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. 14 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$18,726,869-26%3,306--$5,665$43,871,3591Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$17,315,466-6%4,253--$4,071$35,755,5061Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Maleficent$7,311,52125%3,623-325$2,018$157,676,4823Disney
4Edge of Tomorrow$6,108,72733%3,50515$1,743$51,164,6232Warner Bros.
5The Fault in Our Stars$5,741,160-10%3,273100$1,754$78,076,2532Fox
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$3,730,15337%3,042-597$1,226$202,895,7794Fox
7A Million Ways to Die in the West$1,243,90532%2,413-747$516$36,044,3903Universal
8Godzilla (2014)$1,209,91037%2,088-1022$579$190,236,2065Warner Bros.
9Neighbors (2014)$967,90520%1,896-778$510$142,425,9206Universal
10Chef$938,20655%1,102-196$851$13,343,7626Open Road
11Blended$666,57518%1,581-1347$422$39,879,0494Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$379,95437%682-799$557$198,089,7837Sony / Columbia
2Million Dollar Arm$284,94235%577-1066$494$33,162,9475Disney
3Belle$216,55343%338-138$641$8,427,0747Fox Searchlight
4Words and Pictures$170,20343%217119$784$960,6184Roadside Attractions
5Rio 2$158,96215%383-319$415$126,547,97010Fox
6Divergent$147,61921%33638$439$149,508,86613Lionsgate / Summit
7Heaven is for Real$125,47730%53286$236$89,289,5609Sony / TriStar
8The Grand Seduction$122,83768%104-3$1,181$1,204,4933eOne Films US
9The Other Woman (2014)$108,15027%244-245$443$82,682,1338Fox
10The Grand Budapest Hotel$84,35154%149-36$566$58,052,51415Fox Searchlight
11The LEGO Movie$81,20022%30127$270$256,250,58619Warner Bros.
12The Immigrant$69,76561%140-5$498$1,647,5145Weinstein Company
13Holiday (2014)$67,41355%102-42$661$648,2772Reliance Entertainment
14Mr. Peabody & Sherman$57,95627%207-17$280$110,582,62215Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15The Signal (2014)$54,5108%120--$454$104,8531Focus
16God's Not Dead$46,81415%150-50$312$60,258,50713Freestyle / Pure Flix
17Noah$24,42652%103-33$237$101,139,83012Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$45,154-15%412$1,101$2,915,45811Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Brick Mansions$22,86847%85-14$269$20,204,6708Relativity Media
3Moms' Night Out$20,081-4%81-211$248$10,068,5076Sony / TriStar
4Fed Up$16,35131%56-32$292$1,314,1756RADiUS-TWC
5Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$13,40242%18--$745$54,3242RADiUS-TWC
6The Railway Man$11,14238%50-127$223$4,300,93110Weinstein Company
7Draft Day$7,46635%53-60$141$28,825,85110Lionsgate / Summit
8Transcendence$6,72413%58-47$116$23,009,9039Warner Bros.
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$5,291-2%43-41$123$8,329,3846Clarius Entertainment
10Oculus$4,31312%31-16$139$27,670,83110Relativity Media
11Filmistaan$2,51332%8-16$314$42,9422UTV Motion Pictures
12The Hornet's Nest$1,1858%3-13$395$297,3996Freestyle Releasing
13Accident (2014 re-issue)$59725%1--$597$13,7974Rialto Pictures
14Blue Ruin$51220%2-1$256$256,8318RADiUS-TWC
15The Unknown Known$350192%30$117$273,50811RADiUS-TWC
16Heropanti$242-10%1-2$242$62,8914UTV Motion Pictures
17Godzilla: The Japanese Original$147--1-1$147$139,3849Rialto Pictures