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 Sun, Jan. 26 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$5,159,330-47%2,75996$1,870$75,544,8052Universal
2The Nut Job$3,727,096-36%3,47245$1,073$40,056,3632Open Road
3Lone Survivor$3,430,770-42%3,162173$1,085$93,914,9215Universal
4Frozen (2013)$2,853,978-32%2,757-222$1,035$347,899,01110Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$2,300,037-45%3,3870$679$30,452,8202Paramount
6I, Frankenstein$2,269,966-35%2,753--$825$8,610,4411Lionsgate
7American Hustle$1,777,039-47%2,304100$771$127,000,4297Sony / Columbia
8The Wolf of Wall Street$1,549,709-37%1,804-126$859$98,508,8225Paramount
9August: Osage County$1,407,860-36%2,411360$584$26,514,5315Weinstein Company
10Devil's Due$651,598-47%2,5440$256$12,922,3042Fox
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$645,850-35%1,285-530$503$252,326,3387Warner Bros. / New Line
12Her (2013)$621,317-39%1,325-404$469$19,179,7266Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$582,749-36%1,231470$473$43,560,13315Fox Searchlight
14Gravity$575,378-40%1,260316$457$261,208,96217Warner Bros.
15Dallas Buyers Club$565,744-38%1,110691$510$20,357,27713Focus
16Saving Mr. Banks$542,239-43%1,660-789$327$79,158,3107Disney
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$394,215-47%1,051-277$375$420,021,91710Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$370,908-33%1,371-733$271$17,045,0363Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$459,033-33%968560$474$11,720,40011Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$344,399-24%5050$682$25,814,48310Weinstein Company
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$187,469-52%824-907$228$123,803,3396Paramount
4Gimme Shelter (2014)$179,429-36%385--$466$689,0701Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$146,156-49%540-497$271$56,342,6805Fox
6Inside Llewyn Davis$138,108-42%289-296$478$11,995,9908CBS Films
7Walking With Dinosaurs$80,969-29%330-124$245$34,691,5636Fox
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$80,053-39%242-14$331$118,870,50518Sony / Columbia
9Captain Phillips$78,669-45%302-601$260$106,244,15116Sony / Columbia
10Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$69,001-50%527-1042$131$32,098,4954Paramount
1147 Ronin$65,725-42%239-104$275$38,055,8405Universal
12The Book Thief$56,454-39%1977$287$20,513,76212Fox
13Free Birds$31,189-30%171-28$182$55,435,49013Relativity Media
14Grudge Match$28,461-33%244-164$117$29,236,2935Warner Bros.
15Last Vegas$22,554-41%159-35$142$63,749,94213CBS Films
16Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$16,220-20%102-20$159$8,079,8719Weinstein Company
17Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$11,910-53%132-259$90$52,327,4367Lionsgate
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$8,679-47%101-18$86$116,597,28624Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$17,782-28%3--$5,927$56,4541Roadside Attractions
2Out of the Furnace$5,734-38%74-23$77$11,308,9018Relativity Media
3All Is Lost$5,255-27%30-32$175$6,223,97315Roadside Attractions
4Knights of Badassdom$2,878-58%13--$221$46,7631eOne Films US