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. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Trek Into Darkness$26,947,82225%3,868--$6,967$62,107,2461Paramount
2Iron Man 3$15,425,97862%4,237-16$3,641$326,831,9763Disney
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$9,455,57424%3,55015$2,664$83,815,4522Warner Bros.
4The Croods$1,357,010121%2,373-277$572$175,972,6079Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Pain and Gain$1,327,10549%2,429-874$546$45,694,9354Paramount
642 (2013)$1,229,16760%2,380-550$516$88,002,4636Warner Bros.
7Oblivion (2013)$1,016,95058%2,077-693$490$84,912,7605Universal
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$979,04557%2,0410$480$7,308,9552Lionsgate
9The Big Wedding$509,04057%1,443-855$353$19,930,9134Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$963,69060%960108$1,004$10,995,0224Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$404,36563%535-239$756$231,132,39711Disney
3G.I. Joe: Retaliation$269,45961%409-341$659$120,379,1768Paramount
4Olympus Has Fallen$189,19270%466-370$406$97,203,4409FilmDistrict
5Scary Movie 5$184,87262%508-499$364$31,085,3266Weinstein / Dimension
6Jurassic Park 3D$145,52079%428-225$340$45,186,2607Universal
7The Place Beyond the Pines$124,28155%317-352$392$20,525,6598Focus
8Jack the Giant Slayer$104,50786%250-31$418$64,718,42812Warner Bros. / New Line
9Escape From Planet Earth$102,651111%693439$148$55,519,13214Weinstein Company
10Identity Thief$93,99066%241-38$390$133,925,27515Universal
11The Call$81,53862%229108$356$51,235,94810Sony / TriStar
12Evil Dead$52,80739%208-235$254$53,968,8897Sony / TriStar
13The Host (2013)$50,84349%231-70$220$26,514,7438Open Road
14Snitch (2013)$47,71497%153-35$312$42,800,37013Lionsgate / Summit
15The Sapphires$44,84271%102-16$440$1,961,8809Weinstein Company
16Tyler Perry's Temptation$41,27370%150-128$275$51,825,9148Lionsgate
17Silver Linings Playbook$20,50344%131-192$157$132,016,42927Weinstein Company
18Admission$19,45540%129-27$151$17,941,8679Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$66,73668%6139$1,094$369,1424Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$60,46892%2321$2,629$135,5442Roadside Attractions
3Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$18,22361%241$759$169,5433eOne Films US
4To the Arctic 3D$15,227-38%520$293$12,525,37457Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Life of Pi$13,01857%51-19$255$124,854,68626Fox
6Safe Haven$12,12239%90-34$135$71,318,42514Relativity Media
7Filly Brown$9,57752%39-53$246$2,759,3225Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Quartet$8,96557%42-17$213$18,189,21319Weinstein Company
9From Up on Poppy Hill$8,41994%36-1$234$922,00510GKIDS
10Dark Skies$7,39270%323$231$17,406,39513Weinstein / Dimension
11Not Today$6,57866%61$1,096$173,0086Freestyle Releasing
12A Good Day to Die Hard$5,78771%31-19$187$67,339,86314Fox
13Trance$5,65066%23-17$246$2,291,6637Fox Searchlight
14Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$4,77393%25-18$191$163,6553Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Born to Be Wild 3D$4,007-60%300$134$22,649,528111Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Spring Breakers$3,62531%11-5$330$14,046,06810A24
17Starbuck$2,96439%90$329$3,788,2169eOne Films US
18Hating Breitbart (PG-13)$2,66846%15--$178$4,5001Freestyle Releasing
19No One Lives$2,53053%12-41$211$70,1952Anchor Bay Films
20Emperor$1,64040%7-3$234$3,324,86111Roadside Attractions
21The Painting (2013)$670112%10$670$5,4982GKIDS
22Camp (2013)$421-3%2-1$211$316,23813Freestyle Releasing