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 Tue, Oct. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$2,900,2303%3,336--$869$37,760,0521Paramount
2Gravity$1,844,12523%3,707-113$497$202,996,1774Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$1,188,07232%3,143123$378$72,000,9373Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$796,89323%3,044--$262$9,287,8131Fox
5Carrie (2013)$592,55917%3,1570$188$27,209,1752Sony / Screen Gems
6Escape Plan$528,94133%2,8830$183$18,569,4052Lionsgate / Summit
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$298,126-6%3,111-491$96$101,400,9925Sony / Columbia
8Prisoners$126,43334%1,347-813$94$59,347,8696Warner Bros.
9The Fifth Estate$87,34132%1,7690$49$3,001,9752Disney / DreamWorks
10Insidious: Chapter 2$57,3212%1,229-436$47$82,247,2577FilmDistrict
11Machete Kills$54,16810%1,253-1285$43$7,372,0313Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$213,88210%123104$1,739$3,803,3382Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$187,73334%83578$225$13,381,4906Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$88,01037%677-520$130$26,008,8596Universal
4Runner Runner$73,07729%969-1042$75$18,949,1204Fox
5Don Jon$67,65025%540-574$125$23,623,4015Relativity Media
6We're the Millers$67,36220%786-95$86$148,685,17512Warner Bros. / New Line
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$42,36412%4581$92$1,796,8042High Top Releasing
8Baggage Claim$42,01911%594-271$71$20,917,8425Fox Searchlight
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$39,21046%444-158$88$114,808,86011Weinstein Company
10Despicable Me 2$24,635-7%379-16$65$364,299,82017Universal
11Pulling Strings$21,21213%315-123$67$5,614,6384Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Instructions Not Included$20,0175%301-174$67$43,995,2789Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$14,709-7%303-47$49$67,251,60812Fox
14The Family (2013)$12,40427%218-265$57$36,507,6857Relativity Media
15The Wolverine$10,0675%164-43$61$132,263,78214Fox
16Grace Unplugged$9,28012%208-105$45$2,384,6874Roadside Attractions
17Riddick$7,79511%156-97$50$42,012,6058Universal
18Turbo$4,114-17%108-41$38$82,738,77015Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Conjuring$2,73724%100-13$27$137,392,21615Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$61,16716%8276$746$764,4872Roadside Attractions
2Romeo and Juliet (2013)$10,41682%91-370$114$1,086,8333Relativity Media
3The Heat$4,04448%80-23$51$159,476,06918Fox
4Thanks for Sharing$2,873195%11-3$261$1,063,0876Roadside Attractions
5The World's End$2,10114%26-14$81$25,959,67010Focus
6In a World...$1,9912%32-15$62$2,883,04112Roadside Attractions
7Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,83980%1--$1,839$9,8651Cinepix
8The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$1,83111%49-98$37$490,8343Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Haute Cuisine$1,66365%14-7$119$214,7406Weinstein Company
10The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,2324%149$88$34,1775Rialto Pictures
11The Spectacular Now$1,0132%24-30$42$6,832,53813A24
12We Are What We Are (2013)$960-13%175$56$78,6985eOne Films US
13Linsanity$95438%8-1$119$254,4384Ketchup Entertainment
14Fruitvale Station$464-39%16-4$29$16,096,72216Weinstein Company