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, May. 23 - Sun, May. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: Days of Future Past$90,823,660--3,996--$22,729$90,823,6601Fox
2Godzilla (2014)$30,946,416-67%3,9520$7,831$148,294,7832Warner Bros.
3Blended$14,284,031--3,555--$4,018$14,284,0311Warner Bros.
4Neighbors (2014)$14,022,660-44%3,266-45$4,294$113,702,5253Universal
5The Amazing Spider-Man 2$7,823,388-53%3,160-831$2,476$184,924,5804Sony / Columbia
6Million Dollar Arm$6,968,980-34%3,0190$2,308$20,503,7852Disney
7The Other Woman (2014)$3,710,407-41%2,154-900$1,723$77,808,8295Fox
8Rio 2$2,467,206-34%1,701-670$1,450$121,565,2467Fox
9Heaven is for Real$2,033,488-54%1,720-1173$1,182$85,833,5666Sony / TriStar
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$1,744,727-52%1,373-898$1,271$253,585,7258Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$2,266,586220%498426$4,551$3,554,8853Open Road
2Belle$1,654,79976%453280$3,653$3,854,5594Fox Searchlight
3Moms' Night Out$777,515-56%861-185$903$8,743,3613Sony / TriStar
4Divergent$691,352-41%644-347$1,074$147,901,27310Lionsgate / Summit
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$657,051-37%360-270$1,825$56,589,49712Fox Searchlight
6Kochadaiiyaan - The Legend$583,172--161--$3,622$583,1721Eros International
7The Railway Man$551,94381%600417$920$3,443,3367Weinstein Company
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$449,827-77%674-1904$667$7,683,1053Clarius Entertainment
9The Immigrant$442,774905%147144$3,012$513,1142Weinstein Company
10The LEGO Movie$407,255-22%323-32$1,261$254,921,74316Warner Bros.
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$283,633-7%286-33$992$109,676,48512Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Fading Gigolo$278,617-30%186-170$1,498$3,118,3106Millennium Entertainment
13Fed Up$243,55632%10247$2,388$704,5923RADiUS-TWC
14God's Not Dead$235,402-68%245-535$961$59,505,63610Freestyle / Pure Flix
15Noah$220,0934%219-67$1,005$100,575,3999Paramount
16Muppets Most Wanted$195,39288%26974$726$50,382,52810Disney
17Brick Mansions$157,343-69%168-556$937$19,961,0515Relativity Media
18Non-Stop (2014)$148,410-45%153-67$970$91,667,11513Universal
19Bears$136,174-64%214-366$636$17,183,8256Disneynature
20Locke$120,034-41%111-10$1,081$1,037,3805A24
21Transcendence$94,906-66%202-113$470$22,828,8206Warner Bros.
22Draft Day$77,625-79%145-350$535$28,570,1857Lionsgate / Summit
23Oculus$58,805-28%105-35$560$27,523,8417Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ida (2014)$204,20161%3413$6,006$611,8454Music Box Films
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$150,6475%392$3,863$2,119,6998Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Lunchbox$96,501-41%68-62$1,419$3,859,73213Sony Pictures Classics
4Palo Alto$96,149-9%426$2,289$358,8723Tribeca Film
5Words and Pictures$87,879--10--$8,788$87,8791Roadside Attractions
6The Hornet's Nest$83,224261%5740$1,460$148,6993Freestyle Releasing
7Only Lovers Left Alive$81,025-34%70-25$1,158$1,449,2517Sony Pictures Classics
8A Haunted House 2$75,053-19%88-36$853$17,171,9256Open Road
9Journey to the South Pacific$71,756-1%183$3,986$2,849,16526IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
10Hubble 3D$66,55517%204$3,328$44,267,729219Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Under the Skin (2014)$51,507-34%32-24$1,610$2,325,2898A24
12Jerusalem 3D$46,91436%217$2,234$4,234,32436National Geographic
13Chinese Puzzle$42,37080%108$4,237$78,9072Cohen Media Group
14Need For Speed$40,849-67%89-71$459$43,442,48811Disney / DreamWorks
15Cold in July$40,317--6--$6,720$40,3171IFC Films
16The Quiet Ones$38,757-76%92-249$421$8,447,6585Lionsgate
17Frozen (2013)$34,955-19%73-39$479$400,577,50127Disney
18The German Doctor$33,898-46%23-16$1,474$340,2195IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
19300: Rise of an Empire$33,114-80%71-84$466$106,563,98812Warner Bros.
