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 Sun, May. 18 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Godzilla (2014)$22,617,414-30%3,952--$5,723$93,188,3841Warner Bros.
2Neighbors (2014)$6,454,810-36%3,31132$1,950$90,591,1002Universal
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$4,863,102-34%3,991-333$1,219$172,169,8643Sony / Columbia
4Million Dollar Arm$2,731,744-37%3,019--$905$10,515,6591Disney
5The Other Woman (2014)$1,592,974-40%3,054-252$522$71,672,0164Fox
6Heaven is for Real$1,296,033-29%2,893-155$448$82,228,5935Sony / TriStar
7Rio 2$1,194,853-29%2,371-602$504$117,991,2156Fox
8Captain America: The Winter Soldier$1,021,880-37%2,271-430$450$250,532,3047Disney
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$614,039-30%2,578-80$238$6,564,4772Clarius Entertainment
10Moms' Night Out$423,826-42%1,0462$405$7,200,9022Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$299,413-42%991-242$302$146,789,7429Lionsgate / Summit
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$282,688-39%630-140$449$55,478,50411Fox Searchlight
3Belle$278,577-32%173128$1,610$1,767,7443Fox Searchlight
4God's Not Dead$218,905-28%780-220$281$58,924,1639Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The LEGO Movie$159,913-33%355-46$450$254,342,25015Warner Bros.
6Brick Mansions$141,065-36%724-1230$195$19,609,9464Relativity Media
7Bears$120,156-13%580-663$207$16,839,7225Disneynature
8Draft Day$99,313-39%495-325$201$28,393,6176Lionsgate / Summit
9300: Rise of an Empire$94,784-31%155-36$612$106,488,12811Warner Bros.
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$93,801-33%319-38$294$109,303,05411Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Transcendence$87,469-26%315-200$278$22,635,8405Warner Bros.
12The Railway Man$82,794-39%1832$452$2,749,9466Weinstein Company
13Non-Stop (2014)$72,500-45%220-16$330$91,439,40012Universal
14Noah$66,064-26%286-191$231$100,262,3518Paramount
15The Quiet Ones$33,749-55%341-792$99$8,357,4634Lionsgate
16A Haunted House 2$25,174-42%124-402$203$17,059,6495Open Road
17Oculus$21,314-39%140-270$152$27,431,0316Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$194,690-38%7266$2,704$991,5622Open Road
2Fed Up$60,412-18%55--$1,098$369,2082RADiUS-TWC
3RoboCop (2014)$53,07753%81-65$655$58,607,00714Sony / Columbia
4Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$35,506-27%371$960$1,833,4177Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Immigrant$13,562-27%3--$4,521$44,0641Weinstein Company
6The Monuments Men$12,546-49%94-28$133$78,031,62015Sony / Columbia
72 States$10,854-30%32-27$339$2,221,6765UTV Motion Pictures
8The Hornet's Nest$6,157-25%1713$362$53,5262Freestyle Releasing
9Bad Words$5,809-38%8354$70$7,764,02710Focus
10Blue Ruin$2,673-25%24-37$111$239,0564RADiUS-TWC
11Son of God$2,369-21%46-22$52$59,681,11712Fox
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,802-46%8-11$225$117,8825Rialto Pictures
13Philomena$1,4277%9-4$159$37,707,71926Weinstein Company
14Joe (2014)$815-16%10-13$82$371,8976Roadside Attractions
15The Unknown Known$164-50%3-3$55$266,8707RADiUS-TWC