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 Mon, Feb. 3 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$775,380-50%2,867108$270$93,473,8503Universal
2Lone Survivor$625,780-29%3,285123$190$105,415,6666Universal
3That Awkward Moment$610,084-41%2,809--$217$9,352,1931Focus
4Frozen (2013)$486,462-77%2,754-3$177$360,122,30411Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$461,467-36%2,907-480$159$39,339,8843Paramount
6Labor Day (2013)$400,100-53%2,584--$155$5,575,3821Paramount
7American Hustle$345,801-37%2,216-88$156$133,827,2148Sony / Columbia
8I, Frankenstein$323,267-59%2,7530$117$15,047,7602Lionsgate
9The Wolf of Wall Street$322,412-33%1,607-197$201$104,249,9536Paramount
10The Nut Job$312,186-81%3,4720$90$50,223,6313Open Road
11August: Osage County$265,436-54%2,319-92$114$31,846,2806Weinstein Company
12Gravity$182,112-47%1,132-128$161$264,171,48618Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$152,990-45%1,172-59$131$46,003,54916Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$130,122-40%1,052-58$124$22,672,60814Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$92,603-46%1,075-585$86$81,134,7168Disney
16Devil's Due$77,039-54%1,290-1254$60$14,867,0743Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$123,848-42%875-93$142$13,783,41912Paramount Vantage
2Her (2013)$118,221-45%803-522$147$21,355,1347Warner Bros.
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$108,140-55%933-352$116$254,373,0568Warner Bros. / New Line
4Philomena$101,181-52%56762$178$27,481,53411Weinstein Company
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$82,349-46%822-229$100$421,490,98511Lionsgate
6The Legend Of Hercules$51,997-50%598-773$87$18,013,4044Lionsgate / Summit
7Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$31,502-23%420-404$75$124,442,6317Paramount
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$28,670-38%410-130$70$56,915,8526Fox
9Inside Llewyn Davis$27,914-42%214-75$130$12,501,4479CBS Films
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$21,872-61%347-38$63$1,214,2032Roadside Attractions
11The Book Thief$19,234-23%178-19$108$20,781,48613Fox
12Captain Phillips$18,835-21%245-57$77$106,564,17317Sony / Columbia
1347 Ronin$15,580-40%174-65$90$38,312,8856Universal
14Walking With Dinosaurs$12,936-74%323-7$40$34,982,5237Fox
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,855-71%220-22$45$119,122,77919Sony / Columbia
16Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$8,553-35%150-377$57$32,295,0505Paramount
17Grudge Match$7,546-46%241-3$31$29,350,3546Warner Bros.
18Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$6,655-59%16331$41$52,440,0518Lionsgate
19Last Vegas$4,530-27%104--$44$63,839,01514CBS Films
20Free Birds$3,010-79%135-36$22$55,523,09514Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$11,214-75%2926$387$258,9082Roadside Attractions
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,924-34%77-25$51$8,145,00910Weinstein Company
3At Middleton$3,254-40%20--$163$37,0221Anchor Bay / Freestyle
4All Is Lost$1,918-42%25-5$77$6,246,20316Roadside Attractions
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,469-6%52-49$28$116,625,60325Weinstein Company
6Out of the Furnace$1,002-13%36-38$28$11,327,8389Relativity Media
7Love Is in the Air$380-62%6--$63$5,3171Focus World
8Knights of Badassdom$339-55%11-2$31$69,0192eOne Films US