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. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$5,346,1800%3,575--$1,495$79,134,9191Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$981,95321%4,0010$245$63,836,6772Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$550,536-12%3,026--$182$10,388,9581Fox
4Prisoners$457,474-2%3,236-54$141$49,954,8793Warner Bros.
5Rush (2013)$392,360-3%2,30811$170$19,837,2693Universal
6Don Jon$383,837-8%2,4220$158$17,801,1502Relativity Media
7Insidious: Chapter 2$248,2626%2,607-513$95$75,797,0174FilmDistrict
8Baggage Claim$229,492-6%2,0303$113$16,197,4782Fox Searchlight
9The Family (2013)$125,278-11%2,023-871$62$35,224,3494Relativity Media
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$123,7570%1,563-499$79$112,920,7718Weinstein Company
11We're the Millers$122,367-2%1,606-799$76$145,423,8879Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$202,137-6%437210$463$6,251,5993Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$107,374-2%387--$277$2,974,4681Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$88,703-6%858-90$103$41,674,4886Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Metallica Through The Never$57,0521%589284$97$2,963,6392Picturehouse
5Grace Unplugged$55,3253%511--$108$1,224,1081Roadside Attractions
6Riddick$47,8250%795-1031$60$41,402,5555Universal
7Battle of the Year$39,71320%907-1101$44$8,650,4833Sony / Screen Gems
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$38,19028%513-494$74$66,121,0539Fox
9Despicable Me 2$31,60518%485-263$65$362,554,51514Universal
10Planes$22,62641%376-1050$60$88,210,3819Disney
11The Wolverine$19,0049%241-88$79$131,665,97511Fox
12Turbo$18,85736%222-60$85$82,285,29412Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Red 2$17,26211%20393$85$53,110,30912Lionsgate / Summit
14The Wizard of Oz 3D$15,1047%246-59$61$5,462,9563Warner Bros.
152 Guns$13,955-7%200-203$70$75,306,50010Universal
16The Conjuring$11,64015%202-136$58$137,206,46112Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Heat$11,0751%182-69$61$159,183,17415Fox
18Besharam$10,656-33%2170$49$562,5411Reliance Entertainment
19The World's End$8,09511%131-150$62$25,870,7787Focus
20The Way, Way Back$2,75619%131-27$21$21,402,13814Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$16,221180%9--$1,802$132,9441Ketchup Entertainment
2In a World...$7,91416%78-43$101$2,735,7169Roadside Attractions
3Pacific Rim$6,97538%92-48$76$101,752,07913Warner Bros.
4Haute Cuisine$6,91729%6046$115$128,4613Weinstein Company
5The Spectacular Now$4,57525%58-84$79$6,758,56610A24
6Thanks for Sharing$3,7133%65-186$57$1,025,3023Roadside Attractions
7Fruitvale Station$2,911-5%7634$38$16,061,58113Weinstein Company
8World War Z$2,88820%75-85$39$202,359,71116Paramount
9The Grandmaster$2,79036%35-108$80$6,577,6437Weinstein Company
10Populaire$2,6925%5834$46$161,5515Weinstein Company
11Salinger$2,5010%21-113$119$566,2655Weinstein Company
12We Are What We Are (2013)$1,339-13%86$167$31,2382eOne Films US
13The Ultimate Life$69299%9-38$77$1,327,8415High Top Releasing
14You're Next$576-6%45-67$13$18,429,4997Lionsgate
15C.O.G.$365-13%4-5$91$55,0593Screen Media / Focus World
16Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$323-11%6-2$54$4,328,85018Roadside Attractions
17The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$287-40%10$287$17,1472Rialto Pictures
18Stories We Tell$232-37%2-2$116$1,600,14522Roadside Attractions
19The Last Day of August$156-29%1--$156$2,4921Striped Entertainment