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, Sep. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,129,9677%3,330220$339$83,001,3773Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$797,189-4%3,4450$231$115,918,9044Warner Bros. / New Line
3One Direction: This Is Us$428,63411%2,735--$157$19,890,5101Sony / TriStar
4Elysium$397,912-12%2,539-374$157$81,977,2674Sony / TriStar
5Planes$358,76033%3,259-119$110$75,004,1844Disney
6The World's End$328,204-9%1,5532$211$19,469,6172Focus
7The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$318,645-4%3,1180$102$25,644,2042Sony / Screen Gems
8You're Next$255,189-12%2,4370$105$15,322,4912Lionsgate
9Getaway$238,229-12%2,130--$112$6,488,6791Warner Bros.
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$191,34415%2,393-337$80$57,347,7664Fox
112 Guns$162,265-12%1,411-358$115$70,667,7855Universal
12Despicable Me 2$115,56020%1,284-27$90$356,098,8109Universal
13Kick-Ass 2$115,220-18%1,646-1299$70$27,459,0353Universal
14The Smurfs 2$101,81549%1,366-486$75$67,275,1995Sony / Columbia
15Jobs$93,400-10%1,302-1079$72$15,115,1123Open Road
16Monsters University$87,04235%1,889--$46$264,537,01711Disney
17World War Z$79,2125%1,2471008$64$200,920,53711Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$559,148-5%348--$1,607$12,211,6041Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$151,106-12%749742$202$3,928,4302Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$131,231-6%8708$151$4,085,5141Focus
4The Wolverine$96,557-9%988-461$98$128,662,5396Fox
5The Spectacular Now$90,8861%38540$236$4,093,5155A24
6The Conjuring$82,042-12%903-452$91$134,463,6587Warner Bros. / New Line
7Star Trek Into Darkness$67,54411%958814$71$228,696,48116Paramount
8The Way, Way Back$46,8684%654352$72$19,949,9289Fox Searchlight
9Pacific Rim$44,178-5%401141$110$100,514,5948Warner Bros.
10The Heat$32,8465%393-16$84$157,531,98610Fox
11Turbo$31,00613%438-32$71$80,184,7217Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Now You See Me$30,5061%239-7$128$117,192,25814Lionsgate / Summit
13Grown Ups 2$27,0491%471-149$57$130,274,0228Sony / Columbia
14Fruitvale Station$23,13716%294-98$79$15,653,0438Weinstein Company
15Red 2$20,305-7%261-128$78$52,279,7307Lionsgate / Summit
16Man of Steel$16,974-5%284-19$60$290,804,65712Warner Bros.
17R.I.P.D.$12,7501%1812$70$33,124,4457Universal
18Paranoia$12,241-10%392-2067$31$7,135,3573Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$28,70510%9116$315$1,388,2574Roadside Attractions
2Satyagraha$15,084-28%83--$182$570,1511UTV Motion Pictures
3Chennai Express$7,244-26%93-51$78$5,154,8314UTV Motion Pictures
4This Is The End$6,098-1%34--$179$96,946,08712Sony / Columbia
5Passion$4,814-8%14--$344$55,6201eOne Films US
6The Croods$2,10127%45-24$47$187,136,27524Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Fast & Furious 6$2,0550%59-39$35$238,679,85015Universal
8Epic$1,94817%80-35$24$107,458,14015Fox
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$78871%13-14$61$4,272,09413Roadside Attractions
10Unfinished Song$671-7%17-10$39$1,636,51911Weinstein Company
11The Servant (2013 re-issue)$526-36%2--$263$35,3466Rialto Pictures
12Inch'Allah$32471%20$162$461,6303eOne Films US
13Savannah$287-38%5-9$57$26,7272Ketchup Entertainment
14Underdogs (2013)$108-36%1-1$108$34,3073Freestyle Releasing
15Mud$9626%6-10$16$21,588,37619Roadside Attractions
16The Last Flight of the Champion$71-33%15--$5$2,5971High Top Releasing
17Girl Most Likely$49--10$49$1,377,6307Roadside Attractions