'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, Aug. 8 - Sun, Aug. 10

Wide (1000+)

1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$65,575,105--3,845--$17,055$65,575,1051Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$42,124,922-55%4,0888$10,305$176,515,7612Disney
3Into the Storm$17,346,427--3,434--$5,051$17,346,4271Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Hundred-Foot Journey$10,979,290--2,023--$5,427$10,979,2901Disney / DreamWorks
6Step Up All In$6,469,857--2,072--$3,123$6,469,8571Lionsgate / Summit
7Hercules (2014)$5,746,891-48%2,896-699$1,984$63,508,1383Paramount
8Get On Up$5,195,150-62%2,4691$2,104$23,109,7602Universal
9Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$4,334,532-50%2,306-977$1,880$197,768,1565Fox
10Planes: Fire and Rescue$2,451,526-59%2,280-961$1,075$52,982,8544Disney
11The Purge: Anarchy$2,285,060-61%1,602-1054$1,426$68,533,3604Universal
12And So It Goes$1,204,696-63%1,111-705$1,084$13,243,2153Clarius Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

1A Most Wanted Man$2,198,557-32%80175$2,745$10,410,7903Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$1,973,656-18%506196$3,901$10,537,0435IFC Films
3Sex Tape$1,124,492-68%944-1556$1,191$36,907,1904Sony / Columbia
4Magic in the Moonlight$763,0153%170105$4,488$2,397,2333Sony Pictures Classics
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$690,037-43%526-335$1,312$170,121,1529Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Transformers: Age of Extinction$576,456-74%580-1152$994$242,880,0317Paramount
8Tammy$502,001-68%550-865$913$82,737,1686Warner Bros. / New Line
922 Jump Street$353,208-70%313-515$1,128$189,477,8249Sony / Columbia
10Edge of Tomorrow$332,385-47%265-137$1,254$99,280,67810Warner Bros.
11Chef$320,277-51%242-108$1,323$28,944,19914Open Road
12Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods$296,414--251--$1,181$2,412,7521Screenvision
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$278,47649%22737$1,227$232,077,84612Fox
14The Fault in Our Stars$201,701-36%223-59$904$123,846,54710Fox
15Begin Again$178,812-73%245-482$730$14,278,4127Weinstein Company
16James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge 3D$149,879--304--$493$149,8791DisruptiveLA
17Earth to Echo$148,820-68%217-319$686$37,458,6396Relativity Media
18Godzilla (2014)$134,584-44%178-99$756$200,435,30813Warner Bros.
19Rio 2$120,066-30%166-46$723$131,261,54818Fox
20Jersey Boys$113,609-60%150-136$757$46,491,1338Warner Bros.
21Captain America: The Winter Soldier$111,144-72%105-76$1,059$259,657,01119Disney
22Blended$104,046-30%144-43$723$46,084,34312Warner Bros.
23The Fluffy Movie$95,860-82%156-276$614$2,705,0413Open Road
24Wish I Was Here$95,326-84%202-551$472$3,459,6674Focus
25Neighbors (2014)$91,560-47%139-38$659$149,939,69014Universal
26America (2014)$66,792-81%121-357$552$14,320,8577Lionsgate
27The Amazing Spider-Man 2$57,873-52%104-57$556$202,778,22415Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1Calvary$253,981243%4440$5,772$359,6312Fox Searchlight
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$141,393-15%410$3,449$5,780,95919Warner Bros. / IMAX
3What If$133,898--20--$6,695$133,8981CBS Films
4Kick$97,350-78%74-88$1,316$2,393,5923UTV Motion Pictures
6Hubble 3D$64,154-15%112$5,832$45,613,675230Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Admiral: Roaring Currents$51,431--1--$51,431$51,4311CJ Entertainment
8Journey to the South Pacific$51,227-27%180$2,846$4,268,31037IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
9Million Dollar Arm$42,233-45%66-35$640$36,404,90513Disney
10Obvious Child$37,412-45%35-9$1,069$2,968,94310A24
11I Origins$33,826-50%88-34$384$308,5854Fox Searchlight
