'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, Jun. 10 - Sun, Jun. 12

Wide (1000+)

1Super 8$35,451,168--3,379--$10,492$36,451,1681Paramount
2X-Men: First Class$24,128,986-56%3,69251$6,535$98,023,3352Fox
3The Hangover Part II$17,667,329-44%3,67560$4,807$215,727,4613Warner Bros.
4Kung Fu Panda 2$16,543,166-31%3,929-23$4,211$126,813,2403Paramount / DreamWorks
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$10,945,764-39%3,433-533$3,188$208,873,2584Disney
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$6,076,859--2,524--$2,408$6,076,8591Relativity Media
9Fast Five$1,727,330-45%1,329-908$1,300$205,094,2057Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Midnight in Paris$5,830,723110%944797$6,177$13,909,1964Sony Pictures Classics
2Rio (2011)$670,101-9%527-164$1,272$137,780,8299Fox
3Water for Elephants$478,835-31%466-106$1,028$56,599,7948Fox
4Something Borrowed$464,296-45%366-322$1,269$37,626,4096Warner Bros.
5Jumping the Broom$458,349-46%365-224$1,256$36,695,0046Sony / TriStar
6Soul Surfer$295,37145%31772$932$42,181,38010Sony / TriStar
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$261,390-25%1231$2,125$3,727,3697IFC Films
9Source Code$173,626-26%248-40$700$54,162,13211Summit
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$120,099293%182102$660$9,664,2917Weinstein Company
12Priest (2011)$115,668-69%169-414$684$29,028,3765Sony / Screen Gems
13Limitless$109,347-27%166-66$659$78,935,46713Relativity Media
16The Lincoln Lawyer$84,670-25%101-32$838$57,133,68613Lionsgate
17Win Win$76,654-39%100-41$767$10,002,48713Fox Searchlight
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$75,462-48%112-84$674$52,764,4898Lionsgate
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$74,731-29%117-65$639$52,459,14412Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Tree of Life$827,00931%4727$17,596$2,361,6553Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$205,42013%470$4,371$6,768,94810Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Ready$190,097-59%970$1,960$781,8552Eros International
5Incendies$132,144-25%85-5$1,555$1,388,4188Sony Pictures Classics
6Hubble 3D$93,65915%380$2,465$25,983,88965Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Double Hour$88,120-27%53-15$1,663$1,082,5549IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
8The Trip (2011)$77,904--6--$12,984$77,9041IFC Films
9Everything Must Go$66,215-55%87-20$761$2,535,1335Roadside Attractions
10Jane Eyre (2011)$63,016-37%90-38$700$11,007,28114Focus
11Submarine$55,84834%1713$3,285$117,7672Weinstein Company
12Bride Flight$54,044--19--$2,844$54,0441Music Box Films
13The Conspirator$44,376-49%66-44$672$11,414,7189Roadside Attractions
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$42,816-34%110$3,892$3,001,697573D Entertainment
15Meek's Cutoff$42,121-39%41-4$1,027$794,07510Oscilloscope
16Under the Sea 3D$40,64917%190$2,139$28,734,775122Warner Bros. / IMAX
1713 Assassins$38,426-32%26-3$1,478$608,6487Magnolia / Magnet
18Scream 4$37,465-52%80-121$468$38,127,3399Weinstein Company
19In a Better World$27,91229%331$846$830,48111Sony Pictures Classics
20Bill Cunningham New York$27,529-27%19-3$1,449$1,256,21313Zeitgeist Films
21The First Grader$26,052-39%30-6$868$270,1715National Geographic
22Gnomeo and Juliet$22,553-55%43-42$524$99,776,51018Disney
23Mars Needs Moms$22,480-59%53-47$424$21,345,45414Disney
