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, Mar. 14 - Sun, Mar. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mr. Peabody & Sherman$21,200,000-34%3,95117$5,366$63,179,9162Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2300: Rise of an Empire$19,105,000-58%3,49020$5,474$78,310,5532Warner Bros.
3Need For Speed$17,808,000--3,115--$5,717$17,808,0001Disney / DreamWorks
4Non-Stop (2014)$10,600,000-33%3,18370$3,330$68,789,8103Universal
5Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$8,300,000--1,896--$4,378$8,300,0001Lionsgate
6The LEGO Movie$7,705,000-29%3,040-250$2,535$236,931,9286Warner Bros.
7Son of God$5,400,000-48%2,990-281$1,806$50,874,7083Fox
8Frozen (2013)$2,117,000-28%1,466-194$1,444$396,355,85017Disney
9The Monuments Men$2,000,000-35%1,594-407$1,255$73,818,6926Sony / Columbia
103 Days to Kill$1,700,000-44%1,566-782$1,086$28,432,3684Relativity Media
11Ride Along$1,400,000-31%1,024-299$1,367$132,121,4659Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Veronica Mars$2,021,000--291--$6,945$2,021,0001Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$1,180,000-44%925-140$1,276$55,047,99222Fox Searchlight
3RoboCop (2014)$850,000-58%965-749$881$56,520,5315Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$675,000-59%624-450$1,082$47,820,9005Sony / Screen Gems
5American Hustle$600,000-43%503-102$1,193$149,343,28114Sony / Columbia
6Pompeii$585,000-63%671-987$872$22,413,0094Sony / TriStar
7Gravity$522,000-42%320-64$1,631$272,646,89224Warner Bros.
8The Nut Job$472,00045%405-85$1,165$62,080,5559Open Road
9The Wind Rises$412,000-54%305-191$1,351$4,260,9214Disney
10Philomena$410,000-40%502-168$817$36,640,16217Weinstein Company
11The Wolf of Wall Street$405,000-41%286-73$1,416$116,336,91412Paramount
12Dallas Buyers Club$362,000-42%281-31$1,288$26,765,35220Focus
13Lone Survivor$267,000-36%316-156$845$124,570,89112Universal
14Tim's Vermeer$218,17529%10944$2,002$1,010,5397Sony Pictures Classics
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$205,00073%268135$765$424,338,88117Lionsgate
16Endless Love (2014)$153,000-62%278-258$550$23,393,8805Universal
17That Awkward Moment$131,000-40%122-66$1,074$25,845,7217Focus
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$130,00017%15245$855$50,277,6449Paramount
19Repentance$103,000-65%126-31$817$1,116,6253Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
20August: Osage County$100,000-20%2037$493$37,468,75712Weinstein Company
21Nebraska$71,000-62%120-60$592$17,609,23618Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$3,640,034349%6662$55,152$4,778,9742Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$120,000--6--$20,000$120,0001Focus
3The Lunchbox$97,386-15%185$5,410$314,8123Sony Pictures Classics
4The Great Beauty$93,297-40%73-4$1,278$2,602,44818Janus Films
5Particle Fever$89,618109%1411$6,401$178,8722Abramorama / Bond 360
6Gloria (2014)$78,850-32%73-3$1,080$1,900,8548Roadside Attractions
7The Face of Love$56,700130%2118$2,700$89,9992IFC Films
8Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$49,7002%3613$1,381$190,9544IFC Films
9I, Frankenstein$48,000-32%76-16$632$19,058,8788Lionsgate
10Le Week-End$45,000--3--$15,000$45,0001Music Box Films
11The Art of the Steal (2014)$38,500--60--$642$38,5001RADiUS-TWC
12Ernest & Celestine$36,468233%93$4,052$68,3543GKIDS
13Stalingrad (2014)$33,000-70%70-73$471$960,4423Sony / Columbia
14Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$21,000-86%50-254$420$127,343,44513Paramount
15Enemy$18,000--1--$18,000$18,0001A24
16Labor Day (2013)$15,000-66%42-42$357$13,362,3377Paramount
17Generation War$12,000106%60$2,000$74,0459Music Box Films
18On My Way$11,100--1--$11,100$11,1001Cohen Media Group
19Big Men$9,050--1--$9,050$9,0501Abramorama
2020 Feet from Stardom$8,902-65%18-37$495$4,928,65840RADiUS-TWC
21Teenage$8,000--1--$8,000$8,0001Oscilloscope
22The Retrieval$6,400--1--$6,400$6,4001Variance Films
23Beijing Love Story$4,500-64%4-2$1,125$423,5985China Lion Film
24The Word$3,720--1--$3,720$3,7201Scarlet Sky Productions
25In Bloom$616-73%1-3$616$37,25410Big World Pictures
26Cutie and the Boxer$42033%42$105$199,46531RADiUS-TWC