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. 31 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,776,627-12%3,336--$533$41,558,3361Paramount
2Gravity$1,638,76915%3,707-113$442$206,066,0134Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$1,175,54234%3,143123$374$74,050,5073Sony / Columbia
4Carrie (2013)$903,85097%3,1570$286$28,572,8882Sony / Screen Gems
5The Counselor$543,507-2%3,044--$179$10,387,5091Fox
6Escape Plan$380,2643%2,8830$132$19,319,7462Lionsgate / Summit
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$359,89754%3,111-491$116$101,995,1775Sony / Columbia
8Insidious: Chapter 2$113,653121%1,229-436$92$82,412,4317FilmDistrict
9Prisoners$108,42817%1,347-813$80$59,548,6076Warner Bros.
10The Fifth Estate$80,51311%1,7690$46$3,154,9312Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$47,842-4%1,253-1285$38$7,469,7083Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$191,72927%83578$230$13,723,6806Fox Searchlight
212 Years a Slave$170,714-8%123104$1,388$4,160,3242Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$77,85521%677-520$115$26,151,0096Universal
4We're the Millers$62,4453%786-95$79$148,808,24612Warner Bros. / New Line
5Runner Runner$53,5453%969-1042$55$19,054,5234Fox
6Don Jon$45,712-8%540-574$85$23,718,5825Relativity Media
7Lee Daniels' The Butler$40,66140%444-158$92$114,878,62411Weinstein Company
8I'm in Love with a Church Girl$39,32227%4581$86$1,867,0872High Top Releasing
9Baggage Claim$32,647-2%594-271$55$20,983,7635Fox Searchlight
10Despicable Me 2$30,32045%379-16$80$364,350,98517Universal
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$18,07063%303-47$60$67,280,74012Fox
12Pulling Strings$14,535-4%315-123$46$5,644,2514Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Grace Unplugged$13,74770%208-105$66$2,406,5014Roadside Attractions
14The Family (2013)$13,25826%218-265$61$36,531,4537Relativity Media
15Instructions Not Included$12,554-16%301-174$42$44,022,7559Lionsgate / Pantelion
16The Wolverine$11,11227%164-43$68$132,283,66014Fox
17Riddick$6,2851%156-97$40$42,025,1358Universal
18Turbo$4,47724%108-41$41$82,746,85515Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$55,662-1%8276$679$876,5072Roadside Attractions
2Romeo and Juliet (2013)$5,055-16%91-370$56$1,097,9163Relativity Media
3The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$3,930104%149$281$40,0305Rialto Pictures
4The Heat$3,65918%80-23$46$159,482,82018Fox
5In a World...$2,43928%32-15$76$2,887,38712Roadside Attractions
6Haute Cuisine$1,68716%14-7$121$217,8836Weinstein Company
7We Are What We Are (2013)$1,64959%175$97$81,3815eOne Films US
8The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$1,557-30%49-98$32$494,6083Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Thanks for Sharing$1,52620%11-3$139$1,065,8816Roadside Attractions
10The World's End$1,174-39%26-14$45$25,962,77010Focus
11Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,143-30%1--$1,143$12,6431Cinepix
12The Spectacular Now$91414%24-30$38$6,834,25513A24
13Linsanity$854-70%8-1$107$258,1284Ketchup Entertainment
14Fruitvale Station$700-56%16-4$44$16,098,99816Weinstein Company