'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, Dec. 6 - Sun, Dec. 8

Wide (1000+)

1Frozen (2013)$31,616,230-53%3,7420$8,449$134,253,6663Disney
2The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$26,185,886-65%4,1630$6,290$335,850,8423Lionsgate
3Out of the Furnace$5,220,288--2,101--$2,485$5,247,3641Relativity Media
4Thor: The Dark World$4,811,545-57%3,074-212$1,565$193,711,1875Disney
5Delivery Man$3,742,544-45%2,905-131$1,288$24,767,3263Disney / DreamWorks
6Homefront$3,428,440-50%2,5700$1,334$15,328,8302Open Road
7The Book Thief$2,625,623-46%1,31682$1,995$12,000,6785Fox
8The Best Man Holiday$2,609,890-68%1,577-140$1,655$67,175,5054Universal
9Last Vegas$1,265,334-53%1,539-315$822$60,586,9426CBS Films
1012 Years a Slave$1,146,959-50%1,082-83$1,060$35,019,0798Fox Searchlight
11Black Nativity$1,026,757-72%1,5259$673$6,404,7602Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$820,378-54%1,157-346$709$100,020,9137Paramount
13Free Birds$342,419-81%1,202-1085$285$53,789,3456Relativity Media
14Lee Daniels' The Butler$265,019529%1,007936$263$115,922,17517Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1Philomena$2,195,341-40%8350$2,629$8,167,9763Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$1,505,669-40%73438$2,051$12,453,9936Focus
3Gravity$1,211,279-53%900-116$1,346$251,486,53310Warner Bros.
4Nebraska$521,279-29%11311$4,613$2,238,7574Paramount Vantage
5Captain Phillips$510,201-56%640-167$797$103,500,5789Sony / Columbia
6Ender's Game$483,974-60%608-235$796$60,119,7156Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$301,455-66%5830$517$1,956,6712FilmDistrict
8About Time$220,780-41%266-65$830$15,001,3786Universal
9The Christmas Candle$171,709-56%306-46$561$1,909,6424EchoLight Studios
10Despicable Me 2$171,360-50%252-19$680$367,157,95523Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$163,130-58%312-395$523$115,269,29511Sony / Columbia
12All Is Lost$106,529-45%147-7$725$5,486,1698Roadside Attractions
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$54,795-49%140-23$391$68,316,15818Fox
14Don Jon$51,760134%12599$414$24,360,78911Relativity Media
15Insidious: Chapter 2$49,099-45%122-18$402$83,529,39213FilmDistrict
16Ram-Leela$40,249-76%2040$197$2,674,1344Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Inside Llewyn Davis$405,411--4--$101,353$405,4111CBS Films
2R... Rajkumar$124,669--91--$1,370$124,6691Eros International
3The Great Beauty$89,819-32%307$2,994$396,9434Janus Films
4Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$75,394-11%40$18,849$181,1102Weinstein Company
5Blue Is the Warmest Color$75,205-34%78-16$964$1,784,6327IFC Films
6Narco Cultura$66,4932846%4645$1,446$81,9003Cinedigm
7Enough Said$64,855-47%94-27$690$17,292,84112Fox Searchlight
8Escape Plan$37,169-22%81-60$459$24,610,1448Lionsgate / Summit
9Kill Your Darlings$36,720-46%72-2$510$827,5518Sony Pictures Classics
10The Armstrong Lie$36,35013%7746$472$243,9875Sony Pictures Classics
11Instructions Not Included$35,285-46%46-22$767$44,456,50915Lionsgate / Pantelion
12The Family (2013)$28,369-47%96-34$296$36,858,97813Relativity Media
13Blue Jasmine$27,360-27%352$782$32,785,74720Sony Pictures Classics
14Hubble 3D$24,896-49%121$2,075$41,483,483195Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Punk Singer$24,566-1%1613$1,535$61,9592IFC Films
16Bettie Page Reveals All$23,631183%2119$1,125$42,1713Music Box Films
17The Counselor$23,251-23%71-7$327$16,894,1277Fox
18Space Station 3D$16,537-39%51$3,307$89,539,722608IMAX
19Monsters University$16,400-57%75-22$219$268,472,40825Disney
20The Saratov Approach$16,046-62%270$594$1,444,9199Purdie Distribution
21Twice Born$14,947--10--$1,495$14,9471eOne Films US
22Inequality for All$12,711456%145$908$1,181,55811RADiUS-TWC
23Baggage Claim$12,574-37%420$299$21,549,73711Fox Searchlight
24Turbo$12,016-49%35-4$343$83,024,90021Fox / DreamWorks Animation
25Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$11,401-34%82$1,425$78,3483IFC Films
26Wadjda$9,859-31%16-5$616$1,355,31713Sony Pictures Classics
27Spinning Plates$8,563--6--$1,427$99,1277The Film Arcade
28Sweet Dreams (2013)$7,975526%75$1,139$17,4726International Film Circuit
29Muscle Shoals$6,562-49%13-7$505$647,19711Magnolia Pictures
30To the Arctic 3D$5,91810%101$592$13,691,49886Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Singh Saab the Great$5,758-81%540$107$223,6603Eros International
32The Heat$5,6350%18-7$313$159,578,35224Fox
33The Last Days on Mars$4,608--3--$1,536$4,6081Magnolia / Magnet
34Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$4,284-17%10$4,284$14,2382Cinema Guild
35Let the Fire Burn$4,2702272%32$1,423$53,39810Zeitgeist Films
36Austenland$3,199-61%11-5$291$2,144,01117Sony Pictures Classics
37Journey to the South Pacific$3,196-61%10$3,196$14,7832IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
38Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$2,933-94%6-50$489$341,4043Reliance Entertainment
39Paradise: Hope$2,664--1--$2,664$2,6641Strand Releasing
4020 Feet from Stardom$2,592-1%104$259$4,779,60826RADiUS-TWC
41A Touch of Sin$2,53042%32$843$99,66510Kino Lorber
42Born to Be Wild 3D$2,2467%61$374$23,109,181140Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Runner Runner$2,131-55%16-7$133$19,316,64610Fox
44The Ghosts in Our Machine$1,962--1--$1,962$20,3445Ghosts Media Inc.
45Under the Sea 3D$1,881-37%62$314$33,682,283252Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Deep Sea 3D$1,626-70%1-3$1,626$45,994,071406Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Breakfast with Curtis$1,601--1--$1,601$2,3751Abramorama / Bond 360
48I Am Divine$1,396-56%3-2$465$49,3009The Film Collaborative
49When Comedy Went to School$1,089-19%3-1$363$229,00919International Film Circuit
50Faust$1,041-62%32$347$34,3764Leisure Time Features
51The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$948-50%1-1$948$49,8986Zeitgeist Films
52Rising From Ashes$919--1--$919$37,67319First Run Features
53Museum Hours$86117%20$431$548,69924Cinema Guild
54Short Term 12$859-82%4-2$215$1,006,28416Cinedigm
55Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$673--1--$673$42,89236Cinema Guild
56La Maison de la Radio$563--1--$563$8,06014Kino Lorber
57Caught in the Web$313-13%21$157$1,0672levelFILM / Vitagraph