Grosses

'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, Oct. 26 - Sun, Oct. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$12,085,059-27%2,855-392$4,233$60,510,3473Warner Bros.
2Cloud Atlas$9,612,247--2,008--$4,787$9,612,2471Warner Bros.
3Hotel Transylvania$9,444,014-27%3,276-108$2,883$130,380,3555Sony / Columbia
4Paranormal Activity 4$8,510,186-71%3,4120$2,494$42,467,5512Paramount
5Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$8,023,036--2,933--$2,735$8,023,0361Open Road
6Taken 2$7,716,732-42%2,995-494$2,577$117,105,5774Fox
7Here Comes the Boom$5,210,024-38%2,491-523$2,092$30,320,4963Sony / Columbia
8Alex Cross$5,133,486-55%2,5412$2,020$19,452,1772Lionsgate / Summit
9Sinister$4,996,099-43%2,347-195$2,129$39,441,0543Lionsgate / Summit
10Fun Size$4,101,017--3,014--$1,361$4,101,0171Paramount
11Pitch Perfect$3,948,025-42%1,999-661$1,975$51,300,2585Universal
12Frankenweenie$2,456,350-43%1,738-624$1,413$31,798,7574Disney
13Chasing Mavericks$2,268,274--2,002--$1,133$2,268,2741Fox
14Looper$2,100,527-50%1,189-1034$1,767$61,513,8335Sony / TriStar
15Seven Psychopaths$1,498,350-54%1,003-477$1,494$11,959,8583CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,449,493-33%736-9$1,969$11,257,1726Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$332,483-60%290-461$1,146$38,555,9946Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$304,653-58%420-505$725$34,660,2276Warner Bros.
4Brave$293,876-30%257-20$1,143$235,457,53819Disney
5The Dark Knight Rises$263,856-27%291-54$907$447,158,35415Warner Bros.
6The Master$258,270-50%201-211$1,285$15,208,6527Weinstein Company
7ParaNorman$243,502133%280112$870$54,933,03211Focus
8House at the End of the Street$174,500-63%302-444$578$31,055,2576Relativity Media
9Arbitrage$168,009-41%125-44$1,344$7,341,2727Roadside Attractions
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$140,747-27%192-30$733$160,255,73216Fox
11Searching For Sugar Man$137,728-30%114-23$1,208$2,192,64014Sony Pictures Classics
12The Bourne Legacy$131,735-21%191-41$690$113,001,84012Universal
13Student of the Year$130,985-60%1060$1,236$548,6912Eros International
14The Campaign$130,639280%222148$588$86,581,91612Warner Bros.
15Resident Evil: Retribution$122,04721%19840$616$42,119,6787Sony / Screen Gems
16The Expendables 2$112,946150%17886$635$84,705,40411Lionsgate
17Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$92,299-85%147-798$628$3,206,3533Atlas Distribution
18Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$64,587-37%116-33$557$48,658,66213Fox
19The Odd Life of Timothy Green$59,441-43%115-79$517$50,714,38011Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$217,35392%2016$10,868$376,9962Fox Searchlight
2The Other Son$125,691--40--$3,142$125,6911Cohen Media Group
3The Thieves$105,652-31%225$4,802$532,6993Well Go USA
4Chakravyuh$97,896--79--$1,239$111,3521Eros International
5Samsara$95,202-34%67-3$1,421$2,179,67510Oscilloscope
6The Paperboy$89,327-20%762$1,175$538,3524Millennium Entertainment
7To the Arctic 3D$80,950-9%520$1,557$9,408,02028Warner Bros. / IMAX
8English Vinglish$70,376-61%880$800$1,779,6284Eros International
9Finding Nemo 3D$61,382-60%78-105$787$40,496,2197Disney
10Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$57,232-22%26-1$2,201$653,7106IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
11Tai Chi Zero$41,410-51%23-8$1,800$158,9992Variance / Well Go USA
12Smashed$39,592-11%211$1,885$145,1053Sony Pictures Classics
13The Intouchables$36,992-18%48-12$771$12,885,03123Weinstein Company
14The Flat$36,82285%97$4,091$70,9682IFC Films
15Born to Be Wild 3D$35,93614%300$1,198$21,149,64482Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Possession$33,532-42%82-51$409$48,879,9979Lionsgate
17Hubble 3D$29,608-22%150$1,974$34,844,477137Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Simon and the Oaks$29,22526%147$2,088$75,3183The Film Arcade
