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, Mar. 8 - Sun, Mar. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$79,110,453--3,912--$20,223$79,110,4531Disney
2Jack the Giant Slayer$9,839,135-64%3,5250$2,791$43,630,5042Warner Bros. / New Line
3Identity Thief$6,334,220-35%3,002-228$2,110$116,545,1055Universal
4Dead Man Down$5,345,250--2,188--$2,443$5,345,2501FilmDistrict
5Snitch (2013)$5,098,235-34%2,340-171$2,179$31,853,3623Lionsgate / Summit
621 And Over$5,091,384-42%2,7710$1,837$16,875,3592Relativity Media
7Safe Haven$3,753,384-40%2,541-410$1,477$62,837,4814Relativity Media
8Silver Linings Playbook$3,618,171-37%1,727-109$2,095$120,622,51317Weinstein Company
9Escape From Planet Earth$3,218,923-51%2,549-561$1,263$47,844,1054Weinstein Company
10The Last Exorcism Part II$3,167,040-59%2,7000$1,173$12,129,6392CBS Films
11A Good Day to Die Hard$2,121,030-54%1,725-864$1,230$63,367,4314Fox
12Dark Skies$1,254,261-64%1,505-808$833$15,564,3883Weinstein / Dimension
13Warm Bodies$1,015,996-61%1,052-878$966$63,575,3806Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$1,579,462-34%67145$2,354$119,367,61416Fox
2Quartet$1,254,859-30%715-10$1,755$13,245,6909Weinstein Company
3Emperor$1,014,099--261--$3,885$1,014,0991Roadside Attractions
4Argo$1,010,367-52%741-244$1,364$134,282,92522Warner Bros.
5Side Effects (2013)$869,117-50%602-510$1,444$29,570,7875Open Road
6Zero Dark Thirty$673,810-48%522-200$1,291$94,628,36912Sony / Columbia
7Django Unchained$432,074-56%336-647$1,286$161,100,52611Weinstein Company
8Lincoln$430,380-56%432-220$996$180,834,31118Disney / DreamWorks
9Wreck-It Ralph$404,141-29%314-38$1,287$187,906,93219Disney
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$378,93642%337127$1,124$301,874,93313Warner Bros. / New Line
11Les Miserables (2012)$307,455-46%286-66$1,075$148,136,22011Universal
12Rise of The Guardians$226,406-22%275-20$823$102,681,33016Paramount / DreamWorks
13Amour$186,413-60%205-128$909$6,310,15112Sony Pictures Classics
14Beautiful Creatures (2013)$178,375-81%281-794$635$19,018,2604Warner Bros.
15Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$170,588-69%225-376$758$54,493,5057Paramount
16Parental Guidance$165,790-20%219-39$757$76,285,22911Fox
17Mama$152,995-55%214-233$715$71,117,1758Universal
18Jack Reacher$134,722-29%194-31$694$79,892,19012Paramount
19The Impossible$98,058-39%114-37$860$18,486,44912Lionsgate / Summit
20Phantom (2013)$61,050-88%407-711$150$815,2602RCR Media Group

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Gatekeepers$236,006-6%6721$3,522$1,012,9766Sony Pictures Classics
2No (2013)$150,44748%3524$4,298$493,6054Sony Pictures Classics
3Stoker$114,326-29%1710$6,725$328,8142Fox Searchlight
4Kai Po Che$94,819-63%71-33$1,335$1,013,7383UTV Motion Pictures
5Girl Rising$81,640--21--$3,888$225,2671Gathr Films
6Monsters, Inc. 3D$78,940-26%70-9$1,128$33,537,41212Disney
7The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$68,476-52%56-12$1,223$235,6512Methinx Entertainment
8Lore$67,24376%2917$2,319$255,9845Music Box Films
9Gangster Squad$57,345-38%90-48$637$45,857,1019Warner Bros.
