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.

Weekly domestic gross

WeekTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 09)$159,343,109--$190,069,000--Frozen (2013)
49 (Dec 05 - Dec 11)$87,660,059-51%$101,650,000-48%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
36 (Sep 05 - Sep 11)$63,265,254-49%$87,343,000-47%Guardians of the Galaxy
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 27)$117,537,472-44%$142,091,000-41%The LEGO Movie
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 30)$120,508,099-41%$154,687,000-37%Ride Along
48 (Nov 28 - Dec 04)$180,547,923-35%$195,821,000-35%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
27 (Jul 04 - Jul 10)$176,616,643-32%$204,661,000-29%Transformers: Age of Extinction
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 06)$85,426,599-29%$114,101,000-26%Ride Along
33 (Aug 15 - Aug 21)$176,836,799-28%$203,647,000-26%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
34 (Aug 22 - Aug 28)$130,765,914-26%$157,657,000-23%Guardians of the Galaxy
11 (Mar 14 - Mar 20)$127,965,571-25%$149,568,000-23%Mr. Peabody & Sherman
25 (Jun 20 - Jun 26)$203,528,148-22%$220,078,000-20%22 Jump Street
46 (Nov 14 - Nov 20)$154,643,374-22%$174,408,000-20%Dumb and Dumber To
44 (Oct 31 - Nov 06)$99,964,533-21%$129,784,000-14%Nightcrawler
17 (Apr 25 - May 01)$125,165,476-20%$151,557,000-16%The Other Woman (2014)
43 (Oct 24 - Oct 30)$126,307,561-16%$151,200,000-12%Ouija
16 (Apr 18 - Apr 24)$156,755,754-16%$181,228,000-11%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
42 (Oct 17 - Oct 23)$150,451,372-16%$172,254,000-16%Fury (2014)
22 (May 30 - Jun 05)$216,842,737-15%$230,493,000-17%Maleficent
19 (May 09 - May 15)$160,996,916-8%$179,009,000-7%Neighbors (2014)
13 (Mar 28 - Apr 03)$159,801,347-6%$181,733,000-3%Noah
35 (Aug 29 - Sep 04)$122,883,981-6%$163,465,0004%Guardians of the Galaxy
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 16)$150,397,106-6%$188,786,000-1%Lone Survivor
15 (Apr 11 - Apr 17)$186,574,452-5%$203,310,000-4%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
29 (Jul 18 - Jul 24)$191,126,930-5%$220,449,000-3%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
30 (Jul 25 - Jul 31)$192,387,4451%$228,446,0004%Lucy
23 (Jun 06 - Jun 12)$220,504,2242%$235,537,0002%The Fault in Our Stars
41 (Oct 10 - Oct 16)$178,679,7542%$204,967,0006%Gone Girl
32 (Aug 08 - Aug 14)$246,226,8392%$276,135,0002%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
39 (Sep 26 - Oct 02)$122,343,7867%$138,699,0005%The Equalizer
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 06)$132,712,05313%$159,661,00012%Non-Stop (2014)
28 (Jul 11 - Jul 17)$200,657,60514%$226,676,00011%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
24 (Jun 13 - Jun 19)$259,565,76818%$274,816,00017%22 Jump Street
21 (May 23 - May 29)$256,416,76318%$276,208,00019%X-Men: Days of Future Past
14 (Apr 04 - Apr 10)$196,678,72423%$212,524,00017%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
38 (Sep 19 - Sep 25)$114,768,66225%$132,059,00014%The Maze Runner
31 (Aug 01 - Aug 07)$240,966,02025%$271,893,00019%Guardians of the Galaxy
26 (Jun 27 - Jul 03)$260,558,19728%$289,843,00032%Transformers: Age of Extinction
10 (Mar 07 - Mar 13)$170,490,79928%$193,723,00021%300: Rise of an Empire
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 20)$208,274,58529%$241,277,00025%The LEGO Movie
12 (Mar 21 - Mar 27)$170,465,44533%$188,052,00026%Divergent
20 (May 16 - May 22)$216,442,29134%$232,164,00030%Godzilla (2014)
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 23)$203,205,96535%$246,792,00031%Ride Along
18 (May 02 - May 08)$175,759,58740%$193,165,00027%The Amazing Spider-Man 2
40 (Oct 03 - Oct 09)$175,329,01643%$193,066,00039%Gone Girl
37 (Sep 12 - Sep 18)$91,833,86445%$115,981,00033%No Good Deed (2014)
50 (Dec 12 - Dec 18)$129,510,48848%$145,413,00043%The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
47 (Nov 21 - Nov 27)$279,179,00181%$300,672,00072%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 13)$161,597,23089%$192,940,00069%The LEGO Movie
45 (Nov 07 - Nov 13)$197,207,68097%$217,787,00068%Big Hero 6