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, Feb. 15 - Mon, Feb. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Good Day to Die Hard$28,640,657--3,553--$8,061$36,879,7731Fox
2Identity Thief$27,456,470-21%3,16524$8,675$74,744,2552Universal
3Safe Haven$24,469,155--3,223--$7,592$33,298,0731Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$21,101,976--3,288--$6,418$21,101,9761Weinstein Company
5Warm Bodies$10,550,103-7%2,897-112$3,642$51,770,6343Lionsgate / Summit
6Beautiful Creatures (2013)$8,945,261--2,950--$3,032$11,487,5781Warner Bros.
7Silver Linings Playbook$7,413,75615%2,202-607$3,367$99,788,22814Weinstein Company
8Side Effects (2013)$7,299,145-22%2,6050$2,802$20,119,9812Open Road
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$4,176,456-27%2,103-1182$1,986$50,405,2514Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$3,602,315-10%1,527-1035$2,359$88,530,9839Sony / Columbia
11Mama$3,081,765-27%1,648-1029$1,870$68,561,9405Universal
12Lincoln$2,063,12010%1,007-510$2,049$176,651,04715Disney / DreamWorks
13Django Unchained$1,857,164-19%1,017-485$1,826$157,350,1478Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$2,625,35711%903-502$2,907$127,288,40919Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$2,074,61719%647-277$3,207$111,376,51813Fox
3Quartet$1,624,64773%33389$4,879$7,200,6646Weinstein Company
4The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,276,940-13%605-396$2,111$300,161,28510Warner Bros. / New Line
5Wreck-It Ralph$1,102,0703%506-251$2,178$185,835,92916Disney
6Les Miserables (2012)$1,098,445-29%676-771$1,625$145,764,4258Universal
7Amour$858,412128%306181$2,805$4,081,5419Sony Pictures Classics
8Parental Guidance$679,832-37%603-616$1,127$75,343,6928Fox
9The Impossible$585,515-39%422-317$1,387$17,612,1669Lionsgate / Summit
10Rise of The Guardians$580,879128%33863$1,719$101,540,45413Paramount / DreamWorks
11Parker$528,932-72%705-1299$750$17,084,9564FilmDistrict
12The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$440,47814%266115$1,656$1,536,4153ShortsHD
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$345,298246%25494$1,359$291,838,80414Lionsgate / Summit
14A Haunted House$343,563-56%340-573$1,010$39,591,3346Open Road
15Skyfall$323,363-26%262-108$1,234$303,954,36015Sony / Columbia
16Bullet to the Head$285,333-86%470-1934$607$9,279,0123Warner Bros.
17Gangster Squad$246,955-72%210-732$1,176$45,391,5066Warner Bros.
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$186,75550%19295$973$12,306,98834Fox Searchlight
19Jack Reacher$154,574-34%175-132$883$79,360,5599Paramount
20Stand Up Guys$132,379-80%119-551$1,112$3,187,4363Lionsgate / Roadside
21Hotel Transylvania$121,584-24%144-47$844$148,313,04821Sony / Columbia
22This is 40$116,065-40%167-111$695$67,449,5059Universal
23Broken City$99,773-80%133-622$750$19,504,6855Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$169,120-91%40-260$4,228$2,986,1382Paramount
2Hyde Park on Hudson$117,309-14%86-44$1,364$6,030,75711Focus
3Monsters, Inc. 3D$108,577-50%99-137$1,097$33,265,5859Disney
4To the Arctic 3D$102,76067%520$1,976$11,302,35444Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Hubble 3D$98,429108%214$4,687$36,395,807153Warner Bros. / IMAX
6No (2013)$90,454--4--$22,614$90,4541Sony Pictures Classics
7A Royal Affair$89,91141%34-3$2,644$1,264,27515Magnolia Pictures
