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, Jan. 4 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$8,037,47519%3,318-17$2,422$291,905,7337Disney
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$6,671,10831%3,730-198$1,789$225,152,9464Warner Bros. / New Line
3Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$6,494,106-26%2,867--$2,265$15,216,2501Paramount
4The Wolf of Wall Street$5,562,51629%2,55720$2,175$59,761,4782Paramount
5American Hustle$5,514,13332%2,51811$2,190$85,196,9974Sony / Columbia
6Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$4,464,88115%3,407-100$1,311$106,426,6053Paramount
7Saving Mr. Banks$3,848,20530%2,1100$1,824$57,064,4734Disney
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$3,443,67722%2,92213$1,179$43,732,1772Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,046,35125%2,143-172$1,422$405,577,5527Lionsgate
10Grudge Match$2,320,15929%2,85618$812$23,633,0262Warner Bros.
1147 Ronin$2,098,21029%2,6901$780$31,356,1252Universal
12Walking With Dinosaurs$1,534,25723%2,560-683$599$30,380,6203Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,351,25231%1,474-314$917$49,697,7084Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$485,42444%1,01035$481$6,829,2036Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$230,16312%1,0370$222$5,824,7922Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$682,04570%607-120$1,124$19,226,8547Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$494,84961%156-5$3,172$6,615,0265CBS Films
3Nebraska$289,06165%240-10$1,204$6,848,9828Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$234,89932%329-152$714$18,975,3739Fox
5Gravity$207,39636%165-10$1,257$255,504,22414Warner Bros.
6Thor: The Dark World$205,56624%291-28$706$203,343,9389Disney
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$180,27313%278-25$648$117,513,56715Sony / Columbia
812 Years a Slave$147,90052%151-3$979$38,388,81112Fox Searchlight
9Dhoom 3$147,30157%138-82$1,067$7,777,3743Yash Raj Films
10Dallas Buyers Club$135,16646%1284$1,056$16,225,22310Focus
11Ender's Game$94,24622%242-7$389$61,607,68810Lionsgate / Summit
12Last Vegas$87,77733%25736$342$63,067,08010CBS Films
13Free Birds$84,65712%25310$335$54,844,46610Relativity Media
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$74,12827%220-37$337$101,582,92611Paramount
15Captain Phillips$54,01743%105-6$514$104,805,57313Sony / Columbia
16The Best Man Holiday$50,68544%13010$390$70,472,5358Universal
17Lee Daniels' The Butler$46,05440%13399$346$116,271,15921Weinstein Company
18Delivery Man$44,69531%1459$308$29,847,6797Disney / DreamWorks
19Despicable Me 2$42,28027%151-14$280$367,935,59527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$312,81652%470$6,656$2,783,7393Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$57,29941%50$11,460$439,6812Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$34,80950%20$17,405$299,8882Universal
4All Is Lost$22,10255%714$311$6,036,95412Roadside Attractions
5Escape Plan$21,89637%84-23$261$25,051,35312Lionsgate / Summit
6Enough Said$10,30680%23-4$448$17,492,43716Fox Searchlight
7Out of the Furnace$9,92741%59-43$168$11,181,3995Relativity Media
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,67319%39-14$222$68,513,51222Fox
9Black Nativity$1,99264%15-9$133$7,011,7896Fox Searchlight
10The Family (2013)$1,28918%19-10$68$36,917,13517Relativity Media
11Don Jon$1,1989%21-10$57$24,474,28615Relativity Media