'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. 2 - Sun, Dec. 4

Wide (1000+)

1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$16,535,465-60%4,046-20$4,087$246,926,4093Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$11,082,755-62%3,4400$3,222$56,357,1702Disney
4Arthur Christmas$7,401,736-39%3,3760$2,192$25,343,4872Sony / Columbia
5Happy Feet Two$5,919,390-56%3,536-75$1,674$51,704,5663Warner Bros.
6Jack and Jill$5,356,973-46%3,04920$1,757$64,165,4544Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$4,464,889-50%2,627-50$1,700$75,659,1744Relativity Media
8Tower Heist$3,953,925-45%2,404-70$1,645$70,598,7555Universal
9Puss in Boots (2011)$3,042,241-59%2,750-255$1,106$139,514,4426Paramount / DreamWorks
10J. Edgar$2,308,411-54%1,98575$1,163$32,569,4924Warner Bros.
11Moneyball$570,147100%1,004817$568$73,787,48511Sony / Columbia
12The Ides of March$515,897103%1,016857$508$40,123,5909Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Descendants$4,789,741-35%574141$8,344$17,677,0713Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$1,179,545-33%2440$4,834$3,860,7512Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$985,378-38%710-165$1,388$33,085,3455Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$555,102-28%421-36$1,319$35,850,4956Fox
5Dolphin Tale$315,27870%410194$769$70,714,87611Warner Bros.
6Melancholia$270,335-18%12934$2,096$1,601,9184Magnolia Pictures
7Like Crazy$257,767-39%1522$1,696$2,874,3736Paramount Vantage
8Midnight in Paris$241,434310%305264$792$55,944,59229Sony Pictures Classics
9Margin Call$215,438-27%15011$1,436$4,684,7557Roadside Attractions
10Courageous$212,8982%26554$803$33,036,12410Sony / TriStar
11Real Steel$183,228-45%253-9$724$83,425,0099Disney / DreamWorks
12The Way$178,076-13%16059$1,113$3,623,7249Producers Distribution Agency
13The Help$175,552-44%262-21$670$169,036,25217Disney / DreamWorks
14Desi Boyz$170,511-76%1030$1,655$984,6792Eros International
15The Skin I Live In$156,767-15%11625$1,351$2,649,7338Sony Pictures Classics
16Footloose (2011)$142,667-51%309-75$462$51,031,2348Paramount
18The Smurfs$131,777-45%32779$403$142,500,16419Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity 3$130,883-52%255-100$513$103,442,4447Paramount
20The Three Musketeers (2011)$118,889-48%208-16$572$20,094,4657Summit
22Anonymous$71,8834%10533$685$4,395,4566Sony / Columbia
23Contagion$71,007-54%155-63$458$75,566,37913Warner Bros.
24Rockstar$4,608-87%1120$41$985,9124Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Shame$349,519--10--$34,952$349,5191Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$211,2653%62$35,211$501,6242Weinstein Company
3A Dangerous Method$119,574-29%40$29,894$412,9372Sony Pictures Classics
4Martha Marcy May Marlene$91,343-48%84-29$1,087$2,732,0117Fox Searchlight
5Pastorela$82,175--55--$1,494$82,1751Lionsgate / Pantelion
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$72,01330%245$3,001$159,5312Warner Bros.
7Born to Be Wild 3D$64,295-28%490$1,312$14,564,38335Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Drive (2011)$60,515-35%86-7$704$34,598,32212FilmDistrict
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$43,435-44%84-19$517$176,646,39618Fox
10Take Shelter$42,379-16%545$785$1,507,33810Sony Pictures Classics
11The Rum Diary$38,110-30%639$605$13,018,8996FilmDistrict
12The Lion King 3D$36,687-65%53-15$692$94,124,60612Disney
13Hubble 3D$33,858-52%17-4$1,992$29,932,58890Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Le Havre$21,618-19%164$1,351$267,3487Janus Films
16Eames: The Architect and the Painter$20,63913%123$1,720$85,7983First Run Features
17The Women on the 6th Floor$19,47313%11-5$1,770$363,9789Strand Releasing
18Into the Abyss$14,494-24%212$690$175,1844IFC Films
19Answers to Nothing$14,262--21--$679$14,2621Roadside Attractions
20Under the Sea 3D$14,185-43%7-1$2,026$30,161,904147Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Tomboy (2011)$13,710-24%5-1$2,742$54,2503Dada Films
22The Guard$13,074-34%17-6$769$5,297,63919Sony Pictures Classics
23The Big Year$11,466-54%25-28$459$7,179,5048Fox
24Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$10,525-40%154$702$182,5797Submarine Deluxe
25Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$9,7607%61$1,627$51,4694Variance Films
26Sleeping Beauty (2011)$9,207--2--$4,604$9,2071IFC Films
27Crazy Wisdom$9,007-13%21$4,504$26,0012Alive Mind Cinema
28Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$8,910-67%31-17$287$38,528,66616Weinstein Company
29The Man Nobody Knew$8,2781465%43$2,070$148,58411First Run Features
30Cars 2$7,686-73%40-23$192$191,446,62524Disney
31Outrage$6,518--2--$3,259$6,5181Magnolia / Magnet
32Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$6,341-50%90$705$4,411,823823D Entertainment
33Mozart's Sister$6,215-43%10-3$622$628,27816Music Box Films
34Khodorkovsky$6,110--1--$6,110$9,6341Kino Lorber
35Inni$5,774-18%72$825$109,4696Cinema Purgatorio
36Young Goethe In Love$5,71711%52$1,143$65,7575Music Box Films
37The Mill and the Cross$5,67851%62$946$254,45212Kino Lorber
38Blackthorn$5,504150%63$917$169,2309Magnolia Pictures
39Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$4,99767%5-2$999$832,79722International Film Circuit
40Circumstance$3,960--2--$1,980$445,78915Roadside Attractions
41The Other F Word$3,604-7%2-2$1,802$49,4125Oscilloscope
42Sarah's Key$2,956-71%7-20$422$7,691,70020Weinstein Company
43House of Tolerance$2,767-42%10$2,767$10,8712IFC Films
44Revenge of the Electric Car$2,545-46%2-1$1,273$124,8187Area23a
45America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments$2,182--1--$2,182$11,9268PMK*BNC
46Laugh at My Pain$2,038-6%51$408$7,704,48113CodeBlack Entertainment
47El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$1,940-71%1-2$1,940$188,17819Alive Mind Cinema
48My Reincarnation$1,902-12%1-1$1,902$30,7976Long Shot Factory
49Tyrannosaur$1,39273%30$464$13,4543Strand Releasing
50Hell and Back Again$1,300--1--$1,300$32,4609Docurama Films
51Higher Ground$1,26227%60$210$834,10315Sony Pictures Classics
52Paul Goodman Changed My Life$1,099--1--$1,099$23,2097Zeitgeist Films
53Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$1,017--3--$339$227,83514Music Box Films
54Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$980-36%1-2$980$36,73812International Film Circuit
55The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch$837-38%2-1$419$30,7943Music Box Films
56The Whale$707-89%1-1$707$55,22413Paladin
57Thunder Soul$279--1--$279$143,98611Roadside Attractions
58Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$277-89%10$277$17,60120The Film Desk
59Rapt$205-59%10$205$45,29422Lorber Films
60The Conquest$118-91%1-2$118$160,1694Music Box Films
61Restless (2011)$18-98%1-2$18$162,03012Sony Pictures Classics