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 Thu, May. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$7,609,602-6%4,253--$1,789$212,421,0841Disney
2Pain and Gain$649,8101%3,28710$198$36,608,2002Paramount
3Oblivion (2013)$481,9054%3,430-362$140$77,791,6153Universal
442 (2013)$477,4724%3,345-60$143$80,081,8794Warner Bros.
5The Big Wedding$355,491-7%2,6330$135$15,787,6912Lionsgate
6The Croods$230,56610%2,915-368$79$169,615,4777Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Place Beyond the Pines$149,966-3%1,162-422$129$19,303,5366Focus
8Olympus Has Fallen$127,1311%1,632-702$78$95,877,6247FilmDistrict
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$101,3727%1,804-903$56$119,156,8916Paramount
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$80,2985%1,160-450$69$229,182,3209Disney
11Scary Movie 5$76,011-5%1,857-876$41$29,938,0304Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$208,6640%576213$362$6,019,9792Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$87,8750%980-868$90$44,118,9105Universal
3Evil Dead$62,661-1%959-1227$65$53,465,5085Sony / TriStar
4Tyler Perry's Temptation$33,5430%504-438$67$51,512,4996Lionsgate
5Silver Linings Playbook$23,899-2%468107$51$131,803,58325Weinstein Company
6Jack the Giant Slayer$20,1664%335-30$60$64,235,58810Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Sapphires$16,705-2%123-3$136$1,699,8907Weinstein Company
8Identity Thief$16,6152%300-125$55$133,522,00513Universal
9The Host (2013)$16,56810%290-321$57$26,209,5846Open Road
10Snitch (2013)$11,86515%215-37$55$42,570,38011Lionsgate / Summit
11Filly Brown$10,687-4%204-55$52$2,657,7893Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Side Effects (2013)$8,4736%16557$51$32,119,04813Open Road
13Safe Haven$6,6616%169-90$39$71,236,54012Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$6,416-17%257-26$25$55,239,23712Weinstein Company
15Admission$5,40421%113-166$48$17,802,5387Focus
16Warm Bodies$5,3675%140-50$38$66,380,66214Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$26,460279%39-33$678$1,144,2979Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$11,57624%520$223$12,401,17355Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$8,96438%300$299$22,599,435109Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Kon-Tiki$8,146-5%1412$582$140,7482Weinstein Company
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$6,2282%4--$1,557$62,3571eOne Films US
6Quartet$6,210-10%86-44$72$18,122,76017Weinstein Company
7Trance$6,094-21%86-71$71$2,246,8565Fox Searchlight
8Life of Pi$5,6587%99-32$57$124,778,50224Fox
9Spring Breakers$5,10612%43-29$119$14,019,7248A24
10From Up on Poppy Hill$4,03625%39-5$103$867,4448GKIDS
11Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$3,453-1%20--$173$102,3691Lionsgate / Pantelion
1221 And Over$3,3316%82-54$41$25,663,61210Relativity Media
13The Lords of Salem$3,305-13%50-230$66$1,157,6663Anchor Bay Films
14The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$3,26617%82-103$40$22,537,8818Warner Bros. / New Line
15Starbuck$2,74229%281$98$3,770,5927eOne Films US
16A Good Day to Die Hard$2,66212%72-50$37$67,305,15912Fox
17Emperor$2,023132%22-4$92$3,313,9829Roadside Attractions
18Dark Skies$1,2016%29-34$41$17,372,31411Weinstein / Dimension
19The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,0083%100$101$541,93210Methinx Entertainment
20Django Unchained$74433%12-26$62$162,803,11419Weinstein Company
21Parental Guidance$691-2%42-19$16$77,243,66119Fox
22Camp (2013)$611-14%12-16$51$313,39011Freestyle Releasing
23Not Today$32460%30$108$153,8514Freestyle Releasing