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, Oct. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$17,484,818--3,575--$4,891$17,484,8181Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$4,693,453334%4,0010$1,173$43,750,1792Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$2,786,580--3,026--$921$2,786,5801Fox
4Prisoners$1,735,412119%3,236-54$536$43,915,3803Warner Bros.
5Don Jon$1,419,602100%2,4220$586$13,336,9192Relativity Media
6Rush (2013)$1,407,88592%2,30811$610$15,094,2043Universal
7Baggage Claim$1,240,927208%2,0303$611$12,301,0082Fox Searchlight
8Insidious: Chapter 2$1,182,530231%2,607-513$454$72,056,1174FilmDistrict
9We're the Millers$473,129112%1,606-799$295$143,763,1429Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Family (2013)$440,74144%2,023-871$218$33,546,6444Relativity Media
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$347,35563%1,563-499$222$111,525,0958Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pulling Strings$758,787--387--$1,961$758,7871Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$603,690215%437210$1,381$3,840,2863Fox Searchlight
3Instructions Not Included$417,706166%858-90$487$39,833,8026Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Grace Unplugged$346,973--511--$679$346,9731Roadside Attractions
5Metallica Through The Never$245,887106%589284$417$2,287,1022Picturehouse
6Riddick$147,0757%795-1031$185$40,805,9955Universal
7Battle of the Year$142,78751%907-1101$157$8,089,2833Sony / Screen Gems
8Besharam$122,717169%217--$566$239,9371Reliance Entertainment
9Despicable Me 2$116,410184%485-263$240$362,067,01014Universal
10Grown Ups 2$107,565--335-55$321$132,177,55213Sony / Columbia
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$105,612158%513-494$206$65,661,0029Fox
12Planes$58,94318%376-1050$157$87,936,2589Disney
13The Wolverine$52,585108%241-88$218$131,461,04311Fox
14Elysium$49,72218%222-340$224$92,093,3569Sony / TriStar
15Red 2$47,689618%20393$235$52,942,17112Lionsgate / Summit
16Turbo$44,043219%222-60$198$82,059,01012Fox / DreamWorks Animation
172 Guns$39,01561%200-203$195$75,156,53010Universal
18The Heat$36,411102%182-69$200$159,052,48715Fox
19The Conjuring$33,86492%202-136$168$137,078,03012Warner Bros. / New Line
20The Smurfs 2$33,409--156-197$214$69,983,07010Sony / Columbia
21The Wizard of Oz 3D$25,302-44%246-59$103$5,270,2683Warner Bros.
22The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$20,134--146-183$138$31,117,9227Sony / Screen Gems
23The World's End$19,160-1%131-150$146$25,794,5417Focus
24The Way, Way Back$10,52424%131-27$80$21,364,25414Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$43,892--9--$4,877$43,8921Ketchup Entertainment
2Pacific Rim$18,12276%92-48$197$101,683,21713Warner Bros.
3In a World...$16,75723%78-43$215$2,664,1899Roadside Attractions
4This Is The End$15,635--97-108$161$101,437,34117Sony / Columbia
5The Spectacular Now$14,36535%58-84$248$6,712,25210A24
6World War Z$12,10248%75-85$161$202,320,44216Paramount
7The Grandmaster$8,94215%35-108$255$6,545,4487Weinstein Company
8Thanks for Sharing$8,844-59%65-186$136$987,8863Roadside Attractions
9Haute Cuisine$8,72264%6046$145$82,5913Weinstein Company
10One Direction: This Is Us$8,044--60-168$134$28,848,1866Sony / TriStar
11A.C.O.D.$7,141--3--$2,380$7,1411The Film Arcade
12Fruitvale Station$6,403121%7634$84$16,032,31413Weinstein Company
13Populaire$3,86197%5834$67$141,2175Weinstein Company
14Nothing Left to Fear$3,759--5--$752$3,7591Anchor Bay Films
15Salinger$3,713-62%21-113$177$546,7975Weinstein Company
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$3,015170%21$1,508$12,6222Rialto Pictures
17You're Next$2,54057%45-67$56$18,421,0887Lionsgate
18We Are What We Are (2013)$2,096156%86$262$19,4852eOne Films US
19All Is Bright$1,364--10--$136$1,3641Anchor Bay Films
20The Ultimate Life$1,324-62%9-38$147$1,324,2865High Top Releasing
21The Last Day of August$725--1--$725$7251Striped Entertainment
22Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$669-47%6-2$112$4,325,52518Roadside Attractions
23C.O.G.$66962%4-5$167$52,0453Screen Media / Focus World
24Stories We Tell$292549%2-2$146$1,598,51922Roadside Attractions