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, May. 7 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$4,123,636-34%4,324--$954$107,139,9851Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$1,245,200-19%3,23833$385$51,374,1932Fox
3Heaven is for Real$656,299-23%2,930225$224$67,608,6513Sony / TriStar
4Captain America: The Winter Soldier$538,107-19%3,179-441$169$238,868,6925Disney
5Rio 2$337,163-24%3,314-389$102$107,698,9844Fox
6Brick Mansions$299,892-24%2,6470$113$16,616,3722Relativity Media
7God's Not Dead$179,522-10%1,330-270$135$56,094,1247Freestyle / Pure Flix
8Divergent$171,202-12%1,639-427$104$143,180,1737Lionsgate / Summit
9Bears$156,893-14%1,79070$88$14,824,4223Disneynature
10Draft Day$137,6593%1,354-726$102$26,804,5354Lionsgate / Summit
11The Quiet Ones$130,187-19%2,0270$64$7,178,3082Lionsgate
12Transcendence$124,582-17%1,775-1680$70$21,757,9163Warner Bros.
13A Haunted House 2$95,333-10%1,328-982$72$16,424,3533Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$186,732-8%884-137$211$52,096,5579Fox Searchlight
2Noah$87,446-13%929-675$94$99,295,5386Paramount
3Oculus$73,614-12%884-997$83$26,928,9304Relativity Media
4The Railway Man$51,384-2%1648$313$1,776,0224Weinstein Company
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$18,115-3%410-58$44$108,602,9359Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The LEGO Movie$17,311-20%220-83$79$253,160,55713Warner Bros.
7Non-Stop (2014)$15,155-14%218-34$70$90,761,87010Universal
8300: Rise of an Empire$14,405-3%235-90$61$106,078,3949Warner Bros.
9Son of God$3,558-10%126-85$28$59,642,64910Fox
10The Nut Job$2,914-19%101-59$29$64,248,10016Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$25,14814%370$680$1,391,7765Warner Bros. / IMAX
22 States$11,830-28%96-41$123$2,059,8603UTV Motion Pictures
3Belle$9,521-9%4--$2,380$136,0881Fox Searchlight
4Blue Ruin$8,5961%60--$143$146,8262RADiUS-TWC
5Cesar Chavez$5,93016%9752$61$5,566,8726Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Walk of Shame$5,587-7%51--$110$55,7281Focus World
7Decoding Annie Parker$4,100246%13--$315$31,6561eOne Films US
8Dom Hemingway$3,280-14%47-72$70$506,3205Fox Searchlight
9Joe (2014)$3,155-17%39-2$81$351,2554Roadside Attractions
10Sabotage (2014)$2,858-15%60-15$48$10,480,9396Open Road
113 Days to Kill$2,568-8%64-21$40$30,663,04911Relativity Media
12Bad Words$2,558-17%40-74$64$7,726,4218Focus
13Gravity$1,918-7%65-40$30$274,090,59631Warner Bros.
14Philomena$1,64222%22-11$75$37,695,91824Weinstein Company
15Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,093-48%1211$91$45,9573Rialto Pictures
16Watermark$7717%11-5$70$78,9195eOne Films US
17Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$42565%1-1$425$41,42713Rialto Pictures
18Gloria (2014)$342-89%90$38$2,103,29115Roadside Attractions
19The Unknown Known$321-64%15-7$21$264,4655RADiUS-TWC
20August: Osage County$108-11%3-4$36$37,738,73319Weinstein Company