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 Sat, May. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$62,273,218-10%4,253--$14,642$131,131,7731Disney
2Pain and Gain$3,095,33632%3,28710$942$31,766,8612Paramount
342 (2013)$2,747,80354%3,345-60$821$76,654,8504Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$2,503,90046%3,430-362$730$74,390,8003Universal
5The Croods$2,003,227106%2,915-368$687$167,493,4267Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Big Wedding$1,697,41440%2,6330$645$13,247,9042Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,036,03643%1,160-450$893$228,506,0669Disney
8Scary Movie 5$670,38043%1,857-876$361$29,306,4194Weinstein / Dimension
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$577,82361%1,804-903$320$118,419,8986Paramount
10The Place Beyond the Pines$552,94245%1,162-422$476$18,330,1526Focus
11Olympus Has Fallen$531,33754%1,632-702$326$95,057,1437FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$946,69449%576213$1,644$4,589,9652Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$387,10061%980-868$395$43,487,1805Universal
3Evil Dead$270,39135%959-1227$282$53,056,0565Sony / TriStar
4Tyler Perry's Temptation$191,20464%504-438$379$51,261,6676Lionsgate
5Jack the Giant Slayer$131,90372%335-30$394$64,064,53010Warner Bros. / New Line
6Identity Thief$96,01060%300-125$320$133,406,40013Universal
7Silver Linings Playbook$87,76442%468107$188$131,654,33225Weinstein Company
8The Sapphires$70,66889%123-3$575$1,597,6397Weinstein Company
9The Host (2013)$69,46140%290-321$240$26,111,1736Open Road
10Filly Brown$60,88135%204-55$298$2,540,5553Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Snitch (2013)$59,53364%215-37$277$42,484,17311Lionsgate / Summit
12Escape From Planet Earth$54,89654%257-26$214$55,177,25212Weinstein Company
13The Call$42,01748%200-313$210$50,912,1948Sony / TriStar
14Safe Haven$34,69543%169-90$205$71,193,46012Relativity Media
15Side Effects (2013)$28,77543%16557$174$32,068,77613Open Road
16Warm Bodies$27,25853%140-50$195$66,344,70914Lionsgate / Summit
17Admission$17,95037%113-166$159$17,775,2547Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$34,13084%1412$2,438$85,9022Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$27,69678%99-32$280$124,742,13824Fox
3Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$26,41842%20--$1,321$45,0251Lionsgate / Pantelion
4A Good Day to Die Hard$20,46958%72-50$284$67,285,98312Fox
5Quartet$19,90469%86-44$231$18,084,22917Weinstein Company
6Trance$19,15150%86-71$223$2,207,4365Fox Searchlight
7Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$15,45128%4--$3,863$27,4791eOne Films US
8The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$14,86861%82-103$181$22,517,5008Warner Bros. / New Line
9From Up on Poppy Hill$12,92043%39-5$331$842,6748GKIDS
10To the Arctic 3D$12,779-32%520$246$12,359,20155Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Spring Breakers$10,40821%43-29$242$13,993,3288A24
1221 And Over$9,79823%82-54$119$25,643,29910Relativity Media
13The Lords of Salem$9,17022%50-230$183$1,136,0373Anchor Bay Films
14Starbuck$9,00957%281$322$3,751,5627eOne Films US
15Born to Be Wild 3D$7,964-10%300$265$22,568,039109Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Parental Guidance$7,102130%42-19$169$77,237,55719Fox
17Dark Skies$5,90259%29-34$204$17,362,79411Weinstein / Dimension
18The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$5,54532%10-15$555$533,28310Methinx Entertainment
19Emperor$3,68835%20-6$184$3,307,3659Roadside Attractions
20Camp (2013)$2,183-25%12-16$182$309,24111Freestyle Releasing
21Django Unchained$2,11353%12-26$176$162,799,54019Weinstein Company
22Not Today$1,199-25%30$400$151,7954Freestyle Releasing
23Girl Rising$570-56%39-33$15$1,095,6579Gathr Films