20Heropanti$32,831--16--$2,052$32,8311UTV Motion Pictures
21Finding Vivian Maier$28,378-55%40-24$709$1,313,4249IFC Films
22The Dance of Reality$24,768--2--$12,384$24,7681ABKCO Films
23The Double (2014)$23,669-20%164$1,479$94,9553Magnolia Pictures
24Redwood Highway$14,950231%85$1,869$35,1507Monterey Media
2550 to 1$14,657479%104$1,466$701,56010Ten Furlongs
26Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$13,744--2--$6,872$13,7441IFC Films
27Le Week-End$13,316-61%21-19$634$2,186,81711Music Box Films
28Walking with the Enemy$12,451-59%21-26$593$826,0955Liberty Studios
29God's Pocket$12,002-84%28-52$429$154,7303IFC Films
30Jodorowsky's Dune$11,69910%173$688$577,80310Sony Pictures Classics
31Half of a Yellow Sun$9,668100%65$1,611$17,1022Monterey Media
32The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$8,066-46%11-4$733$219,0098Zeitgeist Films
33Particle Fever$7,002-63%3-8$2,334$842,46112Abramorama / Bond 360
34Godzilla: The Japanese Original$6,822-8%4-4$1,706$128,0026Rialto Pictures
35Young and Beautiful$6,27134%85$784$41,6645IFC Films
36Accident (2014 re-issue)$5,798--1--$5,798$5,7981Rialto Pictures
37Nymphomaniac: Volume I$4,870-28%5-2$974$772,73810Magnolia Pictures
38To the Arctic 3D$4,851-35%50$970$14,061,655110Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$4,704-7%54$941$16,9592International Film Circuit
40Under the Sea 3D$4,574-42%92$508$33,970,153276Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Tim's Vermeer$3,831-6%5-2$766$1,670,80617Sony Pictures Classics
42Son of God$3,762-52%21-25$179$59,688,97013Fox
43Bad Words$2,921-86%21-62$139$7,777,56011Focus
442 States$2,519-93%4-28$630$2,236,6296UTV Motion Pictures
45Nymphomaniac: Volume II$2,21012%60$368$318,5178Magnolia Pictures
46The Raid 2$2,189-68%6-5$365$2,609,5819Sony Pictures Classics
47Born to Be Wild 3D$2,156-33%122$180$23,326,145164Warner Bros. / IMAX
48For No Good Reason$2,110-51%4-3$528$34,4095Sony Pictures Classics
49Bicycling with Molière$1,8351%2-2$918$35,5575Strand Releasing
50Ilo Ilo$1,16710%2-1$584$39,6288Film Movement
51The Unknown Known$1,15375%52$231$268,6708RADiUS-TWC
52Blue Ruin$1,118-88%5-19$224$246,9035RADiUS-TWC
53The Jewish Cardinal$9227%2-1$461$127,76120Film Movement
54Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$845--1--$845$57,36915Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
55Next Year Jerusalem$836-68%10$836$4,3602First Run Features
56Deep Sea 3D$695--3--$232$46,047,731430Warner Bros. / IMAX
57That Demon Within$629-46%10$629$170,7256China Lion Film
58For a Woman$617-56%1-3$617$15,2134Film Movement
59Tasting Menu$505-80%1-3$505$14,8716Magnolia Pictures
60Alan Partridge$444-83%2-2$222$153,1468Magnolia Pictures
61Grand Départ$339--1--$339$3391Rialto Premieres
6220 Feet from Stardom$33251%21$166$4,945,60450RADiUS-TWC
63The Missing Picture$324-2%20$162$51,33710Strand Releasing
64Sweet Dreams (2013)$320--3--$107$53,25730International Film Circuit
65Stage Fright (2014)$305-79%1-9$305$6,6933Magnolia / Magnet
66In Bloom$280119%10$280$51,55420Big World Pictures
67More Than the Rainbow$96--1--$96$1,6774First Run Features
68No God, No Master$58-27%10$58$6,7969Monterey Media