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 Wed, Oct. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$2,317,300-21%3,820160$607$177,237,1863Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$1,375,966-23%3,0200$456$56,944,5352Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$871,965-29%3,157--$276$19,277,9621Sony / Screen Gems
4Escape Plan$701,770-33%2,883--$243$12,448,6601Lionsgate / Summit
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$377,857-19%3,602-272$105$94,021,4264Sony / Columbia
6Prisoners$194,006-24%2,160-695$90$57,884,7055Warner Bros.
7Runner Runner$160,420-28%2,011-1015$80$18,121,8763Fox
8The Fifth Estate$142,932-24%1,769--$81$2,151,0941Disney / DreamWorks
9Machete Kills$131,002-23%2,5380$52$6,843,3872Open Road
10Don Jon$127,038-20%1,114-882$114$22,893,5034Relativity Media
11Rush (2013)$125,410-23%1,197-933$105$25,030,7495Universal
12Insidious: Chapter 2$84,429-12%1,665-491$51$81,163,1386FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$186,079-12%757151$246$11,292,2115Fox Searchlight
2We're the Millers$71,210-8%881-269$81$147,920,21811Warner Bros. / New Line
3Baggage Claim$63,008-20%865-455$73$20,217,4074Fox Searchlight
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$51,618-23%457--$113$1,153,3691High Top Releasing
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$47,132-14%602-378$78$114,422,60110Weinstein Company
6Pulling Strings$32,549-27%43810$74$5,278,7843Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Instructions Not Included$29,772-24%475-236$63$43,645,6068Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Despicable Me 2$25,870-13%395-39$65$363,826,46516Universal
9The Family (2013)$24,738-20%483-567$51$36,372,6896Relativity Media
10Romeo and Juliet (2013)$21,164-4%4610$46$1,003,0652Relativity Media
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$15,110-21%350-54$43$66,975,82811Fox
12The Wolverine$14,563-16%207-20$70$132,125,95613Fox
13Grace Unplugged$14,267-21%313-189$46$2,226,3363Roadside Attractions
14Riddick$12,750-9%253-177$50$41,925,2057Universal
152 Guns$9,390-13%135-31$70$75,602,94512Universal
16The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$8,059-14%1470$55$466,3802Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
17The Heat$6,404-15%103-36$62$159,422,99017Fox
18Turbo$6,045-9%149-38$41$82,648,27914Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Conjuring$3,261-10%113-32$29$137,355,22314Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$83,358-2%19--$4,387$1,182,0951Fox Searchlight
2All Is Lost$11,7744%6--$1,962$128,0851Roadside Attractions
3In a World...$4,628-3%47-7$98$2,850,81011Roadside Attractions
4Haute Cuisine$3,2831%21-9$156$199,9875Weinstein Company
5The Spectacular Now$2,8533%5421$53$6,819,77112A24
6The World's End$2,62612%40-33$66$25,941,2789Focus
7Populaire$1,30216%14-7$93$178,2507Weinstein Company
8Linsanity$1,258-33%9-7$140$232,2553Ketchup Entertainment
9Thanks for Sharing$1,186-27%14-2$85$1,048,9375Roadside Attractions
10We Are What We Are (2013)$1,048-1%12-1$87$67,3234eOne Films US
11Torn$99315%1--$993$7,5361The Film Collective
12Fruitvale Station$942-7%20-21$47$16,089,41615Weinstein Company
13The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$2992%53$60$23,0374Rialto Pictures
14The Grandmaster$138-38%9-7$15$6,594,6689Weinstein Company