'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, Feb. 3 - Sun, Feb. 5

Wide (1000+)

2The Woman in Black$20,874,072--2,855--$7,311$20,874,0721CBS Films
3The Grey$9,300,999-53%3,20722$2,900$34,557,5322Open Road
4Big Miracle$7,760,205--2,129--$3,645$7,760,2051Universal
5Underworld Awakening$5,500,744-55%2,636-442$2,087$54,253,6653Sony / Screen Gems
6One For the Money$5,206,279-55%2,7370$1,902$19,624,2662Lionsgate
7Red Tails$4,735,595-54%2,347-226$2,018$41,059,0533Fox
8The Descendants$4,552,943-29%2,03837$2,234$65,475,59512Fox Searchlight
9Man on a Ledge$4,351,036-46%2,9980$1,451$14,615,8102Lionsgate
10Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$3,802,367-46%2,505-125$1,518$26,670,0437Warner Bros.
12The Artist$2,612,607-21%1,005108$2,600$20,631,85111Weinstein Company
13Beauty and the Beast 3D$2,579,332-51%1,719-426$1,500$44,908,1324Disney
15The Iron Lady$1,898,183-41%1,021-223$1,859$20,655,5326Weinstein Company
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,702,914-51%1,077-577$1,581$205,200,7768Paramount
17Joyful Noise$1,459,230-54%1,350-671$1,081$28,964,4584Warner Bros.
18Haywire$1,202,767-70%1,251-1190$961$17,847,6713Relativity Media
19War Horse$960,780-52%1,163-698$826$77,296,2877Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

1Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,048,380-41%818-252$1,282$128,351,8058Fox
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,026,005-58%857-673$1,197$183,885,1238Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,022,358-53%668-534$1,530$99,903,8237Sony / Columbia
4We Bought a Zoo$737,870-50%754-335$979$72,721,4417Fox
5The Adventures of Tintin$709,180-47%486-216$1,459$75,323,3197Paramount
6Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$670,429-39%302-108$2,220$21,185,1219Focus
7Albert Nobbs$490,762-30%2450$2,003$1,528,7052Roadside Attractions
8Agneepath$340,112-70%1320$2,577$1,750,8432Eros International
9A Dangerous Method$322,514-41%235-130$1,372$4,614,38611Sony Pictures Classics
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$279,75570%296105$945$280,876,46512Lionsgate / Summit
11Happy Feet Two$262,725-33%255-54$1,030$63,432,48812Warner Bros.
12My Week with Marilyn$254,703-25%171-15$1,489$13,005,86111Weinstein Company
13Puss in Boots (2011)$250,103-25%253-17$989$148,459,36715Paramount / DreamWorks
14Jack and Jill$200,598-35%222-31$904$73,619,45113Sony / Columbia
15The Devil Inside$155,031-76%303-419$512$53,056,8895Paramount
16The Muppets$118,900-44%169-37$704$87,476,72711Disney
17New Year's Eve$109,415231%222160$493$54,384,1219Warner Bros. / New Line
18The Sitter$72,991-41%126-19$579$30,320,1959Fox
19J. Edgar$41,195-62%135-73$305$37,258,64013Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1A Separation$280,2585%409$7,006$1,258,7066Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$190,976-1%394$4,897$1,349,0917IFC Films
3Shame$103,789-38%64-16$1,622$3,465,39610Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$92,098-21%450$2,047$15,996,21744Warner Bros. / IMAX
5We Need to Talk About Kevin$65,529-7%133$5,041$382,5879Oscilloscope
6Carnage (2011)$64,605-47%40-30$1,615$2,303,1908Sony Pictures Classics
7W.E.$47,074--4--$11,769$47,0741Weinstein Company
8Coriolanus$44,515-12%142$3,180$212,3363Weinstein Company
9Real Steel$43,430-49%90-33$483$85,433,06918Disney / DreamWorks
10Pariah (2011)$34,970-21%195$1,841$621,0516Focus
11Hubble 3D$32,716-20%21-1$1,558$30,874,18799Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Immortals$30,952-56%62-55$499$83,454,93513Relativity Media
13The Innkeepers$29,557--20--$1,478$29,5571Magnolia / Magnet
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$28,452-28%110$2,587$4,740,624913D Entertainment
15Midnight in Paris$22,40217%4020$560$56,506,14238Sony Pictures Classics
16Under the Sea 3D$21,777-10%143$1,556$30,495,297156Warner Bros. / IMAX
17In the Land of Blood and Honey$20,95668%7-4$2,994$252,8017FilmDistrict
18Young Adult$20,014-65%58-29$345$16,234,3879Paramount
19The Darkest Hour$19,554-54%39-48$501$21,203,7647Summit
20The Viral Factor$19,412-52%7-15$2,773$187,9773China Lion Film
21In Time$15,721-52%34-24$462$37,535,81615Fox
22The Help$14,73652%20-1$737$169,635,34726Disney / DreamWorks
23The Women on the 6th Floor$13,86182%61$2,310$567,71818Strand Releasing
24Melancholia$12,238-59%13-10$941$2,990,35013Magnolia Pictures
25Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$12,2022692%20$6,101$284,32116Submarine Deluxe
26An Inconsistent Truth$12,176-41%10$12,176$36,4392Rocky Mountain Pictures
27Crazy Horse$12,13122%20$6,066$45,8163Zipporah Films
28Drive (2011)$11,972-11%22-1$544$35,054,90921FilmDistrict
29Le Havre$11,707-4%121$976$555,24516Janus Films
30Kill List$9,838--2--$4,919$9,8381IFC Films
31Vettai$9,678-39%4-3$2,420$191,8644UTV Communications
32El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$9,399368%43$2,350$222,56628Alive Mind Cinema
33All's Well Ends Well 2012$9,232-60%10-10$923$43,4322China Lion Film
34Carol Channing: Larger Than Life$8,397--3--$2,799$15,5473Entertainment One Films
35The Way$7,557-7%11-1$687$4,405,14718Producers Distribution Agency
36Declaration of War$5,986-53%4-2$1,497$25,6922IFC Films
37The Flowers of War$5,318-73%5-8$1,064$205,7783Wrekin Hill Entertainment
38The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$5,069-29%10$5,069$26,8063First Run Features
39Addiction Incorporated$3,31133%31$1,104$21,4068Variance Films
40The Conquest$3,05323%41$763$181,28313Music Box Films
41The Skin I Live In$2,842-40%10-2$284$3,160,82917Sony Pictures Classics
42Martha Marcy May Marlene$2,633-49%6-4$439$2,981,03816Fox Searchlight
43Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,241-40%2-1$1,121$51,0165Cinema Guild
44Charlotte Rampling: The Look$1,968--2--$984$16,19014Kino Lorber
45Young Goethe In Love$1,952-71%3-6$651$136,73014Music Box Films
46Windfall$1,780--2--$890$1,7801First Run Features
47The Interrupters$1,7701706%10$1,770$278,13028Cinema Guild
48Perfect Sense$1,567--1--$1,567$1,5671IFC Films
49Take Shelter$1,4859%84$186$1,722,55419Sony Pictures Classics
50Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos$1,322--3--$441$163,8293Eleven Arts
51The City Dark$1,121--2--$561$8,1533Argot Pictures
52Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$954612%32$318$40,72621International Film Circuit
53Margin Call$902-13%21$451$5,352,84316Roadside Attractions
54The Guard$840-50%2-2$420$5,359,77428Sony Pictures Classics
55How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?$799-71%21$400$10,3762First Run Features
56Tyrannosaur$662--2--$331$19,48312Strand Releasing
57Sing Your Song$577-85%2-2$289$27,9354S2BN Films
58Tomboy (2011)$424-90%3-6$141$119,03012Dada Films
59The Mill and the Cross$357-93%1-2$357$310,90021Kino Lorber
60Hell and Back Again$302--4--$76$37,53918Docurama Films
61Jane's Journey$242-60%1-1$242$27,25321First Run Features
62Crazy Wisdom$220-38%10$220$52,15011Alive Mind Cinema
63The Whale$115-79%10$115$68,28522Paladin