24I Am (2011)$20,860-46%36-6$579$1,495,84417Paladin
25African Cats$16,725-44%39-33$429$14,912,4328Disneynature
26Of Gods and Men$16,192-12%26-3$623$3,921,81516Sony Pictures Classics
27The Beaver$15,633-68%46-22$340$914,1256Summit
28The Salvation Poem$13,8021994%3534$394$883,71235CanZion Films
29L'Amour fou$13,460-46%160$841$260,7255IFC Films
30Potiche$12,422-65%16-17$776$1,574,60612Music Box Films
31Hobo with a Shotgun$11,583-10%151$772$643,6556Magnolia / Magnet
32The Last Mountain$11,515-34%31$3,838$33,7232Dada Films
33Viva Riva!$10,314--3--$3,438$10,3141Music Box Films
34The Princess of Montpensier$9,546-48%11-9$868$325,1989IFC Films
35Winter in Wartime$8,765-49%16-5$548$483,79413Sony Pictures Classics
36Rejoice and Shout$8,53630%65$1,423$18,6352Magnolia Pictures
37City of Life and Death$7,76998%31$2,590$34,2295Kino International
38The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$6,939181%42$1,735$122,79911Lorber Films
39Queen to Play$6,856-59%6-4$1,143$318,45611Zeitgeist Films
4035 and Ticking$6,663105%1-3$6,663$67,3934Image Entertainment
41Beautiful Boy$5,603-65%40$1,401$29,8272Anchor Bay Films
42Trollhunter$5,585--1--$5,585$5,5851Magnolia / Magnet
43Rubber$5,450172%40$1,363$98,01711Magnolia / Magnet
44My Perestroika$5,358-24%9-3$595$213,55112International Film Circuit
45Summer (2011 re-issue)$4,957--1--$4,957$5,3491The Film Desk
46Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$4,680-16%40$1,170$183,69239Collective Eye
47Film Socialisme$4,5911%32$1,530$14,2572Lorber Films
48Blank City$4,144-1%31$1,381$99,30310Insurgent Releasing
49Barney's Version$4,13644%5-1$827$7,497,87122Sony Pictures Classics
50The Robber$3,861--3--$1,287$65,2357Kino International
51Certified Copy$3,807-67%5-7$761$1,337,38414IFC Films
52Hesher$3,689-57%3-3$1,230$358,1355Wrekin Hill Entertainment
53Small Town Murder Songs$3,66931%6-1$612$9,8893Monterey Media
54Kill the Irishman$3,424-34%5-3$685$1,182,32214Anchor Bay Films
55Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$3,33677%40$834$20,0935First Run Features
56The King's Speech$3,136-52%15-1$209$138,795,34229Weinstein Company
57Nostalgia for the Light$2,93653%21$1,468$117,60013Icarus Films
58How To Live Forever$2,765-29%20$1,383$26,9585Variance Films
59Road to Nowhere$2,521--3--$840$4,9841Monterey Media
60American: The Bill Hicks Story$2,217-12%20$1,109$90,27510Variance Films
61The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$2,1853211%32$728$13,8035Argot Pictures
62The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$1,340-84%10-29$134$611,3408Sony Pictures Classics
63WAR: Women Art Revolution$1,277-78%20$639$19,8532Zeitgeist Films
64Making The Boys$1,154--1--$1,154$29,71314First Run Features
65Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$1,109--1--$1,109$60,56352The Film Desk
66Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$1,082-29%10$1,082$48,3988Variance Films
67Poetry$8855%10$885$347,19518Kino International
68Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$838-57%1-4$838$172,64515Strand Releasing
69Into Eternity$804-35%2-1$402$49,08719International Film Circuit
70Tuesday, After Christmas$754-82%21$377$20,6663Lorber Films
71The Music Never Stopped$533-66%2-3$267$248,47013Roadside Attractions
72A Beautiful Life$465--1--$465$66,0604China Lion Film
73The Strange Case of Angelica$383--1--$383$48,78224Cinema Guild
74Circo$302-83%20$151$64,33711First Run Features