'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, Dec. 24 - Sun, Dec. 26

Wide (1000+)

1Little Fockers$30,833,665--3,536--$8,720$45,083,8001Universal
2True Grit (2010)$24,830,443--3,047--$8,149$36,041,0621Paramount
3TRON: Legacy$19,151,498-56%3,4510$5,550$87,373,7032Disney
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$9,478,043-23%3,532-23$2,683$62,597,0303Fox
5Yogi Bear$7,897,342-52%3,5150$2,247$35,912,1812Warner Bros.
6The Fighter$7,580,116-38%2,5118$3,019$26,659,7143Paramount
8Gulliver's Travels (2010)$6,307,691--2,546--$2,477$6,307,6911Fox
9Black Swan$6,254,986-25%1,466507$4,267$28,689,0604Fox Searchlight
10The Tourist$5,371,896-37%2,7560$1,949$40,850,3403Sony / Columbia
11How Do You Know$3,548,965-53%2,4830$1,429$15,001,5872Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$3,176,348-37%1,732-1128$1,834$272,994,6356Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1The King's Speech$4,484,352309%700657$6,406$8,329,7355Weinstein Company
2Tees Maar Khan$539,793--108--$4,998$741,1621UTV Communications
3Due Date$378,227-70%404-753$936$98,320,5698Warner Bros.
4Megamind$356,859-48%764-261$467$142,686,3588Paramount / DreamWorks
5Burlesque$338,101-76%330-1180$1,025$36,738,5085Sony / Screen Gems
6Unstoppable (2010)$329,895-82%526-1348$627$78,511,8597Fox
7The Social Network$280,000-1%24921$1,124$92,338,82713Sony / Columbia
8Red (2010)$197,833-41%330-109$599$88,891,55311Summit
9127 Hours$190,258-66%145-162$1,312$9,862,1588Fox Searchlight
11Love and Other Drugs$123,779-89%241-852$514$30,863,1325Fox
12Fair Game (2010)$119,031-46%161-107$739$8,895,8678Summit
13Life As We Know It$111,595176%248173$450$52,457,57312Warner Bros.
14Despicable Me$102,290-40%193-40$530$250,791,65025Universal
15Faster (2010)$59,921-86%123-537$487$22,726,7075CBS Films
16Jackass 3D$51,117186%13787$373$116,962,07311Paramount
17Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$46,593-57%158-52$295$55,345,59114Warner Bros.
18Paranormal Activity 2$39,944-52%145-29$275$84,537,84310Paramount
19Morning Glory (2010)$26,804-77%126-137$213$30,663,0717Paramount
20The Next Three Days$23,372-87%111-250$211$21,052,2936Lionsgate
21Hereafter$22,139-69%128-104$173$32,641,81911Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1I Love You Phillip Morris$154,7424%6920$2,243$761,7564Roadside Attractions
2Somewhere (2010)$119,086--7--$17,012$172,9971Focus
3Hubble 3D$96,590-5%47-9$2,055$19,621,38341Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Rabbit Hole$85,93160%3429$2,527$166,7702Lionsgate
5Casino Jack$48,80041%158$3,253$110,0652IDP/ATO Pictures
6Inside Job$41,902-40%39-36$1,074$3,353,62512Sony Pictures Classics
7The Illusionist (2010)$38,594--3--$12,865$38,5941Sony Pictures Classics
8Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$37,1864%215$1,771$162,5094Oscilloscope
9Made in Dagenham$35,335-15%376$955$330,7016Sony Pictures Classics
10All Good Things$31,301-39%30-5$1,043$262,1514Magnolia Pictures
11Country Strong$30,452--2--$15,226$43,8651Sony / Screen Gems
12The Tempest$27,941-52%14-7$1,996$188,9663Disney
13The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$25,810-72%67-47$385$4,943,6419Music Box
14The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$23,822-75%150$1,588$598,0088Warner Bros.
15The Town$15,910-72%62-82$257$92,123,69515Warner Bros.
16Under the Sea 3D$13,797-52%121$1,150$25,139,74798Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Tiny Furniture$11,651-43%200$583$255,7147IFC
18Inception$9,057-65%28-34$323$292,537,64924Warner Bros.
19For Colored Girls$7,558-80%39-40$194$37,650,8948Lionsgate
20The Warrior's Way$6,823-92%34-183$201$5,549,7324Relativity Media
21You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$6,240-33%7-11$891$3,222,78214Sony Pictures Classics
22White Material$5,059-69%9-5$562$235,3296IFC
23Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$4,042--1--$4,042$4,0421Saint Juste International
24Four Lions$4,011--8--$501$224,9728Drafthouse Films
25Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,9356%2-1$1,968$23,475,841169National Geographic
26Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$3,861-61%5-1$772$299,40811Zeitgeist Films
28Tamara Drewe$2,732-82%14-15$195$518,94612Sony Pictures Classics
30Night Catches Us$2,311-62%50$462$47,6374Magnolia
31Bhutto$2,119-79%3-1$706$31,8084First Run Features
33Animal Kingdom$2,031422%54$406$1,013,93520Sony Pictures Classics
34Hadewijch$1,892--1--$1,892$1,8921IFC Films
35The Salvation Poem$1,816-48%10$1,816$489,88611CanZion Films
36The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$1,6770%31$559$683,98321National Geographic
37Kings of Pastry$1,476-73%4-3$369$252,91315First Run
38Summer Wars$1,412--1--$1,412$1,4121GKIDS
39Conviction$1,411-88%15-18$94$6,783,12911Fox Searchlight
40Get Low$1,28425%51$257$9,108,66422Sony Pictures Classics
41Nenette$1,176--1--$1,176$1,7521Kino International
42Winter's Bone$1,160-67%51$232$6,241,61229Roadside Attractions
43Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$1,132-78%4-5$283$167,2378Magnolia
44Enter the Void$1,017-82%1-3$1,017$336,46714IFC Films
45And Everything is Going Fine$822-80%21$411$21,0733IFC
46Monsters (2010)$808-78%4-2$202$237,3019Magnolia
47Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$794-66%1-1$794$161,59316Lorber
48The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$3631715%10$363$10,091,67141Music Box
49Feed the Fish$266-61%10$266$81,2416Strand
50William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$226-82%1-1$226$31,3896Oscilloscope
51Mademoiselle Chambon$202-91%2-2$101$530,36931Lorber
52Hemingway's Garden of Eden$137-90%1-4$137$22,0833Roadside Attractions
53The Girl Who Played With Fire$124520%10$124$7,634,90425Music Box
54Mesrine: Killer Instinct$64-91%1-2$64$533,32018Music Box
55Cool It$11-92%20$6$62,7137Roadside Attractions