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 Fri, Apr. 18 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$9,503,748120%3,825-113$2,485$184,418,2023Disney
2Rio 2$9,283,530158%3,97527$2,335$62,168,9102Fox
3Heaven is for Real$7,850,885136%2,417--$3,248$14,885,0781Sony / TriStar
4Transcendence$4,813,369--3,455--$1,393$4,813,3691Warner Bros.
5A Haunted House 2$4,045,237--2,310--$1,751$4,045,2371Open Road
6Bears$2,311,688--1,720--$1,344$2,311,6881Disneynature
7Divergent$2,226,647133%2,486-624$896$130,391,5145Lionsgate / Summit
8Draft Day$2,156,851136%2,7810$776$15,804,6382Lionsgate / Summit
9Oculus$2,021,10398%2,6480$763$18,010,4942Relativity Media
10God's Not Dead$1,696,995150%1,796-64$945$45,222,3085Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Noah$1,660,046109%2,537-745$654$89,933,8724Paramount
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,166,055116%1,280-187$911$42,715,4567Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Muppets Most Wanted$471,70624%929-1332$508$47,722,2595Disney
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$362,11437%780-1221$464$106,738,6957Fox / DreamWorks Animation
32 States$361,336--135--$2,677$361,3361UTV Motion Pictures
4The LEGO Movie$161,453102%340-270$475$252,021,04311Warner Bros.
5Non-Stop (2014)$138,42596%360-402$385$89,906,2858Universal
6Son of God$108,982124%503-402$217$59,275,3198Fox
7Frozen (2013)$96,320103%290-54$332$399,715,39322Disney
8300: Rise of an Empire$86,88158%265-260$328$105,336,4587Warner Bros.
9Bad Words$60,64117%223-540$272$7,458,9596Focus
10The Monuments Men$51,421--221-44$233$77,402,83011Sony / Columbia
11Dom Hemingway$49,302426%12987$382$204,6413Fox Searchlight
12The Nut Job$44,88144%201-60$223$63,949,85714Open Road
13RoboCop (2014)$39,436--175-19$225$57,659,18410Sony / Columbia
14Make Your Move$30,089--142--$212$30,0891High Top Releasing
15Sabotage (2014)$28,835-34%130-621$222$10,301,0964Open Road
16About Last Night$26,043--10983$239$48,531,57510Sony / Screen Gems
17Cesar Chavez$24,951-6%117-188$213$5,332,9984Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Gravity$24,19922%145-57$167$273,932,88429Warner Bros.
193 Days to Kill$24,054448%11027$219$30,496,5309Relativity Media
20Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$15,100136%114-21$132$15,894,8276Lionsgate
21Philomena$10,88721%101-56$108$37,619,55122Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$80,83838%370$2,185$712,8393Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Railway Man$49,153662%2622$1,891$137,3032Weinstein Company
3Joe (2014)$23,561115%480$491$176,0552Roadside Attractions
4Frankie & Alice$9,69510%43-128$225$653,9763Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
512 Years a Slave$9,42640%53-11$178$56,598,08727Fox Searchlight
6The Unknown Known$9,257-16%49-31$189$201,2293RADiUS-TWC
7Pompeii$8,443--64-29$132$23,203,0909Sony / TriStar
8Watermark$5,929416%85$741$29,9873eOne Films US
9Godzilla: The Japanese Original$4,423--1--$4,423$4,4231Rialto Pictures
10Ernest & Celestine$3,609-30%31-8$116$231,6938GKIDS
11Dallas Buyers Club$3,49547%14-19$250$27,283,97725Focus
1213 Sins$3,337--45--$74$3,3371RADiUS-TWC
13Gloria (2014)$1,863-8%13-11$143$2,078,05913Roadside Attractions
14Veronica Mars$1,76682%15-8$118$3,316,1266Warner Bros.
15Cuban Fury$1,709-69%8-71$214$84,5262eOne Films US
16August: Osage County$1,36050%16-11$85$37,724,62017Weinstein Company
17Gabrielle (2014)$1,039--1--$1,039$1,0391eOne Films US