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.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Apr. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Evil Dead$11,899,350--3,025--$3,934$11,899,3501Sony / TriStar
2Jurassic Park 3D$7,010,635--2,771--$2,530$7,010,6351Universal
3G.I. Joe: Retaliation$6,390,779113%3,73415$1,712$71,953,8392Paramount
4The Croods$6,002,36264%3,879-186$1,547$110,702,5643Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Tyler Perry's Temptation$3,383,429155%2,0470$1,653$31,766,7702Lionsgate
6Olympus Has Fallen$3,143,987112%3,059-47$1,028$64,217,4883FilmDistrict
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,450,45666%2,905-419$844$207,047,1745Disney
8The Host (2013)$1,843,023131%3,2020$576$16,268,7362Open Road
9The Call$1,125,834109%2,002-437$562$43,106,9274Sony / TriStar
10Admission$661,81970%1,407-754$470$13,981,3673Focus
11Spring Breakers$408,92646%1,072-307$381$11,853,6684A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$252,35094%721-361$350$130,687,9809Universal
2Silver Linings Playbook$189,23475%524-228$361$129,310,88121Weinstein Company
3Jack the Giant Slayer$151,62820%502-578$302$62,099,1096Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$150,760-5%535-1040$282$21,477,3324Warner Bros. / New Line
5Life of Pi$106,07770%269-71$394$123,671,69820Fox
6Quartet$104,29867%252-50$414$16,938,05813Weinstein Company
7Safe Haven$99,30057%360-190$276$70,153,5788Relativity Media
8Escape From Planet Earth$85,06644%432-545$197$54,263,7358Weinstein Company
9Warm Bodies$83,604385%287125$291$65,397,90810Lionsgate / Summit
10Snitch (2013)$74,36347%304-442$245$41,632,4857Lionsgate / Summit
1121 And Over$55,85865%180-164$310$25,168,4346Relativity Media
12A Good Day to Die Hard$49,892163%22516$222$66,680,3748Fox
13Emperor$44,75563%120-18$373$3,022,1195Roadside Attractions
14Django Unchained$43,19477%183-50$236$162,454,49915Weinstein Company
15Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$39,24697%180-22$218$55,340,40211Paramount
16Parental Guidance$30,10573%110-30$274$76,993,15615Fox
17Argo$26,52432%172-88$154$135,838,37526Warner Bros.
18Dead Man Down$14,488345%14671$99$10,792,6175FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$210,691816%3026$7,023$596,7212Focus
2The Sapphires$79,9771199%6048$1,333$231,9293Weinstein Company
3From Up on Poppy Hill$36,994149%4116$902$378,7854GKIDS
4Trance$36,897--4--$9,224$36,8971Fox Searchlight
5Side Effects (2013)$29,446131%80-22$368$31,316,3759Open Road
6Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$26,366--16--$1,648$26,3661CodeBlack Films
7Stoker$20,942-6%89-105$235$1,585,1046Fox Searchlight
8The Impossible$20,220159%80-6$253$18,868,17516Lionsgate / Summit
9To the Arctic 3D$19,67535%520$378$11,995,96751Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Settai$18,107--33--$549$18,1071UTV Motion Pictures
11Starbuck$16,429263%3114$530$3,564,2113eOne Films US
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$12,059-3%77-68$157$302,905,35817Warner Bros. / New Line
13Rise of The Guardians$11,865-17%89-45$133$103,369,18020Paramount / DreamWorks
14Born to Be Wild 3D$11,22410%300$374$22,408,178105Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Camp (2013)$9,660389%82$1,208$120,6557Freestyle Releasing
16Himmatwala$6,45018%61-38$106$245,8942UTV Motion Pictures
17Dark Skies$6,448-13%28-73$230$17,165,7497Weinstein / Dimension
18Beautiful Creatures (2013)$6,181-16%55-60$112$19,431,0298Warner Bros.
19Girl Rising$2,680-92%6--$447$581,1745Gathr Films
20Bless Me, Ultima$2,41649%6-5$403$1,554,9857Arenas Entertainment
21Down the Shore$2,192--2--$1,096$2,1921Anchor Bay Films
22The Playroom$1,219--12--$102$1,2191Freestyle Releasing
23The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$927-52%2-5$464$369,6766Methinx Entertainment
24Kai Po Che$451-21%2-3$226$1,118,9137UTV Motion Pictures