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 Thu, May. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pain and Gain$1,102,060-16%3,277--$336$26,319,0751Paramount
2Oblivion (2013)$928,750-21%3,7929$245$70,171,9152Universal
342 (2013)$713,4074%3,405155$210$72,125,7703Warner Bros.
4The Big Wedding$578,155-7%2,633--$220$10,334,5651Lionsgate
5The Croods$286,565-5%3,283-152$87$164,518,1596Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Place Beyond the Pines$233,799-10%1,58442$148$17,396,6405Focus
7Olympus Has Fallen$205,790-15%2,334-304$88$94,179,8796FilmDistrict
8G.I. Joe: Retaliation$188,766-19%2,707-468$70$117,482,3165Paramount
9Jurassic Park 3D$166,650-14%1,848-482$90$42,859,9854Universal
10Evil Dead$141,576-20%2,186-637$65$52,585,4894Sony / TriStar
11Scary Movie 5$133,598-17%2,733-669$49$28,168,3083Weinstein / Dimension
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$115,8207%1,610-435$72$226,745,9328Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$185,554-1%363--$511$3,007,8981Roadside Attractions
2Tyler Perry's Temptation$63,117-17%942-463$67$50,953,9115Lionsgate
3The Host (2013)$28,542-8%611-745$47$25,992,0975Open Road
4Jack the Giant Slayer$28,2024%365110$77$63,856,1409Warner Bros. / New Line
5Filly Brown$25,063-18%25971$97$2,434,4242Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Identity Thief$21,4601%425-55$50$133,250,39512Universal
7The Sapphires$19,49214%12612$155$1,489,4826Weinstein Company
8Silver Linings Playbook$19,0620%361-506$53$131,504,96424Weinstein Company
9Snitch (2013)$14,8985%25291$59$42,388,29610Lionsgate / Summit
10The Lords of Salem$14,848-28%280-75$53$1,119,3292Anchor Bay Films
11Quartet$12,33116%130-46$95$18,052,57816Weinstein Company
12Safe Haven$12,21812%259-66$47$71,134,56611Relativity Media
13Trance$12,081-12%157-286$77$2,175,5374Fox Searchlight
14Admission$11,371-11%279-206$41$17,744,2336Focus
15Escape From Planet Earth$9,6062%28343$34$55,086,76211Weinstein Company
16Warm Bodies$8,1546%190-50$43$66,299,66513Lionsgate / Summit
17Life of Pi$7,6450%131-62$58$124,698,86123Fox
1821 And Over$7,3045%13686$54$25,625,5329Relativity Media
19The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$6,7881%185-80$37$22,493,3777Warner Bros. / New Line
20Side Effects (2013)$6,1212%108-537$57$32,019,87812Open Road
21A Good Day to Die Hard$4,50811%122-48$37$67,252,59611Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$25,73432%72-98$357$1,093,7878Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$9,27738%520$178$12,327,74354Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Spring Breakers$7,111-6%72-50$99$13,974,3287A24
4From Up on Poppy Hill$5,91314%44-4$134$820,7407GKIDS
5Born to Be Wild 3D$4,199-36%300$140$22,551,264108Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Camp (2013)$2,769-5%28-4$99$304,15910Freestyle Releasing
7Kon-Tiki$2,618-20%2--$1,309$33,1761Weinstein Company
8Starbuck$2,175-58%27-2$81$3,736,8256eOne Films US
9Dark Skies$2,1675%63-28$34$17,353,17810Weinstein / Dimension
10Emperor$1,92524%26-38$74$3,300,9538Roadside Attractions
11Django Unchained$1,5441%38-39$41$162,796,04718Weinstein Company
12The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,536-53%10-21$154$523,5439Methinx Entertainment
13Parental Guidance$1,333-5%61-29$22$77,227,37218Fox
14Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$602-30%1--$602$20,1068Rialto Pictures
15Not Today$272-29%3-17$91$148,9913Freestyle Releasing
16Settai$9823%1-1$98$87,8384UTV Motion Pictures