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 Sun, Oct. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$15,298,941-33%3,575--$4,279$55,785,1121Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,290,693-37%4,0010$1,572$60,006,9182Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$1,872,053-39%3,026--$619$7,706,7121Fox
4Prisoners$1,462,993-43%3,236-54$452$47,928,4323Warner Bros.
5Rush (2013)$1,119,260-43%2,30811$485$18,163,8443Universal
6Don Jon$1,019,771-41%2,4220$421$16,072,5782Relativity Media
7Baggage Claim$895,633-54%2,0303$441$15,135,0922Fox Searchlight
8Insidious: Chapter 2$854,550-54%2,607-513$328$74,773,1534FilmDistrict
9The Family (2013)$400,727-42%2,023-871$198$34,637,7284Relativity Media
10We're the Millers$365,840-52%1,606-799$228$144,895,4889Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$322,716-42%1,563-499$206$112,405,1358Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pulling Strings$832,356-5%387--$2,151$2,467,1681Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Instructions Not Included$678,217-9%858-90$790$41,258,3936Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Enough Said$578,596-43%437210$1,324$5,429,2383Fox Searchlight
4Grace Unplugged$275,014-27%511--$538$998,1451Roadside Attractions
5Metallica Through The Never$155,668-47%589284$264$2,738,9782Picturehouse
6Riddick$147,125-40%795-1031$185$41,199,5705Universal
7Battle of the Year$144,373-43%907-1101$159$8,486,8933Sony / Screen Gems
8Despicable Me 2$138,225-40%485-263$285$362,435,61014Universal
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$121,263-40%513-494$236$65,985,4719Fox
10Besharam$93,885-37%217--$433$482,1821Reliance Entertainment
11Grown Ups 2$89,849-52%335-55$268$132,454,09213Sony / Columbia
12Planes$72,796-42%376-1050$194$88,135,4709Disney
13Turbo$66,071-31%222-60$298$82,220,20012Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Wizard of Oz 3D$63,291-10%246-59$257$5,404,2123Warner Bros.
15The Wolverine$47,307-42%241-88$196$131,590,01711Fox
16Elysium$41,614-46%222-340$187$92,212,2979Sony / TriStar
17Red 2$38,514-39%20393$190$53,043,40412Lionsgate / Summit
182 Guns$29,985-51%200-203$150$75,247,56510Universal
19The Heat$28,553-50%182-69$157$159,137,89415Fox
20The Conjuring$28,015-51%202-136$139$137,163,05112Warner Bros. / New Line
21The Smurfs 2$24,845-53%156-197$159$70,061,06310Sony / Columbia
22The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$17,088-44%146-183$117$31,165,4217Sony / Screen Gems
23The World's End$16,683-39%131-150$127$25,838,5787Focus
24The Way, Way Back$7,873-48%131-27$60$21,387,27014Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$21,692-36%9--$2,410$99,4621Ketchup Entertainment
2Pacific Rim$17,849-35%92-48$194$101,728,53513Warner Bros.
3In a World...$15,487-39%78-43$199$2,705,0959Roadside Attractions
4This Is The End$12,530-38%97-108$129$101,470,20217Sony / Columbia
5World War Z$11,563-41%75-85$154$202,351,61116Paramount
6One Direction: This Is Us$10,684-26%60-168$178$28,873,3746Sony / TriStar
7The Spectacular Now$10,049-47%58-84$173$6,741,31210A24
8Haute Cuisine$10,024-32%6046$167$107,3873Weinstein Company
9Thanks for Sharing$9,510-29%65-186$146$1,010,8093Roadside Attractions
10The Grandmaster$8,410-35%35-108$240$6,566,8407Weinstein Company
11Fruitvale Station$6,598-37%7634$87$16,049,37713Weinstein Company
12A.C.O.D.$6,0564%3--$2,019$19,0011The Film Arcade
13Salinger$4,817-13%21-113$229$557,1745Weinstein Company
14Populaire$4,719-26%5834$81$152,3455Weinstein Company
15We Are What We Are (2013)$2,833-15%86$354$25,6672eOne Films US
16Nothing Left to Fear$1,976-8%5--$395$7,8861Anchor Bay Films
17You're Next$1,838-54%45-67$41$18,426,9377Lionsgate
18Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,821336%6-2$304$4,327,76418Roadside Attractions
19All Is Bright$1,541-7%10--$154$4,5561Anchor Bay Films
20The Ultimate Life$590-50%9-38$66$1,326,0595High Top Releasing
21C.O.G.$554-37%4-5$139$53,4753Screen Media / Focus World
22The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$230-93%21$115$16,3162Rialto Pictures
23Stories We Tell$202-36%2-2$101$1,599,03822Roadside Attractions
24The Last Day of August$149-82%1--$149$1,6931Striped Entertainment