'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, Jul. 25 - Sun, Jul. 27

Wide (1000+)

2Hercules (2014)$29,800,263--3,595--$8,289$29,800,2631Paramount
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$16,767,260-54%3,668-301$4,571$172,455,8893Fox
4The Purge: Anarchy$10,482,760-65%2,85650$3,670$51,858,9052Universal
5Planes: Fire and Rescue$9,529,656-46%3,83913$2,482$35,347,4782Disney
6Sex Tape$6,052,050-59%3,0620$1,977$26,953,5822Sony / Columbia
7Transformers: Age of Extinction$4,702,553-52%2,476-748$1,899$236,455,0285Paramount
8And So It Goes$4,642,329--1,762--$2,635$4,642,3291Clarius Entertainment
9Tammy$3,454,221-53%2,562-840$1,348$78,201,3104Warner Bros. / New Line
1022 Jump Street$2,600,471-45%1,613-616$1,612$185,754,5707Sony / Columbia
11How to Train Your Dragon 2$2,234,919-43%1,358-811$1,646$165,663,7997Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Begin Again$1,574,846-40%1,244-58$1,266$12,310,7535Weinstein Company
14Earth to Echo$1,387,368-58%1,272-1178$1,091$35,531,8264Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

1A Most Wanted Man$2,687,227--361--$7,444$2,687,2271Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$1,761,87351%10773$16,466$4,162,6813IFC Films
3The Fluffy Movie$1,311,446--432--$3,036$1,311,4461Open Road
4Wish I Was Here$1,154,548138%625557$1,847$1,879,7882Focus
5Kick$1,071,373--177--$6,053$1,071,3731UTV Motion Pictures
6America (2014)$903,937-46%760-270$1,189$13,242,5045Lionsgate
7Chef$763,624-31%405-147$1,885$27,262,92612Open Road
8Edge of Tomorrow$525,411-52%353-249$1,488$97,709,5178Warner Bros.
9Jersey Boys$502,185-58%462-541$1,087$45,640,0166Warner Bros.
10The Fault in Our Stars$483,139-41%387-170$1,248$122,703,9948Fox
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$395,061-44%289-98$1,367$231,272,87010Fox
12Godzilla (2014)$386,819-25%302-24$1,281$199,704,02511Warner Bros.
13Think Like a Man Too$364,024-66%317-311$1,148$64,744,0356Sony / Screen Gems
14Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$271,989-82%321-1170$847$30,288,0564Sony / Screen Gems
15Neighbors (2014)$247,520-2%208-22$1,190$149,489,92512Universal
16Rio 2$221,492-27%230-26$963$130,678,66216Fox
17Blended$207,335-25%223-62$930$45,607,49010Warner Bros.
19The Amazing Spider-Man 2$175,905-26%187-31$941$202,408,52613Sony / Columbia
20Persecuted$169,182-80%384-352$441$1,438,2932Millennium Entertainment
21Captain America: The Winter Soldier$136,115-25%163-28$835$258,848,38717Disney
22Million Dollar Arm$104,519-38%140-35$747$36,169,41111Disney
23Heaven is for Real$95,735-25%129-20$742$91,269,77115Sony / TriStar
24The LEGO Movie$36,422-14%2020$180$257,582,91425Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Magic in the Moonlight$412,095--17--$24,241$412,0951Sony Pictures Classics
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$184,78514%410$4,507$5,030,52617Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Grand Seduction$78,609-37%74-16$1,062$3,099,2409eOne Films US
4Obvious Child$77,878-55%63-33$1,236$2,792,2148A24
5I Origins$77,065179%7672$1,014$118,8292Fox Searchlight
6Journey to the South Pacific$69,701-10%180$3,872$3,992,53835IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Ida (2014)$66,302-47%48-32$1,381$3,478,25513Music Box Films
8Hubble 3D$58,957-2%140$4,211$45,326,179228Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Belle$54,791-51%58-34$945$10,576,61013Fox Searchlight
10Life Itself$48,875-62%77-23$635$657,9554Magnolia Pictures
11Land Ho!$32,176-8%147$2,298$133,9853Sony Pictures Classics
12Le Chef$29,589-7%14-1$2,114$265,6316Cohen Media Group
13Words and Pictures$27,750-33%28-5$991$2,112,28910Roadside Attractions
