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, Oct. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$9,016,073156%3,820160$2,360$148,552,2033Warner Bros.
2Carrie (2013)$6,515,486--3,157--$2,064$6,515,4861Sony / Screen Gems
3Captain Phillips$5,082,902153%3,0200$1,683$41,113,1372Sony / Columbia
4Escape Plan$3,398,330--2,883--$1,179$3,398,3301Lionsgate / Summit
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$2,541,006204%3,602-272$705$85,577,7744Sony / Columbia
6Prisoners$622,96197%2,160-695$288$55,817,1195Warner Bros.
7The Fifth Estate$589,301--1,769--$333$589,3011Disney / DreamWorks
8Runner Runner$519,92553%2,011-1015$259$16,431,2433Fox
9Insidious: Chapter 2$465,366167%1,665-491$279$79,855,6076FilmDistrict
10Don Jon$385,35169%1,114-882$346$21,682,5184Relativity Media
11Rush (2013)$382,47556%1,197-933$320$23,744,6545Universal
12Machete Kills$350,01137%2,5380$138$5,549,2502Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$510,560174%757151$674$9,498,0075Fox Searchlight
2I'm in Love with a Church Girl$349,849--457--$766$349,8491High Top Releasing
3Baggage Claim$308,922157%865-455$357$19,209,5774Fox Searchlight
4We're the Millers$221,076127%881-269$251$147,187,23711Warner Bros. / New Line
5Pulling Strings$146,184146%43810$334$4,701,9703Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Despicable Me 2$126,400224%395-39$320$363,381,63016Universal
7Instructions Not Included$126,200135%475-236$266$43,129,7508Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$111,43045%602-378$185$114,006,65710Weinstein Company
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$83,789182%350-54$239$66,705,69511Fox
10Grace Unplugged$76,39766%313-189$244$2,019,7353Roadside Attractions
11Romeo and Juliet (2013)$68,03760%4610$148$785,1102Relativity Media
12The Family (2013)$63,99313%483-567$132$36,144,0286Relativity Media
13Grown Ups 2$58,541--223-38$263$132,973,56415Sony / Columbia
14The Smurfs 2$52,712--242-26$218$70,484,16712Sony / Columbia
15The Wolverine$44,100140%207-20$213$131,970,18713Fox
16Riddick$34,25045%253-177$135$41,802,3957Universal
17Turbo$31,845103%149-38$214$82,540,55114Fox / DreamWorks Animation
182 Guns$26,395113%135-31$196$75,508,49512Universal
19The Heat$25,158113%103-36$244$159,351,15617Fox
20The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$23,61138%1470$161$380,4162Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
21The Conjuring$12,94386%113-32$115$137,314,35214Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$273,882--19--$14,415$273,8821Fox Searchlight
2All Is Lost$24,946--6--$4,158$24,9461Roadside Attractions
3Elysium$17,198--93-47$185$92,429,64311Sony / TriStar
4A.C.O.D.$13,997--4224$333$89,3453The Film Arcade
5In a World...$10,985110%47-7$234$2,811,87711Roadside Attractions
6Battle of the Year$10,708--86-124$125$8,855,6715Sony / Screen Gems
7The Spectacular Now$7,105107%5421$132$6,796,10812A24
8Haute Cuisine$5,26936%21-9$251$175,8495Weinstein Company
9The World's End$4,81028%40-33$120$25,924,9209Focus
10Shahid$3,817--16--$239$3,8171UTV Motion Pictures
11Linsanity$3,705-55%9-7$412$214,9163Ketchup Entertainment
12Thanks for Sharing$2,383224%14-2$170$1,038,0465Roadside Attractions
13Torn$2,252--1--$2,252$2,2521The Film Collective
14We Are What We Are (2013)$1,9588%12-1$163$58,0944eOne Films US
15Fruitvale Station$1,421-16%20-21$71$16,080,47415Weinstein Company
16Populaire$1,34339%14-7$96$172,2507Weinstein Company
17The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,284296%31$428$21,0964Rialto Pictures
18The Grandmaster$786-30%9-7$87$6,591,3399Weinstein Company
19Cassadaga$126-42%30$42$1,9702Archstone Distribution