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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Sep. 21 - Sun, Sep. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1End of Watch$13,000,000--2,730--$4,762$13,000,0001Open Road
2House at the End of the Street$13,000,000--3,083--$4,217$13,000,0001Relativity Media
3Trouble with the Curve$12,720,000--3,212--$3,960$12,720,0001Warner Bros.
4Finding Nemo 3D$9,446,000-43%2,9040$3,253$29,979,9752Disney
5Resident Evil: Retribution$6,700,000-68%3,0164$2,221$33,467,7272Sony / Screen Gems
6Dredd 3D$6,300,000--2,506--$2,514$6,300,0001Lionsgate
7The Possession$2,630,000-54%2,598-262$1,012$45,279,6274Lionsgate
8Lawless$2,321,000-47%2,614-449$888$34,511,9194Weinstein Company
9ParaNorman$2,296,987-26%1,617-709$1,421$52,534,0856Focus
10The Bourne Legacy$1,650,000-42%1,430-740$1,154$110,442,7007Universal
11The Odd Life of Timothy Green$1,531,000-41%1,752-663$874$48,643,7386Disney
12The Expendables 2$1,431,000-55%1,820-1076$786$82,992,9526Lionsgate
13The Campaign$1,230,000-49%1,250-752$984$85,011,0657Warner Bros.
142016: Obama's America$917,551-54%1,216-660$755$32,002,62811Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Hope Springs (2012)$860,000-53%1,147-799$750$62,158,1557Sony / Columbia
16The Words$775,000-73%1,247-1554$621$11,019,5713CBS Films
17Last Ounce of Courage$546,964-66%1,064-343$514$2,749,1502Rocky Mountain Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$5,000,000579%788783$6,345$6,055,8832Weinstein Company
2Arbitrage$1,283,900-36%24447$5,262$3,952,4072Roadside Attractions
3The Dark Knight Rises$1,260,000-42%948-633$1,329$443,117,87010Warner Bros.
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$525,000-10%420-121$1,250$158,546,17811Fox
5Marvel's The Avengers$466,000-22%290-152$1,607$622,887,84221Disney
6Premium Rush$370,000-71%567-772$653$19,672,7645Sony / Columbia
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$315,000-38%374-217$842$47,763,3998Fox
8Sleepwalk With Me$297,000-14%13517$2,200$1,691,6155IFC Films
9Ted (2012)$231,000-39%293-118$788$217,825,24513Universal
10Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$220,000-24%240-66$917$215,892,79216Paramount / DreamWorks
11Robot & Frank$198,120-48%156-52$1,270$2,909,9566IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
12The Intouchables$182,000-28%156-24$1,167$12,253,55818Weinstein Company
13For A Good Time, Call...$147,644-45%105-2$1,406$1,084,7184Focus
14Hit and Run$130,082-64%291-360$447$13,600,9235Open Road
15Moonrise Kingdom$128,961-32%120-37$1,075$45,162,70518Focus
16Beasts of the Southern Wild$125,700-48%132-80$952$10,904,92613Fox Searchlight
17Step Up Revolution$123,000-44%182-86$676$34,942,5919Lionsgate / Summit
18The Cold Light of Day$65,000-92%155-1356$419$3,696,8513Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$244,000--4--$61,000$244,0001Lionsgate / Summit
2Samsara$197,821-18%59-3$3,353$1,155,7615Oscilloscope
3Searching For Sugar Man$100,8680%384$2,654$1,193,6699Sony Pictures Classics
4My Uncle Rafael$100,210--14--$7,158$100,2101Rocky Mountain Pictures
510 Years$78,109244%4340$1,816$109,0242Anchor Bay Films
6Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$74,000-81%85-237$871$3,054,1893Paramount
7Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$64,238--3--$21,413$64,2381IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
8To Rome with Love$57,548-17%50-35$1,151$16,531,21414Sony Pictures Classics
9Celeste and Jesse Forever$50,794-65%54-98$941$3,020,8558Sony Pictures Classics
10Occupy Unmasked$44,000--4--$11,000$44,0001Magnolia / Magnet
11Liberal Arts$40,00046%2016$2,000$77,7852IFC Films
12Detropia$37,200-12%116$3,382$131,4153Loki Films
13Stolen (2012)$32,508-82%99-42$328$288,0072Millennium Entertainment
14How To Survive A Plague$28,000--4--$7,000$28,0001IFC Films
15Hello I Must Be Going$22,937168%1513$1,529$67,3143Oscilloscope
16The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best$6,537--2--$3,269$6,5371Oscilloscope
17Hellbound?$4,275--4--$1,069$4,2751Area23a
18Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,800-12%70$257$3,371,0427ARC Entertainment
19Death by China$622-81%1-2$622$23,0516Area23a