'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. 8 - Sun, Nov. 10

Wide (1000+)

1Thor: The Dark World$85,737,841--3,841--$22,322$85,737,8411Disney
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$11,326,977-43%3,187-158$3,554$78,773,6033Paramount
3Free Birds$11,112,063-30%3,7360$2,974$30,128,5142Relativity Media
4Last Vegas$11,036,270-32%3,08217$3,581$33,467,0062CBS Films
5Ender's Game$10,259,188-62%3,4070$3,011$44,010,4882Lionsgate / Summit
6Gravity$8,535,339-33%2,720-304$3,138$231,249,8316Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$6,675,73139%1,144734$5,835$17,421,3124Fox Searchlight
8Captain Phillips$5,712,028-32%2,646-375$2,159$90,894,0445Sony / Columbia
9About Time$4,758,070342%1,2001025$3,965$6,275,7432Universal
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$2,776,914-33%1,836-594$1,512$109,953,0947Sony / Columbia
11Carrie (2013)$1,285,158-61%1,512-740$850$34,050,7754Sony / Screen Gems
12Escape Plan$845,029-63%1,049-917$806$23,207,8644Lionsgate / Summit
13The Counselor$815,757-76%1,022-2022$798$15,860,7943Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1All Is Lost$1,130,95498%399269$2,834$2,798,5554Roadside Attractions
2Enough Said$633,686-42%429-233$1,477$15,839,3628Fox Searchlight
3Krrish3$526,989-50%2080$2,534$1,870,1082Eros International
4Despicable Me 2$474,31512%3101$1,530$365,353,62019Universal
5We're the Millers$272,416-34%358-197$761$149,681,84614Warner Bros. / New Line
7Prisoners$179,076-55%225-240$796$60,269,0888Warner Bros.
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$167,177-20%216-35$774$67,707,24214Fox
9Elysium$165,843595%192154$864$92,748,40714Sony / TriStar
10Machete Kills$150,112-8%212-51$708$7,949,1475Open Road
11Insidious: Chapter 2$141,421-65%229-324$618$83,050,5309FilmDistrict
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$140,381-27%214-98$656$115,300,15513Weinstein Company
13Monsters University$129,092-27%158-18$817$268,186,28221Disney
14Rush (2013)$123,030-64%164-139$750$26,751,2998Universal
15Baggage Claim$98,685-59%135-159$731$21,384,0737Fox Searchlight
16Diana$90,42933%10062$904$193,5322eOne Films US
17Grown Ups 2$85,823-28%111-37$773$133,586,66018Sony / Columbia
18Runner Runner$39,922-61%119-118$335$19,242,0846Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Dallas Buyers Club$638,704145%3526$18,249$993,0882Focus
2Blue Is the Warmest Color$249,77711%7134$3,518$746,4283IFC Films
3The Book Thief$105,005--4--$26,251$105,0051Fox
4Don Jon$103,095-40%92-89$1,121$24,077,9997Relativity Media
5The Saratov Approach$93,913-35%41-2$2,291$1,094,3035Purdie Distribution
6Great Expectations (2013)$88,500--86--$1,029$88,5001Main Street Films
7Kill Your Darlings$83,10724%3213$2,597$331,9604Sony Pictures Classics
8Blue Jasmine$82,244-26%60-34$1,371$32,519,48016Sony Pictures Classics
9Wadjda$57,489-39%59-25$974$1,235,8239Sony Pictures Classics
10I'm in Love with a Church Girl$55,904-71%74-169$755$2,165,7474High Top Releasing
11The Smurfs 2$53,465-33%94-41$569$70,948,91715Sony / Columbia
12Turbo$53,021-12%62-7$855$82,871,89617Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Pulling Strings$49,794-28%76-33$655$5,782,3956Lionsgate / Pantelion
14The Wolverine$45,512-38%77-42$591$132,425,01816Fox
15Hubble 3D$44,56324%141$3,183$41,186,627191Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Instructions Not Included$36,649-67%52-84$705$44,194,96611Lionsgate / Pantelion
17Muscle Shoals$34,265-41%35-11$979$505,2237Magnolia Pictures
18The Armstrong Lie$28,992--5--$5,798$28,9921Sony Pictures Classics
19How I Live Now$28,547--68--$420$28,5471Magnolia Pictures
20Austenland$25,275-3%6328$401$2,081,91313Sony Pictures Classics
21Inequality for All$24,046-54%37-30$650$1,124,2497RADiUS-TWC
22Space Station 3D$22,9230%51$4,585$89,341,874604IMAX
23The Family (2013)$22,414-53%57-30$393$36,623,0449Relativity Media
24Grace Unplugged$19,347-57%37-44$523$2,480,9576Roadside Attractions
25Reaching for the Moon$14,573--2--$7,287$14,5731Wolfe Releasing
26Spinning Plates$12,83111%60$2,139$57,7293The Film Arcade
27In a World...$12,595-33%18-4$700$2,927,33714Roadside Attractions
28Running From Crazy$12,39882%54$2,480$22,2402Vitagraph Films
29The Fifth Estate$11,827-64%23-88$514$3,218,1004Disney / DreamWorks
30The Heat$10,674-63%28-14$381$159,532,29820Fox
31Deep Sea 3D$9,58960%3-1$3,196$45,952,581402Warner Bros. / IMAX
32To the Arctic 3D$9,14138%123$762$13,631,10282Warner Bros. / IMAX
33I Am Divine$8,83870%73$1,263$32,1975The Film Collaborative
34The Ghosts in Our Machine$8,756--1--$8,756$8,7561Ghosts Media Inc.
