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, Jul. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Turbo$5,552,403--3,551--$1,564$5,552,4030Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Despicable Me 2$5,233,395-24%3,891-106$1,345$246,099,5302Universal
3Grown Ups 2$4,145,979-21%3,491--$1,188$55,688,0151Sony / Columbia
4Pacific Rim$3,409,448-23%3,275--$1,041$49,168,2211Warner Bros.
5The Heat$1,920,418-12%2,995-189$641$118,230,4553Fox
6Monsters University$1,444,631-25%2,838-901$509$242,664,8214Disney
7The Lone Ranger$1,244,515-25%3,432-472$363$75,775,8282Disney
8World War Z$1,150,532-20%3,003-313$383$180,770,6044Paramount
9White House Down$803,847-13%2,566-656$313$65,454,7243Sony / Columbia
10Man of Steel$542,089-24%2,150-755$252$282,735,7425Warner Bros.
11This Is The End$406,667-16%1,394-710$292$92,955,4165Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$393,890-23%89216$442$27,542,7672Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$147,001-35%850-756$173$113,869,0357Lionsgate / Summit
3Star Trek Into Darkness$86,425-22%403-162$214$224,655,8099Paramount
4Epic$85,880-10%336-92$256$105,128,8778Fox
5Fast & Furious 6$61,180-22%322-295$190$236,739,4058Universal
6The Croods$49,482-12%232-37$213$185,778,84617Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$42,6033%138-32$309$3,643,1416Roadside Attractions
8After Earth$42,537-9%238-32$179$59,514,6297Sony / Columbia
9The Internship$33,728-8%198-181$170$43,322,6956Fox
10The Hangover Part III$29,832-2%265-73$113$111,740,7028Warner Bros.
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$26,367-20%125-60$211$143,303,07810Warner Bros.
12The Purge$24,805-8%160-96$155$63,912,5306Universal
13Mud$20,38811%1132$180$21,126,44112Roadside Attractions
1442 (2013)$10,150-1%105-77$97$94,957,46814Warner Bros.
15Pain and Gain$10,065-8%150-20$67$49,694,83712Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$138,5885%7960$1,754$2,257,5682Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$51,171-3%7--$7,310$543,5111Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$36,4548%9121$401$881,2014Weinstein Company
4The Bling Ring$25,675-8%97-62$265$5,535,0905A24
5Escape From Planet Earth$13,214-11%55-7$240$56,996,85922Weinstein Company
6Scary Movie 5$13,028-7%33-10$395$31,998,06614Weinstein / Dimension
7The East$12,282-1%67-35$183$2,161,2667Fox Searchlight
8The Kings of Summer$11,454-4%565$205$1,239,9147CBS Films
9Stories We Tell$3,02318%281$108$1,491,92710Roadside Attractions
10G.I. Joe: Retaliation$2,558-6%41-22$62$122,520,13716Paramount
11Kon-Tiki$2,459-42%21-3$117$1,454,66912Weinstein Company
12The Sapphires$2,02426%150$135$2,444,47717Weinstein Company
13Pawn Shop Chronicles$743-28%15--$50$7,3371Anchor Bay Films
14Copperhead$469-37%5-10$94$120,7603Brainstorm Media
15Revelation Road 2$28116%5--$56$4,5011Freestyle Releasing
16Not Today$152217%1-1$152$317,56414Freestyle Releasing
17Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$144-29%20$72$511,19111eOne Films US