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, Sep. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Riddick$1,181,365-28%3,107--$380$23,256,6001Universal
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$756,438-18%3,3300$227$93,744,2294Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$637,401-17%3,4450$185$125,600,6685Warner Bros. / New Line
4Elysium$304,528-18%2,241-298$136$86,061,7535Sony / TriStar
5The World's End$222,865-16%1,520-33$147$22,472,6683Focus
6This Is The End$203,004-14%2,1612127$94$99,474,53813Sony / Columbia
7Planes$198,407-10%3,033-226$65$79,727,2355Disney
8The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$157,523-25%2,519-599$63$28,371,4833Sony / Screen Gems
9Getaway$151,231-23%2,1355$71$9,171,6702Warner Bros.
102 Guns$128,150-15%1,165-246$110$72,467,6956Universal
11You're Next$121,221-15%1,902-535$64$17,293,1753Lionsgate
12One Direction: This Is Us$114,679-40%2,7350$42$24,371,3482Sony / TriStar
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$100,402-26%2,045-348$49$60,110,2145Fox
14Despicable Me 2$63,010-20%1,050-234$60$357,768,32510Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$460,252-10%717369$642$21,917,9612Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$101,794-14%80455$127$5,271,8383Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$94,158-14%8700$108$5,307,0102Focus
4The Spectacular Now$68,9802%41530$166$4,971,0836A24
5The Wolverine$61,569-21%698-290$88$129,607,5657Fox
6The Conjuring$53,159-12%716-187$74$135,355,2748Warner Bros. / New Line
7Kick-Ass 2$49,650-29%662-984$75$28,263,3704Universal
8Jobs$41,312-23%502-800$82$15,652,8374Open Road
9The Way, Way Back$40,778-4%550-104$74$20,524,88610Fox Searchlight
10The Ultimate Life$40,374-21%412--$98$792,8891High Top Releasing
11World War Z$39,713-10%374-873$106$201,480,80012Paramount
12The Smurfs 2$31,735-31%949-417$33$68,284,3986Sony / Columbia
13The Heat$30,280-12%350-43$87$157,986,71111Fox
14In a World...$28,4261%10211$279$1,745,6035Roadside Attractions
15Pacific Rim$26,575-17%307-94$87$100,944,2269Warner Bros.
16Monsters University$25,277-8%596-1293$42$265,067,07012Disney
17Turbo$21,880-1%358-80$61$80,680,4028Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18Now You See Me$16,125-3%205-34$79$117,433,60415Lionsgate / Summit
19Fruitvale Station$12,67212%188-106$67$15,794,6309Weinstein Company
20Red 2$12,520-21%250-11$50$52,483,8608Lionsgate / Summit
21R.I.P.D.$10,860-8%1810$60$33,317,2108Universal
22Man of Steel$9,1551%201-83$46$290,951,71113Warner Bros.
23Paranoia$5,412-43%178-214$30$7,212,8794Relativity Media
24Star Trek Into Darkness$5,176-14%106-852$49$228,773,45017Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salinger$6,769-4%4--$1,692$107,2291Weinstein Company
2Satyagraha$6,263-51%79-4$79$696,0102UTV Motion Pictures
3Chennai Express$3,528-47%53-40$67$5,233,4925UTV Motion Pictures
4Populaire$2,28921%3--$763$21,3431Weinstein Company
5Epic$2,12620%56-24$38$107,497,64016Fox
6Passion$1,9483%13-1$150$77,3302eOne Films US
7Unfinished Song$1,83134%214$87$1,652,08312Weinstein Company
8Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,754100%1--$1,754$12,1861Rialto Pictures
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,66819%196$88$4,283,41414Roadside Attractions
10Stories We Tell$840-27%9--$93$1,594,04718Roadside Attractions
11Savannah$46448%50$93$30,7983Ketchup Entertainment
12The Servant (2013 re-issue)$287116%1-1$287$37,2027Rialto Pictures
13Mud$18525%4-2$46$21,589,88720Roadside Attractions
14Girl Most Likely$99450%2--$50$1,378,5758Roadside Attractions
15Underdogs (2013)$92100%10$92$34,9904Freestyle Releasing