Grosses

'The Battle of the Five Armies' Set for $88.4M in Five Days; Secret of the Tomb' and 'Annie' Battle for Second with $19.2M and $17.5M RespectivelyDecember 20, 2014 08:48 AM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took in an estimated $16.58 million on Friday to lead the daily box office for a third consecutive day. The third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy increased a strong 66.5 percent over Thursday. Friday's daily hold was a good sign for the film after the sharper than anticipated percentage decline it experienced on Thursday. In comparison, 2002's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers increased 39 percent on its first Friday to gross $19.22 million.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $50.98 million in three days, which places it 14 percent behind the $59.26 million three-day start of The Two Towers. BOXOFFICE currently projects $54.0 million over the weekend for The Battle of the Five Armies and a five-day start of $88.41 million. That would be in the same neighborhood as the $86.14 million five-day start of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (which opened on a Friday).

IMAX grosses were responsible for $2.18 million of the film's overall gross on Friday. Thus far The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $8.08 million from IMAX locations. That represents 15.8 percent of the film's overall domestic gross. The Battle of the Five Armies received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

It was a close race for second place on Friday, with Fox's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb outpacing Sony's Annie with an estimated opening day performance of $5.625 million. The two films were separated by just $325,000 on Friday and are likely to remain fairly close to one another throughout the rest of the weekend (and perhaps throughout the rest of the holiday season as well). Secret of the Tomb opened 16 percent below the $6.71 million opening day take of 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. BOXOFFICE currently projects a $19.2 million debut for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which would be below expectations. The film received a B+ rating on CinemaScore.

Annie claimed third place with an estimated $5.3 million. The musical remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz opened towards the higher end of expectations on Friday. That is welcome 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 opened 21 percent below the opening day take of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. BOXOFFICE is projecting a $17.5 million debut for Annie. The film received an promising A- rating on CinemaScore.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 inched ahead of Exodus: Gods and Kings to take fourth place on Friday with an estimated $2.28 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a solid 39 percent from last Friday. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $283.76 million in 29 days, which leaves it $16.24 million away from becoming the second release of 2014 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone. BOXOFFICE currently estimates a $7.8 million take for Mockingjay - Part 1 this weekend.

Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings landed in fifth with an estimated $2.275 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic was down a very sharp 74 percent from last Friday's opening day take. 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 has grossed an underwhelming $33.11 million through eight days. BOXOFFICE projects $7.7 million for Exodus: Gods and Kings this weekend, which would represent a 68 percent slide.

