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, Aug. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,761,420-19%3,110177$566$57,549,0962Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$1,319,453-20%3,445120$383$95,689,5793Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$810,343-19%3,378-338$240$62,330,6673Disney
4Elysium$746,006-22%2,913-371$256$71,376,0293Sony / TriStar
5The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$710,779-34%3,11872$228$16,774,7641Sony / Screen Gems
6The World's End$663,747-25%1,551--$428$11,170,6351Focus
7You're Next$513,092-25%2,437--$211$8,848,1551Lionsgate
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$475,643-28%2,730-142$174$50,107,8623Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$427,025-33%2,9455$145$24,116,7452Universal
10The Smurfs 2$352,947-29%1,852-262$191$63,858,4244Sony / Columbia
112 Guns$309,575-24%1,769-441$175$66,409,1754Universal
12Jobs$295,794-22%2,3810$124$13,009,3092Open Road
13Despicable Me 2$288,420-18%1,311-253$220$351,676,5908Universal
14The Wolverine$232,747-26%1,449-266$161$125,895,8355Fox
15The Conjuring$181,069-21%1,355-646$134$132,296,6856Warner Bros. / New Line
16Paranoia$140,915-24%2,4590$57$6,728,3472Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Closed Circuit$248,704--862--$289$248,7040Focus
2The Spectacular Now$140,89470%345290$408$2,207,8114A24
3Grown Ups 2$65,942-17%620-396$106$129,164,3607Sony / Columbia
4Turbo$62,833-11%470-114$134$78,988,0266Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5The Heat$59,774-10%409-145$146$156,576,3689Fox
6The Way, Way Back$44,625-16%302-128$148$18,775,4948Fox Searchlight
7Pacific Rim$42,161-31%260-184$162$99,331,8807Warner Bros.
8World War Z$39,826-15%239-68$167$198,987,06910Paramount
9Now You See Me$38,380-14%246112$156$116,556,91413Lionsgate / Summit
10Fruitvale Station$35,211-13%392-85$90$15,296,2677Weinstein Company
11Red 2$31,921-20%389-326$82$51,713,6806Lionsgate / Summit
12Chennai Express$29,446-49%144-46$204$4,808,2453UTV Motion Pictures
13Man of Steel$29,147-12%303-62$96$290,327,99811Warner Bros.
14R.I.P.D.$16,110-18%179-2$90$32,784,3006Universal
15Star Trek Into Darkness$15,323-2%144-66$106$227,424,11015Paramount
16Epic$6,525-22%115-53$57$107,377,57714Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$31,829-10%7538$424$830,4233Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$15,511-6%7--$2,216$181,7101Weinstein Company
3Fast & Furious 6$5,405-8%98-43$55$238,566,98514Universal
4Unfinished Song$4,37729%27-16$162$1,622,33410Weinstein Company
5The Croods$3,373-10%69-45$49$187,083,61423Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Girl Rising$2,340--1--$2,340$1,528,82825Gathr Films
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,037-33%27-9$75$4,259,63612Roadside Attractions
8Savannah$1,6499%14--$118$20,3361Ketchup Entertainment
9Mud$696-24%16-12$44$21,584,25618Roadside Attractions
10Underdogs (2013)$480-24%2-2$240$30,2152Freestyle Releasing
11Stories We Tell$334-25%6-2$56$1,584,44316Roadside Attractions
12Girl Most Likely$29677%1-1$296$1,376,8796Roadside Attractions
13Inch'Allah$19311%21$97$458,4252eOne Films US
14Pain and Gain$83-14%22-64$4$49,875,21618Paramount