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. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pain and Gain$1,956,63015%3,277--$597$23,904,2101Paramount
2Oblivion (2013)$1,573,68012%3,7929$415$68,067,6452Universal
3The Big Wedding$911,93444%2,633--$346$9,135,3241Lionsgate
442 (2013)$904,22812%3,405155$266$70,724,1713Warner Bros.
5The Croods$405,7259%3,283-152$124$163,930,3836Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Place Beyond the Pines$358,98923%1,58442$227$16,903,9845Focus
7G.I. Joe: Retaliation$316,36319%2,707-468$117$117,061,1845Paramount
8Olympus Has Fallen$298,57014%2,334-304$128$93,732,2426FilmDistrict
9Jurassic Park 3D$240,24024%1,848-482$130$42,499,3404Universal
10Scary Movie 5$219,73420%2,733-669$80$27,874,3583Weinstein / Dimension
11Evil Dead$213,9148%2,186-637$98$52,266,5984Sony / TriStar
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$133,5463%1,610-435$83$226,521,5548Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$211,0571%363--$581$2,635,1371Roadside Attractions
2Tyler Perry's Temptation$94,7996%942-463$101$50,814,8575Lionsgate
3Filly Brown$41,66721%25971$161$2,378,9382Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Jack the Giant Slayer$35,77415%365110$98$63,800,8209Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Host (2013)$34,1809%611-745$56$25,932,5315Open Road
6Identity Thief$25,50020%425-55$60$133,207,74012Universal
7Silver Linings Playbook$24,25424%361-506$67$131,466,85324Weinstein Company
8The Lords of Salem$22,9412%280-75$82$1,083,9772Anchor Bay Films
9The Sapphires$19,3759%12612$154$1,452,9526Weinstein Company
10Snitch (2013)$17,63113%25291$70$42,359,15110Lionsgate / Summit
11Admission$16,71859%279-206$60$17,720,1436Focus
12Trance$16,23821%157-286$103$2,149,7034Fox Searchlight
13Quartet$13,46425%130-46$104$18,029,62216Weinstein Company
14Safe Haven$12,70227%259-66$49$71,111,43011Relativity Media
15Life of Pi$9,71832%131-62$74$124,683,57323Fox
16Escape From Planet Earth$9,47620%28343$33$55,067,71011Weinstein Company
1721 And Over$8,274-7%13686$61$25,611,2909Relativity Media
18Warm Bodies$7,778-3%190-50$41$66,283,78813Lionsgate / Summit
19The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$7,55216%185-80$41$22,479,8687Warner Bros. / New Line
20Side Effects (2013)$7,31015%108-537$68$32,007,75612Open Road
21A Good Day to Die Hard$5,29534%122-48$43$67,244,02611Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$18,708-19%72-98$260$1,048,4858Gathr Films
2Spring Breakers$10,89044%72-50$151$13,959,6817A24
3To the Arctic 3D$9,46982%520$182$12,311,72454Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Born to Be Wild 3D$5,71691%300$191$22,540,476108Warner Bros. / IMAX
5From Up on Poppy Hill$4,69812%44-4$107$809,6477GKIDS
6Dark Skies$2,71611%63-28$43$17,348,94710Weinstein / Dimension
7Kon-Tiki$2,378-14%2--$1,189$27,2981Weinstein Company
8Camp (2013)$2,315-18%28-4$83$298,47910Freestyle Releasing
9Django Unchained$2,11649%38-39$56$162,792,97118Weinstein Company
10Starbuck$1,99429%27-2$74$3,729,5056eOne Films US
11Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,88630%10$1,886$27,6682Rialto Pictures
12The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,71213%25-6$68$518,7389Methinx Entertainment
13Parental Guidance$1,46511%61-29$24$77,224,64118Fox
14Emperor$1,05634%25-39$42$3,297,4708Roadside Attractions
15Settai$322313%1-1$322$87,6604UTV Motion Pictures
16Not Today$273-25%3-17$91$148,3353Freestyle Releasing
17Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$251-36%1--$251$18,6478Rialto Pictures