'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, Apr. 12 - Sun, Apr. 14

Wide (1000+)

142 (2013)$27,487,144--3,003--$9,153$27,487,1441Warner Bros.
2Scary Movie 5$14,157,367--3,402--$4,161$14,157,3671Weinstein / Dimension
3The Croods$13,115,074-36%3,689-190$3,555$142,439,1444Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$10,894,415-48%3,535-199$3,082$102,520,1133Paramount
5Evil Dead$9,488,302-63%3,0250$3,137$41,530,0842Sony / TriStar
6Jurassic Park 3D$8,861,820-52%2,7787$3,190$31,970,9852Universal
7Olympus Has Fallen$7,250,084-29%2,935-124$2,470$81,856,8984FilmDistrict
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$4,859,958-39%2,504-401$1,941$219,381,3706Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$4,503,102-55%1,805-242$2,495$45,425,0983Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$2,383,023-54%2,172-1030$1,097$23,428,4833Open Road
11The Call$1,952,122-44%1,630-372$1,198$48,574,2155Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Place Beyond the Pines$3,865,687450%514484$7,521$5,239,8663Focus
2Trance$896,608584%438434$2,047$1,071,2162Fox Searchlight
4Identity Thief$541,425-32%564-157$960$132,022,26510Universal
5Silver Linings Playbook$408,626-32%451-73$906$130,333,79822Weinstein Company
6Spring Breakers$380,203-68%426-646$892$13,529,1905A24
7Jack the Giant Slayer$323,074-38%331-171$976$62,958,2917Warner Bros. / New Line
8Life of Pi$237,645-33%217-52$1,095$124,279,74121Fox
9Quartet$226,750-38%224-28$1,012$17,577,66514Weinstein Company
10Warm Bodies$222,101-18%279-8$796$65,898,06711Lionsgate / Summit
11Safe Haven$181,065-34%277-83$654$70,604,6969Relativity Media
12Escape From Planet Earth$158,175-40%276-156$573$54,660,1139Weinstein Company
13The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$154,190-68%274-261$563$22,129,4005Warner Bros. / New Line
14A Good Day to Die Hard$151,143-8%210-15$720$67,006,7659Fox
15Snitch (2013)$133,093-41%215-89$619$41,988,9718Lionsgate / Summit
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$101,591-27%154-26$660$55,587,13912Paramount
17Django Unchained$81,138-41%126-57$644$162,691,58216Weinstein Company
18Wreck-It Ralph$78,963-17%134-22$589$189,288,87724Disney
1921 And Over$76,909-54%107-73$719$25,431,6767Relativity Media
20Argo$57,276-33%1720$333$135,986,92327Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Company You Keep$277,818111%4136$6,776$450,4282Sony Pictures Classics
2The Sapphires$248,945-15%9333$2,677$784,3464Weinstein Company
3Renoir$182,47178%4929$3,724$423,4593IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
4No (2013)$155,218-26%9910$1,568$1,845,0529Sony Pictures Classics
5To the Wonder$116,551--17--$6,856$116,5511Magnolia Pictures
6Not Today$96,347--41--$2,350$96,3471Freestyle Releasing
7From Up on Poppy Hill$94,039-28%498$1,919$608,9775GKIDS
8The Gatekeepers$71,873-58%90-41$799$2,258,44011Sony Pictures Classics
9Upstream Color$71,220149%1110$6,475$109,9512ERBP
10Hubble 3D$63,027-20%184$3,502$37,592,206161Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Impossible$59,8361%77-3$777$18,996,75517Lionsgate / Summit
12To the Arctic 3D$55,3269%520$1,064$12,123,51452Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Ginger & Rosa$55,025-56%71-28$775$683,9265A24
14Side Effects (2013)$53,029-49%53-27$1,001$31,479,38910Open Road
15Parental Guidance$52,748-36%90-20$586$77,118,97716Fox
16Emperor$52,176-61%96-24$544$3,219,1416Roadside Attractions
17Fists of Legend$49,252--23--$2,141$49,2521CJ Entertainment
18Monsters, Inc. 3D$40,975-3%30-2$1,366$33,943,00417Disney
19Room 237$35,805-28%209$1,790$148,8373IFC Midnight
20On the Road$35,616-67%64-43$557$677,13317IFC Films
21Dark Skies$34,92485%25-3$1,397$17,217,8588Weinstein / Dimension
22Camp (2013)$34,05794%2113$1,622$169,0368Freestyle Releasing
