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 Tue, May. 13 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Neighbors (2014)$4,836,0509%3,279--$1,475$58,313,0101Universal
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$2,904,90829%4,3240$672$151,360,9942Sony / Columbia
3The Other Woman (2014)$971,69435%3,30668$294$63,776,2443Fox
4Heaven is for Real$634,64631%3,048118$208$76,820,7134Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$504,17123%2,701-478$187$246,043,3286Disney
6Rio 2$343,82138%2,973-341$116$113,662,1325Fox
7Moms' Night Out$341,88333%1,044--$327$4,910,1151Sony / TriStar
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$236,87824%2,658--$89$4,176,0341Clarius Entertainment
9Brick Mansions$196,52330%1,954-693$101$18,839,1833Relativity Media
10Divergent$163,93221%1,233-406$133$145,366,7508Lionsgate / Summit
11God's Not Dead$138,00221%1,000-330$138$57,937,3138Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Bears$101,93324%1,243-547$82$16,237,0384Disneynature
13The Quiet Ones$61,97813%1,133-894$55$8,112,4813Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$164,85027%770-114$214$54,121,84310Fox Searchlight
2Draft Day$71,09918%820-534$87$27,896,2765Lionsgate / Summit
3The Railway Man$51,51034%18117$285$2,350,2535Weinstein Company
4Noah$51,24124%477-452$107$99,970,1187Paramount
5Transcendence$48,58043%515-1260$94$22,291,7924Warner Bros.
6The LEGO Movie$40,1639%401181$100$253,743,50014Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House 2$34,58710%526-802$66$16,912,2464Open Road
8Oculus$32,43212%410-474$79$27,300,0945Relativity Media
9Non-Stop (2014)$18,83024%23618$80$91,138,13511Universal
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$18,34614%357-53$51$108,958,30310Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11300: Rise of an Empire$9,63810%191-44$50$106,188,86910Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$48,80616%4541$1,085$725,0692Fox Searchlight
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$29,14239%36-1$810$1,606,3896Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Chef$17,7757%6--$2,963$239,2851Open Road
4Godzilla: The Japanese Original$12,22459%2917$422$98,5294Rialto Pictures
52 States$7,38849%59-37$125$2,174,1054UTV Motion Pictures
6Blue Ruin$6,72015%611$110$215,4843RADiUS-TWC
73 Days to Kill$2,80241%42-22$67$30,693,15412Relativity Media
8Sabotage (2014)$2,44045%51-9$48$10,504,0917Open Road
9Joe (2014)$1,61772%23-16$70$367,1295Roadside Attractions
10Son of God$1,616-8%68-58$24$59,669,95911Fox
11Bad Words$1,30570%29-11$45$7,740,2109Focus
12The Hornet's Nest$940-21%4--$235$28,6871Freestyle Releasing
13Philomena$59885%13-9$46$37,702,91025Weinstein Company
14Gloria (2014)$40421%7-2$58$2,107,29316Roadside Attractions
15Watermark$387-6%5-6$77$83,6346eOne Films US
16Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$286-4%10$286$44,31214Rialto Pictures
17The Unknown Known$185-8%6-9$31$265,8436RADiUS-TWC
18Decoding Annie Parker$42-93%2-11$21$40,5242eOne Films US