12Mood Indigo$26,544-30%3515$758$170,9854Drafthouse Films
13The Grand Seduction$25,012-48%33-17$758$3,273,95311eOne Films US
14Heaven is for Real$24,231-54%60-36$404$91,443,25317Sony / TriStar
15Ida (2014)$23,416-35%29-4$807$3,593,86715Music Box Films
16A Five Star Life$22,863-20%125$1,905$111,4094Music Box Films
17Think Like a Man Too$22,388-80%31-84$722$65,104,7118Sony / Screen Gems
18Jerusalem 3D$21,06816%133$1,621$4,917,11847National Geographic
19Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$19,575-79%44-53$445$30,577,1226Sony / Screen Gems
20Belle$16,634-46%28-15$594$10,682,94915Fox Searchlight
21Mr. Peabody & Sherman$15,881-37%36-23$441$111,429,71923Fox / DreamWorks Animation
22Land Ho!$14,095-27%12-7$1,175$200,7515Sony Pictures Classics
23The Dog$12,431--3--$4,144$12,4311Drafthouse Films
24Life Itself$11,855-30%30-14$395$742,0326Magnolia Pictures
25Le Chef$11,188-52%13-5$861$329,7378Cohen Media Group
26Under the Sea 3D$9,198-35%71$1,314$34,244,970287Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Born to Be Wild 3D$8,894-10%6-1$1,482$23,507,507175Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Third Person$7,858-18%8-1$982$888,2598Sony Pictures Classics
29The Grand Budapest Hotel$7,282-51%16-7$455$59,051,48623Fox Searchlight
3050 to 1$6,970-44%4-6$1,743$858,35921Ten Furlongs
31The Other Woman (2014)$6,464-36%14-8$462$83,906,11416Fox
32Words and Pictures$6,082-51%12-6$507$2,155,36412Roadside Attractions
33Yves Saint Laurent$5,316-47%6-2$886$275,3187Weinstein Company
34The Rover$4,985-14%5-1$997$1,099,7169A24
35Only Lovers Left Alive$4,968-40%5-2$994$1,850,04018Sony Pictures Classics
36A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$4,920-11%70$703$143,4578Big World Pictures
37Child of God$4,578-83%5-3$916$37,9492Well Go USA
38Venus in Fur$4,551-56%21-10$217$342,1838IFC Films
39Persecuted$4,453-79%10-22$445$1,557,4944Millennium Entertainment
40The Last Sentence$4,362433%31$1,454$54,2708Music Box Films
41The LEGO Movie$4,255-39%17-21$250$257,731,10727Warner Bros.
43The Lunchbox$3,20518%51$641$4,212,45824Sony Pictures Classics
44Fifi Howls from Happiness$2,728--1--$2,728$2,7281Music Box Films
45Happy Christmas$2,632-62%8-1$329$24,1693Magnolia Pictures
46Under the Skin (2014)$2,587-60%3-2$862$2,611,94919A24
47To the Arctic 3D$2,327129%3-1$776$14,163,846121Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Finding Vivian Maier$2,164-3%5-4$433$1,509,13120IFC Films
49A Master Builder$1,987-52%21$994$26,1683Abramorama
50Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$1,713770%10$1,713$64,77526Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
51Code Black$1,556-88%5-5$311$150,2908Long Shot Factory
52What Now? Remind Me$1,434--1--$1,434$1,4341Cinema Guild
53Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$1,14061%42$285$75,0507Magnolia Pictures
54Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,13313%10$1,133$148,90617Rialto Pictures
55The Double (2014)$877-78%4-5$219$199,80614Magnolia Pictures
56Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$692-19%3-1$231$211,83310RADiUS-TWC
57Half of a Yellow Sun$576--1--$576$53,64513Monterey Media
58For No Good Reason$573-20%1-1$573$67,10516Sony Pictures Classics
59The Empty Hours$347--1--$347$7,8795Strand Releasing
60For a Woman$338168%10$338$32,62415Film Movement
61As It Is in Heaven (2014)$300-12%21$150$10,3965Embark Visuals
62Redwood Highway$282--2--$141$131,33818Monterey Media
63Fed Up$255-92%2-5$128$1,534,98514RADiUS-TWC
64We Are the Best!$120-89%1-2$120$174,59811Magnolia Pictures
65Moebius$72-92%10$72$2,3402RAM Releasing
66Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$64--1--$64$2,3639First Run Features
67The Jewish Cardinal$9-99%10$9$133,23231Film Movement