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 Wed, Jun. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1This Is The End$7,815,952--3,055--$2,558$7,815,9520Sony / Columbia
2Now You See Me$1,980,337-19%3,02095$656$67,748,2372Lionsgate / Summit
3The Purge$1,901,890-29%2,536--$750$41,957,3451Universal
4Fast & Furious 6$1,620,550-22%3,77185$430$208,652,9303Universal
5The Internship$1,400,788-23%3,366--$416$22,572,7051Fox
6Epic$1,285,137-11%3,390-504$379$88,095,4093Fox
7Star Trek Into Darkness$1,137,047-18%3,152-433$361$203,715,9754Paramount
8After Earth$986,687-20%3,4010$290$49,562,5202Sony / Columbia
9The Hangover Part III$609,243-28%3,242-323$188$104,705,2253Warner Bros.
10Iron Man 3$553,112-15%2,193-702$252$396,159,8036Disney
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$474,453-21%2,160-475$220$137,848,4315Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$109,566-21%5801$189$18,969,9057Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$105,563-4%384-122$275$181,971,87412Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$40,174-5%370-131$109$93,055,9469Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$28,165-14%298-59$95$88,566,3058Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$26,171-6%23687$111$98,192,82112FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$22,976-11%236-50$97$121,973,83811Paramount
7Escape From Planet Earth$19,462-10%182-86$107$56,607,88817Weinstein Company
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$14,1670%1309$109$9,164,0245Lionsgate
9The Place Beyond the Pines$11,2590%13431$84$21,277,56711Focus
10Pain and Gain$8,262-26%175-32$47$49,245,9137Paramount
11Quartet$5,898-14%11497$52$18,319,38422Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$22,222-12%4440$505$371,0882CBS Films
2The East$18,796-11%4137$458$400,8262Fox Searchlight
3Stories We Tell$18,4389%7031$263$1,143,6355Roadside Attractions
4Kon-Tiki$14,5782%751$194$1,119,8647Weinstein Company
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$13,9208%5--$2,784$213,8781Roadside Attractions
6The Sapphires$6,654-8%55-3$121$2,296,40012Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$5,658-29%300$189$22,778,182114Warner Bros. / IMAX
8To the Arctic 3D$5,179-24%520$100$12,771,23260Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Lost and Found in Armenia$5,038-26%9--$560$69,1071High Top Releasing
10The Big Wedding$4,990-29%92-34$54$21,390,8747Lionsgate
11We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$4,563-2%2514$183$142,9323Focus World
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$4,515-14%29-9$156$456,2816eOne Films US
13Jack the Giant Slayer$3,597-8%58-85$62$65,183,42615Warner Bros. / New Line
14Wish You Were Here (2013)$2,260-8%11--$205$33,4531eOne Films US
15Scary Movie 5$2,2004%510$43$31,440,2519Weinstein / Dimension
16Tiger Eyes$1,79033%17--$105$15,3991Freestyle Releasing
17Not Today$1,215-34%191$64$282,6659Freestyle Releasing
18From Up on Poppy Hill$990121%10-2$99$995,52313GKIDS
19Hello Herman$5366%15--$36$7,7001Freestyle Releasing
20Emperor$215-18%5-1$43$3,345,99514Roadside Attractions
21Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$48200%30$16$2,5842Cinema Purgatorio