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As far as hooky family movie conceits go, the "Night at the Museum" franchise is centered around a pretty adorable one (one that, it should be noted, is based on a 32-page children's book of the same name by Milan Trenc): thanks to an enchanted tablet, every night after dark, the exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History come to life. A night watchman, played by Ben Stiller, finds out the secret and has to keep all of the museum's inhabitants inside the museum. For a single movie, even under the artless direction of Shawn Levy, the idea played well, especially with a supporting cast stocked with comedic heavyweights like Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais and Dick Van Dyke. With the original film, there was enough genuine whimsy to sustain, but now, with the third film, "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," even »
- Drew Taylor
"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," which is the last installment in "The Hobbit" trilogy, took first place at the domestic box office by earning $56 million, bringing its worldwide total to $355 million. Despite the amazing results, both previous "The Hobbit" films performed better. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" opened to $84.6 million in 2012 and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" opened to $73.6 million last year. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" has a 61% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Taking second place is "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," which is also a third film in the franchise. It earned a very disappointing $17.3 million, far lower than the original "Night at the Museum" ($30.4 million) and "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" ($54.2 million). "Secret of the Tomb" cost $127 million to make, which means that it will heavily rely on international box office to keep loses to a minimum. »
Moviegoers stormed theaters this weekend to spend "one last time" in Middle Earth.Including Wednesday and Thursday ticket sales, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has already earned $89.1 million, which puts it on track to ultimately surpass its predecessor (The Desolation of Smaug).Meanwhile, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie (2014) opened at essentially the same level; that's quite good for the moderately-budgeted musical, but not-so-great for the big-budget fantasy sequel.Over the three-day weekend, the final chapter in the Hobbit trilogy dominated with $54.7 million. That's the lowest opening weekend in the franchise so far, though it's also the first and only movie to open on a Wednesday.A better comparison can be drawn to the Lord of the Rings movies, all of which opened on a Wednesday. The movie's $89.1 million five-day total is 13 percent lower than The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
The Night at the Museum series hasn’t exactly been anybody’s idea of great cinema – or even okay cinema. None of these films has a particularly well-conceived plot, or emotional through-line. They’re mainly excuses to showcase characters from different periods in history coming to life, often through the magic of CGI – a pleasant diversion for kids, an inoffensive babysitter for the parents. But director Shawn Levy, at least in the previous two films, seemed like he could handle neither the big setpieces nor the more intimate moments: he trampled on quiet scenes and drained big ones of their energy.All that said, this latest, and presumably final, entry in the series is not without its virtues. This time around, the modesty helps. The idea is that the magic Tablet of Akhmenrah, the Egyptian artifact that brings the Museum of Natural History’s various exhibits to life, is starting to corrode, »
- Bilge Ebiri
<< Continued from "Weekend Report: 'Hobbit' Emerges Victorious in Final Box Office 'Battle'"Playing at 3,785 locations, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opened to $17.1 million this weekend. That's a fraction of the last movie's $54.2 million debut, though that did open over Memorial Day weekend (when the opening frame is much more significant). A better comparison is the first Night at the Museum, which earned $30.4 million on the same weekend back in 2006.More recent comparisons are Fox three-quels The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, which opened to $24 million and $23.2 million, respectively. If the final Night at the Museum follows the same pattern as those movies, it will wind up with less than $100 million total.The second Night at the Museum movie earned 29 percent less than the first, which suggested that the novelty of the original movie had quickly worn off. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hollywood isn’t feeling particularly festive with Christmas just around the corner.
Despite a massive debut for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” and the openings of two big-budget movies in “Annie” and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” ticket sales this weekend were down more than 4%. Year-to-date the movie business is off by more than 5% from 2013’s record breaker and may have a tough time catching up to 2012’s figure.
“To not have seen an uptick last weekend is disconcerting,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations.
This weekend is the fifth straight that grosses have lagged behind those of the previous year. Bock believes some of the downturn is attributable to too much of the same.