23Lore$32,841-57%33-17$995$782,97110Music Box Films
24Starbuck$32,311-44%321$1,010$3,658,8314eOne Films US
25The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$30,686-22%55-22$558$302,975,07518Warner Bros. / New Line
26Blancanieves$28,058-19%173$1,650$116,6053Cohen Media Group
27Dead Man Down$28,018-45%94-52$298$10,880,9266FilmDistrict
28No Place on Earth$24,45677%119$2,223$42,8702Magnolia Pictures
29New World$23,057-58%9-10$2,562$450,2224Well Go USA
30Lincoln$22,962-52%58-44$396$182,182,83623Disney / DreamWorks
31Space Station 3D$21,213-16%53$4,243$87,658,388574IMAX
32Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$19,681-72%13-3$1,514$110,6542CodeBlack Films
33The Angels' Share$18,837--3--$6,279$18,8371IFC Films
34Under the Sea 3D$18,503-21%184$1,028$32,786,971218Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Born to Be Wild 3D$15,969-44%300$532$22,457,828106Warner Bros. / IMAX
36It's a Disaster$15,305--3--$5,102$15,3051Oscilloscope
37Settai$15,245-71%15-18$1,016$76,6652UTV Motion Pictures
38Amour$13,849-13%28-2$495$6,712,91417Sony Pictures Classics
39Stoker$12,012-81%30-59$400$1,672,4957Fox Searchlight
40Leonie$9,826217%116$893$29,6655Monterey Media
41Searching For Sugar Man$9,234-43%14-4$660$3,626,83238Sony Pictures Classics
42Deep Sea 3D$8,16431%31$2,721$45,503,646372Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Hava Nagila (The Movie)$6,839-30%11-2$622$250,4137International Film Circuit
44A Royal Affair$6,519-58%6-5$1,087$1,530,26223Magnolia Pictures
45Gimme the Loot$6,164-52%7-1$881$77,3674IFC Films
46Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$6,043-50%10$6,043$21,4382Cinema Guild
47Simon Killer$5,4578%21$2,729$12,5462IFC Films
48Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$5,147-46%100$515$318,23812Music Box Films
49Like Someone in Love$5,012-12%142$358$215,6379IFC Films
50Koch$4,935-21%3-4$1,645$328,80911Zeitgeist Films
51Beyond the Hills$4,671-44%7-5$667$105,1596IFC Films
52Neighboring Sounds$3,960--3--$1,320$57,30234Cinema Guild
53Girl Rising$3,650-67%4842$76$668,9226Gathr Films
54West of Memphis$3,27130%174$192$307,03916Sony Pictures Classics
55A Place at the Table$3,133-18%9-5$348$212,2787Magnolia Pictures
56Sound City$3,0244%40$756$398,20511Variance Films
57Leviathan (2013)$2,959291%53$592$48,3547Cinema Guild
58Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$2,332-50%51$466$10,3302First Run Features
5956 Up$1,989-73%4-6$497$673,14215First Run Features
60The Brass Teapot$1,421-68%20$711$6,6432Magnolia Pictures
61The Silence$1,415-90%4-7$354$76,2716Music Box Films
62Violeta Went to Heaven$1,37743%2-1$689$11,2573Kino Lorber
63Yossi$1,168--1--$1,168$116,20712Strand Releasing
64Hunky Dory$1,129-7%30$376$17,0734Variance Films
65Silver Circle$96778%10$967$4,0804Area23a
665 Broken Cameras$890106%10$890$103,90146Kino Lorber
67M (2013 re-issue)$890-83%1-2$890$26,6485Kino Lorber
68Wrong$797-75%1-7$797$38,0423Drafthouse Films
69Himmatwala$669-97%3-58$223$270,5783UTV Motion Pictures
70Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder$621--2--$311$4,81610First Run Features
71Orchestra of Exiles$613-68%20$307$34,18825First Run Features
72Kai Po Che$538-62%1-1$538$1,120,7858UTV Motion Pictures
73The Waiting Room$502-75%10$502$243,15729International Film Circuit
74Masquerade (2012)$477--1--$477$922,60030CJ Entertainment
75A Fierce Green Fire$370-80%1-1$370$20,6477First Run Features
7611 Flowers$310-50%10$310$8,9418First Run Features
77Radio Unnameable$285-77%10$285$24,01730Kino Lorber
78The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$120--1--$120$23725Strand Releasing
79Into the White$90--1--$90$901Magnolia Pictures
80Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film$33--1--$33$3,80437Kino Lorber