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 Tue, Nov. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ender's Game$2,112,73213%3,407--$620$30,997,9511Lionsgate / Summit
2Last Vegas$1,923,26141%3,065--$627$19,618,5931CBS Films
3Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,761,51415%3,3459$527$64,862,7752Paramount
4Free Birds$1,229,96476%3,736--$329$17,735,2591Relativity Media
5Gravity$1,154,59529%3,024-683$382$220,939,4335Warner Bros.
6Captain Phillips$820,29032%3,021-122$272$83,899,2014Sony / Columbia
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$416,917103%2,430-681$172$106,768,3546Sony / Columbia
8The Counselor$409,35632%3,0440$134$14,486,9712Fox
9Carrie (2013)$296,99225%2,252-905$132$32,371,8293Sony / Screen Gems
10Escape Plan$259,49140%1,966-917$132$22,036,3653Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$522,20716%410287$1,274$9,923,4773Fox Searchlight
2About Time$122,49532%175--$700$1,291,8681Universal
3Enough Said$109,84229%662-173$166$15,004,9937Fox Searchlight
4All Is Lost$60,58213%13048$466$1,547,6213Roadside Attractions
5We're the Millers$53,22111%555-231$96$149,322,57313Warner Bros. / New Line
6Prisoners$47,14348%465-882$101$60,028,9847Warner Bros.
7Machete Kills$43,16738%263-990$164$7,707,2794Open Road
8Rush (2013)$40,90542%303-374$135$26,561,6097Universal
9Despicable Me 2$32,44524%309-70$105$364,833,03518Universal
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$26,43851%312-132$85$115,115,70112Weinstein Company
11Insidious: Chapter 2$26,0664%553-676$47$82,871,6938FilmDistrict
12Don Jon$23,68026%181-359$131$23,931,9376Relativity Media
13Baggage Claim$19,22328%294-300$65$21,258,6896Fox Searchlight
14I'm in Love with a Church Girl$17,14331%243-215$71$2,087,5173High Top Releasing
15Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$14,69610%251-52$59$67,517,98113Fox
16Runner Runner$13,94533%237-732$59$19,181,0685Fox
17Instructions Not Included$7,34916%136-165$54$44,146,33310Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Wolverine$6,39219%119-45$54$132,368,86915Fox
19Pulling Strings$5,88940%109-206$54$5,723,6715Lionsgate / Pantelion

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$27,45626%9--$3,051$310,1251Focus
2Diana$9,88617%38--$260$86,0741eOne Films US
3The Family (2013)$6,82858%87-131$78$36,590,1448Relativity Media
4Romeo and Juliet (2013)$3,716175%22-69$169$1,112,9724Relativity Media
5Turbo$3,40537%69-39$49$82,813,11416Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Grace Unplugged$3,08319%81-127$38$2,456,9325Roadside Attractions
7The Heat$2,87924%42-38$69$159,516,64919Fox
8Big Sur$2,008-18%13--$154$21,2871Ketchup Entertainment
9In a World...$1,886-12%22-10$86$2,910,19213Roadside Attractions
10The World's End$1,120-4%16-10$70$25,973,64111Focus
11Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$7881974%10$788$18,7422Cinepix
12The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$645-7%5-9$129$47,2376Rialto Pictures
13The Spectacular Now$41338%18-6$23$6,837,62014A24
14Linsanity$128700%4-4$32$260,0765Ketchup Entertainment
15Torn$94-45%2--$47$17,7113The Film Collective