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, Jan. 28 - Sun, Jan. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Rite$14,789,393--2,985--$4,955$14,789,3931Warner Bros. / New Line
2No Strings Attached$13,410,065-32%3,0224$4,437$39,502,3042Paramount
3The Mechanic$11,422,006--2,703--$4,226$11,422,0061CBS Films
4The Green Hornet$11,184,361-37%3,524-60$3,174$78,485,0163Sony / Columbia
5The King's Speech$11,064,78141%2,557877$4,327$72,179,68810Weinstein Company
6True Grit (2010)$7,518,2653%3,120-344$2,410$148,305,9006Paramount
7The Dilemma$5,665,730-38%2,905-38$1,950$40,824,1853Universal
8Black Swan$5,118,269-13%2,315-92$2,211$90,722,3109Fox Searchlight
9The Fighter$3,960,280-5%1,914-361$2,069$78,278,2048Paramount
10Yogi Bear$3,167,440-17%2,133-377$1,485$92,509,2817Warner Bros.
11Little Fockers$2,573,930-40%2,051-928$1,255$144,727,4706Universal
12TRON: Legacy$2,529,097-31%1,505-513$1,680$166,732,1847Disney
13Tangled$2,526,561-18%1,589-271$1,590$189,576,78510Disney
14Country Strong$1,274,454-39%1,287-154$990$18,806,2816Sony / Screen Gems
15Season of the Witch$778,183-66%1,110-1197$701$23,710,6644Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$2,136,8011702%916847$2,333$13,510,92113Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$1,186,12435%415173$2,858$6,063,2245Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$1,115,638--256--$4,358$1,115,6381Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$884,917-35%732-403$1,209$101,814,7538Fox
5Gulliver's Travels (2010)$726,653-37%653-447$1,113$40,973,7676Fox
6The Company Men$665,4023%211105$3,154$1,547,5102Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$600,929-33%465-260$1,292$292,223,49211Warner Bros.
8Barney's Version$523,9069%11942$4,403$2,287,5083Sony Pictures Classics
9The Way Back$523,600-57%595-83$880$2,174,8882Newmarket Films
10Megamind$493,135-14%300-20$1,644$146,961,44413Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Social Network$444,5330%367-18$1,211$96,020,43718Sony / Columbia
12The Tourist$361,472-59%428-447$845$66,559,1418Sony / Columbia
13Unstoppable (2010)$205,256-10%250-28$821$81,013,63912Fox
14Rabbit Hole$172,086-3%12423$1,388$1,534,0947Lionsgate
15Burlesque$149,164-31%238-58$627$39,290,14310Sony / Screen Gems
16Inside Job$115,832378%250227$463$3,674,18317Sony Pictures Classics
17The Heart Specialist$86,639-66%119-174$728$1,062,2483Freestyle
18Red (2010)$78,513-25%119-34$660$90,356,85716Summit
19Love and Other Drugs$67,699-32%117-29$579$32,270,29510Fox
20Faster (2010)$67,3489%1148$591$23,171,65010CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Biutiful$457,2063938%5955$7,749$619,5165Roadside Attractions
2Another Year$309,09748%9146$3,397$1,102,2365Sony Pictures Classics
3The Illusionist (2010)$133,98866%2510$5,360$537,5906Sony Pictures Classics
4Hubble 3D$130,458-1%49-4$2,662$21,228,01846Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Somewhere (2010)$111,454-45%60-23$1,858$1,499,0826Focus
6Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$102,153-72%75-3$1,362$521,5822UTV Communications
7Yamla Pagla Deewana$64,174-68%840$764$961,2573Eros International
8Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$61,057--20--$3,053$61,0571Variance Films
9Casino Jack$58,363-18%491$1,191$832,8057IDP/ATO Pictures
10Secretariat$57,563-18%90-17$640$59,643,42917Disney
11I Love You Phillip Morris$44,619-42%49-26$911$1,882,1709Roadside Attractions
12Winter's Bone$30,190652%2721$1,118$6,308,48534Roadside Attractions
13Made in Dagenham$26,661-64%42-44$635$943,42611Sony Pictures Classics
14All Good Things$20,304-36%23-5$883$503,6339Magnolia Pictures
15What If...$17,881132%50$3,576$795,14624Five & Two Pictures
16Get Low$15,652503%5956$265$9,132,88427Sony Pictures Classics
17Fair Game (2010)$15,066-57%40-32$377$9,410,99113Summit
18Kaboom$13,714--1--$13,714$13,7141IFC Films
19Space Station 3D$13,638-32%20$6,819$82,653,362459IMAX
20The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$12,185-25%22-1$554$5,169,44414Music Box
21The Housemaid (Hanyo)$12,067-28%31$4,022$36,0392IFC Films
22Tiny Furniture$10,58335%13-3$814$362,09212IFC
23The Woodmans$8,99853%32$2,999$23,2932Lorber Films
24Galapagos$8,61138%20$4,306$17,820,766588IMAX
25Bhutto$8,378368%43$2,095$72,1189First Run Features
26Four Lions$6,777-8%8-1$847$294,12513Drafthouse Films
27Animal Kingdom$6,154630%119$559$1,030,28825Sony Pictures Classics
28Summer Wars$6,019-4%3-3$2,006$72,3016GKIDS
29When We Leave (Die Fremde)$6,018--2--$3,009$6,0181Olive Films
30The Tempest$5,5264%91$614$267,4848Disney
31Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$5,107-38%4-1$1,277$381,90516Zeitgeist Films
32White Material$4,603-9%6-5$767$302,81911IFC
33Howl$4,512330%31$1,504$613,98619Oscilloscope
34The Salvation Poem$4,49520%20$2,248$519,90216CanZion Films
35Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$4,486-24%10$4,486$70,7374First Run Features
36No One Killed Jessica$4,478-84%8-20$560$439,8014UTV Communications
37My Dog Tulip$4,423-38%4-1$1,106$194,66122New Yorker Films
38The Warrior's Way$4,346-45%28-1$155$5,664,2519Relativity Media
39Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,9152%20$1,958$23,510,561174National Geographic
40Waste Land$3,55648%3-1$1,185$123,72714Arthouse Films
41The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$3,42443%41$856$708,12626National Geographic
42Marwencol$3,150-19%60$525$88,17017Cinema Guild
43Night Catches Us$2,201380%41$550$67,1899Magnolia
44A Somewhat Gentle Man$1,987--1--$1,987$6,3803Strand Releasing
45Nenette$1,754-2%31$585$10,9336Kino International
46Tamara Drewe$1,644-59%6-8$274$554,91817Sony Pictures Classics
47Kings of Pastry$1,56225%21$781$302,06520First Run
48Every Day$1,311-27%42$328$18,1103Image Entertainment
49Enemies of the People$1,270-70%40$318$59,06627International Film Circuit
50Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$1,126--2--$563$62,37914Variance Films
51Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,098179%21$549$92,67932Kino International
52Ong Bak 3$928-73%41$232$14,4983Magnolia
53Zenith$64829%41$162$7,09818Cinema Purgatorio
54Plastic Planet$648--2--$324$2,0703First Run Features
55You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$580-48%30$193$3,246,42619Sony Pictures Classics
56Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$515-92%2-1$258$274,24722Music Box
57William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$493-91%2-2$247$45,01611Oscilloscope
58Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$240-89%2-2$120$166,77021Lorber
59Mesrine: Killer Instinct$99-93%1-3$99$548,96223Music Box