'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, May. 9 - Sun, May. 11

Wide (1000+)

1Neighbors (2014)$49,033,915--3,279--$14,954$49,033,9151Universal
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$35,501,212-61%4,3240$8,210$146,201,9342Sony / Columbia
3The Other Woman (2014)$9,605,781-33%3,30668$2,906$62,085,8243Fox
4Heaven is for Real$7,482,618-13%3,048118$2,455$75,702,6574Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$5,750,593-26%2,701-478$2,129$245,128,3386Disney
6Rio 2$5,028,838-35%2,973-341$1,692$113,069,0825Fox
7Moms' Night Out$4,311,083--1,044--$4,129$4,311,0831Sony / TriStar
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,747,780--2,658--$1,410$3,747,7801Clarius Entertainment
9Divergent$1,743,676-20%1,233-406$1,414$145,067,5958Lionsgate / Summit
10Brick Mansions$1,643,574-55%1,954-693$841$18,491,3923Relativity Media
11God's Not Dead$1,422,119-19%1,000-330$1,422$57,684,9358Freestyle / Pure Flix
13The Quiet Ones$719,214-64%1,133-894$635$7,995,6033Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,545,746-13%770-114$2,007$53,826,87410Fox Searchlight
2Draft Day$849,939-39%820-534$1,037$27,764,7305Lionsgate / Summit
3Fading Gigolo$734,67952%340230$2,161$2,029,1224Millennium Entertainment
5The LEGO Movie$488,384113%401181$1,218$253,666,49014Warner Bros.
6The Railway Man$437,644-13%18117$2,418$2,260,4405Weinstein Company
7Transcendence$353,264-70%515-1260$686$22,209,3374Warner Bros.
8A Haunted House 2$346,430-68%526-802$659$16,846,2164Open Road
9Non-Stop (2014)$328,145115%23618$1,390$91,104,08011Universal
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$303,223-25%357-53$849$108,923,91410Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Oculus$252,683-67%410-474$616$27,238,6405Relativity Media
12The Lunchbox$244,104-7%1534$1,595$3,428,46911Sony Pictures Classics
13Muppets Most Wanted$176,982-32%285-91$621$50,012,3288Disney
14RoboCop (2014)$129,736-68%146-85$889$58,486,40913Sony / Columbia
15Need For Speed$116,02320%19663$592$43,189,6549Disney / DreamWorks
16300: Rise of an Empire$78,967-35%191-44$413$106,170,46910Warner Bros.
17The Monuments Men$77,395-30%122-23$634$77,951,84314Sony / Columbia
18Frozen (2013)$61,662-47%142-37$434$400,447,14825Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

