Grosses

'The Battle of the Five Armies' Marches to $89.1M in Five Days; 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' ($17.1M) Outpaces 'Annie' ($15.9M) for SecondDecember 22, 2014 12:50 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies easily led this weekend's box office with $54.72 million. The third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy has grossed $89.13 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 1.63 to 1. The five-day debut of The Battle of the Five Armies was 13 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 3.5 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 $16.56 million on Friday, increased 29 percent on Saturday to take in $21.39 million and declined 22 percent on Sunday to gross $16.76 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.30 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 $7.45 million of the film's overall gross this weekend. Thus far The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $13.37 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 opening weekend take of $17.10 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 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 $5.66 million on Friday, increased 16 percent on Saturday to gross $6.55 million and decreased 25 percent on Sunday to gross $4.89 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.02 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 $15.86 million. The musical remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations. That is positive 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 $1.24 million this weekend. Annie opened 32 percent below the $23.24 million debut of the previously mentioned Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

Annie started out with $5.29 million on Friday, increased 15 percent on Saturday to gross $6.08 million and fell 26 percent on Sunday to gross $4.49 million. That gives the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.00 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 beginning 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 $8.11 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down a very sharp 66 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 lackluster $38.94 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 $7.88 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a solid 38 percent from last weekend. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $289.36 million in 31 days, which leaves it just $10.64 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 $4.11 million to place in sixth. The critically acclaimed drama starring Reese Witherspoon claimed a per-location average of $3,877 from 1,061 locations. Wild has grossed $7.17 million in 19 days of release.

On the limited front, UTV's PK was off to a very strong start with $3.57 million from 272 locations. That gave the Hindi language comedy starring Aamir Khan a per-location average of $13,108 for the frame. PK finished in ninth place among all films this weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Sep. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$6,974,348--3,260--$2,139$6,974,3481Warner Bros.
2Insidious: Chapter 2$4,678,235290%3,155106$1,483$51,033,4952FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$2,112,962123%3,0910$684$20,753,4842Relativity Media
4Battle of the Year$1,423,145--2,008--$709$1,423,1451Sony / Screen Gems
5We're the Millers$1,348,243198%3,003-235$449$134,854,5407Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,164,954128%2,931-308$397$103,313,0686Weinstein Company
7Riddick$1,012,37091%3,022-95$335$34,520,6603Universal
8Planes$545,882239%2,446-293$223$84,228,1757Disney
9Elysium$406,01695%1,392-328$292$89,729,7257Sony / TriStar
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$402,805336%1,473-165$273$62,874,6167Fox
11One Direction: This Is Us$306,120273%1,706-594$179$27,626,1104Sony / TriStar
12Despicable Me 2$286,140375%1,004-2$285$359,656,54012Universal
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$178,741104%1,047-529$171$30,183,2725Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$1,372,960350%97845$1,404$29,934,6854Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Wizard of Oz 3D$754,761--318--$2,373$754,7611Warner Bros.
3The World's End$210,85273%833-410$253$24,718,1655Focus
42 Guns$191,760111%752-156$255$74,009,4258Universal
5Thanks for Sharing$168,999--269--$628$168,9991Roadside Attractions
6The Conjuring$129,543164%561-115$231$136,337,14110Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Wolverine$127,524173%462-78$276$130,554,3269Fox
8The Spectacular Now$111,30254%571-199$195$6,130,3688A24
9This Is The End$99,12329%527-806$188$100,874,48315Sony / Columbia
10Turbo$90,149277%333-20$271$81,319,48410Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Smurfs 2$87,363--596-97$147$69,138,0348Sony / Columbia
12The Heat$81,996204%310-26$265$158,482,12813Fox
13Grown Ups 2$69,782--258-36$270$131,151,08111Sony / Columbia
14The Grandmaster$65,45924%473-232$138$6,121,8765Weinstein Company
15In a World...$65,194158%1440$453$2,235,3917Roadside Attractions
16The Way, Way Back$62,446136%324-97$193$21,015,06412Fox Searchlight
17Getaway$60,04217%515-863$117$10,266,8704Warner Bros.
18You're Next$58,07037%532-578$109$18,176,9795Lionsgate
19Salinger$53,4561267%138134$387$229,3453Weinstein Company
20World War Z$51,57097%203-77$254$202,000,54114Paramount
21Pacific Rim$46,616144%202-52$231$101,323,92211Warner Bros.
22The Ultimate Life$31,69333%184-228$172$1,196,6053High Top Releasing
23Red 2$31,657186%178-31$178$52,704,71110Lionsgate / Summit
24Kick-Ass 2$28,14526%201-142$140$28,679,3556Universal
25R.I.P.D.$26,425192%151-13$175$33,518,42510Universal
26Jobs$25,08032%152-87$165$15,987,3556Open Road
27Now You See Me$23,955121%133-38$180$117,641,70417Lionsgate / Summit
28Fruitvale Station$12,08017%103-34$117$15,930,76011Weinstein Company
29Closed Circuit$10,603-57%105-308$101$5,707,5644Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rush (2013)$65,571--5--$13,114$65,5711Universal
2Enough Said$62,752141%4--$15,688$116,4861Fox Searchlight
3Paranoia$21,017527%8817$239$7,289,2976Relativity Media
4C.O.G.$11,364--20--$568$11,3641Screen Media / Focus World
5Populaire$7,79175%205$390$86,1563Weinstein Company
6Chennai Express$6,626344%20-10$331$5,279,6267UTV Motion Pictures
7Haute Cuisine$4,096--3--$1,365$4,0961Weinstein Company
8Unfinished Song$3,791113%236$165$1,672,61114Weinstein Company
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,44987%184$136$4,297,19016Roadside Attractions
10Afternoon Delight$1,592--12-27$133$171,0364The Film Arcade
11Satyagraha$1,363-24%9-26$151$732,8304UTV Motion Pictures
12Passion$76813%4-8$192$90,0764eOne Films US
13Jayne Mansfield's Car$558-28%6-5$93$12,9752Anchor Bay Films
14Savannah$363-21%4-2$91$35,9145Ketchup Entertainment
15I Spit on Your Grave 2$204--1--$204$2041Anchor Bay Films
16Stories We Tell$198321%51$40$1,596,22420Roadside Attractions