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 Wed, Mar. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$1,574,426-22%3,49020$451$83,743,9352Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,232,818-22%3,95117$312$68,168,6692Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Need For Speed$1,062,433-31%3,115--$341$21,674,0671Disney / DreamWorks
4Non-Stop (2014)$811,665-24%3,18370$255$71,542,6403Universal
5The LEGO Movie$548,032-17%3,040-250$180$238,753,3546Warner Bros.
6Son of God$462,283-21%2,990-281$155$52,519,3693Fox
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$381,460-30%1,896--$201$9,446,0411Lionsgate
8The Monuments Men$207,682-14%1,594-407$130$74,554,0206Sony / Columbia
93 Days to Kill$162,729-21%1,566-782$104$29,012,4034Relativity Media
10Frozen (2013)$139,287-20%1,466-194$95$396,895,07317Disney
11Ride Along$97,280-14%1,024-299$95$132,416,2009Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$122,050-22%925-140$132$55,489,96122Fox Searchlight
2Veronica Mars$87,794-18%291--$302$2,281,5921Warner Bros.
3RoboCop (2014)$79,673-19%965-749$83$56,787,7325Sony / Columbia
4Pompeii$64,694-25%671-987$96$22,630,2644Sony / TriStar
5About Last Night$62,729-13%624-450$101$48,016,1885Sony / Screen Gems
6American Hustle$56,839-12%503-102$113$149,528,92114Sony / Columbia
7Philomena$54,859-20%502-168$109$36,830,28017Weinstein Company
8The Wind Rises$51,441-8%305-191$169$4,433,8384Disney
9Gravity$44,934-17%320-64$140$272,819,78524Warner Bros.
10The Nut Job$43,115-16%405-85$106$62,225,1599Open Road
11The Wolf of Wall Street$39,104-13%286-73$137$116,465,73412Paramount
12Dallas Buyers Club$35,610-19%281-31$127$26,886,79120Focus
13Lone Survivor$23,700-12%316-156$75$124,646,81112Universal
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$23,585-15%277-56$85$257,879,18114Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$19,703-11%268135$74$424,399,59717Lionsgate
16Her (2013)$17,832-11%121-34$147$25,292,37813Warner Bros.
17August: Osage County$17,132-1%2037$84$37,523,77212Weinstein Company
18That Awkward Moment$15,065-27%122-66$123$25,891,1937Focus
19Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$14,615-13%15245$96$50,327,0029Paramount
20Endless Love (2014)$11,120-20%278-258$40$23,428,5205Universal
21Nebraska$8,953-13%120-60$75$17,645,50418Paramount Vantage
22Repentance$8,875-15%126-31$70$1,146,6333Lionsgate / Codeblack Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$368,8820%6662$5,589$5,863,7092Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$10,0475%6--$1,675$141,4831Focus
3Gloria (2014)$8,785-18%75-1$117$1,932,6188Roadside Attractions
4Stalingrad (2014)$5,196-17%70-73$74$976,2283Sony / Columbia
5The Art of the Steal (2014)$5,1702%60--$86$54,1531RADiUS-TWC
6The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,694-24%88-45$53$58,130,33412Fox
7Walking With Dinosaurs$4,258-13%98-66$43$35,994,57013Fox
8I, Frankenstein$3,958-11%76-16$52$19,070,9948Lionsgate
9The Book Thief$3,2281%47-2$69$21,411,77619Fox
10Winter's Tale$3,152-9%50-32$63$12,516,2845Warner Bros.
11Ernest & Celestine$2,7286%93$303$80,6553GKIDS
12Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$2,441-7%50-254$49$127,350,89113Paramount
13Labor Day (2013)$1,725-32%42-42$41$13,368,8497Paramount
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,122-27%23-19$49$8,310,58716Weinstein Company
15Free Birds$592-29%32-42$19$55,749,84820Relativity Media
16Vampire Academy$298-6%12-20$25$7,760,0366Weinstein Company