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 Fri, Feb. 7 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$17,094,132--3,775--$4,528$17,094,1321Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$6,914,842--3,083--$2,243$6,914,8421Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$2,603,945271%2,800-67$930$98,326,5354Universal
4That Awkward Moment$1,724,174182%2,8090$614$13,032,2092Focus
5Vampire Academy$1,423,731--2,676--$532$1,423,7311Weinstein Company
6Lone Survivor$1,391,465135%2,869-416$485$108,677,7517Universal
7Frozen (2013)$1,388,839159%2,460-294$565$363,153,46512Disney
8Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$923,54198%2,139-768$432$41,792,9564Paramount
9Labor Day (2013)$904,787122%2,5840$350$7,847,1832Paramount
10American Hustle$750,65597%1,640-576$458$135,767,7359Sony / Columbia
11The Nut Job$720,187121%3,004-468$240$51,992,8514Open Road
12The Wolf of Wall Street$636,72790%1,167-440$546$105,950,5517Paramount
13I, Frankenstein$379,44140%1,427-1326$266$16,386,7343Lionsgate
14August: Osage County$370,10219%1,327-992$279$33,179,2227Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$375,48370%701-431$536$265,178,28319Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$194,45116%678-494$287$46,725,72517Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$189,45440%504-63$376$28,064,37612Weinstein Company
4Her (2013)$183,93948%457-346$402$21,916,8268Warner Bros.
5Nebraska$170,01613%525-350$324$14,410,08413Paramount Vantage
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$164,611103%529-293$311$421,915,39612Lionsgate
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$157,70743%537-396$294$254,867,8859Warner Bros. / New Line
8Dallas Buyers Club$144,93518%488-564$297$23,217,42115Focus
9Devil's Due$93,86849%385-905$244$15,178,5534Fox
10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$70,283138%346-74$203$124,604,5488Paramount
11The Legend Of Hercules$57,62032%248-350$232$18,213,4275Lionsgate / Summit
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$55,33971%242-168$229$57,064,1687Fox
13Grudge Match$38,688354%341100$113$29,415,4207Warner Bros.
14Inside Llewyn Davis$37,29923%129-85$289$12,633,93310CBS Films
15Walking With Dinosaurs$31,899137%251-72$127$35,059,1148Fox
16Captain Phillips$30,23652%182-63$166$106,655,01718Sony / Columbia
17The Book Thief$30,05416%135-43$223$20,877,12614Fox
18Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$25,831149%197-23$131$119,177,75820Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$18,246201%103-47$177$32,334,5966Paramount
20Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$15,469143%115-48$135$52,474,3139Lionsgate
21Free Birds$5,87064%109-26$54$55,538,93715Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hasee Toh Phasee$92,197--88--$1,048$92,1971Reliance Entertainment
2Gloria (2014)$56,568273%6536$870$361,3053Roadside Attractions
3Gimme Shelter (2014)$13,645-43%76-271$180$1,293,8203Roadside Attractions
4Last Vegas$5,924-28%60-44$99$63,864,61415CBS Films
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,705-36%46-31$102$8,170,11511Weinstein Company
6Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2,066--1--$2,066$2,0661Rialto Pictures
7Knights of Badassdom$1,367-82%9-2$152$82,9943eOne Films US
8All Is Lost$858-38%12-13$72$6,250,84717Roadside Attractions
9At Middleton$832-68%8-12$104$47,3272Anchor Bay / Freestyle
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$456-64%11-41$41$116,629,94426Weinstein Company
11Love Is in the Air$415-10%3-3$138$6,9482Focus World
12The Pretty One$309--1--$309$3091Dada Films
13Demi-Soeur$206--1--$206$2061Rialto Premieres