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, Apr. 28 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Woman (2014)$1,909,909-67%3,205--$596$26,673,6611Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$1,067,512-76%3,620-205$295$226,126,7534Disney
3Heaven is for Real$1,010,819-77%2,705288$374$53,472,9872Sony / TriStar
4Brick Mansions$637,212-73%2,647--$241$10,154,0671Relativity Media
5Rio 2$573,849-87%3,703-272$155$96,963,7493Fox
6Transcendence$381,441-67%3,4550$110$19,013,5832Warner Bros.
7Bears$255,637-76%1,7200$149$11,537,1622Disneynature
8God's Not Dead$248,520-72%1,600-196$155$52,954,1806Freestyle / Pure Flix
9Divergent$231,385-75%2,066-420$112$139,753,2426Lionsgate / Summit
10The Quiet Ones$221,237-71%2,027--$109$4,101,2901Lionsgate
11A Haunted House 2$220,453-74%2,3100$95$14,403,7882Open Road
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$211,084-67%1,021-259$207$49,014,2368Fox Searchlight
13Draft Day$205,948-71%2,080-701$99$24,367,0073Lionsgate / Summit
14Noah$196,224-72%1,604-933$122$97,510,7765Paramount
15Oculus$188,740-65%1,881-767$100$25,412,0413Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$51,383-67%156130$329$946,6743Weinstein Company
2300: Rise of an Empire$25,674-63%32560$79$105,840,2068Warner Bros.
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$24,286-84%468-312$52$108,072,1648Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The LEGO Movie$21,345-79%303-37$70$252,819,78612Warner Bros.
52 States$20,754-82%1372$151$1,763,2032UTV Motion Pictures
6Non-Stop (2014)$16,505-67%252-108$65$90,507,2109Universal
7Frozen (2013)$12,164-80%227-63$54$400,187,56523Disney
8Dom Hemingway$8,155-55%119-10$69$443,3424Fox Searchlight
9Son of God$6,970-71%211-292$33$59,576,8989Fox
10Bad Words$5,547-52%114-109$49$7,684,4157Focus
11The Nut Job$5,270-84%160-41$33$64,170,71415Open Road
12Gravity$2,851-73%105-40$27$274,054,96130Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$16,827-55%370$455$1,117,6024Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cesar Chavez$5,546-51%45-72$123$5,488,0925Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Sabotage (2014)$4,177-61%75-55$56$10,435,9455Open Road
43 Days to Kill$3,943-66%85-25$46$30,614,78710Relativity Media
5Joe (2014)$3,676-67%41-7$90$302,0283Roadside Attractions
6Philomena$1,374-65%33-68$42$37,677,07423Weinstein Company
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$1,328-71%87-27$15$15,969,4527Lionsgate
8The Unknown Known$1,164-55%22-27$53$255,2324RADiUS-TWC
9Watermark$998-68%167$62$65,2644eOne Films US
10Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$885-18%2--$443$34,91812Rialto Pictures
11Ernest & Celestine$836-77%20-11$42$259,7969GKIDS
12Make Your Move$695-43%40-102$17$122,9882High Top Releasing
13Frankie & Alice$588-57%24-19$25$693,7694Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
14Dallas Buyers Club$423-53%12-2$35$27,296,93726Focus
15August: Osage County$260-80%7-9$37$37,734,73318Weinstein Company
16Gloria (2014)$258-85%9-4$29$2,093,16714Roadside Attractions
17Godzilla: The Japanese Original$228-10%10$228$22,1022Rialto Pictures