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. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious: Chapter 2$1,868,9985%3,049--$613$43,913,1691FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$1,475,26728%3,091--$477$16,663,5171Relativity Media
3Riddick$701,32512%3,11710$225$32,432,9252Universal
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$630,13926%3,239-91$195$101,135,6015Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$548,39919%3,238-207$169$132,601,0086Warner Bros. / New Line
6Elysium$256,25023%1,720-521$149$88,909,1046Sony / TriStar
7Planes$171,6413%2,739-294$63$83,366,6446Disney
8The World's End$153,96819%1,243-277$124$24,255,8024Focus
9One Direction: This Is Us$115,80932%2,300-435$50$27,160,9253Sony / TriStar
10The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$110,06534%1,576-943$70$29,834,6914Sony / Screen Gems
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$109,86819%1,638-407$67$62,295,5366Fox
12This Is The End$96,4728%1,333-828$72$100,619,70314Sony / Columbia
13Despicable Me 2$70,4208%1,006-44$70$359,249,78511Universal
14Getaway$60,2445%1,378-757$44$10,102,4403Warner Bros.
15You're Next$50,81612%1,110-792$46$18,034,7554Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$382,0150%933216$409$27,959,0043Lionsgate / Pantelion
22 Guns$104,42021%908-257$115$73,640,7557Universal
3The Spectacular Now$74,40212%770355$97$5,878,7507A24
4The Wolverine$60,02822%540-158$111$130,335,2738Fox
5The Grandmaster$57,8783%705-99$82$5,954,2634Weinstein Company
6The Conjuring$54,4961%676-40$81$136,111,1069Warner Bros. / New Line
7World War Z$30,9330%280-94$110$201,897,68013Paramount
8In a World...$30,44814%14442$211$2,116,8236Roadside Attractions
9The Heat$28,27123%336-14$84$158,349,60312Fox
10Closed Circuit$27,74719%413-457$67$5,646,2763Focus
11Kick-Ass 2$27,44514%343-319$80$28,608,3355Universal
12The Way, Way Back$26,77110%421-129$64$20,901,53111Fox Searchlight
13The Ultimate Life$25,72614%4120$62$1,119,4092High Top Releasing
14Jobs$24,42244%239-263$102$15,924,4345Open Road
15Turbo$24,169-7%353-5$68$81,181,2639Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Pacific Rim$22,3289%254-53$88$101,240,57410Warner Bros.
17Red 2$13,31034%209-41$64$52,650,2919Lionsgate / Summit
18Now You See Me$11,99420%171-34$70$117,597,10716Lionsgate / Summit
19Fruitvale Station$9,95819%137-51$73$15,899,37810Weinstein Company
20R.I.P.D.$9,8409%164-17$60$33,474,7159Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$6,67917%91-110$73$291,033,97614Warner Bros.
2Salinger$4,6436%40$1,161$166,7102Weinstein Company
3Paranoia$4,55184%71-107$64$7,261,9025Relativity Media
4Populaire$4,011-10%1512$267$69,8012Weinstein Company
5Satyagraha$3,351207%35-44$96$728,5323UTV Motion Pictures
6Chennai Express$2,67866%30-23$89$5,270,6116UTV Motion Pictures
7Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,79415%10$1,794$24,0302Rialto Pictures
8Unfinished Song$1,3691%17-4$81$1,664,43713Weinstein Company
9Passion$1,20638%12-1$101$87,8073eOne Films US
10Jayne Mansfield's Car$8060%11--$73$10,9291Anchor Bay Films
11Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$585-32%14-5$42$4,292,53615Roadside Attractions
12Savannah$327-2%61$55$34,8904Ketchup Entertainment
13Stories We Tell$5249%4-5$13$1,595,92819Roadside Attractions