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, Nov. 2 - Sun, Nov. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$49,038,712--3,752--$13,070$49,038,7121Disney
2Flight$24,900,566--1,884--$13,217$24,900,5661Paramount
3Argo$10,209,103-16%2,774-81$3,680$75,860,2404Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$7,910,980--1,868--$4,235$7,910,9801Universal
5Taken 2$5,919,493-23%2,639-356$2,243$125,586,9295Fox
6Cloud Atlas$5,379,314-44%2,0135$2,672$18,391,7432Warner Bros.
7Hotel Transylvania$4,409,785-53%2,922-354$1,509$137,477,4036Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity 4$4,252,468-50%3,006-406$1,415$49,529,6823Paramount
9Here Comes the Boom$3,528,143-32%2,314-177$1,525$35,500,2234Sony / Columbia
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$3,285,113-59%2,9330$1,120$13,880,2702Open Road
11Pitch Perfect$3,064,080-22%1,502-497$2,040$55,633,7036Universal
12Sinister$2,734,446-45%1,882-465$1,453$44,276,8204Lionsgate / Summit
13Fun Size$2,294,636-44%3,0162$761$7,454,5792Paramount
14Alex Cross$1,958,360-62%1,648-893$1,188$23,086,3153Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$1,228,736-46%2,03028$605$4,358,7522Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,241,870-14%622-114$1,997$13,059,2207Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$1,210,783-42%696-493$1,740$63,661,8046Sony / TriStar
3Frankenweenie$766,080-69%857-881$894$33,339,9195Disney
4Seven Psychopaths$739,194-51%459-544$1,610$13,411,7504CBS Films
5Brave$328,03112%253-4$1,297$235,872,66920Disney
6The Dark Knight Rises$259,740-2%2910$893$447,521,14716Warner Bros.
7ParaNorman$229,308-6%246-34$932$55,231,34012Focus
8Trouble with the Curve$181,333-40%286-134$634$34,963,1787Warner Bros.
9The Master$180,599-30%138-63$1,309$15,511,3948Weinstein Company
10End of Watch$158,310-52%158-132$1,002$38,853,1897Open Road
11Searching For Sugar Man$149,1148%105-9$1,420$2,410,56615Sony Pictures Classics
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$125,740-11%157-35$801$160,420,83017Fox
13Arbitrage$123,016-27%116-9$1,060$7,537,2848Roadside Attractions
14The Bourne Legacy$105,570-20%153-38$690$113,165,63513Universal
15The Campaign$104,196-20%188-34$554$86,744,50313Warner Bros.
16The Expendables 2$102,612-9%173-5$593$84,855,31312Lionsgate
17The Possession$94,609182%15573$610$48,982,12710Lionsgate
18Resident Evil: Retribution$84,544-31%131-67$645$42,257,8758Sony / Screen Gems
19House at the End of the Street$72,844-58%128-174$569$31,181,2777Relativity Media
20Student of the Year$49,885-62%1060$471$634,4783Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$468,312115%6949$6,787$943,2303Fox Searchlight
2The Other Son$153,30922%5212$2,948$330,4232Cohen Media Group
3Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$95,364--60--$1,589$95,3641UTV Communications
4To the Arctic 3D$77,935-4%520$1,499$9,532,32529Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Late Quartet$75,279--9--$8,364$75,2791Entertainment One / RKO
6The Flat$72,22496%2314$3,140$160,1063IFC Films
7Samsara$68,267-28%62-5$1,101$2,303,52011Oscilloscope
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$63,173-2%95-21$665$48,737,04714Fox
9Masquerade (2012)$61,446--10--$6,145$748,1537CJ Entertainment
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$56,635-5%94-21$603$50,792,65112Disney
11Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$54,523-5%24-2$2,272$744,5227IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
12The Paperboy$48,416-46%42-34$1,153$628,1985Millennium Entertainment
13Hubble 3D$46,40657%183$2,578$34,924,339138Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Thieves$43,968-58%18-4$2,443$628,2614Well Go USA
15Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$34,810-62%70-77$497$3,286,3904Atlas Distribution
16English Vinglish$34,575-51%880$393$1,829,4425Eros International
17Smashed$34,097-14%210$1,624$198,6904Sony Pictures Classics
