'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, May. 4 - Sun, May. 6

Wide (1000+)

1Marvel's The Avengers$207,438,708--4,349--$47,698$207,438,7081Disney
2Think Like a Man$8,106,166-54%2,010-5$4,033$73,135,6003Sony / Screen Gems
3The Hunger Games$5,587,661-48%2,794-778$2,000$380,614,6597Lionsgate
4The Pirates! Band of Misfits$5,502,482-51%3,3580$1,639$18,665,9412Sony / Columbia
5The Lucky One (2012)$5,368,115-50%3,005-170$1,786$47,775,0603Warner Bros.
6The Five-Year Engagement$5,029,110-53%2,9415$1,710$19,133,0152Universal
7Safe (2012)$2,677,125-66%2,2715$1,179$13,080,8832Lionsgate
8The Raven$2,636,780-64%2,2096$1,194$12,176,1252Relativity Media
10The Three Stooges$1,832,333-65%2,174-931$843$39,669,0154Fox
11The Cabin in the Woods$1,564,805-66%1,669-970$938$38,018,7484Lionsgate
1221 Jump Street$1,081,100-64%1,040-780$1,040$134,015,7838Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1John Carter$1,494,3671224%349169$4,282$70,760,8079Disney
2American Reunion$817,470-72%856-1298$955$55,301,0805Universal
3Mirror Mirror$746,247-67%922-1095$809$60,174,4986Relativity Media
4Wrath of the Titans$460,190-77%715-857$644$81,619,8326Warner Bros.
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$427,220-50%521-362$820$209,034,86510Universal
6Titanic 3D$365,334-81%333-1076$1,097$57,290,5085Paramount
7Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$287,017-44%303-98$947$102,273,11213Warner Bros. / New Line
8Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$266,207-38%247-88$1,078$8,225,1999CBS Films
9Lockout$219,454-77%311-948$706$13,894,3744Open Road
10Bully (2012)$171,134-48%2630$651$2,538,0116Weinstein Company
11Damsels in Distress$150,67382%205148$735$621,3895Sony Pictures Classics
12Safe House$106,750-36%175-54$610$126,020,90013Universal
13This Means War$83,290-52%171-61$487$54,483,96712Fox
14A Thousand Words$77,159-33%140-29$551$18,185,7639Paramount
15Act of Valor$74,228-52%193-92$385$69,824,80411Relativity Media
16The Vow$73,846-38%157-61$470$124,933,57113Sony / Screen Gems
17Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$58,319299%143104$408$34,938,03311Lionsgate
18The Secret World of Arrietty$35,718-50%108-47$331$19,060,03412Disney
19Housefull 2$10,522-69%1210$87$1,586,7455Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$737,051--27--$27,298$737,0511Fox Searchlight
2Monsieur Lazhar$222,460-9%8113$2,746$914,20028Music Box Films
3To the Arctic 3D$188,077-19%500$3,762$1,025,0163Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Bernie$140,54464%85$17,568$261,8432Millennium Entertainment
5Marley$119,400-43%739$1,636$771,9253Magnolia Pictures
6Jiro Dreams of Sushi$95,125-37%73-7$1,303$1,990,3029Magnolia Pictures
7Darling Companion$91,26142%4629$1,984$235,3023Sony Pictures Classics
8Footnote$87,416-41%78-23$1,121$1,687,2809Sony Pictures Classics
9Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$86,496-5%95-32$910$51,774,00212Sony / Columbia
10Headhunters$80,18986%1713$4,717$141,4312Magnolia Pictures
11Vicky Donor$76,472-38%500$1,529$466,4673Eros International
12Born to Be Wild 3D$70,884-10%340$2,085$18,641,47057Warner Bros. / IMAX
13The Kid With A Bike$62,622-44%70-15$895$1,215,6048IFC Films
14Sound of My Voice$54,29650%2823$1,939$103,5502Fox Searchlight
15Hubble 3D$48,5303%203$2,427$32,456,748112Warner Bros. / IMAX
16First Position$48,024--5--$9,605$48,0241IFC Films
17A Beautiful Soul$46,410--20--$2,321$46,4101Tyscot Manhaddon Films
18The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$45,043-40%43-13$1,048$954,7317Music Box Films
19Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$37,25256%120$3,104$5,448,1211043D Entertainment
20The Raid: Redemption$35,778-73%43-83$832$4,004,5497Sony Pictures Classics
21We Have a Pope$34,829-37%24-3$1,451$294,8375IFC Films
23October Baby$30,673-67%77-68$398$5,262,68628IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
24Casa de mi Padre$30,23040%6832$445$5,849,2248Lionsgate / Pantelion
25Project X (2012)$30,051-62%72-83$417$54,697,62110Warner Bros.
26Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$27,617-66%30-37$921$1,137,1734Code Black Entertainment
27Under the Sea 3D$27,349-21%13-3$2,104$31,332,991169Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Elles$27,23712%137$2,095$64,6222Kino Lorber
29Jeff Who Lives at Home$27,035-53%47-32$575$4,190,7108Paramount Vantage
30Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$25,066-49%75-36$334$133,030,45321Fox
31Tezz$24,199-84%970$249$218,6222Eros Entertainment
32A Separation$22,200-38%31-17$716$7,027,06719Sony Pictures Classics
33Friends With Kids$16,103-49%34-19$474$7,185,3409Roadside Attractions
34The Artist$15,370-47%41-9$375$44,242,86524Weinstein Company
35The Perfect Family$14,301--6--$2,384$14,3011Variance Films
36We Bought a Zoo$13,834-47%38-14$364$75,608,72220Fox
37Coriolanus$13,004-18%184$722$727,67616Weinstein Company
38Grandmaster$10,479--9--$1,164$10,4791UTV Communications
39Blue Like Jazz$10,245-72%20-26$512$578,0954Roadside Attractions
40Gerhard Richter Painting$10,22998%95$1,137$145,1618Kino Lorber
41A Little Bit of Heaven$10,011--11--$910$10,0111Millennium Entertainment
42The Hunter (2012)$9,959-57%14-3$711$158,2195Magnolia Pictures
43Goon$8,927-43%16-7$558$4,151,1796Magnolia / Magnet
44Last Call at the Oasis$8,899--1--$8,899$8,8991IDP/ATO Pictures
45FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$7,882--1--$7,882$7,8821International Film Circuit
46Pina$7,525-34%8-3$941$3,520,45820IFC Films
47Touchback$7,422-72%12-16$619$197,2194Anchor Bay Films
48The Salt of Life$7,121-63%10-5$712$286,07710Zeitgeist Films
49Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$6,978-65%17-10$410$43,446,08713Fox
50The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$6,686195%21$3,343$23,3174Rialto
51Undefeated$6,625-42%13-7$510$531,09412Weinstein Company
53Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$5,624--1--$5,624$5,6241New Yorker Films
54A Simple Life$5,591-75%5-6$1,118$178,2464China Lion Film
55We Need to Talk About Kevin$5,542-59%14-15$396$1,724,04622Oscilloscope
56The Fairy$4,734119%64$789$19,85411Kino Lorber
57Red Tails$4,432-72%12-11$369$49,858,40616Fox
58Hit So Hard$4,21233%43$1,053$20,0324Variance Films
59Goodbye First Love$4,033-71%3-2$1,344$56,9083IFC Films
60In Darkness$3,710-73%13-19$285$1,034,58213Sony Pictures Classics
61Rampart$3,626-69%10-8$363$969,23913Millennium Entertainment
62The Highest Pass$3,057-70%20$1,529$16,3572Cinema Libre
63The Giant Mechanical Man$2,831--1--$2,831$5,3602Tribeca Film
64W.E.$2,664-57%6-4$444$582,07514Weinstein Company
65Albert Nobbs$2,608-63%5-11$522$3,013,81215Roadside Attractions
66Thin Ice$2,575-52%5-4$515$785,40012IDP/ATO Pictures
67The Island President$2,382-62%3-2$794$69,1946IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
68Free Men$2,268125%10$2,268$47,7018Film Movement
69Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$1,850--1--$1,850$905,02544International Film Circuit
70Payback (2012)$1,823-17%10$1,823$8,6272Zeitgeist Films
71This Binary Universe$1,794--2--$897$1,7941Indican Pictures
72The Women on the 6th Floor$1,687-27%3-2$562$706,25331Strand Releasing
73Inventing Our Life$1,653-73%21$827$9,4072First Run Features
74Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,500-83%1-4$1,500$57,0226New Yorker Films
75Surviving Progress$1,32355%1-1$1,323$24,6045First Run Features
76Keyhole$1,22283%21$611$14,3095Monterey Media
77Here$1,184-78%20$592$19,7634Strand Releasing
78Booker's Place$742--1--$742$5,0002Tribeca Film
79My Reincarnation$730433%10$730$92,67428Long Shot Factory
80The FP$693120%1-1$693$40,5578Drafthouse Films
81Death of a Superhero$345--1--$345$3451Tribeca Film
82Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$268-34%10$268$114,16018Cinema Guild
83Windfall$260--1--$260$6,09314First Run Features
84Reuniting The Rubins$244--1--$244$12,6318Monterey Media
85Natural Selection$211-92%1-1$211$36,6708Cinema Guild
86Meeting Evil$181--1--$181$1811Magnolia / Magnet
87Sing Your Song$147-35%10$147$45,76517S2BN Films
88The Beat Hotel$96--1--$96$3,9896First Run Features