'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, Mar. 18 - Sun, Mar. 20

Wide (1000+)

1Limitless$18,907,302--2,756--$6,860$18,907,3021Relativity Media
3Battle: Los Angeles$14,538,429-59%3,4170$4,255$60,540,1352Sony / Columbia
4The Lincoln Lawyer$13,206,453--2,707--$4,879$13,206,4531Lionsgate
6Red Riding Hood$7,188,131-49%3,0300$2,372$25,895,5142Warner Bros.
7The Adjustment Bureau$5,772,510-50%2,660-187$2,170$48,619,5503Universal
8Mars Needs Moms$5,316,620-23%3,1170$1,706$15,400,4342Disney
9Beastly$3,198,478-36%1,810-149$1,767$22,183,9433CBS Films
10Hall Pass$2,568,334-49%1,905-650$1,348$39,557,9404Warner Bros. / New Line
11Gnomeo and Juliet$2,298,908-36%1,748-837$1,315$93,587,2906Disney
12Just Go With It$2,245,115-44%1,708-690$1,314$97,964,3246Sony / Columbia
13The King's Speech$2,034,151-43%1,249-519$1,629$132,476,38117Weinstein Company
14Unknown (2011)$1,279,351-62%1,401-902$913$61,094,9035Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1I Am Number Four$1,015,059-55%955-1050$1,063$52,616,8495Disney / DreamWorks
2Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$708,210-46%550-381$1,288$36,407,6785Fox
4Cedar Rapids$521,961-43%46268$1,130$5,475,3166Fox Searchlight
5Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$470,465-66%480-767$980$72,209,3636Paramount
6Yogi Bear$450,310-5%43834$1,028$99,415,32714Warner Bros.
7The Green Hornet$285,948-25%282-27$1,014$97,952,45410Sony / Columbia
8True Grit (2010)$250,011-41%268-133$933$169,780,60813Paramount
9The Fighter$219,526-62%316-147$695$93,367,57515Paramount
10Barney's Version$186,493-43%146-44$1,277$6,780,53010Sony Pictures Classics
11Black Swan$174,210-60%191-146$912$106,303,65716Fox Searchlight
12No Strings Attached$160,905-14%232-22$694$70,257,7679Paramount
13Take Me Home Tonight$137,949-89%281-1722$491$6,704,8503Relativity Media
14The Rite$109,727118%202117$543$32,858,1908Warner Bros. / New Line
15TRON: Legacy$102,234-27%104-65$983$171,777,39814Disney
16The Grace Card$102,000-31%1140$895$2,155,8904IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17The Roommate$75,222-51%112-101$672$37,300,1077Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