“If you look at this weekend, we had two sequels and a reboot,” Bock argued. “People don’t like what Hollywood is offering. They want original content. »
- Brent Lang
Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies" took no prisoners easily winning the weekend at the U.S. box office with $56.2 million. The final installment in the second Middle Earth trilogy has grossed $90.6 million so far. That's actually under pre-release polling which expected "Hobbit 3" to do $100 million plus over the five-day. Considering what a rough year its distributor, Warner Bros., has had and how most "blockbusters" have underperformed over the past 12 months, $90 million should illicit sighs of relief more than anything else. It also doesn't hurt that the adventure has already pulled in a mammoth $265 million overseas. Moreover, while there are five new releases opening on Christmas day stateside, "Hobbit" is still expected to dominate into early January. Debuting at no. 2 was "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," which features one of the last cinematic performances of Robin Williams. The Shaun Levy directed comedy pulled in just $17.3 million, »
- Gregory Ellwood
The franchise finale debuted Wednesday on 3,875 locations and easily trumped tracking which had predicted a debut in the $70 million range. For its inaugural three-day weekend, the fantasy adventure earned $56.2 million.
“There have been six visits to Middle Earth and this is the final one and it became so important for people to come out to see this in a big way,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president. “The action was there and Peter made a fabulous movie.”
This “Hobbit” faced stiffer competition than the previous installments in the form of two major family releases, “Annie” and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” Previous Jackson films, such as “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Desolation of Smaug, »
- Brent Lang
The decision by Warner Bros. to open The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on Wednesday makes it difficult to directly compare its opening to the previous two installments, both of which opened on Fridays over the last couple of years. The three-day $56.2 million for Five Armies is added to its Wednesday and Thursday showings, giving the film a five-day cume of $90.6 million. Comparatively, An Unexpected Journey did $84.6 million in its first three days and Desolation of Smaug did $73.6 million, so by those numbers it does stand to assume the Hobbit balloon is losing air. Opening day audiences gave the film an "A-" CinemaScore, which will make next weekend's numbers interesting. The last two films dropped 56-57% in their second weekends, but neither were facing Christmas in the middle of the week, which pretty much, once again, means comparisons are out the window as I expect a steep drop next weekend, »
- Brad Brevet
Jedediah (Owen Wilson), Octavius (Steve Coogan), Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Attila The Hun (Patrick Gallagher), Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck) and the rest of the Museum of Natural History exhibits are back for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, but the magical tablet that brings them to life at night is losing its powers. Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) doesn’t know how to restore it, but he thinks his father might. The problem is, his father is on display at London's British Museum so Larry’s (Ben Stiller) got no choice, but to cross the Atlantic to save his friends. With the new installment hitting theaters this weekend, I got the opportunity to meet my favorite actor from the Night at the Museum films, Crystal the Monkey who plays Dexter. After that, I decided it’d be cool to make some time to talk to director Shawn Levy, Wilson, Stiller and »
- Perri Nemiroff
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies dominated the box office on Friday, while Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie essentially tied for second place.The final installment in the Hobbit trilogy added $16.58 million yesterday, which brings its three-day total to $51 million. It was up 67 percent from Thursday, which is a bigger jump than any of the Lord of the Rings movies had at the same point.For the three-day weekend, Battle of the Five Armies should earn at least $50 million. That would translate in to a five-day opening at $85-million-plus, which is a very solid result.Playing at 3,785 locations, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opened to an estimated $5.63 million on Friday. That's a fairly disappointing number for this big-budget threequel: in contrast, the first Night at the Museum earned $12.1 million on opening day back in December 2006. This opening puts Secret of »
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“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” powered to with $16.5 million at the Friday box office, and the finale in Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth trilogy is heading for a five-day total in the $85 million range for Warner Bros.
The weekend’s two other wide openers — “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” and the Sony musical “Annie” – were battling for second. The Fox comedy sequel took in $5.6 million on Friday, a little ahead of the big-screen version of the Broadway hit, which brought in $5.3 million. That puts both on track for a $17 million-$18 million weekend total.
That’s better news for “Annie, »
- Todd Cunningham
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is marching toward a box office victory.
The final installment of Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy grossed $16.6 million on Friday in the U.S. on its way to hauling almost $54 million this weekend, which would put its five-day total at $88 million. This is far above recent estimates of $80 million.
The fantasy adventure is miles ahead of the other newcomers this pre-Christmas weekend. Another sequel, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” is headed for $19 million, while the reboot of “Annie” trails slightly behind with $18.5 million. The films are in a neck-and-neck race after initial forecasts as late as Friday pegged “Secret of the Tomb” as the clear winner.
