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 Tue, Jun. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$3,556,99020%3,68628$965$177,529,4552Universal
2Now You See Me$3,517,75419%2,925--$1,203$35,835,2581Lionsgate / Summit
3After Earth$2,328,22113%3,401--$685$31,904,8231Sony / Columbia
4The Hangover Part III$1,910,02619%3,56510$536$92,060,0462Warner Bros.
5Star Trek Into Darkness$1,880,97215%3,585-322$525$185,050,5863Paramount
6Epic$1,721,40924%3,89412$442$68,483,9512Fox
7The Great Gatsby (2013)$947,44417%2,635-455$360$130,263,0204Warner Bros.
8Iron Man 3$880,32617%2,895-529$304$386,823,2925Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$139,97224%579-133$242$17,138,2216Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$82,12524%506-502$162$180,736,85511Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$58,18614%501-414$116$92,441,0658Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$46,50531%357-215$130$88,149,7007Universal
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$33,74317%286-60$118$121,651,16410Paramount
6Escape From Planet Earth$28,89121%268-78$108$56,375,24216Weinstein Company
7Pain and Gain$16,07620%207-796$78$49,085,0766Paramount
8Identity Thief$13,50029%150-37$90$134,479,17517Universal
9The Place Beyond the Pines$12,69518%103-25$123$21,159,10510Focus
10Olympus Has Fallen$12,35430%149-60$83$97,888,97611FilmDistrict
11The Big Wedding$11,65863%126-139$93$21,304,7756Lionsgate
12Jack the Giant Slayer$8,13720%143-42$57$65,126,22814Warner Bros. / New Line
13Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$6,97335%121-364$58$9,052,7944Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$16,56617%7410$224$927,9026Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$11,595-1%3913$297$924,7874Roadside Attractions
3The East$7,9115%4--$1,978$92,4501Fox Searchlight
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$7,43717%381$196$402,1225eOne Films US
5The Sapphires$6,87716%58-3$119$2,221,38211Weinstein Company
6To the Arctic 3D$6,54724%520$126$12,705,59159Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Born to Be Wild 3D$5,4326%300$181$22,734,777113Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Kings of Summer$5,392-10%4--$1,348$70,3411CBS Films
9We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$4,60418%117$419$82,0832Focus World
10Girl Rising$3,680167%30-33$123$1,349,40713Gathr Films
11Not Today$3,50437%1813$195$248,6598Freestyle Releasing
12Spring Breakers$2,81619%40-30$70$14,118,51912A24
13Scary Movie 5$1,869-6%51-120$37$31,415,2058Weinstein / Dimension
14From Up on Poppy Hill$1,260-1%12-12$105$985,48712GKIDS
15Quartet$1,244-22%17-13$73$18,264,89621Weinstein Company
16Silver Linings Playbook$1,10848%23-12$48$132,090,76629Weinstein Company
17Admission$1,045151%12-14$87$18,005,68611Focus
18Emperor$42886%6-2$71$3,342,72813Roadside Attractions
19A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$1068%10$106$18,0282Rialto Pictures
20The Painting (2013)$20--1-5$20$20,8554GKIDS