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, Aug. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We're the Millers$2,948,258-7%3,2600$904$51,733,4851Warner Bros. / New Line
2Elysium$2,443,579-10%3,284--$744$42,314,3061Sony / TriStar
3Planes$2,006,009-6%3,702--$542$31,949,8681Disney
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,413,909-10%3,031124$466$30,528,6581Fox
5The Smurfs 2$1,132,692-15%3,8671$293$52,312,1892Sony / Columbia
62 Guns$1,014,380-12%3,0283$335$53,649,3452Universal
7The Wolverine$823,846-10%2,867-918$287$116,033,1563Fox
8Despicable Me 2$730,475-15%2,395-455$305$342,206,1206Universal
9The Conjuring$673,221-11%2,650-465$254$123,952,8704Warner Bros. / New Line
10Grown Ups 2$363,549-18%2,102-750$173$125,685,4305Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$300,851-6%1,771-370$170$76,579,2804Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$199,965-19%1,351-363$148$154,591,6327Fox
13Red 2$187,075-16%1,574-1181$119$50,274,8914Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pacific Rim$181,160-14%980-823$185$97,676,4675Warner Bros.
2The Way, Way Back$168,065-10%780-133$215$17,113,2406Fox Searchlight
3Fruitvale Station$136,294-15%828-258$165$14,119,5775Weinstein Company
4Chennai Express$117,091-30%19652$597$3,121,2001UTV Motion Pictures
5Monsters University$106,613-4%405-215$263$260,673,6048Disney
6Man of Steel$97,754-3%426122$229$289,121,5419Warner Bros.
7World War Z$87,165-11%505-407$173$197,866,1338Paramount
8R.I.P.D.$47,795-17%478-510$100$32,204,3254Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$40,4321%256-44$158$226,967,53213Paramount
10Epic$27,9469%222-23$126$107,092,76812Fox
11Now You See Me$20,370-18%143-63$142$115,846,02711Lionsgate / Summit
12Fast & Furious 6$18,1255%191-39$95$238,358,26512Universal
13The Internship$15,349-2%136-27$113$44,485,68910Fox
14The Croods$15,001-1%142-23$106$186,917,81321Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15The Great Gatsby (2013)$14,3411%135-93$106$144,765,97914Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$27,783-10%1915$1,462$661,9272A24
2Unfinished Song$7,9642%53-15$150$1,541,0568Weinstein Company
3In a World...$7,425-12%3--$2,475$103,5571Roadside Attractions
4The To Do List$7,385-39%86-499$86$3,491,6693CBS Films
5Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$6,655-24%77-137$86$32,197,6756Lionsgate / Summit
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$5,201-30%53-5$98$4,196,89710Roadside Attractions
7The Hangover Part III$4,77387%46-57$104$112,200,07212Warner Bros.
8The Bling Ring$3,37919%401$84$5,818,7409A24
9Mud$3,3178%44-18$75$21,552,79516Roadside Attractions
10Stories We Tell$1,4384%10-7$144$1,574,98514Roadside Attractions
11Pain and Gain$1,226-32%19-1$65$49,809,71716Paramount
12Girl Most Likely$749-33%12-24$62$1,373,9744Roadside Attractions