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. 24 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$1,241,150-87%3,890115$319$184,256,6053Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$869,310-71%2,872--$303$13,111,5281Relativity Media
3Pompeii$765,309-72%2,658--$288$11,106,1321Sony / TriStar
4RoboCop (2014)$668,690-76%3,3720$198$44,673,8472Sony / Columbia
5The Monuments Men$610,979-69%3,064-19$199$58,467,9393Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$557,193-71%2,2530$247$38,838,2992Sony / Screen Gems
7Ride Along$240,460-78%2,186-331$110$123,369,6506Universal
8Frozen (2013)$227,077-83%1,891-210$120$384,335,20914Disney
9Endless Love (2014)$188,245-75%2,8960$65$19,997,0202Universal
10Winter's Tale$173,064-67%2,9650$58$11,440,4202Warner Bros.
11Lone Survivor$144,020-72%1,516-497$95$121,853,3069Universal
12Philomena$138,335-62%1,004-221$138$32,858,58714Weinstein Company
13That Awkward Moment$105,786-65%1,208-714$88$24,159,4744Focus
14The Nut Job$51,240-86%1,235-683$41$59,957,3076Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$140,079-68%903-169$155$144,255,25111Sony / Columbia
2The Wolf of Wall Street$112,367-69%627-124$179$112,933,9299Paramount
3Gravity$72,425-70%348-7$208$269,347,74821Warner Bros.
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$63,076-67%807-471$78$49,360,4006Paramount
512 Years a Slave$56,016-65%349-37$161$49,133,23619Fox Searchlight
6Nebraska$47,748-63%210-114$227$16,566,56215Paramount Vantage
7August: Osage County$41,760-65%525-485$80$36,657,0159Weinstein Company
8Her (2013)$38,470-67%250-5$154$24,018,50810Warner Bros.
9In Secret$27,499-63%266--$103$293,0851Roadside Attractions
10Dallas Buyers Club$27,232-71%175-48$156$24,774,01217Focus
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$24,377-69%266-19$92$256,661,25111Warner Bros. / New Line
12Gloria (2014)$22,855-66%11012$208$1,367,7365Roadside Attractions
13The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$20,040-75%240-86$84$423,646,68214Lionsgate
14Vampire Academy$19,226-71%536-2140$36$7,625,6213Weinstein Company
15Labor Day (2013)$18,977-65%418-1246$45$13,125,4824Paramount
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$14,797-62%2087$71$57,735,5419Fox
17Inside Llewyn Davis$13,433-36%10721$126$13,085,48612CBS Films
18I, Frankenstein$12,066-74%217-251$56$18,678,5645Lionsgate
19The Legend Of Hercules$8,707-74%11020$79$18,656,6807Lionsgate / Summit
20Walking With Dinosaurs$7,278-84%214-34$34$35,642,01110Fox
21Grudge Match$3,756-65%108-183$35$29,751,0659Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wind Rises$24,629-76%21--$1,173$480,4301Disney
2Highway$14,539-83%97--$150$341,1931UTV Motion Pictures
3The Book Thief$7,322-57%84-10$87$21,199,73716Fox
4Devil's Due$5,350-67%84-39$64$15,727,4006Fox
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,77427%33-1$114$8,246,31013Weinstein Company
6Knights of Badassdom$1,695748%31$565$115,9865eOne Films US
7Hasee Toh Phasee$1,437-85%33-44$44$635,7793Reliance Entertainment
8Free Birds$1,306-84%56-19$23$55,653,14917Relativity Media
9Barefoot$769-77%18--$43$12,5361Roadside Attractions
10The Pretty One$501-67%54$100$11,6873Dada Films
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$233-48%10$233$20,2513Rialto Pictures
12All Is Lost$174-74%5-4$35$6,263,11619Roadside Attractions
13Gimme Shelter (2014)$76-84%5-10$15$1,359,6395Roadside Attractions