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, May. 3 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$33,161,137-6%4,324--$7,669$68,328,1541Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$6,077,06226%3,23833$1,877$44,028,2602Fox
3Heaven is for Real$3,613,94349%2,930225$1,233$62,948,0593Sony / TriStar
4Rio 2$3,538,864103%3,314-389$1,068$104,153,6574Fox
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$3,523,95568%3,179-441$1,109$235,004,9505Disney
6Brick Mansions$1,521,62137%2,6470$575$14,566,9302Relativity Media
7Divergent$1,000,96961%1,639-427$611$142,110,1797Lionsgate / Summit
8The Quiet Ones$881,90730%2,0270$435$6,320,8292Lionsgate
9God's Not Dead$718,13940%1,330-270$540$55,025,4107Freestyle / Pure Flix
10Bears$700,86056%1,79070$392$13,804,9223Disneynature
11Draft Day$615,81653%1,354-726$455$26,060,9004Lionsgate / Summit
12Transcendence$500,73346%1,775-1680$282$21,035,9073Warner Bros.
13A Haunted House 2$451,19340%1,328-982$340$15,821,2523Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$813,21970%884-137$920$51,062,5189Fox Searchlight
2Noah$393,63874%929-675$424$98,744,5996Paramount
3Oculus$329,44533%884-997$373$26,518,4184Relativity Media
4The Railway Man$230,16671%1648$1,403$1,491,4234Weinstein Company
5RoboCop (2014)$214,02555%23184$927$58,265,52612Sony / Columbia
6Mr. Peabody & Sherman$190,541102%410-58$465$108,430,0119Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The LEGO Movie$104,66292%220-83$476$253,037,00213Warner Bros.
8Non-Stop (2014)$68,56553%218-34$315$90,677,02010Universal
9The Monuments Men$53,87958%145-21$372$77,821,05413Sony / Columbia
10300: Rise of an Empire$49,76449%235-90$212$105,998,3619Warner Bros.
11The Nut Job$23,154123%101-59$229$64,222,55916Open Road
12Son of God$13,50667%126-85$107$59,621,48610Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 States$79,81454%96-41$831$1,974,9623UTV Motion Pictures
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$50,12934%370$1,355$1,279,2585Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Belle$41,76536%4--$10,441$72,4931Fox Searchlight
4Blue Ruin$30,18737%60--$503$100,0482RADiUS-TWC
5Cesar Chavez$16,61555%9752$171$5,536,1416Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Walk of Shame$13,743-2%51--$269$27,7721Focus World
73 Days to Kill$11,91742%64-21$186$30,648,64511Relativity Media
8Joe (2014)$11,33148%39-2$291$333,9164Roadside Attractions
9Dom Hemingway$10,51748%47-72$224$489,1165Fox Searchlight
10Sabotage (2014)$9,73562%60-15$162$10,463,6086Open Road
11Gravity$8,96464%65-40$138$274,080,05531Warner Bros.
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$7,90698%98$878$35,0493Rialto Pictures
13Bad Words$7,55132%40-74$189$7,714,1478Focus
14Decoding Annie Parker$6,42638%13--$494$11,0811eOne Films US
15Philomena$4,78690%22-11$218$37,688,65824Weinstein Company
16Gloria (2014)$2,252136%90$250$2,098,23015Roadside Attractions
17Watermark$1,84174%11-5$167$74,2495eOne Films US
18Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,15665%1-1$1,156$39,72313Rialto Pictures
19The Unknown Known$988221%15-7$66$261,7845RADiUS-TWC
20August: Osage County$44536%3-4$148$37,738,12219Weinstein Company
21Gabrielle (2014)$226371%10$226$5,1743eOne Films US