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, Apr. 12 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$17,734,35549%3,9380$4,503$147,209,2672Disney
2Rio 2$15,473,22929%3,948--$3,919$27,480,5961Fox
3Oculus$4,378,082-12%2,648--$1,653$9,344,9811Relativity Media
4Draft Day$3,815,9857%2,781--$1,372$7,375,1771Lionsgate / Summit
5Divergent$3,203,85241%3,110-521$1,030$122,848,7884Lionsgate / Summit
6Noah$3,192,49855%3,282-289$973$82,672,9623Paramount
7God's Not Dead$2,146,44035%1,860102$1,154$39,096,4914Freestyle / Pure Flix
8The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,821,08854%1,467204$1,241$38,425,1196Fox Searchlight
9Muppets Most Wanted$993,11978%2,261-791$439$45,028,4524Disney
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$834,83177%2,001-930$417$104,695,3156Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$342,55555%762-962$450$89,267,8407Universal
2Need For Speed$313,47349%613-1166$511$41,918,1735Disney / DreamWorks
3Bad Words$264,72545%763-311$347$6,977,8215Focus
4The LEGO Movie$216,11080%610-740$354$251,395,07510Warner Bros.
5Frozen (2013)$186,38692%34423$542$399,343,65821Disney
6300: Rise of an Empire$184,68142%525-1030$352$104,894,5556Warner Bros.
7Sabotage (2014)$147,24646%751-1735$196$9,956,4903Open Road
8Son of God$114,32867%905424$126$58,854,8837Fox
9Cesar Chavez$104,51727%305-359$343$5,087,9123Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Nut Job$79,12167%261-24$303$63,739,29213Open Road
11The Monuments Men$75,34739%265-43$284$77,211,57510Sony / Columbia
12Ride Along$64,52552%177-59$365$134,103,47513Universal
13RoboCop (2014)$60,94956%19476$314$57,496,0619Sony / Columbia
14Frankie & Alice$56,70550%1710$332$557,3412Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
15Gravity$56,67346%202-53$281$273,799,85528Warner Bros.
16Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$39,93467%135-290$296$15,830,2765Lionsgate
17Philomena$23,54148%157-40$150$37,561,71221Weinstein Company
18The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$12,33466%101-29$122$258,347,72218Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$49,7126%370$1,344$405,4752Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Joe (2014)$45,12753%48--$940$74,6321Roadside Attractions
3Dom Hemingway$30,26845%4238$721$100,9652Fox Searchlight
4The Unknown Known$27,39153%80--$342$133,6612RADiUS-TWC
5The Railway Man$26,53047%4--$6,633$44,6081Weinstein Company
6Cuban Fury$24,50738%79--$310$42,2211eOne Films US
73 Days to Kill$17,26831%83-48$208$30,446,3318Relativity Media
8Pompeii$16,91456%93-41$182$23,155,7398Sony / TriStar
912 Years a Slave$13,79046%64-64$215$56,558,15626Fox Searchlight
10Ernest & Celestine$10,418112%3915$267$202,9157GKIDS
11Dallas Buyers Club$7,71660%33-19$234$27,267,11224Focus
12Her (2013)$7,32561%38-47$193$25,551,43017Warner Bros.
13Afflicted$7,0339%34-10$207$116,3462CBS Films
14About Last Night$6,41077%26-18$247$48,497,0509Sony / Screen Gems
15Gloria (2014)$4,84094%247$202$2,060,39412Roadside Attractions
16August: Osage County$3,60771%27-15$134$37,716,12316Weinstein Company
17Veronica Mars$3,55430%23-51$155$3,307,5875Warner Bros.
18Watermark$2,431-39%31$810$18,3332eOne Films US
19Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$23581%1-2$235$29,21010Rialto Pictures