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 Wed, Apr. 2 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$2,610,467-28%3,567--$732$53,040,7761Paramount
2Divergent$1,560,425-20%3,9360$396$99,544,6822Lionsgate / Summit
3God's Not Dead$771,172-5%1,178398$655$24,063,7992Freestyle / Pure Flix
4Muppets Most Wanted$651,948-16%3,1940$204$35,215,5492Disney
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$576,658-15%3,299-308$175$96,342,3274Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sabotage (2014)$365,442-23%2,486--$147$6,547,9601Open Road
7300: Rise of an Empire$363,259-21%2,601-484$140$102,272,2454Warner Bros.
8Need For Speed$318,740-27%2,705-410$118$38,736,2793Disney / DreamWorks
9Non-Stop (2014)$301,755-17%2,515-430$120$86,059,2905Universal
10The LEGO Movie$232,465-18%2,001-500$116$248,981,7128Warner Bros.
11Son of God$95,753-13%1,277-862$75$58,154,5965Fox
12Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$83,175-17%1,139-757$73$15,267,3693Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$711,709-12%977673$728$26,385,3274Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$206,315-18%842755$245$4,144,6873Focus
3Cesar Chavez$136,285-33%664--$205$3,502,8531Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Monuments Men$43,363-6%501-437$87$76,715,2678Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$35,843-7%387-682$93$398,500,96219Disney
6The Nut Job$31,248-13%294-41$106$63,200,63211Open Road
7Ride Along$25,3500%360-290$70$133,735,11011Universal
83 Days to Kill$21,481-22%340-412$63$30,301,5016Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$16,643-5%210-137$79$3,232,3733Warner Bros.
10Philomena$15,038-9%202-95$74$37,368,02319Weinstein Company
1112 Years a Slave$14,767-15%228-294$65$56,422,55824Fox Searchlight
12American Hustle$12,558-2%188-93$67$150,053,75016Sony / Columbia
13Gravity$12,106-13%135-67$90$273,351,70926Warner Bros.
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$9,964-1%185-39$54$258,236,38716Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Wolf of Wall Street$9,172-1%134-81$68$116,892,67614Paramount
16Lone Survivor$9,055-9%165-46$55$124,993,47614Universal
17Her (2013)$7,472-3%11037$68$25,481,21615Warner Bros.
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$7,158-3%107-21$67$50,569,83311Paramount
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$5,382-11%158-53$34$424,662,17419Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dom Hemingway$5,499--4--$1,375$5,4990Fox Searchlight
2Dallas Buyers Club$5,277-18%99-79$53$27,207,91822Focus
3That Awkward Moment$4,673-20%68-25$69$26,063,4789Focus
4August: Osage County$3,986-22%81-60$49$37,684,09814Weinstein Company
5Ernest & Celestine$3,03244%125$253$136,9075GKIDS
6Gloria (2014)$3,010-12%36-14$84$2,034,53710Roadside Attractions
7Winter's Tale$2,37130%85-59$28$12,597,4337Warner Bros.
8Walking With Dinosaurs$2,23811%42-17$53$36,057,76215Fox
9Stalingrad (2014)$1,988-7%6653$30$1,010,3165Sony / Columbia
10Vampire Academy$6623%24-11$28$7,787,8308Weinstein Company
11Blood Ties$41518%5-23$83$42,2272Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$214--10$214$26,6458Rialto Pictures