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 Mon, Oct. 21 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$2,405,523-68%3,820160$630$171,968,8143Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$1,346,889-66%3,0200$446$53,790,2172Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$1,068,288-68%3,157--$338$17,169,8401Sony / Screen Gems
4Escape Plan$814,571-68%2,883--$283$10,700,3031Lionsgate / Summit
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$464,922-82%3,602-272$129$93,174,4814Sony / Columbia
6Prisoners$178,028-64%2,160-695$82$57,436,4215Warner Bros.
7Runner Runner$163,113-61%2,011-1015$81$17,739,6733Fox
8The Fifth Estate$147,210-63%1,769--$83$1,820,5611Disney / DreamWorks
9Machete Kills$140,002-59%2,5380$55$6,542,3762Open Road
10Don Jon$128,493-56%1,114-882$115$22,608,0704Relativity Media
11Rush (2013)$120,010-61%1,197-933$100$24,743,3045Universal
12Insidious: Chapter 2$92,227-69%1,665-491$55$80,982,3106FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$156,937-63%757151$207$10,894,9035Fox Searchlight
2Baggage Claim$74,515-69%865-455$86$20,075,5444Fox Searchlight
3I'm in Love with a Church Girl$63,016-72%457--$138$1,034,8421High Top Releasing
4We're the Millers$61,182-62%881-269$69$147,771,59811Warner Bros. / New Line
5Pulling Strings$37,955-83%43810$87$5,201,7073Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$37,732-61%602-378$63$114,320,43210Weinstein Company
7Instructions Not Included$34,608-82%475-236$73$43,576,7468Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Despicable Me 2$29,805-77%395-39$75$363,770,88516Universal
9Romeo and Juliet (2013)$21,660-60%4610$47$959,8612Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$21,508-59%483-567$45$36,316,9536Relativity Media
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$19,775-74%350-54$57$66,941,70211Fox
12Grace Unplugged$16,184-73%313-189$52$2,193,9143Roadside Attractions
13The Wolverine$15,354-60%207-20$74$132,094,00513Fox
14Riddick$12,770-59%253-177$50$41,898,4157Universal
152 Guns$9,515-61%135-31$70$75,582,81512Universal
16The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$7,880-67%1470$54$448,9532Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
17Turbo$6,764-80%149-38$45$82,635,57214Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18The Heat$5,822-64%103-36$57$159,409,06617Fox
19The Conjuring$3,897-60%113-32$34$137,348,33814Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$90,213-66%19--$4,748$1,013,9281Fox Searchlight
2All Is Lost$11,371-60%6--$1,895$104,9541Roadside Attractions
3In a World...$3,734-62%47-7$79$2,841,38711Roadside Attractions
4Haute Cuisine$2,708-53%21-9$129$193,4645Weinstein Company
5The Spectacular Now$2,692-55%5421$50$6,814,13712A24
6The World's End$1,978-34%40-33$49$25,936,3039Focus
7Linsanity$1,216-77%9-7$135$229,1243Ketchup Entertainment
8We Are What We Are (2013)$1,176-46%12-1$98$65,2194eOne Films US
9Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,149--1--$1,149$29,7797Rialto Pictures
10Thanks for Sharing$1,079-65%14-2$77$1,046,1175Roadside Attractions
11Torn$800-25%1--$800$5,6811The Film Collective
12Populaire$573-54%14-7$41$175,8297Weinstein Company
13Fruitvale Station$533-68%20-21$27$16,087,45615Weinstein Company
14Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$217-6%1--$217$9,7044Rialto Pictures
15The Grandmaster$171-86%9-7$19$6,594,3079Weinstein Company
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$95-43%53$19$22,4454Rialto Pictures