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 Tue, Sep. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Riddick$1,646,71018%3,107--$530$22,075,2351Universal
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$922,02639%3,3300$277$92,987,7914Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$772,19334%3,4450$224$124,963,2675Warner Bros. / New Line
4Elysium$370,77438%2,241-298$165$85,757,2255Sony / TriStar
5The World's End$266,41634%1,520-33$175$22,249,8033Focus
6This Is The End$236,55426%2,1612127$109$99,271,53413Sony / Columbia
7Planes$219,63219%3,033-226$72$79,528,8285Disney
8The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$208,77836%2,519-599$83$28,213,9603Sony / Screen Gems
9Getaway$196,17036%2,1355$92$9,020,4392Warner Bros.
10One Direction: This Is Us$190,92648%2,7350$70$24,256,6692Sony / TriStar
112 Guns$151,45037%1,165-246$130$72,339,5456Universal
12You're Next$142,33116%1,902-535$75$17,171,9543Lionsgate
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$135,14133%2,045-348$66$60,009,8125Fox
14Despicable Me 2$78,75015%1,050-234$75$357,705,31510Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$514,234-12%717369$717$21,457,7092Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$118,89229%80455$148$5,170,0443Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$108,87836%8700$125$5,212,8522Focus
4The Wolverine$77,59035%698-290$111$129,545,9967Fox
5Kick-Ass 2$69,51040%662-984$105$28,213,7204Universal
6The Spectacular Now$67,89416%41530$164$4,902,1046A24
7The Conjuring$60,0697%716-187$84$135,302,1158Warner Bros. / New Line
8Jobs$53,65359%502-800$107$15,611,5254Open Road
9The Ultimate Life$51,04323%412--$124$752,5151High Top Releasing
10The Smurfs 2$46,09458%949-417$49$68,252,6636Sony / Columbia
11World War Z$44,16016%374-873$118$201,441,08712Paramount
12The Way, Way Back$42,69832%550-104$78$20,484,10810Fox Searchlight
13The Heat$34,38635%350-43$98$157,956,43111Fox
14Pacific Rim$32,01927%307-94$104$100,917,6519Warner Bros.
15In a World...$28,17041%10211$276$1,717,1775Roadside Attractions
16Monsters University$27,4369%596-1293$46$265,041,79312Disney
17Turbo$22,125-2%358-80$62$80,658,5228Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18Now You See Me$16,60214%205-34$81$117,417,47915Lionsgate / Summit
19Red 2$15,80329%250-11$63$52,471,3408Lionsgate / Summit
20R.I.P.D.$11,76518%1810$65$33,306,3508Universal
21Fruitvale Station$11,27911%188-106$60$15,781,9589Weinstein Company
22Paranoia$9,57294%178-214$54$7,207,4674Relativity Media
23Man of Steel$9,10114%201-83$45$290,942,55613Warner Bros.
24Star Trek Into Darkness$6,0411%106-852$57$228,768,27417Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Satyagraha$12,711226%79-4$161$689,7472UTV Motion Pictures
2Salinger$7,0589%4--$1,765$100,4601Weinstein Company
3Chennai Express$6,715189%53-40$127$5,229,9645UTV Motion Pictures
4Passion$1,89315%13-1$146$75,3822eOne Films US
5Populaire$1,88728%3--$629$19,0541Weinstein Company
6Epic$1,77322%56-24$32$107,495,51416Fox
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,40642%196$74$4,281,74614Roadside Attractions
8Unfinished Song$1,36420%214$65$1,650,25212Weinstein Company
9Stories We Tell$1,15823%9--$129$1,593,20718Roadside Attractions
10Contempt (2013 re-issue)$877-29%1--$877$10,4321Rialto Pictures
11Savannah$314-10%50$63$30,3343Ketchup Entertainment
12Mud$148-40%4-2$37$21,589,70220Roadside Attractions
13The Servant (2013 re-issue)$13317%1-1$133$36,9157Rialto Pictures
14Underdogs (2013)$4610%10$46$34,8984Freestyle Releasing
15Girl Most Likely$18-44%2--$9$1,378,4768Roadside Attractions