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, Nov. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$2,004,268-27%3,8410$522$152,040,8292Disney
2The Best Man Holiday$1,659,680-26%2,024--$820$36,452,7901Universal
3Last Vegas$743,484-22%3,237155$230$48,903,4313CBS Films
4Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$496,652-20%3,1903$156$91,601,2194Paramount
5Gravity$462,317-16%2,560-160$181$241,819,2487Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$429,531-19%1,411267$304$26,226,0415Fox Searchlight
7Ender's Game$414,054-18%3,236-171$128$54,921,9853Lionsgate / Summit
8Captain Phillips$347,550-20%2,626-20$132$98,600,1576Sony / Columbia
9Free Birds$305,572-18%3,510-226$87$42,995,2873Relativity Media
10About Time$281,685-24%1,28080$220$12,361,7233Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$80,139-9%1,645-191$49$113,293,5558Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$174,343-4%184149$948$3,521,8883Focus
2All Is Lost$93,662-11%48384$194$4,501,0335Roadside Attractions
3Escape Plan$51,634-31%687-362$75$24,297,0705Lionsgate / Summit
4Carrie (2013)$42,672-18%933-579$46$35,170,3695Sony / Screen Gems
5Enough Said$41,615-8%393-36$106$16,706,2499Fox Searchlight
6The Counselor$37,503-23%481-541$78$16,707,7624Fox
7Prisoners$22,454-24%355130$63$60,656,8339Warner Bros.
8Despicable Me 2$21,350-12%305-5$70$366,012,13020Universal
9We're the Millers$17,511-9%303-55$58$150,077,76815Warner Bros. / New Line
10Rush (2013)$11,790-5%131-33$90$26,937,7699Universal
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$9,883-17%176-38$56$115,503,20314Weinstein Company
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$6,804-21%215-1$32$67,948,28715Fox
13Insidious: Chapter 2$5,663-12%167-62$34$83,203,29810FilmDistrict
14Baggage Claim$3,064-12%108-27$28$21,478,4908Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$35,106-10%2925$1,211$668,1312Fox
2Nebraska$12,354-4%4--$3,089$177,6561Paramount Vantage
3Don Jon$7,416-24%48-44$155$24,219,2878Relativity Media
4Diana$6,796-18%83-17$82$318,9013eOne Films US
5I'm in Love with a Church Girl$4,837-19%55-19$88$2,321,4225High Top Releasing
6Romeo and Juliet (2013)$3,55062%298$122$1,148,9736Relativity Media
7Runner Runner$2,940-23%76-43$39$19,294,8537Fox
8The Wolverine$2,675-17%65-12$41$132,490,66917Fox
9Pulling Strings$2,663-14%760$35$5,840,4417Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,456--1--$2,456$32,30511Rialto Pictures
11The Family (2013)$1,977-10%30-27$66$36,654,34310Relativity Media
12Instructions Not Included$1,819-27%47-5$39$44,245,76412Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Turbo$1,565-20%53-9$30$82,935,43418Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Reaching for the Moon$1,5482%20$774$35,2842Wolfe Releasing
15In a World...$1,0496%9-9$117$2,947,38915Roadside Attractions
16Linsanity$880-62%1-2$880$283,3667Ketchup Entertainment
17The Heat$851-4%27-1$32$159,547,55021Fox
18The World's End$64632%8-1$81$25,991,16113Focus
19Grace Unplugged$562-39%29-8$19$2,500,3817Roadside Attractions
20The Spectacular Now$27477%8-4$34$6,850,72016A24
21Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$14948%1-2$149$28,9654Cinepix
22Big Sur$94-56%1-4$94$34,0123Ketchup Entertainment