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, Sep. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,129,9677%3,330220$339$83,001,3773Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$797,189-4%3,4450$231$115,918,9044Warner Bros. / New Line
3One Direction: This Is Us$428,63411%2,735--$157$19,890,5101Sony / TriStar
4Elysium$397,912-12%2,539-374$157$81,977,2674Sony / TriStar
5Planes$358,76033%3,259-119$110$75,004,1844Disney
6The World's End$328,204-9%1,5532$211$19,469,6172Focus
7The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$318,645-4%3,1180$102$25,644,2042Sony / Screen Gems
8You're Next$255,189-12%2,4370$105$15,322,4912Lionsgate
9Getaway$238,229-12%2,130--$112$6,488,6791Warner Bros.
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$191,34415%2,393-337$80$57,347,7664Fox
112 Guns$162,265-12%1,411-358$115$70,667,7855Universal
12Despicable Me 2$115,56020%1,284-27$90$356,098,8109Universal
13Kick-Ass 2$115,220-18%1,646-1299$70$27,459,0353Universal
14The Smurfs 2$101,81549%1,366-486$75$67,275,1995Sony / Columbia
15Jobs$93,400-10%1,302-1079$72$15,115,1123Open Road
16Monsters University$87,04235%1,889--$46$264,537,01711Disney
17World War Z$79,2125%1,2471008$64$200,920,53711Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$559,148-5%348--$1,607$12,211,6041Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$151,106-12%749742$202$3,928,4302Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$131,231-6%8708$151$4,085,5141Focus
4The Wolverine$96,557-9%988-461$98$128,662,5396Fox
5The Spectacular Now$90,8861%38540$236$4,093,5155A24
6The Conjuring$82,042-12%903-452$91$134,463,6587Warner Bros. / New Line
7Star Trek Into Darkness$67,54411%958814$71$228,696,48116Paramount
8The Way, Way Back$46,8684%654352$72$19,949,9289Fox Searchlight
9Pacific Rim$44,178-5%401141$110$100,514,5948Warner Bros.
10The Heat$32,8465%393-16$84$157,531,98610Fox
11Turbo$31,00613%438-32$71$80,184,7217Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Now You See Me$30,5061%239-7$128$117,192,25814Lionsgate / Summit
13Grown Ups 2$27,0491%471-149$57$130,274,0228Sony / Columbia
14Fruitvale Station$23,13716%294-98$79$15,653,0438Weinstein Company
15Red 2$20,305-7%261-128$78$52,279,7307Lionsgate / Summit
16Man of Steel$16,974-5%284-19$60$290,804,65712Warner Bros.
17R.I.P.D.$12,7501%1812$70$33,124,4457Universal
18Paranoia$12,241-10%392-2067$31$7,135,3573Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$28,70510%9116$315$1,388,2574Roadside Attractions
2Satyagraha$15,084-28%83--$182$570,1511UTV Motion Pictures
3Chennai Express$7,244-26%93-51$78$5,154,8314UTV Motion Pictures
4This Is The End$6,098-1%34--$179$96,946,08712Sony / Columbia
5Passion$4,814-8%14--$344$55,6201eOne Films US
6The Croods$2,10127%45-24$47$187,136,27524Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Fast & Furious 6$2,0550%59-39$35$238,679,85015Universal
8Epic$1,94817%80-35$24$107,458,14015Fox
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$78871%13-14$61$4,272,09413Roadside Attractions
10Unfinished Song$671-7%17-10$39$1,636,51911Weinstein Company
11The Servant (2013 re-issue)$526-36%2--$263$35,3466Rialto Pictures
12Inch'Allah$32471%20$162$461,6303eOne Films US
13Savannah$287-38%5-9$57$26,7272Ketchup Entertainment
14Underdogs (2013)$108-36%1-1$108$34,3073Freestyle Releasing
15Mud$9626%6-10$16$21,588,37619Roadside Attractions
16The Last Flight of the Champion$71-33%15--$5$2,5971High Top Releasing
17Girl Most Likely$49--10$49$1,377,6307Roadside Attractions