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 Thu, May. 1 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Woman (2014)$1,867,137-7%3,205--$583$33,145,4721Fox
2Heaven is for Real$977,571-8%2,705288$361$56,902,4092Sony / TriStar
3Captain America: The Winter Soldier$851,344-20%3,620-205$235$229,381,2114Disney
4Rio 2$523,978-18%3,703-272$142$98,870,2763Fox
5Brick Mansions$441,874-18%2,647--$167$11,937,3161Relativity Media
6Bears$390,0348%1,7200$227$12,656,0542Disneynature
7Transcendence$285,125-26%3,4550$83$20,193,2102Warner Bros.
8God's Not Dead$252,793-7%1,600-196$158$53,795,4026Freestyle / Pure Flix
9The Grand Budapest Hotel$231,050-8%1,021-259$226$49,771,4328Fox Searchlight
10The Quiet Ones$192,868-5%2,027--$95$4,761,0321Lionsgate
11Divergent$191,772-20%2,066-420$93$140,486,7266Lionsgate / Summit
12A Haunted House 2$190,263-8%2,3100$82$15,048,7952Open Road
13Draft Day$185,407-17%2,080-701$89$25,043,7673Lionsgate / Summit
14Noah$160,003-22%1,604-933$100$98,124,7495Paramount
15Oculus$141,476-18%1,881-767$75$25,941,2663Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$54,976-10%156130$352$1,126,7983Weinstein Company
2300: Rise of an Empire$23,9800%32560$74$105,915,1358Warner Bros.
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$22,194-13%468-312$47$108,145,1018Fox / DreamWorks Animation
42 States$19,249-23%1372$141$1,843,2862UTV Motion Pictures
5The LEGO Movie$18,241-3%303-37$60$252,877,96412Warner Bros.
6Non-Stop (2014)$16,255-8%252-108$65$90,563,6709Universal
7Frozen (2013)$12,943-1%227-63$57$400,227,93623Disney
8Dom Hemingway$9,1931%119-10$77$471,4984Fox Searchlight
9Son of God$7,55115%211-292$36$59,599,8839Fox
10The Nut Job$5,226-25%160-41$33$64,189,02215Open Road
11Bad Words$4,569-18%114-109$40$7,700,8657Focus
12Gravity$3,5788%105-40$34$274,065,62030Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$28,64320%370$774$1,191,6974Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cesar Chavez$8,98941%45-72$200$5,508,7825Lionsgate / Pantelion
33 Days to Kill$4,3383%85-25$51$30,628,31010Relativity Media
4Joe (2014)$4,2970%41-7$105$314,9543Roadside Attractions
5Sabotage (2014)$3,789-1%75-55$51$10,447,8645Open Road
6Watermark$2,88336%167$180$71,3494eOne Films US
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$1,56215%87-27$18$15,973,8817Lionsgate
8The Unknown Known$1,362-42%22-27$62$260,4884RADiUS-TWC
9Philomena$1,305-18%33-68$40$37,681,35223Weinstein Company
10Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,26636%2--$633$37,86512Rialto Pictures
11Ernest & Celestine$75015%20-11$38$262,0729GKIDS
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$730226%21$365$23,1402Rialto Pictures
13Make Your Move$688-5%40-102$17$125,1062High Top Releasing
14Frankie & Alice$68410%24-19$29$695,8764Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
15August: Osage County$679-18%7-9$97$37,737,34918Weinstein Company
16Gloria (2014)$510-22%9-4$57$2,095,02214Roadside Attractions
17Dallas Buyers Club$290-31%12-2$24$27,298,28526Focus
18Gabrielle (2014)$5675%10$56$4,9002eOne Films US