18Born to Be Wild 3D$31,750-12%300$1,058$21,205,20583Warner Bros. / IMAX
19The Intouchables$31,273-15%28-20$1,117$12,937,50424Weinstein Company
20Simon and the Oaks$28,867-1%13-1$2,221$119,0974The Film Arcade
21Brooklyn Castle$27,0682%135$2,082$87,1993Producers Distribution Agency
22The Loneliest Planet$25,96465%119$2,360$44,3922IFC Films
23Hating Breitbart$25,826135%84$3,228$81,4323Rocky Mountain Pictures
24The Big Picture (2012)$22,12624%82$2,766$96,7834MPI Media
25The Bay$19,747--23--$859$19,7471Roadside Attractions
26The Details$18,528--14--$1,323$18,5281RADiUS-TWC
27Holy Motors$15,234--53$3,047$83,6653Indomina Releasing
28Chakravyuh$14,783-85%790$187$145,4992Eros International
29The Imposter$14,584--10--$1,458$857,66117Indomina Releasing
30Sleepwalk With Me$14,297-45%18-14$794$2,244,43911IFC Films
31Tai Chi Zero$13,881-66%13-10$1,068$190,4073Variance / Well Go USA
32The House I Live In$13,546-39%11-1$1,231$132,3485Abramorama
33Won't Back Down$13,079-8%41-24$319$5,285,2076Fox
34Lawless$12,903-55%35-61$369$37,365,76810Weinstein Company
35Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$11,595167%40$2,899$69,6245Roadside Attractions
36Beasts of the Southern Wild$9,5101%15-5$634$11,225,46519Fox Searchlight
37Liberal Arts$9,256-36%17-3$544$298,7018IFC Films
38Robot & Frank$9,06616%14-10$648$3,269,93912IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39Somewhere Between$8,3790%60$1,397$120,07811Long Shot Factory
40This Must Be the Place$7,754--2--$3,877$7,7541Weinstein Company
41Orchestra of Exiles$6,9854%54$1,397$13,7042First Run Features
42District of Corruption$6,220-75%30$2,073$31,9542Rocky Mountain Pictures
43Under the Sea 3D$6,19761%94$689$32,420,027195Warner Bros. / IMAX
44The Queen of Versailles$5,2524%6-2$875$2,390,05916Magnolia Pictures
45Keep the Lights On$5,236-30%50$1,047$226,9359Music Box Films
46The Well-Digger's Daughter$5,205-28%5-1$1,041$351,92316Kino Lorber
47Wuthering Heights (2012)$5,111-49%11-1$465$70,4355Oscilloscope
48The Other Dream Team$4,781-59%5-9$956$128,9776The Film Arcade
49North Sea Texas$4,487--3--$1,496$4,4871Strand Releasing
50Chicken With Plums$4,032-34%187$224$233,22512Sony Pictures Classics
51War of the Buttons (2012)$3,736-31%6-2$623$45,6024Weinstein Company
52V/H/S$3,699-60%8-11$462$97,3485Magnolia / Magnet
53My Worst Nightmare$3,695--2--$1,848$5,4783Strand Releasing
54Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$3,558-29%2-1$1,779$54,8385Rainbow Releasing
55Death by China$3,100147%21$1,550$35,70612Area23a
56Least Among Saints$1,87810%51$376$28,0264Brainstorm Media
57To Rome with Love$1,688-68%5-6$338$16,682,32920Sony Pictures Classics
58Nobody Walks$1,510-72%4-3$378$20,0673Magnolia Pictures
5917 Girls$1,510--1--$1,510$14,0807Strand Releasing
60Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$1,492--1--$1,492$1,4921Zeitgeist Films
61All Together$1,478-80%3-4$493$31,0303Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
622 Days In New York$1,361-53%4-3$340$629,35913Magnolia Pictures
63The Revisionaries$1,205-75%41$301$17,0115Kino Lorber
64Celeste and Jesse Forever$1,157-70%5-10$231$3,089,50714Sony Pictures Classics
65Trade of Innocents$1,039-20%30$346$15,0595Monterey Media
66Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$821-80%2-8$411$35,9625Drafthouse Films
67How To Survive A Plague$677-77%2-7$339$121,2017IFC Films
68The Eye of the Storm$66480%10$664$83,2979Sycamore Entertainment
69Vamps$548--1--$548$5481Anchor Bay Films
70Photographic Memory$412--1--$412$6,3014First Run Features
71Meet The Fokkens$34992%10$349$28,63213Kino Lorber
72Alps$314--3--$105$14,82817Kino Lorber
73Jack and Diane$294--2--$147$2941Magnolia Pictures
74Post Mortem$243--1--$243$9,75030Kino Lorber
75We Won't Grow Old Together$231--1--$231$11,27122The Film Desk
76Radio Unnameable$159--1--$159$18,6167Kino Lorber
77Headshot$28--1--$28$1,3676Kino Lorber