14The Grand Budapest Hotel$26,581-49%37-9$718$59,000,05721Fox Searchlight
15Mr. Peabody & Sherman$24,4615%58-5$422$111,341,86721Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Mood Indigo$24,214-9%75$3,459$62,2442Drafthouse Films
17Venus in Fur$24,086--45--$535$301,6816IFC Films
18The Other Woman (2014)$20,458-43%39-21$525$83,865,72114Fox
19Third Person$18,641-83%35-119$533$854,8996Sony Pictures Classics
20Jerusalem 3D$17,662-12%10-1$1,766$4,775,08945National Geographic
21Yves Saint Laurent$16,077-37%8-3$2,010$242,3585Weinstein Company
2250 to 1$13,139481%73$1,877$821,14719Ten Furlongs
23Under the Sea 3D$11,148-10%8-3$1,394$34,185,775285Warner Bros. / IMAX
24A Five Star Life$9,780-39%10$9,780$36,5352Music Box Films
25Only Lovers Left Alive$8,979-34%10-1$898$1,826,78816Sony Pictures Classics
26The Rover$8,741-9%110$795$1,077,8487A24
27Under the Skin (2014)$8,144-8%8-1$1,018$2,593,96117A24
28Happy Christmas$7,523--4--$1,881$7,5231Magnolia Pictures
29The Lunchbox$7,31353%82$914$4,202,63222Sony Pictures Classics
30A Master Builder$7,017--1--$7,017$12,9711Abramorama
31A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$6,632-70%6-3$1,105$125,2576Big World Pictures
32A Coffee in Berlin$6,318-34%91$702$139,0157Music Box Films
33Code Black$6,073-50%6-1$1,012$114,5196Long Shot Factory
35Fed Up$4,307-27%131$331$1,528,24012RADiUS-TWC
36God's Not Dead$4,219-34%9-2$469$60,746,70419Freestyle / Pure Flix
37Come Back to Me$4,156--10--$416$4,1561Freestyle Releasing
38Very Good Girls$4,102--9--$456$4,1021Well Go USA / Tribeca Film
39Siddharth$3,487-68%4-1$872$43,4945Zeitgeist Films
40There’s No Place Like Utopia$3,249-89%10$3,249$39,4012Rocky Mountain Pictures
41Finding Vivian Maier$3,154--4--$789$1,497,63518IFC Films
42Under the Electric Sky$3,087--4--$772$204,1509Focus
43Video Games: The Movie$2,963-77%6-19$494$23,0432Variance Films
44Closed Curtain$2,728-72%51$546$28,0983Variance Films
45Citizen Koch$2,59485%74$371$153,9088Variance Films
46As It Is in Heaven (2014)$2,554381%10$2,554$7,6033Embark Visuals
47The Double (2014)$2,229-24%73$318$190,45312Magnolia Pictures
48Lucky Them$1,962--5--$392$45,9299IFC Films
49A Long Way Down$1,857-63%3-2$619$13,0933Magnolia Pictures
50The Empty Hours$1,615-18%31$538$6,9733Strand Releasing
51Born to Be Wild 3D$1,594781%82$199$23,473,165173Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Cold in July$1,500--3--$500$422,05510IFC Films
53To the Arctic 3D$1,494-32%30$498$14,157,329119Warner Bros. / IMAX
54The Breakup Guru$1,474-81%1-2$1,474$208,9595China Lion Film
55Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$1,397-79%4-3$349$71,8505Magnolia Pictures
56Redwood Highway$1,330-38%2-1$665$127,89916Monterey Media
57We Are the Best!$1,244-57%2-6$622$171,7049Magnolia Pictures
58Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$978-69%4-6$245$209,0578RADiUS-TWC
59The Hornet's Nest$923190%10$923$311,97512Freestyle Releasing
60Hellion$885--3--$295$51,2877IFC Films
61Jodorowsky's Dune$842-15%2-2$421$646,51219Sony Pictures Classics
62Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$820-6%6-2$137$8,460,99012Clarius Entertainment
63A Long Way Off$607--1--$607$28,9518Moving Visions Entertainment
64The Last Sentence$522-83%1-2$522$47,4916Music Box Films
65Night Moves$463-55%2-1$232$251,8409Cinedigm
66For No Good Reason$28514%10$285$65,50414Sony Pictures Classics
67Sweet Dreams (2013)$230--1--$230$59,40339International Film Circuit
68The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$1947%10$194$10,98911First Run Features
69Borgman$15-99%1-4$15$56,4748Drafthouse Films
70Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$8--1--$8$1,6407First Run Features