'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.

Weekend domestic gross

YearWeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
200952 (Dec 25 - Dec 27) - 2009$255,143,91150%$269,785,28535%Avatar
200852 (Dec 26 - Dec 28) - 2008$169,982,2578%$199,277,4367%Marley & Me
201352 (Dec 27 - Dec 29) - 2013$167,837,9748%$197,167,1579%The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
200352 (Dec 26 - Dec 28) - 2003$159,258,3207%$186,482,1614%The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
200752 (Dec 28 - Dec 30) - 2007$157,924,18818%$186,072,59215%National Treasure: Book of Secrets
200152 (Dec 28 - Dec 30) - 2001$150,672,02720%$182,545,24919%The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
201252 (Dec 28 - Dec 30) - 2012$155,214,54715%$181,394,64117%The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
200252 (Dec 27 - Dec 29) - 2002$149,049,278-1%$179,513,110-2%The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
200652 (Dec 29 - Dec 31) - 2006$134,145,3149%$161,847,2738%Night at the Museum
201152 (Dec 30 - Jan 01) - 2011$134,488,4758%$154,774,80611%Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
200052 (Dec 29 - Dec 31) - 2000$125,712,28742%$153,868,29154%Cast Away
200552 (Dec 30 - Jan 01) - 2005$123,335,53210%$149,702,53711%The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
201052 (Dec 24 - Dec 26) - 2010$124,133,496-51%$139,736,698-48%Little Fockers
199852 (Dec 25 - Dec 27) - 1998$126,491,9145%$139,091,0730%Patch Adams
199752 (Dec 26 - Dec 28) - 1997$120,127,26033%$138,728,46027%Titanic
200452 (Dec 24 - Dec 26) - 2004$111,670,983-30%$135,053,663-28%Meet the Fockers
199552 (Dec 29 - Dec 31) - 1995$100,933,28528%$123,226,12926%Toy Story
199052 (Dec 28 - Dec 30) - 1990$101,778,08347%$120,722,56750%Home Alone
199652 (Dec 27 - Dec 29) - 1996$90,054,297-11%$109,550,687-11%Michael (1996)
199952 (Dec 24 - Dec 26) - 1999$88,770,395-30%$100,195,204-28%Any Given Sunday
199452 (Dec 30 - Jan 01) - 1994$78,786,50863%$97,747,85079%Dumb and Dumber
199152 (Dec 27 - Dec 29) - 1991$85,311,681-16%$91,127,937-25%Hook
198452 (Dec 28 - Dec 30) - 1984$72,719,62557%$86,153,96847%Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
199252 (Dec 25 - Dec 27) - 1992$76,273,419-11%$83,350,045-9%A Few Good Men
198952 (Dec 29 - Dec 31) - 1989$69,247,41153%$80,392,70963%The War of the Roses
198652 (Dec 26 - Dec 28) - 1986$56,414,6107%$65,194,02612%The Golden Child
198752 (Dec 25 - Dec 27) - 1987$52,551,174-7%$59,611,649-9%Three Men and a Baby
198552 (Dec 27 - Dec 29) - 1985$52,846,764-27%$58,468,245-32%Rocky IV
198352 (Dec 30 - Jan 01) - 1983$46,357,13940%$58,438,26961%Terms of Endearment
199352 (Dec 24 - Dec 26) - 1993$48,362,667-37%$54,612,228-34%The Pelican Brief
198852 (Dec 23 - Dec 25) - 1988$45,178,641-14%$49,304,018-17%Rain Man