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. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Riddick$1,009,775-15%3,107--$325$24,266,3751Universal
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$714,889-5%3,3300$215$94,459,1184Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$586,428-8%3,4450$170$126,187,0965Warner Bros. / New Line
4Elysium$275,862-9%2,241-298$123$86,337,6155Sony / TriStar
5The World's End$191,948-14%1,520-33$126$22,664,6163Focus
6Planes$190,421-4%3,033-226$63$79,917,6565Disney
7This Is The End$166,864-18%2,1612127$77$99,641,40213Sony / Columbia
8The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$143,123-9%2,519-599$57$28,514,6063Sony / Screen Gems
9Getaway$125,143-17%2,1355$59$9,296,8132Warner Bros.
10One Direction: This Is Us$115,8541%2,7350$42$24,487,2022Sony / TriStar
112 Guns$110,705-14%1,165-246$95$72,578,4006Universal
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$100,2250%2,045-348$49$60,210,4395Fox
13You're Next$83,745-31%1,902-535$44$17,376,9203Lionsgate
14Despicable Me 2$62,9950%1,050-234$60$357,831,32010Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$412,737-10%717369$576$22,330,6982Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$85,662-16%80455$107$5,357,5003Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$71,690-24%8700$82$5,378,7002Focus
4The Spectacular Now$61,687-11%41530$149$5,032,7706A24
5The Wolverine$53,299-13%698-290$76$129,660,8647Fox
6The Conjuring$48,270-9%716-187$67$135,403,5448Warner Bros. / New Line
7Kick-Ass 2$43,030-13%662-984$65$28,306,4004Universal
8World War Z$38,033-4%374-873$102$201,518,83312Paramount
9Jobs$37,189-10%502-800$74$15,690,0264Open Road
10The Ultimate Life$36,574-9%412--$89$829,4631High Top Releasing
11The Way, Way Back$35,251-14%550-104$64$20,560,13710Fox Searchlight
12The Smurfs 2$34,3958%949-417$36$68,318,7936Sony / Columbia
13The Heat$28,421-6%350-43$81$158,015,13211Fox
14Pacific Rim$26,043-2%307-94$85$100,970,2699Warner Bros.
15In a World...$25,347-11%10211$249$1,770,9505Roadside Attractions
16Monsters University$24,984-1%596-1293$42$265,092,05412Disney
17Turbo$20,124-8%358-80$56$80,700,5268Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18Now You See Me$14,820-8%205-34$72$117,448,42415Lionsgate / Summit
19Red 2$14,30414%250-11$57$52,498,1648Lionsgate / Summit
20Fruitvale Station$10,678-16%188-106$57$15,805,3089Weinstein Company
21R.I.P.D.$9,910-9%1810$55$33,327,1208Universal
22Man of Steel$8,837-3%201-83$44$290,960,54813Warner Bros.
23Star Trek Into Darkness$5,2111%106-852$49$228,778,66117Paramount
24Paranoia$4,896-10%178-214$28$7,217,7754Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salinger$6,488-4%4--$1,622$113,7171Weinstein Company
2Satyagraha$4,227-33%79-4$54$700,2372UTV Motion Pictures
3Chennai Express$2,682-24%53-40$51$5,236,1745UTV Motion Pictures
4Passion$2,30418%13-1$177$79,6342eOne Films US
5Epic$2,1742%56-24$39$107,499,81416Fox
6Populaire$1,884-18%3--$628$23,2271Weinstein Company
7Unfinished Song$1,756-4%214$84$1,653,83912Weinstein Company
8Stories We Tell$1,49878%9--$166$1,595,54518Roadside Attractions
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,271-24%196$67$4,284,68514Roadside Attractions
10Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,098-37%1--$1,098$13,2841Rialto Pictures
11Savannah$324-30%50$65$31,1223Ketchup Entertainment
12Mud$1998%4-2$50$21,590,08620Roadside Attractions
13The Servant (2013 re-issue)$181-37%1-1$181$37,3837Rialto Pictures
14Underdogs (2013)$27-71%10$27$35,0174Freestyle Releasing
15Girl Most Likely$16-84%21$8$1,378,5918Roadside Attractions