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 Mon, Aug. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,704,405-61%2,933--$922$27,341,7171Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$2,176,109-59%3,32565$654$71,873,7582Warner Bros. / New Line
3Elysium$1,561,279-63%3,2840$475$57,562,4172Sony / TriStar
4Planes$1,416,865-66%3,71614$381$46,755,2672Disney
5Kick-Ass 2$1,381,775-58%2,940--$470$14,714,7301Universal
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,007,249-62%3,08049$327$40,289,6302Fox
7Jobs$662,601-62%2,381--$278$7,376,5011Open Road
82 Guns$642,460-63%2,471-557$260$60,098,6553Universal
9The Smurfs 2$615,353-58%2,349-1518$262$57,697,1683Sony / Columbia
10The Wolverine$531,523-61%2,058-809$258$121,083,3104Fox
11Despicable Me 2$527,220-58%1,818-577$290$346,642,0757Universal
12The Conjuring$484,049-54%2,001-649$242$128,322,2155Warner Bros. / New Line
13Paranoia$363,930-59%2,459--$148$3,892,3061Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$176,182-58%1,241-861$142$127,569,8786Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Turbo$133,388-60%759-1012$176$77,791,5565Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Pacific Rim$103,109-51%444-536$232$98,492,7176Warner Bros.
3The Heat$97,806-56%691-660$142$155,570,9998Fox
4The Way, Way Back$95,586-56%457-323$209$17,946,1897Fox Searchlight
5Red 2$78,549-57%715-859$110$51,039,8545Lionsgate / Summit
6Fruitvale Station$65,559-58%477-351$137$14,705,2426Weinstein Company
7Chennai Express$60,531-78%190-6$319$4,075,1882UTV Motion Pictures
8Man of Steel$60,480-61%365-61$166$289,694,32910Warner Bros.
9World War Z$58,564-51%307-198$191$198,362,0739Paramount
10R.I.P.D.$26,390-56%203-275$130$32,449,9555Universal
11Star Trek Into Darkness$26,370-53%210-46$126$227,188,18514Paramount
12Now You See Me$22,228-50%134-9$166$116,020,72812Lionsgate / Summit
13Epic$14,829-60%168-54$88$107,228,45013Fox
14Fast & Furious 6$10,575-64%141-50$75$238,464,72013Universal
15The Internship$9,136-53%100-36$91$44,562,14811Fox
16The Croods$8,911-57%114-28$78$187,001,70322Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$53,521-59%5536$973$1,128,8063A24
2In a World...$26,870-63%3734$726$358,5372Roadside Attractions
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$6,581-52%88-47$75$144,819,37715Warner Bros.
4Pain and Gain$5,058-59%8667$59$49,852,96117Paramount
5Unfinished Song$3,964-49%43-10$92$1,576,4369Weinstein Company
6Girl Rising$3,640--7--$520$1,517,13824Gathr Films
7Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$3,600-67%32-45$113$32,234,5077Lionsgate / Summit
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3,262-58%36-17$91$4,223,62411Roadside Attractions
9Mud$1,700-58%28-16$61$21,568,38217Roadside Attractions
10Underdogs (2013)$1,655-60%4--$414$20,3771Freestyle Releasing
11Stories We Tell$1,155107%8-2$144$1,577,87015Roadside Attractions
12The Bling Ring$916-58%18-22$51$5,825,43910A24
13Inch'Allah$256-82%1--$256$455,4371eOne Films US
14Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$216-22%1--$216$25,64324Rialto Pictures
15Girl Most Likely$136-48%2-10$68$1,374,8015Roadside Attractions