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, Jun. 7 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Maleficent$13,463,27832%3,9480$3,410$117,500,1162Disney
2The Fault in Our Stars$12,680,655-51%3,173--$3,996$38,742,7011Fox
3Edge of Tomorrow$10,474,234-1%3,490--$3,001$21,079,3991Warner Bros.
4X-Men: Days of Future Past$6,176,54037%3,639-362$1,697$185,087,8233Fox
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$2,908,68529%3,1602$920$28,159,4452Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$2,509,13141%3,110-391$807$183,383,5654Warner Bros.
7Neighbors (2014)$2,180,55032%2,674-265$815$136,426,8805Universal
8Blended$1,699,36533%2,928-627$580$35,440,6293Warner Bros.
9Chef$1,105,29453%1,298674$852$9,587,2215Open Road
10Million Dollar Arm$853,30238%1,643-686$519$30,994,7274Disney
11The Amazing Spider-Man 2$814,65448%1,481-671$550$195,752,1616Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$322,48246%476-49$677$7,357,7736Fox Searchlight
2Rio 2$301,66934%702-281$430$125,436,9489Fox
3The Other Woman (2014)$205,70331%489-625$421$82,088,1387Fox
4Holiday (2014)$157,00242%144--$1,090$267,5841Reliance Entertainment
5Heaven is for Real$156,45339%446-276$351$88,682,0218Sony / TriStar
6The Grand Seduction$117,72636%10713$1,100$741,8352eOne Films US
7The LEGO Movie$117,02835%274-28$427$255,793,91318Warner Bros.
8The Grand Budapest Hotel$107,02858%185-64$579$57,709,42214Fox Searchlight
9Divergent$103,07432%298-75$346$148,992,56912Lionsgate / Summit
10The Immigrant$82,69359%145-5$570$1,364,2254Weinstein Company
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$71,79141%224-30$320$110,284,63414Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12God's Not Dead$65,06632%20045$325$59,986,90012Freestyle / Pure Flix
13Moms' Night Out$58,96112%292-91$202$9,870,1025Sony / TriStar
14Noah$37,55957%136-46$276$101,011,75411Paramount
15The Railway Man$20,71533%177-319$117$4,215,1099Weinstein Company
16Draft Day$16,61815%113-60$147$28,774,3159Lionsgate / Summit
17Transcendence$9,91528%105-23$94$22,974,7678Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Words and Pictures$124,82656%9885$1,274$458,7873Roadside Attractions
2Fed Up$35,88154%88-16$408$1,184,5165RADiUS-TWC
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$35,099-26%390$900$2,618,14910Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Brick Mansions$29,70838%9954$300$20,094,2437Relativity Media
5Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$15,04838%84-96$179$8,268,2375Clarius Entertainment
6Filmistaan$14,56753%24--$607$24,0721UTV Motion Pictures
7A Haunted House 2$10,47152%44-30$238$17,305,8998Open Road
8Oculus$9,17154%47-36$195$27,640,2729Relativity Media
9The Hornet's Nest$5,04239%16-26$315$284,5095Freestyle Releasing
10Blue Ruin$95036%3-3$317$252,9607RADiUS-TWC
11The Unknown Known$475271%32$158$270,50910RADiUS-TWC
12Heropanti$7032%3-8$23$62,1573UTV Motion Pictures
13Godzilla: The Japanese Original$53-60%2-2$27$136,0068Rialto Pictures