1Belle$487,109357%4541$10,825$634,2102Fox Searchlight
3Chef$204,961--6--$34,160$204,9611Open Road
4Only Lovers Left Alive$177,160-8%9225$1,926$1,061,5215Sony Pictures Classics
5Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$131,508-2%36-1$3,653$1,556,3286Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Under the Skin (2014)$127,685-25%93-32$1,373$2,067,1086A24
7Fed Up$126,028--18--$7,002$126,0281RADiUS-TWC
8Finding Vivian Maier$114,805-24%977$1,184$1,116,0947IFC Films
92 States$93,168-48%59-37$1,579$2,161,7684UTV Motion Pictures
10Ida (2014)$85,55854%74$12,223$175,4822Music Box Films
11Journey to the South Pacific$71,4469%151$4,763$2,552,55724IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
12Walking with the Enemy$68,754-46%72-55$955$736,8303Liberty Studios
13Palo Alto$63,461--4--$15,865$63,4611Tribeca Film
14The German Doctor$63,30244%3521$1,809$177,7393IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
15Le Week-End$57,050-41%65-25$878$2,096,9289Music Box Films
16Jerusalem 3D$49,29819%202$2,465$4,070,99934National Geographic
17Hubble 3D$47,532-5%190$2,502$43,994,772217Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Blue Ruin$46,170-37%611$757$202,9283RADiUS-TWC
19Jodorowsky's Dune$33,585-26%4-57$8,396$523,7308Sony Pictures Classics
20Godzilla: The Japanese Original$29,97669%1910$1,578$78,5974Rialto Pictures
21The Hornet's Nest$26,550--4--$6,638$26,5501Freestyle Releasing
223 Days to Kill$22,702-17%42-22$541$30,688,36412Relativity Media
23God's Pocket$21,482--3--$7,161$21,4821IFC Films
24Son of God$20,353-36%68-58$299$59,666,58911Fox
25The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$19,715-25%12-1$1,643$179,6336Zeitgeist Films
26Sabotage (2014)$15,805-34%51-9$310$10,499,9687Open Road
27The Double (2014)$14,646--2--$7,323$14,6461Magnolia Pictures
28The Raid 2$13,961-52%22-16$635$2,586,1447Sony Pictures Classics
29Joe (2014)$10,382-61%23-16$451$364,5735Roadside Attractions
30On My Way$10,063-6%134$774$311,3729Cohen Media Group
3150 to 1$9,425-12%11-5$857$679,8328Ten Furlongs
32Dom Hemingway$8,604-65%19-28$453$518,1346Fox Searchlight
33Bad Words$8,525-53%29-11$294$7,738,1369Focus
34Dancing in Jaffa$8,061-68%13-10$620$122,6435IFC Films
35Young and Beautiful$7,594136%76$1,085$21,2863IFC Films
36Redwood Highway$6,730453%41$1,683$9,9505Monterey Media
37Nymphomaniac: Volume I$6,255-33%13-2$481$753,7298Magnolia Pictures
38Nymphomaniac: Volume II$6,033-11%13-2$464$309,0616Magnolia Pictures
39Under the Sea 3D$5,650-24%131$435$33,935,383274Warner Bros. / IMAX
40The Wind Rises$5,539-61%11-15$504$5,194,64812Disney
41Queen Margot (2014 re-issue)$4,985--1--$4,985$4,9851Cohen Media Group
42Philomena$4,971-53%13-9$382$37,701,98925Weinstein Company
43Rob the Mob$4,774-41%6-2$796$200,3718Millennium Entertainment
44Bicycling with Molière$4,581-55%51$916$28,1933Strand Releasing
45Tim's Vermeer$4,388-52%8-3$549$1,655,65415Sony Pictures Classics
46The M Word$4,289-59%3-7$1,430$21,1302Rainbow Releasing
47For No Good Reason$3,707-38%82$463$21,2513Sony Pictures Classics
48Hateship Loveship$3,671-50%8-7$459$47,1915IFC Films
49Stage Fright (2014)$3,562--11--$324$3,5621Magnolia / Magnet
50Gloria (2014)$3,013-35%7-2$430$2,106,55616Roadside Attractions
51Watermark$2,889-47%5-6$578$82,8376eOne Films US
52Born to Be Wild 3D$2,82922%6-2$472$23,309,255162Warner Bros. / IMAX
53To the Arctic 3D$2,742-61%5-4$548$14,032,100108Warner Bros. / IMAX
55Ilo Ilo$2,43616%21$1,218$37,4996Film Movement
56The Jewish Cardinal$2,151-19%30$717$125,34518Film Movement
57Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,835-30%10$1,835$43,72914Rialto Pictures
58That Demon Within$1,680-75%2-3$840$167,0064China Lion Film
59Deep Sea 3D$1,652--4--$413$46,041,297428Warner Bros. / IMAX
60Decoding Annie Parker$1,586-91%2-11$793$39,8502eOne Films US
61Alan Partridge$1,558-86%7-11$223$147,8316Magnolia Pictures
62The Invisible Woman$1,4380%40$360$1,233,34720Sony Pictures Classics
63For a Woman$1,410-78%20$705$11,1162Film Movement
64Manakamana$994-30%10$994$12,7064Cinema Guild
65No God, No Master$664-49%41$166$6,2427Monterey Media
66The Unknown Known$634-70%6-9$106$265,4576RADiUS-TWC
67The Protector 2$605124%10$605$1,0372Magnolia / Magnet
68Sweet Dreams (2013)$460-39%21$230$52,05928International Film Circuit
69In Bloom$409--2--$205$50,74618Big World Pictures
70The Missing Picture$312100%10$312$49,4368Strand Releasing
71Tasting Menu$31251%10$312$9,9044Magnolia Pictures
72Mistaken for Strangers$286-64%21$143$138,2787Abramorama
7320 Feet from Stardom$250-86%1-1$250$4,945,13948RADiUS-TWC
74Cheap Thrills$155-47%21$78$59,3798Drafthouse Films
75Big Men$126-79%10$126$43,6569Abramorama