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 Fri, Oct. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$12,601,068136%3,66085$3,443$91,735,9872Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$8,488,587--3,020--$2,811$8,488,5871Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$3,553,759262%3,874-127$917$67,390,4363Sony / Columbia
4Machete Kills$1,442,747--2,538--$568$1,442,7471Open Road
5Runner Runner$1,165,888112%3,0260$385$11,554,8462Fox
6Prisoners$1,052,594130%2,855-381$369$51,007,4734Warner Bros.
7Insidious: Chapter 2$805,302224%2,156-451$374$76,602,3195FilmDistrict
8Don Jon$763,22899%1,996-426$382$18,564,3783Relativity Media
9Rush (2013)$713,55082%2,130-178$335$20,550,8194Universal
10Baggage Claim$572,783150%1,320-710$434$16,770,2613Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$329,689169%1,150-456$287$145,753,57610Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$167,17133%1,050-973$159$35,391,5205Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$538,321166%606169$888$6,789,9204Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$251,532134%42841$588$3,226,0002Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$213,073140%711-147$300$41,887,5617Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Romeo and Juliet (2013)$192,609--461--$418$192,6091Relativity Media
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$168,47136%980-583$172$113,089,2429Weinstein Company
6Grace Unplugged$153,374177%502-9$306$1,377,4822Roadside Attractions
7Despicable Me 2$134,540326%434-51$310$362,689,05515Universal
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$101,679166%404-109$252$66,222,73210Fox
9The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$78,208--147--$532$78,2081Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
10Grown Ups 2$73,620--261-74$282$132,630,64914Sony / Columbia
11Riddick$70,96548%430-365$165$41,473,5206Universal
12The Smurfs 2$67,440--268112$252$70,150,14811Sony / Columbia
13The Wolverine$51,715172%227-14$228$131,717,69012Fox
14Turbo$43,086128%187-35$230$82,328,38013Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Battle of the Year$36,413-8%210-697$173$8,686,8964Sony / Screen Gems
16Red 2$33,24993%168-35$198$53,143,55813Lionsgate / Summit
172 Guns$33,185138%166-34$200$75,339,68511Universal
18The Heat$28,070153%139-43$202$159,211,24416Fox
19Elysium$27,061--140-82$193$92,309,31410Sony / TriStar
20Besharam$19,51983%126-91$155$582,0602Reliance Entertainment
21The Conjuring$19,25265%145-57$133$137,225,71313Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$17,2186%167$1,076$149,9032Ketchup Entertainment
2In a World...$13,80074%54-24$256$2,749,51610Roadside Attractions
3You're Next$11,8731961%8742$136$18,441,3728Lionsgate
4Pacific Rim$9,72139%52-40$187$101,761,80014Warner Bros.
5The World's End$9,48217%73-58$130$25,880,2608Focus
6A.C.O.D.$9,266--1815$515$35,7052The Film Arcade
7Haute Cuisine$7,1503%30-30$238$135,6114Weinstein Company
8The Wizard of Oz 3D$6,971-54%50-196$139$5,469,9274Warner Bros.
9The Way, Way Back$6,733144%63-68$107$21,408,87115Fox Searchlight
10The Spectacular Now$6,73047%33-25$204$6,765,29611A24
11We Are What We Are (2013)$5,205289%135$400$36,4433eOne Films US
12Fruitvale Station$2,9612%41-35$72$16,064,54214Weinstein Company
13Salinger$2,82213%16-5$176$569,0876Weinstein Company
14The Grandmaster$2,273-19%16-19$142$6,579,9168Weinstein Company
15Populaire$1,770-34%21-37$84$163,3216Weinstein Company
16Thanks for Sharing$1,662-55%16-49$104$1,026,9644Roadside Attractions
17Cassadaga$1,430--3--$477$1,4301Archstone Distribution
18The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$3139%20$157$17,4603Rialto Pictures