'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. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$12,601,068136%3,66085$3,443$91,735,9872Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$8,488,587--3,020--$2,811$8,488,5871Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$3,553,759262%3,874-127$917$67,390,4363Sony / Columbia
4Machete Kills$1,442,747--2,538--$568$1,442,7471Open Road
5Runner Runner$1,165,888112%3,0260$385$11,554,8462Fox
6Prisoners$1,052,594130%2,855-381$369$51,007,4734Warner Bros.
7Insidious: Chapter 2$805,302224%2,156-451$374$76,602,3195FilmDistrict
8Don Jon$763,22899%1,996-426$382$18,564,3783Relativity Media
9Rush (2013)$713,55082%2,130-178$335$20,550,8194Universal
10Baggage Claim$572,783150%1,320-710$434$16,770,2613Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$329,689169%1,150-456$287$145,753,57610Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$167,17133%1,050-973$159$35,391,5205Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$538,321166%606169$888$6,789,9204Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$251,532134%42841$588$3,226,0002Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$213,073140%711-147$300$41,887,5617Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Romeo and Juliet (2013)$192,609--461--$418$192,6091Relativity Media
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$168,47136%980-583$172$113,089,2429Weinstein Company
6Grace Unplugged$153,374177%502-9$306$1,377,4822Roadside Attractions
7Despicable Me 2$134,540326%434-51$310$362,689,05515Universal
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$101,679166%404-109$252$66,222,73210Fox
9The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$78,208--147--$532$78,2081Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
10Grown Ups 2$73,620--261-74$282$132,630,64914Sony / Columbia
12The Smurfs 2$67,440--268112$252$70,150,14811Sony / Columbia
13The Wolverine$51,715172%227-14$228$131,717,69012Fox
14Turbo$43,086128%187-35$230$82,328,38013Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Battle of the Year$36,413-8%210-697$173$8,686,8964Sony / Screen Gems
16Red 2$33,24993%168-35$198$53,143,55813Lionsgate / Summit
172 Guns$33,185138%166-34$200$75,339,68511Universal
18The Heat$28,070153%139-43$202$159,211,24416Fox
19Elysium$27,061--140-82$193$92,309,31410Sony / TriStar
20Besharam$19,51983%126-91$155$582,0602Reliance Entertainment
21The Conjuring$19,25265%145-57$133$137,225,71313Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$17,2186%167$1,076$149,9032Ketchup Entertainment
2In a World...$13,80074%54-24$256$2,749,51610Roadside Attractions
3You're Next$11,8731961%8742$136$18,441,3728Lionsgate
4Pacific Rim$9,72139%52-40$187$101,761,80014Warner Bros.
5The World's End$9,48217%73-58$130$25,880,2608Focus
6A.C.O.D.$9,266--1815$515$35,7052The Film Arcade
7Haute Cuisine$7,1503%30-30$238$135,6114Weinstein Company
8The Wizard of Oz 3D$6,971-54%50-196$139$5,469,9274Warner Bros.
9The Way, Way Back$6,733144%63-68$107$21,408,87115Fox Searchlight
10The Spectacular Now$6,73047%33-25$204$6,765,29611A24
11We Are What We Are (2013)$5,205289%135$400$36,4433eOne Films US
12Fruitvale Station$2,9612%41-35$72$16,064,54214Weinstein Company
13Salinger$2,82213%16-5$176$569,0876Weinstein Company
14The Grandmaster$2,273-19%16-19$142$6,579,9168Weinstein Company
15Populaire$1,770-34%21-37$84$163,3216Weinstein Company
16Thanks for Sharing$1,662-55%16-49$104$1,026,9644Roadside Attractions
17Cassadaga$1,430--3--$477$1,4301Archstone Distribution
18The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$3139%20$157$17,4603Rialto Pictures