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, Feb. 11 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$3,131,104-10%3,775--$829$75,675,4471Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$2,048,56526%3,083--$664$25,674,3781Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$575,0303%2,800-67$205$106,447,4054Universal
4That Awkward Moment$472,84731%2,8090$168$17,380,1202Focus
5Lone Survivor$417,0058%2,869-416$145$113,656,4667Universal
6Frozen (2013)$403,385-9%2,460-294$164$369,484,15212Disney
7Labor Day (2013)$342,59444%2,5840$133$10,708,4232Paramount
8Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$315,70421%2,139-768$148$44,976,5274Paramount
9American Hustle$268,58022%1,640-576$164$138,575,1429Sony / Columbia
10The Wolf of Wall Street$244,18614%1,167-440$209$108,355,8387Paramount
11Vampire Academy$243,7440%2,676--$91$4,408,1391Weinstein Company
12The Nut Job$180,213-21%3,004-468$60$55,433,1804Open Road
13August: Osage County$170,62635%1,327-992$129$34,587,5127Weinstein Company
14I, Frankenstein$139,04012%1,427-1326$97$17,746,5313Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$172,07222%701-431$245$266,787,77219Warner Bros.
2Philomena$109,67628%504-63$218$28,867,61912Weinstein Company
312 Years a Slave$96,91131%678-494$143$47,518,48717Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$89,78334%525-350$171$15,100,11913Paramount Vantage
5The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$69,4945%537-396$129$255,534,0709Warner Bros. / New Line
6Her (2013)$66,48510%457-346$145$22,590,8318Warner Bros.
7Dallas Buyers Club$63,90019%488-564$131$23,797,33315Focus
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$49,477-1%529-293$94$422,511,04912Lionsgate
9Devil's Due$29,74817%385-905$77$15,460,4334Fox
10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$27,8444%346-74$80$124,848,8268Paramount
11The Legend Of Hercules$18,193-1%248-350$73$18,425,5595Lionsgate / Summit
12Inside Llewyn Davis$17,69723%129-85$137$12,788,57410CBS Films
13The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$16,8539%242-168$70$57,230,5177Fox
14The Book Thief$12,72224%135-43$94$20,972,85614Fox
15Grudge Match$12,601-5%341100$37$29,546,8127Warner Bros.
16Captain Phillips$11,97430%182-63$66$106,756,87018Sony / Columbia
17Walking With Dinosaurs$11,549-25%251-72$46$35,226,6898Fox
18Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,463-31%197-23$33$119,291,73720Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$5,8403%103-47$57$32,396,5756Paramount
20Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$4,3516%115-48$38$52,536,7929Lionsgate
21Free Birds$1,737-22%109-26$16$55,571,46215Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hasee Toh Phasee$24,43257%88--$278$376,9461Reliance Entertainment
2Gloria (2014)$23,75611%6536$365$597,0923Roadside Attractions
3Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,65460%46-31$101$8,192,77311Weinstein Company
4Gimme Shelter (2014)$4,019-5%76-271$53$1,343,3363Roadside Attractions
5Knights of Badassdom$2,635110%9-2$293$90,6883eOne Films US
6Last Vegas$2,19613%60-44$37$63,885,23415CBS Films
7Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,3306%1--$1,330$9,8771Rialto Pictures
8The Pretty One$512248%1--$512$2,1431Dada Films
9At Middleton$46012%8-12$58$50,8242Anchor Bay / Freestyle
10All Is Lost$391123%12-13$33$6,253,72817Roadside Attractions
11Love Is in the Air$242137%3-3$81$7,9802Focus World
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$23135%11-41$21$116,631,71226Weinstein Company
13Demi-Soeur$1023%1--$102$8351Rialto Premieres