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 Wed, Feb. 5 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$702,415-17%2,867108$245$95,020,6703Universal
2Lone Survivor$589,880-14%3,285123$180$106,693,7716Universal
3Frozen (2013)$576,4079%2,754-3$209$361,228,41111Disney
4That Awkward Moment$567,360-27%2,809--$202$10,697,2571Focus
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$476,452-19%2,907-480$164$40,402,1473Paramount
6Labor Day (2013)$389,525-32%2,584--$151$6,535,2311Paramount
7The Nut Job$376,1898%3,4720$108$50,946,9763Open Road
8American Hustle$368,584-16%2,216-88$166$134,635,2198Sony / Columbia
9The Wolf of Wall Street$334,739-15%1,607-197$208$104,978,1826Paramount
10I, Frankenstein$292,302-26%2,7530$106$15,736,7762Lionsgate
11August: Osage County$282,416-24%2,319-92$122$32,498,9806Weinstein Company
12Gravity$202,023-3%1,132-128$178$264,581,64118Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$156,871-23%1,172-59$134$46,363,60016Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$122,847-20%1,052-58$117$22,949,46214Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$100,349-11%1,075-585$93$81,347,1988Disney
16Devil's Due$68,628-20%1,290-1254$53$15,021,5333Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$137,710-19%875-93$157$14,090,21012Paramount Vantage
2Her (2013)$122,118-7%803-522$152$21,608,4917Warner Bros.
3Philomena$120,573-12%56762$213$27,739,21711Weinstein Company
4The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$102,396-18%933-352$110$254,599,9128Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$77,796-23%822-229$95$421,669,86111Lionsgate
6The Legend Of Hercules$45,020-16%598-773$75$18,112,2774Lionsgate / Summit
7Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$30,678-2%420-404$73$124,504,6827Paramount
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$28,945-9%410-130$71$56,976,5616Fox
9Inside Llewyn Davis$27,991-24%214-75$131$12,566,2139CBS Films
10The Book Thief$20,2024%178-19$113$20,821,10913Fox
11Gimme Shelter (2014)$20,170-8%347-38$58$1,256,3142Roadside Attractions
12Captain Phillips$18,838-14%245-57$77$106,604,89617Sony / Columbia
13Walking With Dinosaurs$15,8723%323-7$49$35,013,7737Fox
1447 Ronin$14,705-30%174-65$85$38,348,4706Universal
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,97813%220-22$45$119,141,57319Sony / Columbia
16Grudge Match$8,487-9%241-3$35$29,368,2136Warner Bros.
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$6,834-19%150-377$46$32,310,2895Paramount
18Last Vegas$6,03413%104--$58$63,850,40714CBS Films
19Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$5,557-19%16331$34$52,452,4738Lionsgate
20Free Birds$3,47719%135-36$26$55,529,48814Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$15,4001%2926$531$289,5702Roadside Attractions
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,504-47%77-25$58$8,158,08610Weinstein Company
3At Middleton$3,5054%20--$175$43,9091Anchor Bay / Freestyle
4Knights of Badassdom$3,01364%11-2$274$73,8682eOne Films US
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,3253%52-49$25$116,628,20925Weinstein Company
6All Is Lost$1,2477%25-5$50$6,248,61416Roadside Attractions
7Out of the Furnace$910-19%36-38$25$11,329,8719Relativity Media
8Love Is in the Air$361-8%6--$60$6,0701Focus World