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 Fri, May. 30 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Maleficent$24,297,459--3,948--$6,154$24,297,4591Disney
2X-Men: Days of Future Past$9,416,24790%4,0015$2,353$138,885,3502Fox
3A Million Ways to Die in the West$6,156,590--3,158--$1,950$6,156,5901Universal
4Godzilla (2014)$3,344,52081%3,501-451$955$165,776,0773Warner Bros.
5Neighbors (2014)$2,496,690118%2,939-327$850$123,382,4104Universal
6Blended$2,486,727151%3,5550$700$23,693,2632Warner Bros.
7Million Dollar Arm$1,044,311100%2,329-690$448$25,440,9203Disney
8The Amazing Spider-Man 2$1,024,09893%2,152-1008$476$189,981,3955Sony / Columbia
9The Other Woman (2014)$442,01646%1,114-1040$397$80,129,1646Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$499,166141%624126$800$5,414,0484Open Road
2Belle$350,09694%52572$667$5,280,0295Fox Searchlight
3Rio 2$275,66116%983-718$280$123,480,1658Fox
4Heaven is for Real$217,79511%722-998$302$87,430,2707Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$179,64839%539-834$333$254,728,9329Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$104,37773%249-111$419$57,068,39613Fox Searchlight
7Divergent$97,97865%373-271$263$148,411,40011Lionsgate / Summit
8Moms' Night Out$97,890-3%383-478$256$9,395,0664Sony / TriStar
9The Immigrant$81,66895%1503$544$855,2393Weinstein Company
10The LEGO Movie$75,33799%302-21$249$255,235,84817Warner Bros.
11The Railway Man$60,520-2%496-104$122$3,892,0498Weinstein Company
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$51,82778%254-32$204$109,902,18213Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Fed Up$44,62447%1042$429$905,9534RADiUS-TWC
14Noah$38,66360%182-37$212$100,756,89310Paramount
15God's Not Dead$33,1709%155-90$214$59,711,66911Freestyle / Pure Flix
16Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$30,739-57%180-494$171$8,090,8834Clarius Entertainment
17Draft Day$26,890303%17328$155$28,640,2368Lionsgate / Summit
18Transcendence$14,44738%128-74$113$22,896,7577Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$93,699--94--$997$93,6991eOne Films US
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$52,08141%390$1,335$2,330,0719Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Words and Pictures$19,891147%133$1,530$159,3702Roadside Attractions
4The Hornet's Nest$16,997106%42-15$405$222,1844Freestyle Releasing
5A Haunted House 2$11,29448%74-14$153$17,226,5657Open Road
6Oculus$10,41327%83-22$125$27,574,8858Relativity Media
7The Quiet Ones$7,523111%72-20$104$8,476,5006Lionsgate
8Brick Mansions$5,791-25%45-123$129$20,016,3316Relativity Media
9Heropanti$1,962-11%11-5$178$50,6582UTV Motion Pictures
10Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$656--2--$328$45,46217Rialto Pictures
11Godzilla: The Japanese Original$60662%40$152$132,7647Rialto Pictures
12Blue Ruin$54797%61$91$248,6256RADiUS-TWC
13The Unknown Known$65-28%1-4$65$269,0399RADiUS-TWC