19Lawless$28,950-66%96-88$302$37,338,0499Weinstein Company
20Brooklyn Castle$26,62842%86$3,329$50,5002Producers Distribution Agency
21Middle of Nowhere (2012)$26,360-48%243$1,098$163,1613AFFRM
22Sleepwalk With Me$25,945-29%32-13$811$2,218,64710IFC Films
23District of Corruption$25,086--3--$8,362$25,0861Rocky Mountain Pictures
24The House I Live In$22,31449%128$1,860$107,9224Abramorama
25Dredd 3D$21,661-80%72-88$301$13,401,6836Lionsgate
26The Big Picture (2012)$17,81918%60$2,970$61,7113MPI Media
27El Milagro de Marcelino Pan y Vino$17,095--1--$17,095$17,0951Gigapix Releasing
28Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story$16,011--1--$16,011$16,0111Dutchmen Films
29The Loneliest Planet$15,689--2--$7,845$15,6891IFC Films
30Liberal Arts$14,44314%202$722$280,6707IFC Films
31Won't Back Down$14,212-68%65-103$219$5,264,0935Fox
32The Waiting Room$13,537-54%40$3,384$102,8605International Film Circuit
33The Other Dream Team$11,641-45%141$832$119,6535The Film Arcade
34Hating Breitbart$10,994-73%40$2,749$54,0662Rocky Mountain Pictures
35Wuthering Heights (2012)$10,012-40%121$834$62,1294Oscilloscope
36Moonrise Kingdom$9,547-51%15-14$636$45,507,86523Focus
37Beasts of the Southern Wild$9,396-46%20-8$470$11,204,34718Fox Searchlight
38V/H/S$9,23174%193$486$87,6294Magnolia / Magnet
39Somewhere Between$8,420-63%60$1,403$107,84610Long Shot Factory
40Robot & Frank$7,845-50%24-10$327$3,255,61011IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
41Keep the Lights On$7,51619%5-4$1,503$218,0838Music Box Films
42All Together$7,327-43%7-3$1,047$23,2622Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
43The Well-Digger's Daughter$7,257-15%6-3$1,210$343,63615Kino Lorber
44Orchestra of Exiles$6,719--1--$6,719$6,7191First Run Features
45Chicken With Plums$6,08050%111$553$226,77011Sony Pictures Classics
46War of the Buttons (2012)$5,399-69%8-27$675$38,6613Weinstein Company
47Nobody Walks$5,372-26%75$767$15,5322Magnolia Pictures
48To Rome with Love$5,313-45%11-21$483$16,677,74619Sony Pictures Classics
49The Queen of Versailles$5,035-34%8-5$629$2,380,93315Magnolia Pictures
50Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$5,027-45%3-3$1,676$48,7684Rainbow Releasing
51The Revisionaries$4,839--3--$1,613$12,6364Kino Lorber
52Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$4,338--4--$1,085$56,3664Roadside Attractions
53Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$4,201-34%104$420$31,9564Drafthouse Films
54Tristana (2012 re-issue)$4,153--1--$4,153$12,6863Cohen Media Group
55Celeste and Jesse Forever$3,88670%150$259$3,087,50313Sony Pictures Classics
56Under the Sea 3D$3,858-39%51$772$32,410,500194Warner Bros. / IMAX
57You've Been Trumped$3,188486%2-1$1,594$23,59213International Film Circuit
58How To Survive A Plague$2,979-68%9-5$331$118,4906IFC Films
592 Days In New York$2,916-13%72$417$626,23112Magnolia Pictures
60The Oranges$2,892-82%5-10$578$364,8754IDP/ATO Pictures
61Compliance$1,922-26%8-3$240$318,62211Magnolia Pictures
62Least Among Saints$1,714-65%4-4$429$25,3203Brainstorm Media
63Bringing Up Bobby$1,68082%2-2$840$4,7585Monterey Media
64Gayby$1,670-13%10$1,670$11,0703The Film Collaborative
65Trade of Innocents$1,295298%32$432$13,6494Monterey Media
66Death by China$1,257--1--$1,257$32,01811Area23a
67Unforgivable$1,052-32%20$526$153,78518Strand Releasing
68Step Up to the Plate$808-26%21$404$37,6177Cinema Guild
69Husbands In Goa$600-37%1-1$600$10,1356UTV Communications
70The Eye of the Storm$368-91%1-1$368$82,0718Sycamore Entertainment
71Kumare$300--1--$300$125,36519Kino Lorber
72Barfi!$228-98%1-9$228$2,804,8747UTV Communications
73Meet The Fokkens$182--1--$182$27,59912Kino Lorber
74The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$86--1--$86$861Strand Releasing
75Girl Model$73-70%10$73$20,8088First Run Features