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, Apr. 30 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Woman (2014)$2,002,195-23%3,205--$625$31,278,3351Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$1,062,874-21%3,620-205$294$228,529,8674Disney
3Heaven is for Real$1,060,591-24%2,705288$392$55,924,8382Sony / TriStar
4Rio 2$641,940-13%3,703-272$173$98,346,2983Fox
5Brick Mansions$541,535-32%2,647--$205$11,495,4421Relativity Media
6Transcendence$387,121-24%3,4550$112$19,908,0852Warner Bros.
7Bears$359,770-3%1,7200$209$12,266,0202Disneynature
8God's Not Dead$273,175-13%1,600-196$171$53,542,6096Freestyle / Pure Flix
9The Grand Budapest Hotel$251,715-8%1,021-259$247$49,540,3828Fox Searchlight
10Divergent$239,907-21%2,066-420$116$140,294,9546Lionsgate / Summit
11Draft Day$223,749-16%2,080-701$108$24,858,3603Lionsgate / Summit
12A Haunted House 2$207,421-16%2,3100$90$14,858,5322Open Road
13The Quiet Ones$203,950-22%2,027--$101$4,568,1641Lionsgate
14Noah$203,835-19%1,604-933$127$97,964,7465Paramount
15Oculus$173,527-19%1,881-767$92$25,799,7903Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$61,341-4%156130$393$1,071,8223Weinstein Company
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$25,3910%468-312$54$108,122,9078Fox / DreamWorks Animation
32 States$25,109-30%1372$183$1,824,0372UTV Motion Pictures
4300: Rise of an Empire$23,992-11%32560$74$105,891,1558Warner Bros.
5The LEGO Movie$18,806-11%303-37$62$252,859,72312Warner Bros.
6Non-Stop (2014)$17,640-22%252-108$70$90,547,4159Universal
7Frozen (2013)$13,050-9%227-63$57$400,214,99323Disney
8Dom Hemingway$9,068-8%119-10$76$462,3054Fox Searchlight
9The Nut Job$6,96914%160-41$44$64,183,79615Open Road
10Son of God$6,567-26%211-292$31$59,592,3329Fox
11Bad Words$5,564-12%114-109$49$7,696,2967Focus
12Gravity$3,313-12%105-40$32$274,062,04230Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$23,87711%370$645$1,163,0544Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cesar Chavez$6,39420%45-72$142$5,499,7935Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Joe (2014)$4,292-1%41-7$105$310,6573Roadside Attractions
43 Days to Kill$4,219-15%85-25$50$30,623,97210Relativity Media
5Sabotage (2014)$3,828-11%75-55$51$10,444,0755Open Road
6The Unknown Known$2,34351%22-27$107$259,1264RADiUS-TWC
7Watermark$2,12096%167$133$68,4664eOne Films US
8Philomena$1,59015%33-68$48$37,680,04723Weinstein Company
9Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$1,357-10%87-27$16$15,972,3197Lionsgate
10Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$93425%2--$467$36,59912Rialto Pictures
11August: Osage County$826-26%7-9$118$37,736,67018Weinstein Company
12Make Your Move$7253%40-102$18$6,7852High Top Releasing
13Ernest & Celestine$654-25%20-11$33$261,3229GKIDS
14Gloria (2014)$651-6%9-4$72$2,094,51214Roadside Attractions
15Frankie & Alice$620-23%24-19$26$695,1924Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
16Dallas Buyers Club$419-34%12-2$35$27,297,99526Focus
17Godzilla: The Japanese Original$224167%10$224$22,4102Rialto Pictures
18Gabrielle (2014)$32300%10$32$4,8442eOne Films US