1Jane Eyre (2011)$466,409155%2622$17,939$719,5142Focus
2Of Gods and Men$295,1024%9440$3,139$1,616,9164Sony Pictures Classics
3Hubble 3D$151,9657%45-3$3,377$23,146,68653Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Win Win$150,362--5--$30,072$150,3621Fox Searchlight
5Kill the Irishman$140,637-3%2116$6,697$332,6382Anchor Bay Films
6Certified Copy$132,73370%2318$5,771$245,8202IFC Films
7Biutiful$92,137-49%89-25$1,035$4,701,24712Roadside Attractions
8Under the Sea 3D$84,44837%213$4,021$27,664,149110Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Music Never Stopped$76,543--32--$2,392$76,5431Roadside Attractions
10Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$71,791-26%141$5,128$1,689,353453D Entertainment
11The Last Lions$68,225-39%467$1,483$442,4425National Geographic
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$67,135-32%94-28$714$294,825,35018Warner Bros.
13The Mechanic$55,485147%9957$560$28,998,3628CBS Films
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$51,439-35%82-41$627$104,225,31415Fox
15The Illusionist (2010)$49,677-31%58-18$857$2,063,75513Sony Pictures Classics
16The Eagle$46,080-5%92-7$501$19,365,5526Focus
17I Am (2011)$43,0809%125$3,590$180,5145Paladin
18Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$40,054-40%22-5$1,821$389,9745Vitagraph
19Drive Angry$39,278-87%95-456$413$10,510,8464Summit
20Another Year$37,352-45%48-7$778$3,076,35812Sony Pictures Classics
21Blue Valentine (2010)$34,366-44%43-17$799$9,576,56112Weinstein Company
22Bill Cunningham New York$33,677--1--$33,677$49,0361Zeitgeist Films
23The Company Men$33,132-37%58-5$571$4,210,8529Weinstein Company
24Space Station 3D$29,86131%31$9,954$83,091,832466IMAX
25Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$26,08967%131$2,007$170,52511First Run Features
26Inside Job$25,173-47%30-11$839$4,237,85224Sony Pictures Classics
27The Butcher, The Chef, and The Swordsman$23,425--37--$633$23,4251China Lion Film
28happythankyoumoreplease$18,681-64%12-7$1,557$137,5613Anchor Bay Films
29Poetry$18,519-34%9-2$2,058$184,3096Kino International
30127 Hours$17,397-65%32-47$544$18,282,89820Fox Searchlight
31I Saw the Devil$17,34470%116$1,577$56,3773Magnolia / Magnet
32Gulliver's Travels (2010)$15,478-67%43-56$360$42,705,23513Fox
33Winter in Wartime$14,937--3--$4,979$14,9371Sony Pictures Classics
34Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$14,822-33%4-1$3,706$92,5183Strand Releasing
35Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$14,256--3--$4,752$36,20010Kino International
36I Love You Phillip Morris$13,23951%11-1$1,204$1,997,12716Roadside Attractions
37Season of the Witch$12,761-51%31-23$412$24,823,28311Relativity Media
38Made in Dagenham$12,5621122%169$785$1,066,22218Sony Pictures Classics
39Nostalgia for the Light$10,681--1--$10,681$10,6811Icarus Films
40Rabbit Hole$10,614-59%29-9$366$2,185,20614Lionsgate
41Casino Jack$9,80610%194$516$1,018,77314IDP/ATO Pictures
42Cracks$9,467--6--$1,578$9,4671IFC Films
43Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$9,067-69%16-8$567$1,322,7076Shorts International
44The Housemaid (Hanyo)$8,27272%123$689$138,5919IFC Films
45From Prada to Nada$8,110-30%27-6$300$2,971,4098Lionsgate / Pantelion
46Desert Flower$7,657--3--$2,552$7,6571National Geographic
47Cold Weather$6,379-54%91$709$109,3557IFC Films
48All Good Things$6,299-13%62$1,050$566,07716Magnolia Pictures
49Clash (Bay Rong)$5,849-52%4-5$1,462$22,8972Variance Films
50Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,278-35%52$1,056$81,2126Phase 4 Films
52Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula$4,866-14%30$1,622$12,5972Indican Pictures
53Heartbeats$4,638-48%5-1$928$43,2254IFC Films
55The Human Resources Manager$4,104-70%5-4$821$37,8783Film Movement
56Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,0051%20$2,003$23,552,772181National Geographic
57Kaboom$3,94271%50$788$100,1318IFC Films
58Public Speaking$3,735--1--$3,735$41,3634Rialto
59Black Death$3,495-48%52$699$13,6772Magnolia / Magnet
60Into Eternity$3,241--6--$540$19,2827International Film Circuit
61Making The Boys$3,235-57%32$1,078$14,8702First Run Features
62My Dog Tulip$3,015-43%3-1$1,005$227,97629New Yorker Films
63Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$2,945-36%2-1$1,473$431,88123Zeitgeist Films
64Putty Hill$2,700-46%20$1,350$34,2275Cinema Guild
65A Somewhat Gentle Man$2,5300%21$1,265$26,73810Strand Releasing
66Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$1,994-7%42$499$190,0888Variance Films
67The Trouble with Terkel$1,768211%10$1,768$32,87052Indican
68Carancho$1,3860%20$693$44,1756Strand Releasing
69Every Day$1,024--1--$1,024$45,53710Image Entertainment
70Winter's Bone$975-79%4-5$244$6,530,50641Roadside Attractions
71Marwencol$942-68%1-1$942$109,74724Cinema Guild
72Bhutto$906-56%1-1$906$98,78016First Run Features
73Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$753-22%32$251$32,98720Variance Films
74Elektra Luxx$595-89%1-3$595$9,2612IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
75Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$55049%20$275$110,19739Kino International
76Kings of Pastry$518-76%10$518$320,60927First Run
77The Little Traitor$315--1--$315$393,01667Westchester Films
78Orgasm Inc.$295-89%1-2$295$25,7396First Run Features
79Nenette$234--1--$234$16,98213Kino International
80Plastic Planet$140-33%10$140$2,73110First Run Features
81Waste Land$102-96%1-2$102$187,71621Arthouse Films