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, Jun. 6 - Sun, Jun. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fault in Our Stars$48,002,523--3,173--$15,128$48,002,5231Fox
2Maleficent$34,328,264-51%3,9480$8,695$128,175,2322Disney
3Edge of Tomorrow$28,760,246--3,490--$8,241$28,760,2461Warner Bros.
4X-Men: Days of Future Past$15,154,814-53%3,639-362$4,165$189,556,0803Fox
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$7,348,495-56%3,1602$2,325$30,338,4652Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$6,121,179-49%3,110-391$1,968$185,214,1854Warner Bros.
7Neighbors (2014)$5,325,155-34%2,674-265$1,991$137,925,6505Universal
8Blended$4,122,403-49%2,928-627$1,408$36,581,3473Warner Bros.
9Chef$2,621,82937%1,298674$2,020$10,383,5245Open Road
10Million Dollar Arm$2,025,950-44%1,643-686$1,233$31,550,9804Disney
11The Amazing Spider-Man 2$1,961,843-48%1,481-671$1,325$196,350,2396Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$778,232-38%476-49$1,635$7,592,4996Fox Searchlight
2Rio 2$772,827-31%702-281$1,101$125,682,3929Fox
3The Other Woman (2014)$496,111-64%489-625$1,015$82,221,9307Fox
4Captain America: The Winter Soldier$416,892-34%317-222$1,315$255,863,99610Disney
5Heaven is for Real$394,878-51%446-276$885$88,807,5238Sony / TriStar
6Holiday (2014)$394,715--144--$2,741$394,7971Reliance Entertainment
7The LEGO Movie$288,0524%274-28$1,051$255,878,39218Warner Bros.
8The Grand Seduction$285,187-12%10713$2,665$822,8012eOne Films US
9Divergent$251,735-23%298-75$845$149,063,25912Lionsgate / Summit
10The Grand Budapest Hotel$243,079-35%185-64$1,314$57,777,52214Fox Searchlight
11The Immigrant$192,230-38%145-5$1,326$1,421,8594Weinstein Company
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$178,143-11%224-30$795$110,340,22414Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13God's Not Dead$172,28045%20045$861$60,044,96012Freestyle / Pure Flix
14Moms' Night Out$156,759-47%292-91$537$9,915,4055Sony / TriStar
15Muppets Most Wanted$99,874-26%197-36$507$50,825,81212Disney
16Noah$93,834-38%136-46$690$101,044,09211Paramount
17The Railway Man$54,091-75%177-319$306$4,232,8989Weinstein Company
18Draft Day$42,844-50%113-60$379$28,786,1439Lionsgate / Summit
19Transcendence$24,963-48%105-23$238$22,982,0578Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Words and Pictures$282,648261%9885$2,884$536,7123Roadside Attractions
2Ida (2014)$225,130-5%8729$2,588$1,284,7146Music Box Films
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$114,658-1%390$2,940$2,650,46610Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Fed Up$90,354-45%88-16$1,027$1,215,7345RADiUS-TWC
5Obvious Child$77,315--3--$25,772$77,3151A24
6Brick Mansions$77,040270%9954$778$20,120,0297Relativity Media
7Cold in July$67,927-41%733$931$292,9863IFC Films
8Fading Gigolo$59,918-56%54-38$1,110$3,523,5908Millennium Entertainment
9Hubble 3D$48,8198%21-1$2,325$44,493,074221Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Night Moves$48,655126%3129$1,570$79,4412Cinedigm
11Palo Alto$47,282-47%54-3$876$612,5485Tribeca Film
12Journey to the South Pacific$45,611-19%193$2,401$3,069,06728IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
13The Lunchbox$41,352-25%46-8$899$4,041,38015Sony Pictures Classics
14Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$36,973-62%84-96$440$8,279,2355Clarius Entertainment
15Bears$33,845-60%75-35$451$17,492,4708Disneynature