856 Up$86,925130%2711$3,219$388,0547First Run Features
9Here Comes the Boom$69,846-28%96-48$728$45,290,31819Sony / Columbia
10Texas Chainsaw 3D$69,180-32%96-89$721$34,298,2157Lionsgate
11Born to Be Wild 3D$62,35943%300$2,079$22,002,15598Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Guilt Trip$62,237-42%88-137$707$36,805,3169Paramount
13The Gatekeepers$56,98235%41$14,246$228,4283Sony Pictures Classics
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$53,657-44%22-3$2,439$179,8112UTV Motion Pictures
15Anna Karenina (2012)$49,547-19%51-40$972$12,771,63614Focus
16Koch$46,85280%117$4,259$135,5613Zeitgeist Films
17Lore$45,72145%82$5,715$93,5532Music Box Films
18Rust and Bone$35,96522%33-18$1,090$1,953,31813Sony Pictures Classics
19Red Dawn (2012)$33,788-38%56-49$603$44,800,70613FilmDistrict
20Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$32,232927%76$4,605$59,4584Music Box Films
21The Last Stand$30,456-67%54-185$564$11,964,2665Lionsgate
22Searching For Sugar Man$28,25037%19-1$1,487$3,283,21630Sony Pictures Classics
23Sound City$28,015-12%17-2$1,648$291,1123Variance Films
24The Master$27,27015%22-7$1,240$16,285,99423Weinstein Company
25Like Someone in Love$26,585--3--$8,862$26,5851IFC Films
26Race 2$22,389-73%11-52$2,035$1,571,5734UTV Motion Pictures
27A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III$21,786--18--$1,210$35,5862A24
28Movie 43$21,647-92%35-742$618$8,781,9614Relativity Media
29Under the Sea 3D$19,221516%102$1,922$32,562,224210Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Yossi$18,231105%71$2,604$59,1404Strand Releasing
31A Late Quartet$16,61789%131$1,278$1,535,15316Entertainment One / RKO
32The Sessions$15,26030%16-2$954$5,957,47318Fox Searchlight
33John Dies at the End$12,809-37%101$1,281$64,6744Magnolia / Magnet
34Space Station 3D$11,500-73%2-1$5,750$87,158,044566IMAX
35Lost in Thailand$10,122-69%350$289$57,3972WAMCR
36Deep Sea 3D$10,116-76%70$1,445$45,422,075364Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Hitchcock$10,112-49%14-22$722$5,944,57713Fox Searchlight
38Playing For Keeps (2012)$9,366-67%23-58$407$13,101,14211FilmDistrict
39The Power of Few$7,913--2--$3,957$7,9131Steelyard Pictures
40West of Memphis$7,132-29%8-2$892$130,2118Sony Pictures Classics
41Taken 2$6,874-54%16-19$430$139,852,97120Fox
42Killing Them Softly$6,240-84%30-57$208$15,022,14612Weinstein Company
43The Waiting Room$4,313-18%40$1,078$199,85621International Film Circuit
44The Sorcerer and the White Snake$3,833-31%4-1$958$15,2502Magnolia / Magnet
45Brooklyn Castle$3,047--3--$1,016$216,12118Producers Distribution Agency
46Night Across the Street$2,205-32%10$2,205$7,6132Cinema Guild
475 Broken Cameras$2,091-20%6-1$349$93,57838Kino Lorber
48North Sea Texas$1,728--2--$864$27,57816Strand Releasing
49Frankenweenie$1,439-79%3-17$480$35,283,50620Disney
50Masquerade (2012)$1,394-20%2-2$697$912,01722CJ Entertainment
51The Package (2013)$1,277--1--$1,277$1,2771Anchor Bay Films
52Any Day Now$1,260-20%3-2$420$183,19710Music Box Films
53Starlet$916--2--$458$87,91015Music Box Films
54Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$888--1--$888$17,7603APD/Cinema Conservancy
55We Won't Grow Old Together$694--1--$694$13,60237The Film Desk
56Wagner & Me$673178%10$673$36,08911First Run Features
57Beware of Mr. Baker$661-77%2-1$331$109,40612SnagFilms