,175,21849%1,58442$742$15,490,2885Focus
10Jurassic Park 3D$1,034,88067%1,848-482$560$41,344,3404Universal
11Evil Dead$857,83935%2,186-637$392$51,360,0764Sony / TriStar
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$835,75295%1,610-435$519$225,713,5278Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$971,85653%363--$2,677$1,607,3371Roadside Attractions
2Tyler Perry's Temptation$512,04761%942-463$544$50,364,8095Lionsgate
3Filly Brown$211,62437%25971$817$2,111,1952Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Jack the Giant Slayer$190,05479%365110$521$63,609,5039Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$174,24564%425-55$410$133,090,87512Universal
6The Host (2013)$172,29946%611-745$282$25,777,3985Open Road
7The Call$143,42946%513-464$280$50,645,4857Sony / TriStar
8Silver Linings Playbook$94,02063%361-506$260$131,377,17824Weinstein Company
9The Sapphires$86,22283%12612$684$1,369,3886Weinstein Company
10Snitch (2013)$82,46363%25291$327$42,271,80610Lionsgate / Summit
11Escape From Planet Earth$80,14181%28343$283$55,013,00711Weinstein Company
12The Lords of Salem$70,98824%280-75$254$983,6912Anchor Bay Films
13Safe Haven$59,54040%259-66$230$71,056,87811Relativity Media
14Admission$52,12839%279-206$187$17,667,9066Focus
15Trance$48,92052%157-286$312$2,087,9544Fox Searchlight
16Warm Bodies$46,00456%190-50$242$66,242,32713Lionsgate / Summit
17Life of Pi$35,03363%131-62$267$124,642,70223Fox
18Quartet$34,72049%130-46$267$17,981,09216Weinstein Company
19The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$28,44049%185-80$154$22,446,0727Warner Bros. / New Line
2021 And Over$26,46932%13686$195$25,573,4989Relativity Media
21Side Effects (2013)$21,71167%108-537$201$31,980,84512Open Road
22A Good Day to Die Hard$20,82159%122-48$171$67,221,25711Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1From Up on Poppy Hill$23,68175%44-4$538$783,1327GKIDS
2The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$20,51760%25--$821$504,2609Methinx Entertainment
3Spring Breakers$19,34511%72-50$269$13,926,5647A24
4To the Arctic 3D$17,156-39%520$330$12,285,27254Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Camp (2013)$16,264-11%28-4$581$280,18110Freestyle Releasing
6Dark Skies$12,31873%63-28$196$17,335,46310Weinstein / Dimension
7Parental Guidance$11,72193%61-29$192$77,215,49818Fox
8Kon-Tiki$9,54970%2--$4,775$15,1721Weinstein Company
9Starbuck$8,32560%27-2$308$3,720,2836eOne Films US
10Born to Be Wild 3D$7,561-33%300$252$22,526,101108Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Girl Rising$7,318294%72-98$102$1,001,6328Gathr Films
12Django Unchained$6,81139%38-39$179$162,786,47918Weinstein Company
13Emperor$3,13838%26-38$121$3,293,4378Roadside Attractions
14Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$2,25729%10$2,257$22,4942Rialto Pictures
15Not Today$1,28886%3-17$429$146,8653Freestyle Releasing
16Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$86469%1--$864$17,3828Rialto Pictures
17Settai$861115%1-1$861$86,6954UTV Motion Pictures
18Kai Po Che$358795%20$179$1,122,39110UTV Motion Pictures