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. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$11,848,0648%4,004--$2,959$105,296,7351Disney
2World War Z$7,981,1684%3,607--$2,213$82,068,3681Paramount
3Man of Steel$5,197,42915%4,2070$1,235$219,812,7452Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$2,286,88715%3,0550$749$62,356,8062Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$1,374,74524%2,823-259$487$96,937,7394Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$665,22517%2,417-958$275$229,851,3755Universal
7The Purge$572,01513%2,201-390$260$60,682,3203Universal
8The Internship$571,72724%1,916-1483$298$39,374,0053Fox
9Star Trek Into Darkness$479,91722%1,565-766$307$217,649,8686Paramount
10Epic$319,10729%1,994-1157$160$101,614,5605Fox
11After Earth$161,54627%1,166-1266$139$57,670,8984Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$341,39612%650645$525$2,988,7042A24
2Iron Man 3$236,86214%924-725$256$403,603,0898Disney
3The Croods$115,07142%324-44$355$183,762,49814Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The Great Gatsby (2013)$106,45119%362-813$294$141,796,2077Warner Bros.
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$102,32611%206183$497$1,419,6083Roadside Attractions
6The Hangover Part III$95,21517%530-1371$180$110,190,4405Warner Bros.
7The East$48,08913%19580$247$1,298,7174Fox Searchlight
842 (2013)$46,35518%325-119$143$94,290,98311Warner Bros.
9Mud$43,32413%213-192$203$20,288,1029Roadside Attractions
10Oblivion (2013)$23,11516%201-57$115$89,064,85510Universal
11Olympus Has Fallen$19,93413%177-24$113$98,630,17614FilmDistrict
12G.I. Joe: Retaliation$16,35929%139-31$118$122,292,14213Paramount
13The Big Wedding$15,18214%141-24$108$21,642,3509Lionsgate
14Scary Movie 5$13,6145%134-7$102$31,700,25311Weinstein / Dimension
15Escape From Planet Earth$11,40936%138-13$83$56,804,02219Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$21,48924%652$331$800,0014CBS Films
2To the Arctic 3D$9,17167%520$176$12,873,09762Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Kon-Tiki$8,35214%53-17$158$1,317,8949Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$8,24120%300$275$22,863,407116Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Place Beyond the Pines$6,01846%53-23$114$21,393,44713Focus
6Stories We Tell$5,8828%33-30$178$1,342,7587Roadside Attractions
7The Sapphires$5,18331%29-10$179$2,369,37814Weinstein Company
8Girl Rising$4,87046%16--$304$1,429,12716Gathr Films
9Pain and Gain$4,40436%50-20$88$49,341,3969Paramount
10Unfinished Song$3,4339%2--$1,717$32,3171Weinstein Company
11Lost and Found in Armenia$1,9661%1-1$1,966$106,8463High Top Releasing
12Quartet$1,896-40%294$65$18,386,86124Weinstein Company
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$772-11%8-6$97$491,9498eOne Films US
14Made in Cleveland$402-44%5--$80$8,1331Striped Entertainment
15Wish You Were Here (2013)$203-1%3-3$68$45,6653eOne Films US
16Tiger Eyes$182-62%2-4$91$25,8293Freestyle Releasing
17Not Today$137-23%3-4$46$297,21411Freestyle Releasing
18Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$88-34%17--$5$6,4151High Top Releasing