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 Sat, Oct. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$11,514,488-8%3,336--$3,452$24,074,7151Paramount
2Gravity$9,019,13548%3,707-113$2,433$194,613,7904Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$5,178,81843%3,143123$1,648$67,076,9123Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$2,940,093-6%3,044--$966$6,070,1751Fox
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$2,870,93275%3,111-491$923$99,022,5595Sony / Columbia
6Carrie (2013)$2,553,34231%3,1570$809$24,630,5532Sony / Screen Gems
7Escape Plan$1,940,77548%2,8830$673$16,335,6782Lionsgate / Summit
8Prisoners$487,62952%1,347-813$362$58,867,4396Warner Bros.
9Insidious: Chapter 2$423,74353%1,229-436$345$81,953,5497FilmDistrict
10The Fifth Estate$239,07237%1,7690$135$2,690,5842Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$119,03625%1,253-1285$95$7,177,5403Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$926,54949%123104$7,533$2,808,3812Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$735,79159%83578$881$12,664,1176Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$311,42051%677-520$460$25,673,7446Universal
4Baggage Claim$274,95172%594-271$463$20,712,7345Fox Searchlight
5We're the Millers$262,53245%786-95$334$148,423,41412Warner Bros. / New Line
6Runner Runner$237,40535%969-1042$245$18,672,1084Fox
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$228,22653%4581$498$1,587,2622High Top Releasing
8Don Jon$208,39733%540-574$386$23,371,1475Relativity Media
9Despicable Me 2$176,23572%379-16$465$364,136,82517Universal
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$123,77161%444-158$279$114,673,93611Weinstein Company
11Instructions Not Included$116,52278%301-174$387$43,854,6899Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$104,41172%303-47$345$67,159,06512Fox
13Pulling Strings$103,26762%315-123$328$5,472,5114Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Grown Ups 2$63,41764%188-35$337$133,280,74816Sony / Columbia
15Grace Unplugged$50,64031%208-105$243$2,335,3984Roadside Attractions
16The Wolverine$46,76564%164-43$285$132,216,59914Fox
17The Smurfs 2$46,01080%205-37$224$70,745,22513Sony / Columbia
18The Family (2013)$38,89147%218-265$178$36,462,1267Relativity Media
19Turbo$32,45485%108-41$301$82,704,96015Fox / DreamWorks Animation
20Riddick$25,74043%156-97$165$41,981,4108Universal
21The Conjuring$13,22661%100-13$132$137,381,09815Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$212,59538%8276$2,593$504,6492Roadside Attractions
2The Heat$18,04632%80-23$226$159,461,57718Fox
3Elysium$16,02052%61-32$263$92,522,27912Sony / TriStar
4Romeo and Juliet (2013)$14,3875%91-370$158$1,062,9503Relativity Media
5In a World...$10,02753%32-15$313$2,872,78112Roadside Attractions
6A.C.O.D.$6,95735%19-23$366$152,3854The Film Arcade
7Spinning Plates$6,9332%3--$2,311$13,7271The Film Arcade
8The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$6,325113%49-98$129$482,9193Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9The World's End$5,42043%26-14$208$25,952,98610Focus
10Thanks for Sharing$4,22246%11-3$384$1,056,9146Roadside Attractions
11Linsanity$4,087-20%8-1$511$249,1664Ketchup Entertainment
12Haute Cuisine$3,84080%14-7$274$209,4476Weinstein Company
13The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$3,36554%1411$240$29,0215Rialto Pictures
14We Are What We Are (2013)$3,23130%175$190$74,1535eOne Films US
15Torn$2,968-28%54$594$15,3702The Film Collective
16The Spectacular Now$2,83343%24-30$118$6,828,16613A24
17Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$2,7382%1--$2,738$5,4241Cinepix
18Fruitvale Station$2,05637%16-4$129$16,094,17716Weinstein Company