35American Promise$8,220--3--$2,740$77,0094Rada Film Group
36The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$7,247-21%21$3,624$19,8292Zeitgeist Films
37The Square (2013)$6,764--2--$3,382$47,1743Netflix Originals
38The Trials of Muhammad Ali$6,620274%30$2,207$53,13512Kino Lorber
39The World's End$6,446-25%9-7$716$25,982,54712Focus
40Romeo and Juliet (2013)$6,394-36%21-1$304$1,124,8055Relativity Media
41Go for Sisters$6,001--2--$3,001$6,0011Variance Films
42The Broken Circle Breakdown$5,630--2--$2,815$14,1522Tribeca Film
43The Spectacular Now$5,517108%12-6$460$6,846,34515A24
44Born to Be Wild 3D$5,314-36%8-2$664$23,078,929136Warner Bros. / IMAX
4520 Feet from Stardom$5,187-51%4-5$1,297$4,752,64522RADiUS-TWC
46At Berkeley$5,069--2--$2,535$5,0691Zipporah Films
47Seasons of Gray$4,751-37%6-2$792$70,6054EchoLight Studios
48When Comedy Went to School$4,679-8%3-2$1,560$219,22815International Film Circuit
49Approved for Adoption$4,014--1--$4,014$4,0141GKIDS
50Under the Sea 3D$3,882-1%51$776$33,659,281248Warner Bros. / IMAX
51Big Sur$3,838-77%5-8$768$29,8582Ketchup Entertainment
52The Way, Way Back$3,735-61%7-8$534$21,496,72719Fox Searchlight
53Let the Fire Burn$3,606-60%5-4$721$41,9436Zeitgeist Films
54Finding Mr. Right$3,430--3--$1,143$3,4301China Lion Film
55Museum Hours$3,32564%2-1$1,663$538,82820Cinema Guild
56Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$3,265-38%32$1,088$22,5953Cinepix
57Short Term 12$3,130-31%5-3$626$970,17612Cinedigm
58Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$2,759--2--$1,380$30,6529Icarus Films
59People of a Feather$2,413--1--$2,413$2,4131First Run Features
60God Loves Uganda$2,413-26%3-2$804$27,6365Variance Films
61The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$2,158-63%3-2$719$52,5457Rialto Pictures
62Good Ol' Freda$2,144-39%6-1$357$131,90710Magnolia Pictures
63Linsanity$2,04713%3-1$682$268,9416Ketchup Entertainment
64A Touch of Sin$1,514-25%40$379$82,0786Kino Lorber
65The Patience Stone$1,502101%3-1$501$145,11813Sony Pictures Classics
66Birth of the Living Dead$1,494332%1-1$1,494$8,5904First Run Features
67The Act of Killing$1,315--2--$658$447,49417Drafthouse Films
68Il Futuro$1,263--3--$421$13,70310Strand Releasing
69Best Man Down$1,171--2--$586$1,1711Magnolia Pictures
70Escape From Tomorrow$1,011-82%3-4$337$166,0165Producers Distribution Agency
71Drinking Buddies$1,00611%42$252$341,93512Magnolia Pictures
72Broadway Idiot$8579%10$857$27,5955FilmBuff
73Terms and Conditions May Apply$821--2--$411$51,50718Variance Films
74Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$783--1--$783$12,8665First Run Features
75Camille Claudel 1915$78313%21$392$19,0374Kino Lorber
76Prince Avalanche$648-83%3-2$216$203,27814Magnolia Pictures
77La Maison de la Radio$609--1--$609$7,16910Kino Lorber
78Mr. Nobody$456-72%2-2$228$2,7442Magnolia Pictures
79Computer Chess$406--1--$406$101,21817Kino Lorber
80Free the Mind$358--1--$358$146,57728International Film Circuit
81I Used to Be Darker$280289%10$280$21,9647Strand Releasing
82Rising From Ashes$257--1--$257$35,89215First Run Features
83Drug War$182--1--$182$127,87716Variance Films / Well Go USA