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 Fri, Sep. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,245,997--4,001--$2,311$9,245,9971Sony / Columbia
2Rush (2013)$3,709,65522943%2,2972292$1,615$3,970,5642Universal
3Prisoners$3,369,126136%3,29030$1,024$31,053,0582Warner Bros.
4Baggage Claim$3,297,613--2,027--$1,627$3,297,6131Fox Searchlight
5Don Jon$3,288,247--2,422--$1,358$3,288,2471Relativity Media
6Insidious: Chapter 2$2,071,786249%3,120-35$664$64,869,1813FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$1,090,748114%2,894-197$377$29,112,9183Relativity Media
8We're the Millers$841,155147%2,405-598$350$140,394,6078Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$695,41697%2,062-869$337$108,559,4857Weinstein Company
10Battle of the Year$556,987218%2,0080$277$6,025,2792Sony / Screen Gems
11Riddick$438,50553%1,826-1196$240$38,888,0704Universal
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$192,139161%1,007-466$191$64,770,8908Fox
13Planes$172,23340%1,426-1020$121$87,094,3928Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Metallica Through The Never$811,400--305--$2,660$811,4001Picturehouse
2Instructions Not Included$799,989198%948-30$844$35,987,4775Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Enough Said$582,6222813%227223$2,567$950,1012Fox Searchlight
4Despicable Me 2$190,755245%748-256$255$361,172,57513Universal
5Grown Ups 2$161,632--390132$414$131,574,87712Sony / Columbia
6Elysium$149,01920%562-830$265$91,498,0818Sony / TriStar
72 Guns$84,63050%403-349$210$74,801,0409Universal
8The Wizard of Oz 3D$82,837-78%305-13$272$4,606,6532Warner Bros.
9The Smurfs 2$80,053--353-243$227$69,745,0309Sony / Columbia
10The Wolverine$75,803116%329-133$230$131,110,97610Fox
11The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$60,90225%329-718$185$30,916,1216Sony / Screen Gems
12The World's End$58,624-10%281-552$209$25,561,1966Focus
13The Conjuring$58,03266%338-223$172$136,828,79511Warner Bros. / New Line
14Turbo$56,276218%282-51$200$81,769,68811Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15The Heat$55,927150%251-59$223$158,821,45414Fox
16Thanks for Sharing$46,6666%251-18$186$785,2572Roadside Attractions
17This Is The End$37,913--205-322$185$101,278,37616Sony / Columbia
18The Spectacular Now$37,3275%142-429$263$6,579,1069A24
19One Direction: This Is Us$36,639-38%228-1478$161$28,714,3175Sony / TriStar
20In a World...$33,32968%121-23$275$2,517,9868Roadside Attractions
21The Grandmaster$29,13120%143-330$204$6,429,6576Weinstein Company
22Pacific Rim$28,86496%140-62$206$101,541,36712Warner Bros.
23The Way, Way Back$28,66484%158-166$181$21,262,66813Fox Searchlight
24World War Z$23,55784%160-43$147$202,214,28515Paramount
25Red 2$20,951141%110-68$190$52,825,82811Lionsgate / Summit
26Salinger$17,319-9%134-4$129$457,3114Weinstein Company
27You're Next$10,277-27%112-420$92$18,389,4916Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jobs$8,635-3%84-68$103$16,098,6947Open Road
2Haute Cuisine$8,360291%1411$597$31,4632Weinstein Company
3Getaway$8,050-45%74-441$109$10,477,4335Warner Bros.
4Fruitvale Station$6,837-3%42-61$163$15,994,17512Weinstein Company
5Paranoia$6,6882%66-22$101$7,363,5637Relativity Media
6We Are What We Are (2013)$6,362--2--$3,181$6,3621eOne Films US
7The Ultimate Life$5,295-37%47-137$113$1,299,5104High Top Releasing
8Populaire$3,82022%244$159$120,9234Weinstein Company
9Unfinished Song$3,14752%19-4$166$1,690,87615Weinstein Company
10Chennai Express$2,340102%9-11$260$5,300,6818UTV Motion Pictures
11The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,803--1--$1,803$1,8031Rialto Pictures
12C.O.G.$1,528-49%9-11$170$45,7812Screen Media / Focus World
13Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,5153%8-10$189$4,316,29817Roadside Attractions
14Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$1,27346%1--$1,273$2,8001Rialto Pictures
15Morning$1,174--4--$294$1,1741Anchor Bay Films
16Hotel Normandy$401--1--$401$4011Rialto Premieres
17Satyagraha$166-39%2-7$83$738,0425UTV Motion Pictures
18Stories We Tell$130189%4-1$33$1,597,79721Roadside Attractions