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, Dec. 21 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$12,270,56042%3,92825$3,124$116,942,0362Warner Bros. / New Line
2Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$9,601,32710%3,507--$2,738$31,562,2841Paramount
3Frozen (2013)$7,705,55351%3,540-176$2,177$185,201,8555Disney
4American Hustle$7,106,5169%2,5072501$2,835$14,744,9162Sony / Columbia
5Saving Mr. Banks$3,427,16411%2,1102095$1,624$7,140,0912Disney
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,401,48936%2,949-614$1,153$368,860,2575Lionsgate
7Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$3,398,00840%2,1940$1,549$25,596,3202Lionsgate
8Walking With Dinosaurs$2,802,46729%3,231--$867$4,966,9661Fox
9Thor: The Dark World$522,66844%1,116-1148$468$200,322,6237Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$1,304,67921%239--$5,459$2,386,2541Yash Raj Films
2Philomena$501,32155%738-97$679$12,935,5495Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$432,77942%148133$2,924$1,788,8663CBS Films
4The Book Thief$295,37939%680-478$434$16,350,7307Fox
5Nebraska$237,39059%31060$766$4,192,5106Paramount Vantage
6Homefront$207,13648%675-1427$307$19,604,4844Open Road
7Delivery Man$185,48434%663-1378$280$29,116,9405Disney / DreamWorks
8Gravity$171,80160%302-201$569$253,414,77812Warner Bros.
9The Best Man Holiday$166,72548%351-571$475$69,680,3606Universal
10Dallas Buyers Club$158,02165%330-244$479$15,027,2858Focus
1112 Years a Slave$152,22365%301-196$506$36,954,77710Fox Searchlight
12Out of the Furnace$133,17048%728-1373$183$10,824,3223Relativity Media
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$126,07376%313138$403$115,641,54013Sony / Columbia
14Last Vegas$102,79649%333-393$309$62,165,4408CBS Films
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$75,87047%278-178$273$100,784,4339Paramount
16Captain Phillips$59,19866%172-151$344$104,242,06111Sony / Columbia
17Ender's Game$44,03151%187-144$235$60,691,8528Lionsgate / Summit
18Despicable Me 2$41,37062%197-26$210$367,472,64025Universal
19Free Birds$28,11749%184-99$153$54,068,8458Relativity Media
20Escape Plan$25,76255%138-29$187$24,812,44910Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$100,32239%6--$16,720$276,7991Warner Bros.
2All Is Lost$20,09454%83-180$242$5,825,17710Roadside Attractions
3About Time$15,52033%97-46$160$15,280,4888Universal
4Black Nativity$13,28442%63-197$211$6,955,2394Fox Searchlight
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$11,08662%85-38$130$68,411,04120Fox
6Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$10,49916%40$2,625$283,3104Weinstein Company
7Enough Said$10,45752%42-30$249$17,402,22014Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$6,65265%43-18$155$116,124,54619Weinstein Company
9Don Jon$4,07911%32-60$127$24,452,19913Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$1,93639%29-27$67$36,900,26615Relativity Media
11Oldboy (2013)$80034%21-130$38$2,180,4774FilmDistrict