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, May. 10 - Sun, May. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$72,472,000-58%4,2530$17,040$284,893,0842Disney
2The Great Gatsby (2013)$51,115,000--3,535--$14,460$51,115,0001Warner Bros.
3Pain and Gain$5,000,000-33%3,30316$1,514$41,608,2003Paramount
4Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$4,850,000--2,041--$2,376$4,850,0001Lionsgate
542 (2013)$4,650,000-23%2,930-415$1,587$84,731,8795Warner Bros.
6Oblivion (2013)$3,864,000-32%2,770-660$1,395$81,655,6154Universal
7The Croods$3,600,000-14%2,650-265$1,358$173,215,4778Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Big Wedding$2,500,000-36%2,298-335$1,088$18,287,6913Lionsgate
9Scary Movie 5$706,000-51%1,007-850$701$30,644,0305Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$2,343,0008%852276$2,750$8,362,9793Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$802,000-62%774-386$1,036$229,984,32010Disney
3The Place Beyond the Pines$675,185-47%669-493$1,009$19,978,7217Focus
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$620,000-51%750-1054$827$119,776,8917Paramount
5Jurassic Park 3D$604,000-33%653-327$925$44,722,9106Universal
6The Company You Keep$420,475-40%394-147$1,067$4,150,7256Sony Pictures Classics
7Tyler Perry's Temptation$188,000-54%278-226$676$51,700,4997Lionsgate
8Identity Thief$173,000-15%279-21$620$133,695,00514Universal
9Disconnect$160,131--180--$890$1,300,4655LD Entertainment
10The Host (2013)$146,000-4%30111$485$26,355,5847Open Road
11The Sapphires$130,000-11%118-5$1,102$1,829,8908Weinstein Company
12Silver Linings Playbook$125,000-37%323-145$387$131,928,58326Weinstein Company
13Snitch (2013)$121,000-11%188-27$644$42,691,38012Lionsgate / Summit
14Escape From Planet Earth$106,000-14%254-3$417$55,345,23713Weinstein Company
15Admission$58,10649%15643$372$17,860,6448Focus
16Side Effects (2013)$33,000-50%108-57$306$32,152,04814Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iceman$108,52023%1713$6,384$236,0492Millennium Entertainment
2Kon-Tiki$83,64513%228$3,802$224,3933Weinstein Company
3Filly Brown$63,000-63%92-112$685$2,720,7894Lionsgate / Pantelion
4In the House$61,34130%3412$1,804$222,8744Cohen Media Group
5At Any Price$55,75476%5032$1,115$129,3413Sony Pictures Classics
6No One Lives$45,875--53--$866$45,8751Anchor Bay Films
7Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$41,7025%2319$1,813$104,0592eOne Films US
8Love Is All You Need$40,0269%106$4,003$91,0122Sony Pictures Classics
9Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$38,000-55%4323$884$140,3692Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Quartet$33,000-24%59-27$559$18,155,76018Weinstein Company
11Stories We Tell$31,000--2--$15,500$31,0001Roadside Attractions
12Upstream Color$25,580--18--$1,421$401,1576ERBP
13What Maisie Knew$24,75815%32$8,253$55,9102Millenium Entertainment
14Midnight's Children$23,0503%111$2,095$70,3463Paladin/108 Media
15One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$7,500--1--$7,500$9,5791Zeitgeist Films
16The Lords of Salem$6,082-75%15-35$405$1,163,7484Anchor Bay Films
17Dead Man's Burden$1,100-86%10$1,100$9,8942Cinedigm