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, Dec. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,855,493-22%4,1630$446$342,022,6523Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$1,720,122-30%3,7420$460$140,488,5593Disney
3Out of the Furnace$437,117-26%2,1012097$208$6,773,8881Relativity Media
4Thor: The Dark World$401,237-21%3,074-212$131$195,019,8685Disney
5Homefront$347,188-25%2,5700$135$16,482,6832Open Road
6Delivery Man$318,162-24%2,905-131$110$25,821,6273Disney / DreamWorks
7The Book Thief$290,642-19%1,31682$221$12,921,9895Fox
8The Best Man Holiday$189,240-14%1,577-140$120$67,790,5354Universal
912 Years a Slave$140,972-15%1,082-83$130$35,455,6288Fox Searchlight
10Last Vegas$132,736-22%1,539-315$86$61,018,1606CBS Films
11Black Nativity$77,673-22%1,5259$51$6,663,4502Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$68,256-12%1,157-346$59$100,237,8777Paramount
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$36,979-11%1,007936$37$116,034,50417Weinstein Company
14Free Birds$19,789-29%1,202-1085$16$53,863,1856Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$270,887-10%8350$324$8,972,8783Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$165,318-13%73438$225$12,962,3236Focus
3Gravity$130,234-18%900-116$145$251,894,41810Warner Bros.
4Nebraska$56,3861%11311$499$2,402,1264Paramount Vantage
5Captain Phillips$55,926-10%640-167$87$103,668,4799Sony / Columbia
6Ender's Game$46,742-11%608-235$77$60,264,0586Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$40,927-22%5830$70$2,094,4732FilmDistrict
8About Time$22,595-23%266-65$85$15,075,8436Universal
9All Is Lost$14,6780%147-7$100$5,529,2878Roadside Attractions
10Despicable Me 2$13,775-9%252-19$55$367,200,71023Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,269-26%312-395$30$115,301,20711Sony / Columbia
12Don Jon$7,851-8%12599$63$24,384,42711Relativity Media
13Insidious: Chapter 2$4,107-4%122-18$34$83,541,88313FilmDistrict
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,951-14%140-23$28$68,329,53318Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Llewyn Davis$37,4783%4--$9,370$518,9881CBS Films
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$6,0027%40$1,501$199,3272Weinstein Company
3Enough Said$5,916-24%94-27$63$17,313,14912Fox Searchlight
4Escape Plan$4,028-25%81-60$50$24,623,0588Lionsgate / Summit
5The Family (2013)$3,676-14%96-34$38$36,870,03613Relativity Media
6The Counselor$3,290-9%71-7$46$16,903,6347Fox
7Instructions Not Included$2,735-5%46-22$59$44,464,88315Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Linsanity$2,56037%1-2$2,560$297,71910Ketchup Entertainment
9Twice Born$1,02632%10--$103$17,4561eOne Films US
10Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$131-55%6-50$22$341,9913Reliance Entertainment