Aside from giving a much-needed boost to the U.S. box office, if estimates hold, “Five Armies” will have the year’s eighth highest-grossing opening, behind “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
Despite the strong showing, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
It's hard to believe the first Night at the Museum movie hit our screens in 2006, the CGI infused family friendly adventure striking a chord with its target audiences that we got a sequel in 2009, and now, twelve years after it started, the trilogy comes to a close with Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. All the usual suspects are back for an adventure that sees security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) finding out that the tablet that brings the exhibits of the American Museum of Natural History, including wax figures of Theodore Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Atilla the Hun (Patrick Gallagher), and miniature figures Jebidiah and Octavious (Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan), to life after the sun goes down is losing power, eventually putting an end to the exhibit's night time activities. Discovering the secret to saving his friends may lie in London, Larry travels to the British Museum to investigate. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? Moviepilot – which studies social data and box office trends – analyzes this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” New Line
Moviepilot Prediction (5-day): $86 million
The final installment in the epic “Hobbit” trilogy is off to a great start and looks set to be the most successful of them all, improving substantially from “Smaug’s” $73.6 million opening last year. “Five Armies” has 50% more search activity and twice the Twitter volume of “Smaug” — 300,000 searches (where “Smaug” had 200,000) and half a million Tweets (versus the 250,000 “Smaug” managed). Boosted »
- Tobias Bauckhage
Night at the Museum: The Secret of the Tomb's stars gathered at the N.Y.C. premiere on Dec. 11 to celebrate the family flick's release - but they remembered their late costar Robin Williams, too. Williams reprised his role of President Theodore Roosevelt in the threequel, one of his last completed projects before committing suicide in August.While the cast was sad Williams couldn't be with them to introduce the movie, they celebrated his life and performance at the premiere. "He was an amazing performer - an icon before I met him, then a friend," costar Ricky Gervais tells People. »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
20th Century Fox released their new comedy film, "Night At The Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb" into theaters today, and all the reviews are in from the top,major movie critics. It turns out that they were pretty mixed or more to the negative side with this one, giving it an overall 45 score out of a possible 100 across 23 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Robin Williams, Ben Kingsley, Steve Coogan, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, and Dan Stevens. We've added blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Scott Foundas over at Variety, gave it a decent 70 grade, saying: "A most enjoyable capper to director Shawn Levy and producer Chris Columbus’ cheerfully silly and sneakily smart family-entertainment juggernaut." Claudia Puig from USA Today, gave it a 63 grade. She said: "The third installment of the Night at the Museum franchise, Secret of the Tomb, »
- Andre Braddox
As his dad put it, Robert Ford Wilson has the melody down, but he's still working on the lyrics.
Owen Wilson stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, and shared an adorable video of his son attempting to sing the alphabet. Though he seemed to call out all the letters to the tune of the song, Ford didn't quite sing his ABCs in order.
Photos: Stars Share Pics of Their Adorable Tots
Ford is Owen's oldest son, and the actor gushed to Ellen that he is very protective of his little brother Finn. "He doesn't even call him by his name, he always calls him his baby brother," the 46-year-old Night at the Museum star said. "I think he likes the fact that he's just about 30 pounds, but that Finn is smaller."
The little guy even instructs his own dad on how to handle his baby bro. "He always sort of cautions me like, 'Don't kiss him »
Owen Wilson is one proud papa.The "Night at the Museum" star appears on Friday's episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," where he gives fans an extremely rare glimpse into his family life by showing a couple photos and one adorable video of his sons Finn and Ford. See 'em in the video above. Finn, who was born in January, and Ford, born in January 2011, have different mothers ... but both look a lot like their famous father. Owen and his former personal trainer Caroline Lindqvist are parents to Finn, while Wilson had Ford with ex-girlfriend Jade Duell."Ford is very, kind of protective of his, he always calls him - he doesn’t even call him by his name, he always calls him his baby brother," Owen explains to Ellen. "I think he likes the fact that he’s just about 30 pounds, but that Finn is smaller. So it’s always like, »
- tooFab Staff
“Hobbit” fans have kept coming to U.S. theaters, with “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” taking in a solid $9.9 million at 3,875 locations on its second day for a two-day total of $34.4 million.
Meanwhile, Fox’s comedy “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” opened with a moderate $491,000 from 2,531 locations in latenight shows Thursday. With school still in session Friday for most of the kid demo, the studio had not been expecting a large number.
The opening for “The Battle of the Five Armies” — the final movie in Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth saga — comes in the wake of Sony’s decision on Wednesday to cancel its comedy “The Interview” due to terrorist threats from the hacking group Guardians of Peace.
“Five Armies” has been projected to pull in between $70 million and $75 million over its first five days in U.S. theaters. Thursday’s figure represented a 58% decline »
- Dave McNary
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