10Bless Me, Ultima$56,296-69%52-131$1,083$1,387,0953Arenas Entertainment
11Hubble 3D$51,481-12%23-1$2,238$36,752,230156Warner Bros. / IMAX
12To the Arctic 3D$49,279-18%520$948$11,568,68447Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Greedy Lying Bastards$45,000--50--$900$45,0001Lambert Releasing
14Searching For Sugar Man$44,218-23%390$1,134$3,464,55333Sony Pictures Classics
15The Attacks of 26/11$42,087-74%510$825$223,8292Eros International
16Skyfall$40,701-45%69-32$590$304,360,27718Sony / Columbia
17Hyde Park on Hudson$36,997-27%391$949$6,288,21414Focus
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$35,337-50%32-10$1,104$12,748,00737Fox Searchlight
19Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$34,362--1--$34,362$34,3621Tribeca Film
20Hava Nagila (The Movie)$33,729310%1312$2,595$85,1362International Film Circuit
21A Place at the Table$31,727-66%350$906$152,7682Magnolia Pictures
22Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$29,062-27%22-1$1,321$211,1487Music Box Films
2356 Up$26,770-29%25-2$1,071$569,54710First Run Features
24West of Memphis$26,35898%2412$1,098$195,21011Sony Pictures Classics
25Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey$25,573--23--$1,112$25,5731Cinedigm
26Born to Be Wild 3D$24,664-2%300$822$22,123,476101Warner Bros. / IMAX
27A Royal Affair$19,984-26%13-6$1,537$1,410,42618Magnolia Pictures
28Movie 43$18,125262%6346$288$8,828,7717Relativity Media
29Koch$17,896-38%10-6$1,790$241,2476Zeitgeist Films
30Space Station 3D$16,985-28%40$4,246$87,344,128569IMAX
31Parker$16,342-32%34-17$481$17,470,2957FilmDistrict
32Sound City$15,75846%152$1,051$354,7336Variance Films
33The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$15,521-79%15-33$1,035$2,111,4726ShortsHD
34Yossi$14,630478%86$1,829$98,7337Strand Releasing
35Beyond the Hills$14,622--3--$4,874$14,6221IFC Films
36Like Someone in Love$13,682-2%6-2$2,280$103,8824IFC Films
37Camp (2013)$13,265118%42$3,316$32,3463Freestyle Releasing
38Bullet to the Head$11,659-72%34-52$343$9,483,8216Warner Bros.
39The Girl (2013)$11,164--2--$5,582$11,1641Brainstorm Media / Vitagraph
40Under the Sea 3D$11,00822%7-1$1,573$32,604,491213Warner Bros. / IMAX
41The We and the I$10,774--1--$10,774$10,7741Paladin/108 Media
42Broken City$10,733-68%24-45$447$19,666,2078Fox
43John Dies at the End$10,56360%194$556$117,3947Magnolia / Magnet
44The ABC's of Death$10,110--19--$532$10,1101Magnet / Drafthouse
45Rust and Bone$9,338-18%21-5$445$2,018,14916Sony Pictures Classics
46Hitchcock$9,190-10%13-6$707$6,002,70816Fox Searchlight
47The Monk$8,418--11--$765$8,4181IDP/ATO Pictures
48The Silence$7,992--2--$3,996$7,9921Music Box Films
49A Late Quartet$6,88366%71$983$1,561,57719Entertainment One / RKO
50Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$6,848--1--$6,848$6,8481Rialto Pictures
51The Master$6,360-22%3927$163$16,373,89226Weinstein Company
52Leviathan (2013)$6,236-31%21$3,118$20,1362Cinema Guild
53War Witch$6,206-29%20$3,103$19,7222Tribeca Film
54Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$5,842--1--$5,842$18,0198Kino Lorber
55Deep Sea 3D$5,024-19%4-1$1,256$45,449,241367Warner Bros. / IMAX
56Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$3,802-45%40$951$27,7486First Run Features
57The Sessions$3,664-63%130$282$5,997,13421Fox Searchlight
58The Waiting Room$2,41725%52$483$212,01624International Film Circuit
59Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$2,264--2--$1,132$58,97819Zeitgeist Films
60Night Across the Street$1,608--1--$1,608$11,7615Cinema Guild
61Any Day Now$1,502-3%1-2$1,502$188,35513Music Box Films
62Masquerade (2012)$1,189--3--$396$916,44225CJ Entertainment
63All Together$1,124--2--$562$39,65621Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
64Beware of Mr. Baker$924-47%10$924$116,47615SnagFilms
65Radio Unnameable$798122%21$399$22,00825Kino Lorber
66The Condemned (2013)$780-69%10$780$3,4892Strand Releasing
67The Sweeney$773-96%1-10$773$26,3452eOne Films US
68Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$678--1--$678$20,7276APD/Cinema Conservancy
69The Sorcerer and the White Snake$577-23%10$577$18,4455Magnolia / Magnet
705 Broken Cameras$391-77%1-1$391$101,78441Kino Lorber
71The Pirogue$367--1--$367$10,6817ArtMattan Productions
72Planet of Snail$344--1--$344$13,95733Cinema Guild
73Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$114-74%10$114$97,31623Roadside Attractions
74Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder$106-1%10$106$2,7465First Run Features