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 Thu, Jul. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$9,153,130-5%3,99741$2,290$184,483,8801Universal
2The Heat$2,723,686-9%3,1843$855$98,363,4772Fox
3Monsters University$2,509,535-5%3,7390$671$227,139,4273Disney
4The Lone Ranger$2,305,414-11%3,9040$591$59,961,1921Disney
5World War Z$1,825,884-12%3,316-89$551$167,656,9203Paramount
6White House Down$1,292,691-17%3,2220$401$56,812,9332Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$1,011,103-18%2,905-60$348$276,169,8784Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$581,079-25%2,1040$276$88,788,4404Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$292,407-23%1,6060$182$111,977,7026Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$853,162-6%8760$974$21,378,3091Lionsgate / Summit
2Star Trek Into Darkness$150,7455%565-95$267$223,674,7248Paramount
3Fast & Furious 6$123,3953%617-69$200$235,985,3557Universal
4Epic$87,3431%42887$204$104,391,4147Fox
5The Croods$64,2662%269-19$239$185,374,46916Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$58,57911%170-52$345$3,266,2515Roadside Attractions
7The Internship$51,970-11%37912$137$43,002,9545Fox
8After Earth$51,651-1%2700$191$59,110,1426Sony / Columbia
9Iron Man 3$46,039-9%2940$157$406,609,68810Disney
10The Hangover Part III$45,527-11%3380$135$111,451,7877Warner Bros.
11The Bling Ring$39,573-14%1590$249$5,300,2454A24
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$35,1902%1850$190$143,050,4799Warner Bros.
13The Purge$24,320-21%256-105$95$63,671,9805Universal
14Mud$19,85711%113-55$176$20,934,66011Roadside Attractions
15The East$17,2477%102-20$169$2,032,2526Fox Searchlight
16Pain and Gain$16,044-6%1700$94$49,588,15011Paramount
1742 (2013)$15,0104%1820$82$94,867,04113Warner Bros.
18Olympus Has Fallen$8,0353%110-55$73$98,925,64016FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$46,835-5%19--$2,465$744,4851Fox Searchlight
2Unfinished Song$28,238-6%7051$403$545,4863Weinstein Company
3The Kings of Summer$12,7660%513$250$1,134,7056CBS Films
4Girl Rising$5,370120%18--$298$1,451,15718Gathr Films
5Stories We Tell$4,8060%274$178$1,458,4059Roadside Attractions
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$4,5613%63-22$72$122,494,24115Paramount
7Kon-Tiki$3,938-15%24-10$164$1,423,25711Weinstein Company
8Escape From Planet Earth$3,85242%62-39$62$56,896,04921Weinstein Company
9Scary Movie 5$2,66310%43-79$62$31,878,09813Weinstein / Dimension
10The Sapphires$1,873-11%15-3$125$2,429,53316Weinstein Company
11Copperhead$927-42%15-44$62$115,0722Brainstorm Media
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$715-42%2-4$358$504,19410eOne Films US
13Redemption (2013)$5102%4-15$128$36,8952Roadside Attractions
14Lost and Found in Armenia$4331%20$217$122,3055High Top Releasing
15Not Today$22-62%2-3$11$313,14713Freestyle Releasing