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. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$7,609,602-6%4,253--$1,789$212,421,0841Disney
2Pain and Gain$649,8101%3,28710$198$36,608,2002Paramount
3Oblivion (2013)$481,9054%3,430-362$140$77,791,6153Universal
442 (2013)$477,4724%3,345-60$143$80,081,8794Warner Bros.
5The Big Wedding$355,491-7%2,6330$135$15,787,6912Lionsgate
6The Croods$230,56610%2,915-368$79$169,615,4777Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Place Beyond the Pines$149,966-3%1,162-422$129$19,303,5366Focus
8Olympus Has Fallen$127,1311%1,632-702$78$95,877,6247FilmDistrict
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$101,3727%1,804-903$56$119,156,8916Paramount
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$80,2985%1,160-450$69$229,182,3209Disney
11Scary Movie 5$76,011-5%1,857-876$41$29,938,0304Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$208,6640%576213$362$6,019,9792Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$87,8750%980-868$90$44,118,9105Universal
3Evil Dead$62,661-1%959-1227$65$53,465,5085Sony / TriStar
4Tyler Perry's Temptation$33,5430%504-438$67$51,512,4996Lionsgate
5Silver Linings Playbook$23,899-2%468107$51$131,803,58325Weinstein Company
6Jack the Giant Slayer$20,1664%335-30$60$64,235,58810Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Sapphires$16,705-2%123-3$136$1,699,8907Weinstein Company
8Identity Thief$16,6152%300-125$55$133,522,00513Universal
9The Host (2013)$16,56810%290-321$57$26,209,5846Open Road
10Snitch (2013)$11,86515%215-37$55$42,570,38011Lionsgate / Summit
11Filly Brown$10,687-4%204-55$52$2,657,7893Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Side Effects (2013)$8,4736%16557$51$32,119,04813Open Road
13Safe Haven$6,6616%169-90$39$71,236,54012Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$6,416-17%257-26$25$55,239,23712Weinstein Company
15Admission$5,40421%113-166$48$17,802,5387Focus
16Warm Bodies$5,3675%140-50$38$66,380,66214Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$26,460279%39-33$678$1,144,2979Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$11,57624%520$223$12,401,17355Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$8,96438%300$299$22,599,435109Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Kon-Tiki$8,146-5%1412$582$140,7482Weinstein Company
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$6,2282%4--$1,557$62,3571eOne Films US
6Quartet$6,210-10%86-44$72$18,122,76017Weinstein Company
7Trance$6,094-21%86-71$71$2,246,8565Fox Searchlight
8Life of Pi$5,6587%99-32$57$124,778,50224Fox
9Spring Breakers$5,10612%43-29$119$14,019,7248A24
10From Up on Poppy Hill$4,03625%39-5$103$867,4448GKIDS
11Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$3,453-1%20--$173$102,3691Lionsgate / Pantelion
1221 And Over$3,3316%82-54$41$25,663,61210Relativity Media
13The Lords of Salem$3,305-13%50-230$66$1,157,6663Anchor Bay Films
14The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$3,26617%82-103$40$22,537,8818Warner Bros. / New Line
15Starbuck$2,74229%281$98$3,770,5927eOne Films US
16A Good Day to Die Hard$2,66212%72-50$37$67,305,15912Fox
17Emperor$2,023132%22-4$92$3,313,9829Roadside Attractions
18Dark Skies$1,2016%29-34$41$17,372,31411Weinstein / Dimension
19The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,0083%100$101$541,93210Methinx Entertainment
20Django Unchained$74433%12-26$62$162,803,11419Weinstein Company
21Parental Guidance$691-2%42-19$16$77,243,66119Fox
22Camp (2013)$611-14%12-16$51$313,39011Freestyle Releasing
23Not Today$32460%30$108$153,8514Freestyle Releasing