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. 11 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lone Survivor$14,461,7750%2,8752873$5,030$29,247,0863Universal
2Frozen (2013)$7,136,347129%3,239-79$2,203$312,843,6348Disney
3The Wolf of Wall Street$3,838,55141%2,521-36$1,523$76,142,4303Paramount
4American Hustle$3,814,98148%2,629111$1,451$99,350,1445Sony / Columbia
5The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$3,689,79880%3,075-655$1,200$239,939,3005Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Legend Of Hercules$3,493,32410%2,104--$1,660$6,654,7391Lionsgate / Summit
7Saving Mr. Banks$2,970,81253%2,671561$1,112$67,286,2395Disney
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$2,781,66032%2,88316$965$27,053,9862Paramount
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$2,694,91544%3,012-395$895$116,981,9714Paramount
10Her (2013)$2,229,13721%1,7291682$1,289$7,476,5184Warner Bros.
11The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,083,46472%1,762-381$1,182$412,684,2098Lionsgate
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$2,003,92153%2,584-338$776$51,606,4733Fox
13Grudge Match$890,34454%2,005-851$444$27,971,4643Warner Bros.
1447 Ronin$706,68051%1,359-1331$520$35,975,4203Universal
15Walking With Dinosaurs$688,249218%1,339-1221$514$33,213,4244Fox
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$556,21287%1,040-434$535$51,618,3025Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1August: Osage County$3,110,20042%905900$3,437$5,850,2103Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$867,40155%729573$1,190$8,858,4186CBS Films
3Philomena$599,49951%6070$988$21,552,3238Weinstein Company
4Nebraska$379,66561%521281$729$7,945,0769Paramount Vantage
5Gravity$195,98374%155-10$1,264$256,114,52915Warner Bros.
6The Book Thief$178,89252%303-26$590$19,646,20310Fox
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$166,370142%264-14$630$117,973,97516Sony / Columbia
8Thor: The Dark World$151,37078%257-34$589$203,856,04410Disney
912 Years a Slave$127,10082%114-37$1,115$38,830,63713Fox Searchlight
10Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$120,23356%363-647$331$7,682,4047Weinstein Company
11Dallas Buyers Club$113,38971%125-3$907$16,621,92411Focus
12Last Vegas$80,20453%240-17$334$63,347,64911CBS Films
13Free Birds$78,546161%232-21$339$55,073,51011Relativity Media
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$62,68666%192-28$326$101,795,16812Paramount
15Captain Phillips$43,36754%1149$380$104,963,66314Sony / Columbia
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$41,15452%1363$303$116,405,00122Weinstein Company
17Despicable Me 2$33,565158%137-14$245$368,029,77028Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$48,428116%43-95$1,126$8,003,5814Yash Raj Films
2Escape Plan$17,54373%77-7$228$25,110,17213Lionsgate / Summit
3All Is Lost$15,19159%69-2$220$6,096,27413Roadside Attractions
4Justin Bieber's Believe$13,12262%75-962$175$6,178,8443Open Road
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$6,912137%33-6$209$68,533,34523Fox
6Out of the Furnace$5,48522%37-22$148$11,211,0756Relativity Media
7Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$2,00093%1--$2,000$3,0361Anchor Bay Films