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.

Weekend domestic gross

WeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 09)$132,710,403101%$152,816,95778%The LEGO Movie
45 (Nov 07 - Nov 09)$142,643,89591%$156,969,71566%Big Hero 6
37 (Sep 12 - Sep 14)$73,297,49352%$91,079,82439%No Good Deed (2014)
47 (Nov 21 - Nov 23)$184,467,35547%$193,539,06338%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
18 (May 02 - May 04)$141,515,37545%$153,996,10832%The Amazing Spider-Man 2
40 (Oct 03 - Oct 05)$136,249,16142%$148,956,33639%Gone Girl
20 (May 16 - May 18)$167,395,91435%$178,372,83331%Godzilla (2014)
12 (Mar 21 - Mar 23)$129,583,26131%$141,358,71724%Divergent
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 19)$146,864,92431%$176,250,39825%Ride Along
31 (Aug 01 - Aug 03)$167,783,61527%$186,309,03620%Guardians of the Galaxy
26 (Jun 27 - Jun 29)$171,037,68226%$180,004,11323%Transformers: Age of Extinction
14 (Apr 04 - Apr 06)$155,800,77425%$167,154,07919%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
38 (Sep 19 - Sep 21)$90,003,66723%$102,539,62313%The Maze Runner
10 (Mar 07 - Mar 09)$127,539,95523%$143,771,58816%300: Rise of an Empire
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 16)$155,759,46817%$178,151,93917%The LEGO Movie
28 (Jul 11 - Jul 13)$133,801,34416%$150,142,27813%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
24 (Jun 13 - Jun 15)$177,277,72215%$186,942,08015%22 Jump Street
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 02)$104,089,48010%$123,511,32011%Non-Stop (2014)
50 (Dec 12 - Dec 14)$73,808,1388%$83,274,9908%Exodus: Gods and Kings
39 (Sep 26 - Sep 28)$95,966,6317%$107,209,9235%The Equalizer
21 (May 23 - May 25)$175,346,8225%$187,232,5075%X-Men: Days of Future Past
32 (Aug 08 - Aug 10)$169,712,5051%$186,189,3020%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
30 (Jul 25 - Jul 27)$132,017,6591%$154,705,0344%Lucy
29 (Jul 18 - Jul 20)$130,550,571-2%$149,169,987-1%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
23 (Jun 06 - Jun 08)$153,810,858-2%$162,885,920-2%The Fault in Our Stars
41 (Oct 10 - Oct 12)$131,948,473-3%$150,548,4601%Gone Girl
13 (Mar 28 - Mar 30)$124,746,109-4%$140,571,703-1%Noah
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 12)$112,448,084-5%$140,546,7740%Lone Survivor
22 (May 30 - Jun 01)$157,680,341-10%$166,449,158-11%Maleficent
16 (Apr 18 - Apr 20)$116,260,430-11%$133,362,817-5%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
46 (Nov 14 - Nov 16)$125,728,488-12%$140,405,563-11%Dumb and Dumber To
19 (May 09 - May 11)$123,849,070-12%$136,682,787-11%Neighbors (2014)
42 (Oct 17 - Oct 19)$115,233,422-13%$131,464,508-13%Fury (2014)
35 (Aug 29 - Aug 31)$82,775,516-15%$109,332,503-5%Guardians of the Galaxy
43 (Oct 24 - Oct 26)$97,071,579-16%$115,800,273-12%Ouija
15 (Apr 11 - Apr 13)$131,084,472-16%$140,004,458-16%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
17 (Apr 25 - Apr 27)$97,473,803-16%$116,764,238-12%The Other Woman (2014)
48 (Nov 28 - Nov 30)$151,851,533-18%$162,187,493-16%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
34 (Aug 22 - Aug 24)$97,178,514-22%$114,841,162-20%Guardians of the Galaxy
11 (Mar 14 - Mar 16)$98,624,322-23%$113,857,743-21%Mr. Peabody & Sherman
44 (Oct 31 - Nov 02)$74,844,096-23%$94,837,524-18%Ouija
25 (Jun 20 - Jun 22)$135,785,499-23%$145,793,829-22%Think Like a Man Too
33 (Aug 15 - Aug 17)$124,986,010-26%$142,778,857-23%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 02)$65,887,288-30%$86,072,092-27%Ride Along
27 (Jul 04 - Jul 06)$115,345,546-33%$132,400,546-26%Transformers: Age of Extinction
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 26)$93,470,922-36%$118,117,092-33%Ride Along
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 23)$94,308,705-39%$111,652,840-37%The LEGO Movie
36 (Sep 05 - Sep 07)$48,083,368-42%$65,655,749-40%Guardians of the Galaxy
49 (Dec 05 - Dec 07)$68,103,918-55%$77,140,368-52%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 05)$118,936,215--$141,175,697--Frozen (2013)