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, Oct. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,081,1910%4,001--$270$39,056,7261Sony / Columbia
2Prisoners$794,174-8%3,29030$241$42,179,9682Warner Bros.
3Rush (2013)$734,985-11%2,2972292$320$13,686,3192Universal
4Don Jon$711,066-8%2,422--$294$11,917,3171Relativity Media
5Baggage Claim$402,922-13%2,027--$199$11,060,0811Fox Searchlight
6Insidious: Chapter 2$357,2651%3,120-35$115$70,873,5873FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$305,041-9%2,894-197$105$33,105,9033Relativity Media
8We're the Millers$223,283-1%2,405-598$93$143,290,0138Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$212,507-7%2,062-869$103$111,177,7407Weinstein Company
10Riddick$136,885-6%1,826-1196$75$40,658,9204Universal
11Battle of the Year$94,601-8%2,0080$47$7,946,4962Sony / Screen Gems
12Planes$50,1118%1,426-1020$35$87,877,3158Disney
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$40,8957%1,007-466$41$65,555,3908Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unstoppable: A Live Event with Kirk Cameron$1,200,000--670--$1,791$3,200,0001NCM Fathom Events
2Enough Said$191,479-6%227223$844$3,236,5962Fox Searchlight
3Instructions Not Included$156,822-10%948-30$165$39,416,0965Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Metallica Through The Never$119,651-2%305--$392$2,041,2151Picturehouse
5Besharam$45,559-36%217--$210$117,2200Reliance Entertainment
6The Wizard of Oz 3D$45,25911%305-13$148$5,244,9662Warner Bros.
7Elysium$41,968-8%562-830$75$92,043,6348Sony / TriStar
8Despicable Me 2$41,035-1%748-256$55$361,950,60013Universal
9The Wolverine$25,223-1%329-133$77$131,408,45810Fox
102 Guns$24,180-15%403-349$60$75,117,5159Universal
11Thanks for Sharing$21,415-4%251-18$85$979,0422Roadside Attractions
12The World's End$19,2681%281-552$69$25,775,3816Focus
13The Heat$18,05012%251-59$72$159,016,07614Fox
14The Conjuring$17,652-5%338-223$52$137,044,16611Warner Bros. / New Line
15Turbo$13,79814%282-51$49$82,014,96711Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16In a World...$13,61910%121-23$113$2,647,4328Roadside Attractions
17The Spectacular Now$10,6304%142-429$75$6,697,8879A24
18Pacific Rim$10,2903%140-62$74$101,665,09512Warner Bros.
19Salinger$9,822-9%134-4$73$543,0844Weinstein Company
20The Way, Way Back$8,45524%158-166$54$21,353,73013Fox Searchlight
21World War Z$8,15216%160-43$51$202,308,34015Paramount
22The Grandmaster$7,76614%143-330$54$6,536,5066Weinstein Company
23Red 2$6,64610%110-68$60$52,894,48211Lionsgate / Summit
24You're Next$1,614-19%112-420$14$18,418,5486Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Haute Cuisine$5,3230%1411$380$73,8692Weinstein Company
2Paranoia$3,63912%66-22$55$7,388,6547Relativity Media
3The Ultimate Life$3,46892%47-137$74$1,322,9624High Top Releasing
4Jobs$3,395-12%84-68$40$16,131,4107Open Road
5Fruitvale Station$2,903-31%42-61$69$16,025,91112Weinstein Company
6Populaire$1,958-7%244$82$137,3564Weinstein Company
7Getaway$1,95839%74-441$26$10,501,9385Warner Bros.
8Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$1,34044%21$670$9,2571Rialto Pictures
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,258-52%8-10$157$4,324,85617Roadside Attractions
10The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,117-7%1--$1,117$9,6071Rialto Pictures
11Unfinished Song$1,010-30%19-4$53$1,702,66815Weinstein Company
12We Are What We Are (2013)$819-21%2--$410$17,3891eOne Films US
13C.O.G.$412-20%9-11$46$51,3762Screen Media / Focus World
14Morning$39572%4--$99$4,0291Anchor Bay Films
15Chennai Express$21737%9-11$24$5,307,9608UTV Motion Pictures
16Hotel Normandy$186-15%1--$186$3,4791Rialto Premieres
17Stories We Tell$4536%4-1$11$1,598,22721Roadside Attractions