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, May. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Trek Into Darkness$21,623,00260%3,868--$5,590$35,159,4241Paramount
2Iron Man 3$9,514,115189%4,237-16$2,245$311,405,9983Disney
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$7,616,274122%3,55015$2,145$74,359,8782Warner Bros.
4Pain and Gain$893,336160%2,429-874$368$44,367,8304Paramount
542 (2013)$768,784166%2,380-550$323$86,773,2966Warner Bros.
6Oblivion (2013)$644,850189%2,077-693$310$83,895,8105Universal
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$622,133209%2,0410$305$6,329,9102Lionsgate
8The Croods$615,414258%2,373-277$259$174,615,5979Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9The Big Wedding$323,889144%1,443-855$224$19,421,8734Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$603,907220%960108$629$10,031,3324Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$248,036436%535-239$464$230,728,03211Disney
3G.I. Joe: Retaliation$167,850451%409-341$410$120,109,7178Paramount
4Scary Movie 5$114,331334%508-499$225$30,900,4546Weinstein / Dimension
5Olympus Has Fallen$111,56782%466-370$239$97,014,2489FilmDistrict
6Jurassic Park 3D$81,32087%428-225$190$45,040,7407Universal
7The Place Beyond the Pines$80,37150%317-352$254$20,401,3788Focus
8Identity Thief$56,635271%241-38$235$133,831,28515Universal
9Jack the Giant Slayer$56,064205%250-31$224$64,613,92112Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Call$50,416--229108$220$51,154,41010Sony / TriStar
11Escape From Planet Earth$48,635528%693439$70$55,416,48114Weinstein Company
12Evil Dead$38,124--208-235$183$53,916,0827Sony / TriStar
13The Host (2013)$34,123112%231-70$148$26,463,9008Open Road
14The Sapphires$26,23899%102-16$257$1,917,0389Weinstein Company
15Snitch (2013)$24,277135%153-35$159$42,752,65613Lionsgate / Summit
16Tyler Perry's Temptation$24,271133%150-128$162$51,784,6418Lionsgate
17Silver Linings Playbook$14,27912%131-192$109$131,995,92627Weinstein Company
18Admission$13,90263%129-27$108$17,922,4129Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$39,782380%6139$652$302,4064Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$31,562707%2321$1,372$75,0762Roadside Attractions
3To the Arctic 3D$24,391135%520$469$12,510,14757Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$11,28691%241$470$151,3203eOne Films US
5Born to Be Wild 3D$9,918141%300$331$22,645,521111Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Safe Haven$8,713109%90-34$97$71,306,30314Relativity Media
7Life of Pi$8,305127%51-19$163$124,841,66826Fox
8Filly Brown$6,317168%39-53$162$2,749,7455Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Quartet$5,69459%42-17$136$18,180,24819Weinstein Company
10Dark Skies$4,355149%323$136$17,399,00313Weinstein / Dimension
11From Up on Poppy Hill$4,34180%36-1$121$913,58610GKIDS
12Not Today$3,969117%61$662$166,4306Freestyle Releasing
13Trance$3,4049%23-17$148$2,286,0137Fox Searchlight
14A Good Day to Die Hard$3,38787%31-19$109$67,334,07614Fox
15Spring Breakers$2,77434%11-5$252$14,042,44310A24
16Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$2,46942%25-18$99$158,8823Lionsgate / Pantelion
17Starbuck$2,13416%90$237$3,785,2529eOne Films US
18Hating Breitbart (PG-13)$1,832--15--$122$1,8321Freestyle Releasing
19No One Lives$1,65659%12-41$138$67,6652Anchor Bay Films
20Emperor$1,16966%7-3$167$3,323,22111Roadside Attractions
21Camp (2013)$4361353%2-1$218$315,81713Freestyle Releasing
22The Painting (2013)$3164%10$316$4,8282GKIDS