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. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$2,177,31131%3,260--$668$24,652,7231Warner Bros.
2Insidious: Chapter 2$782,21417%3,155106$248$61,608,6322FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$741,00335%3,0910$240$26,930,8242Relativity Media
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$451,97731%2,931-308$154$107,137,1856Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$438,42030%3,003-235$146$138,839,1287Warner Bros. / New Line
6Riddick$377,75019%3,022-95$125$37,859,9703Universal
7Battle of the Year$286,06430%2,008--$142$5,109,9871Sony / Screen Gems
8Elysium$165,46024%1,392-328$119$91,089,2017Sony / TriStar
9Planes$140,3856%2,446-293$57$86,665,3997Disney
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$93,3696%1,473-165$63$64,429,8827Fox
11Despicable Me 2$70,2808%1,004-2$70$360,866,36012Universal
12One Direction: This Is Us$63,88915%1,706-594$37$28,570,1874Sony / TriStar
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$57,06719%1,047-529$55$30,759,7735Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unstoppable: A Live Event with Kirk Cameron$2,000,000--700--$2,857$2,000,0000NCM Fathom Events
2Instructions Not Included$354,7268%97845$363$34,641,1454Lionsgate / Pantelion
3The Wizard of Oz 3D$350,83213%318--$1,103$3,756,1771Warner Bros.
4The World's End$77,56516%833-410$93$25,368,1235Focus
52 Guns$71,44027%752-156$95$74,595,9858Universal
6Thanks for Sharing$55,26212%269--$205$641,0431Roadside Attractions
7The Wolverine$44,27226%462-78$96$130,964,3679Fox
8The Conjuring$39,98814%561-115$71$136,700,14110Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Spectacular Now$37,80621%571-199$66$6,471,2218A24
10The Grandmaster$27,70213%473-232$59$6,348,7885Weinstein Company
11The Heat$26,14734%310-26$84$158,719,78713Fox
12Salinger$21,3536%138134$155$399,6963Weinstein Company
13In a World...$20,49615%1440$142$2,444,5127Roadside Attractions
14The Way, Way Back$19,92540%324-97$61$21,202,68312Fox Searchlight
15Turbo$19,558-1%333-20$59$81,677,32310Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16You're Next$17,98814%532-578$34$18,350,8445Lionsgate
17Getaway$17,44415%515-863$34$10,438,5864Warner Bros.
18Pacific Rim$16,00819%202-52$79$101,482,84211Warner Bros.
19World War Z$15,49123%203-77$76$202,164,27814Paramount
20Kick-Ass 2$13,06530%201-142$65$28,774,8306Universal
21Jobs$10,78225%152-87$71$16,072,0366Open Road
22The Ultimate Life$8,79811%184-228$48$1,278,0913High Top Releasing
23Red 2$8,77510%178-31$49$52,787,65510Lionsgate / Summit
24R.I.P.D.$7,55025%151-13$50$33,606,00510Universal
25Fruitvale Station$6,86741%103-34$67$15,973,96011Weinstein Company
26Now You See Me$6,74718%133-38$51$117,711,34917Lionsgate / Summit
27Closed Circuit$5,45851%105-308$52$5,742,3904Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$21,15210%4--$5,288$326,9371Fox Searchlight
2Rush (2013)$19,7429%5--$3,948$225,1801Universal
3Paranoia$7,99729%8817$91$7,343,6206Relativity Media
4C.O.G.$3,14922%20--$157$38,3991Screen Media / Focus World
5Populaire$2,75528%205$138$111,1603Weinstein Company
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,84510%184$103$4,309,11516Roadside Attractions
7Haute Cuisine$1,690-13%3--$563$19,0291Weinstein Company
8Unfinished Song$969-29%236$42$1,683,66314Weinstein Company
9Chennai Express$689-16%20-10$34$5,296,3647UTV Motion Pictures
10Passion$54793%4-8$137$92,0164eOne Films US
11Satyagraha$34028%9-26$38$737,4324UTV Motion Pictures
12Stories We Tell$270382%51$54$1,597,33620Roadside Attractions
13Jayne Mansfield's Car$15934%6-5$27$14,5542Anchor Bay Films
14Savannah$13839%4-2$35$36,9835Ketchup Entertainment
15I Spit on Your Grave 2$73-43%1--$73$6431Anchor Bay Films