16Chinese Puzzle$31,136-52%27-2$1,153$229,6084Cohen Media Group
17Filmistaan$31,113--24--$1,296$31,1131UTV Motion Pictures
18Locke$26,928-57%44-25$612$1,225,9487A24
19Frozen (2013)$26,90217%43-14$626$400,654,22729Disney
20Need For Speed$26,741-14%58-16$461$43,537,78813Disney / DreamWorks
21A Haunted House 2$25,946-46%44-30$590$17,314,4848Open Road
22Only Lovers Left Alive$25,332-48%30-22$844$1,622,8079Sony Pictures Classics
23We Are the Best!$23,58634%129$1,966$52,5782Magnolia Pictures
24Jerusalem 3D$23,264-35%216$1,108$4,374,35738National Geographic
25Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$23,017--4--$5,754$23,0171RADiUS-TWC
26Oculus$22,645-41%47-36$482$27,647,8099Relativity Media
27Under the Skin (2014)$22,092-23%280$789$2,440,78110A24
28Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$16,01193%86$2,001$55,7593IFC Films
29The German Doctor$14,210-22%12-5$1,184$401,0407IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
30Finding Vivian Maier$13,707-26%21-8$653$1,393,07511IFC Films
31The Hornet's Nest$12,363-76%16-26$773$288,2145Freestyle Releasing
32Redwood Highway$9,9909%169$624$76,5599Monterey Media
33Rigor Mortis$7,865--10--$787$7,8651Well Go USA
34Jodorowsky's Dune$6,662-25%162$416$611,79612Sony Pictures Classics
35The Raid 2$6,5311735%3836$172$2,618,87011Sony Pictures Classics
36To the Arctic 3D$6,445174%4-2$1,611$14,082,528112Warner Bros. / IMAX
37The Double (2014)$6,2581%11-3$569$128,0035Magnolia Pictures
38For No Good Reason$5,98668%2114$285$47,6137Sony Pictures Classics
39Under the Sea 3D$5,809-14%164$363$34,017,102278Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Filth$5,545-26%52$1,109$17,5742Magnolia / Magnet
41The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$5,23561%3-2$1,745$233,51110Zeitgeist Films
42For a Woman$4,964282%43$1,241$22,8006Film Movement
43Big Men$4,862--1--$4,862$48,57313Abramorama
44Bicycling with Molière$4,259224%53$852$43,1527Strand Releasing
45Walking with the Enemy$4,177-27%101$418$846,1397Liberty Studios
46Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$3,555250%84$444$26,1404International Film Circuit
47Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,67937%2-2$1,340$138,4998Rialto Pictures
48Lucky Them$2,630-29%21$1,315$7,9642IFC Films
49Blue Ruin$2,49529%3-3$832$253,8057RADiUS-TWC
50Deep Sea 3D$2,388306%64$398$46,059,339432Warner Bros. / IMAX
51Nymphomaniac: Volume I$2,309-38%42$577$782,87412Magnolia Pictures
522 Autumns, 3 Winters$2,163--1--$2,163$2,1631Film Movement
53Born to Be Wild 3D$1,856-43%150$124$23,383,604166Warner Bros. / IMAX
54Le Week-End$1,829-46%8-1$229$2,205,74713Music Box Films
55Particle Fever$1,270-77%3-1$423$859,89714Abramorama / Bond 360
56The Unknown Known$1,269617%32$423$271,17510RADiUS-TWC
57Nymphomaniac: Volume II$1,052-50%30$351$325,64910Magnolia Pictures
58Tasting Menu$802293%21$401$16,6778Magnolia Pictures
59Just a Sigh$666-46%1-2$666$68,29212Distrib Films
60The Sacrament$583--1--$583$5831Magnolia / Magnet
61Manakamana$357-58%1-1$357$21,9338Cinema Guild
6220 Feet from Stardom$250100%10$250$4,946,16052RADiUS-TWC
63Sweet Dreams (2013)$244-89%2-1$122$58,34432International Film Circuit
64Ilo Ilo$227--1--$227$40,86910Film Movement
65Heropanti$211-98%3-8$70$62,1573UTV Motion Pictures
66Half of a Yellow Sun$200-94%2-4$100$25,6664Monterey Media
67The Jewish Cardinal$200-60%20$100$129,68522Film Movement
68Next Year Jerusalem$150-93%1-1$150$7,9854First Run Features