On its first day of wide release, Fox Searchlight's Wild took in an estimated $1.175 million from 1,061 locations. The critically acclaimed drama starring Reese Witherspoon has grossed $4.24 million in 18 days. BOXOFFICE is projecting $3.75 million for Wild this weekend.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jul. 23 - Sun, Jul. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$42,725,012-32%3,7920$11,267$142,883,4242Warner Bros.
2Salt$36,011,243--3,612--$9,970$36,011,2431Sony / Columbia
3Despicable Me$23,689,060-28%3,60099$6,580$161,289,9053Universal
4The Sorcerer's Apprentice$9,651,495-45%3,5040$2,754$42,609,0202Disney
5Toy Story 3$8,917,512-26%2,766-411$3,224$379,416,5516Disney
6Ramona and Beezus$7,810,481--2,719--$2,873$7,810,4811Fox
7Grown Ups$7,428,742-25%2,859-215$2,598$142,240,8285Sony / Columbia
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$7,186,170-46%3,121-880$2,303$279,827,2624Summit
9The Last Airbender$4,217,021-46%2,127-678$1,983$123,308,7904Paramount
10Predators$3,120,656-56%1,846-823$1,690$46,839,0813Fox
11Knight and Day$1,694,003-53%1,265-660$1,339$72,675,7245Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$2,594,758144%201163$12,909$4,909,9493Focus
2The Karate Kid (2010)$1,100,315-52%780-752$1,411$171,713,1737Sony / Columbia
3Cyrus$709,464-35%4548$1,563$6,329,4016Fox Searchlight
4The Girl Who Played With Fire$563,790-17%15617$3,614$2,944,8913Music Box
5Iron Man 2$438,975-22%330-32$1,330$310,840,82412Paramount
6I Am Love$336,112-19%16626$2,025$3,215,8216Magnolia
7Winter's Bone$322,661-7%1309$2,482$3,556,6477Roadside Attractions
8The A-Team$289,198-37%296-132$977$75,737,6287Fox
9Marmaduke$245,338-10%254-20$966$32,577,2988Fox
10Shrek Forever After$225,825-19%202-38$1,118$234,845,97510Paramount / DreamWorks
11Killers (2010)$197,90764%23367$849$46,362,8588Lionsgate
12Letters to Juliet$183,782-23%234-38$785$52,503,75411Summit
13Get Him to the Greek$170,175-2%221-66$770$60,498,0108Universal
14Jonah Hex$130,94341%176130$744$10,369,2056Warner Bros.
15Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$110,427-21%128-13$863$89,523,4359Disney
16Robin Hood$109,440-37%171-55$640$105,054,74511Universal
17Solitary Man$96,866-47%105-41$923$4,030,73310Anchor Bay
18Date Night$83,632-37%108-58$774$98,428,00116Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$315,09511%530$5,945$11,505,59819Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Khatta Meetha$309,211--83--$3,725$309,2111Eros
3Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$124,345-27%99-13$1,256$2,528,9317IFC
4Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$102,633-10%6611$1,555$1,098,2037Sony Pictures Classics
5Under the Sea 3D$81,45212%130$6,266$23,142,55576Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Restrepo$73,124-24%28-3$2,612$536,8905National Geographic
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$71,322-15%66-4$1,081$9,639,71519Music Box
8The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$63,200-21%15-66$4,213$6,129,37015Sony Pictures Classics
9Sex and the City 2$56,278-44%69-28$816$95,063,7229Warner Bros. / New Line
10Agora$53,1751086%1312$4,090$274,6419Newmarket
11Countdown to Zero$41,307--3--$13,769$41,3071Magnolia
12Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$39,244--6--$6,541$39,2441NeoClassics
13Grease Sing-a-Long$32,776-63%17-4$1,928$259,7303Paramount
14Life During Wartime$30,507--1--$30,507$30,5071IFC
15Please Give$28,823-43%40-24$721$3,850,78813Sony Pictures Classics
16City Island$28,667-22%40-9$717$6,623,58619Anchor Bay
17Exit Through the Gift Shop$26,196-32%14-11$1,871$3,018,77715Producers Distribution Agency
18Mademoiselle Chambon$21,828860%75$3,118$208,7069Lorber
19Splice$21,113-68%39-78$541$16,980,2298Warner Bros
20South of the Border$20,88933%103$2,089$166,6115Cinema Libre
21Micmacs$19,963-43%34-16$587$1,059,1739Sony Classics
22Standing Ovation$18,056-95%74-551$244$531,8062Rocky Mountain
23Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$17,466--1--$17,466$26,5621Arthouse Films
24Avatar$16,8178%3-1$5,606$749,726,99332Fox
25Breathless (2010 re-issue)$16,625131%118$1,511$233,7079Rialto
26Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$14,760-58%15-8$984$269,0505Sony Pictures Classics
27Ondine$14,409-19%20-5$720$483,36121Magnolia
28Mother and Child$13,897-19%24-3$579$1,058,97812Sony Pictures Classics
29Just Wright$13,387-56%27-29$496$21,507,08711Fox Searchlight
30Orlando (2010 re-issue)$10,885--2--$5,443$10,8851Sony Pictures Classics
31Kisses$10,156-34%53$2,031$32,7092Oscilloscope
32Diary of a Wimpy Kid$9,872-34%25-3$395$63,939,92219Fox
33Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$9,51273%41$2,378$57,7808Indican Pictures
34Harry Brown$8,689-29%15-9$579$1,800,84413Samuel Goldwyn
35The Killer Inside Me$7,474-37%101$747$181,9796IFC Films
36Winnebago Man$7,102-60%50$1,420$54,1283Kino International
37Kings of the Evening$6,896--4--$1,724$87,29824Indican Pictures
38The City of Your Final Destination$6,847117%93$761$472,35315Screen Media Films
39Let It Rain$6,489-4%31$2,163$88,9816IFC
40Love Ranch$6,06513%6-1$1,011$134,9044E1 Entertainment
41U2 3D$5,699440%32$1,900$10,342,668131National Geographic
42Valhalla Rising$5,030-36%21$2,515$17,5462IFC
43La Mission$4,95889%63$826$1,054,22816Screen Media
44The Nature of Existence$4,476360%1-1$4,476$22,2206Walking Shadows
45Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$4,34451%52$869$624,38819Zeitgeist
46The Lottery$4,027--1--$4,027$51,5427Variance Films
47God of Vampires$3,360-63%4-4$840$56,7054Nocturnal Features
48Best Worst Movie$3,18150%21$1,591$81,09014Area23a
49Everyone Else$2,879-7%31$960$83,14258Cinema Guild
50Spoken Word$2,343--1--$2,343$2,3431Variance
51Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,215-19%30$738$23,259,468147National Geographic
52To the Sea$2,148-72%10$2,148$15,0282Film Movement
53Mugabe and the White African$1,907--1--$1,907$1,9071First Run
54The Secret of Kells$1,875-14%4-2$469$689,57621GKIDS
55John Rabe$1,865288%32$622$54,50310Strand
56Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,806-29%10$1,806$40,1895Kino International
57Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$1,572-61%10$1,572$8,6522Flicker Alley
58Princess Kaiulani$1,461-41%2-1$731$858,41811Roadside Attractions
59Small Change (2009 re-issue)$1,457119%10$1,457$31,73335The Film Desk
60Stonewall Uprising$1,213-83%3-3$404$107,5746First Run Features
61[REC] 2$829-83%3-4$276$19,9423Magnolia
62In/Significant Others$582--1--$582$3,47711Fourth Ward Productions
63Around a Small Mountain$502-78%1-1$502$15,6123Cinema Guild
64Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$417--1--$417$26,1886The Film Desk
65The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$324--1--$324$453,66026First Run Features
66The Oath$310--1--$310$42,11712Zeitgeist
67Behind the Burly Q$134-63%10$134$18,82314First Run Features
68OSS 117: Lost in Rio$113-77%1-1$113$87,35367Music Box