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. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,585,5226%3,9280$2,695$181,060,1893Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$10,006,528-2%3,335-205$3,000$239,695,9106Disney
3American Hustle$7,151,20212%2,5070$2,852$53,982,2043Sony / Columbia
4Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$7,145,1350%3,5070$2,037$77,805,6042Paramount
5The Wolf of Wall Street$6,801,5669%2,537--$2,681$28,850,0551Paramount
6Saving Mr. Banks$5,041,6367%2,1100$2,389$33,584,9423Disney
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,758,4525%2,909--$1,636$21,888,7131Fox
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,696,9088%2,315-634$1,597$388,053,7846Lionsgate
947 Ronin$3,630,1505%2,689--$1,350$17,802,5251Universal
10Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,721,5528%1,788-406$1,522$41,566,5093Lionsgate
11Grudge Match$2,692,04813%2,838--$949$11,202,7791Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$2,610,2113%3,24312$805$18,803,3092Fox
13Justin Bieber's Believe$680,179-14%1,037--$656$3,732,7011Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$901,12413%975971$924$4,010,8485Weinstein Company
2Philomena$685,89123%727-11$943$15,922,0316Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$483,72026%16113$3,004$4,238,6834CBS Films
4Dhoom 3$399,85418%220-19$1,818$6,487,8932Yash Raj Films
5Nebraska$303,25634%250-60$1,213$5,504,1827Paramount Vantage
6Thor: The Dark World$248,43419%319-797$779$202,185,1678Disney
7The Book Thief$236,44416%481-199$492$17,711,1558Fox
8Gravity$197,99023%175-127$1,131$254,444,23213Warner Bros.
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$192,67013%303-10$636$116,455,79514Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$145,70524%154-147$946$37,689,24911Fox Searchlight
11Dallas Buyers Club$110,90635%124-206$894$15,644,8809Focus
12Ender's Game$106,95616%24962$430$61,098,8919Lionsgate / Summit
13Last Vegas$99,05019%221-112$448$62,622,2299CBS Films
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$90,17521%257-21$351$101,194,02710Paramount
15The Best Man Holiday$88,88512%120-231$741$70,201,3507Universal
16Free Birds$86,51718%24359$356$54,368,0439Relativity Media
17Captain Phillips$55,99525%111-61$504$104,528,67212Sony / Columbia
18Despicable Me 2$49,48513%165-32$300$367,700,87026Universal
19Delivery Man$44,45610%136-527$327$29,612,3116Disney / DreamWorks
20Escape Plan$26,76129%107-31$250$24,935,64611Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$16,42823%102-626$161$11,110,5314Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$244,20126%4741$5,196$1,330,5712Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$66,06615%5--$13,213$123,3201Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$33,76626%2--$16,883$123,5541Universal
4Homefront$26,42737%75-600$352$20,079,1655Open Road
5All Is Lost$23,4978%67-16$351$5,928,23311Roadside Attractions
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$10,39424%53-32$196$68,463,49721Fox
7Enough Said$9,92437%27-15$368$17,447,86815Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$9,69727%34-9$285$116,164,30020Weinstein Company
9Black Nativity$5,03822%24-39$210$6,998,0755Fox Searchlight
10Oldboy (2013)$1,98921%210$95$2,187,8915FilmDistrict
11Don Jon$1,63532%31-1$53$24,467,12314Relativity Media
12The Family (2013)$1,30515%290$45$36,908,64916Relativity Media