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 Mon, Jun. 16 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$6,830,926-48%3,306--$2,066$63,902,3711Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$5,056,288-63%4,253--$1,189$54,507,6101Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The Fault in Our Stars$2,307,777-14%3,273100$705$83,074,9772Fox
4Maleficent$2,269,929-58%3,623-325$627$165,291,4583Disney
5Edge of Tomorrow$1,672,018-71%3,50515$477$58,673,7162Warner Bros.
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,033,521-69%3,042-597$340$207,290,1314Fox
7Godzilla (2014)$383,462-69%2,088-1022$184$191,840,6565Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$363,155-66%2,413-747$150$37,470,1753Universal
9Neighbors (2014)$302,425-49%1,896-778$160$143,324,6406Universal
10Chef$225,282-65%1,102-196$204$14,213,2616Open Road
11Blended$206,492-59%1,581-1347$131$40,593,8294Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$117,865-60%682-799$173$198,504,0867Sony / Columbia
2Million Dollar Arm$81,689-74%577-1066$142$33,552,9915Disney
3Belle$62,301-56%338-138$184$8,631,9257Fox Searchlight
4Divergent$60,469-46%33638$180$149,681,74413Lionsgate / Summit
5Rio 2$58,512-51%383-319$153$126,725,18210Fox
6Heaven is for Real$48,007-57%53286$90$89,450,4399Sony / TriStar
7The LEGO Movie$43,448-45%30127$144$256,373,71919Warner Bros.
8Words and Pictures$41,315-61%217119$190$1,107,3994Roadside Attractions
9The Grand Seduction$32,575-57%104-3$313$1,312,6633eOne Films US
10The Other Woman (2014)$29,822-42%244-245$122$82,762,9888Fox
11The Signal (2014)$23,003-55%120--$192$178,6451Focus
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$21,322-63%149-36$143$58,131,13515Fox Searchlight
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$20,415-49%207-17$99$110,643,02215Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14God's Not Dead$18,490-56%150-50$123$60,319,48413Freestyle / Pure Flix
15The Immigrant$15,630-60%140-5$112$1,702,5265Weinstein Company
16Noah$7,802-67%103-33$76$101,171,40912Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$36,239-7%412$884$2,990,61511Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Fed Up$10,003-24%56-32$179$1,337,3926RADiUS-TWC
3Brick Mansions$7,263-59%85-14$85$20,229,4658Relativity Media
4Moms' Night Out$7,070-38%81-211$87$10,086,9646Sony / TriStar
5Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,490-13%43-41$81$8,336,8636Clarius Entertainment
6Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$3,474-57%18--$193$65,9212RADiUS-TWC
7The Railway Man$3,165-48%50-127$63$4,310,15810Weinstein Company
8Oculus$2,104-37%31-16$68$27,676,24910Relativity Media
9Transcendence$1,970-57%58-47$34$23,016,4749Warner Bros.
10Draft Day$1,832-65%53-60$35$28,832,97710Lionsgate / Summit
11The Hornet's Nest$551-64%3-13$184$299,4786Freestyle Releasing
12Filmistaan$395-71%8-16$49$44,7022UTV Motion Pictures
13Accident (2014 re-issue)$301-42%1--$301$14,6164Rialto Pictures
14Blue Ruin$183144%2-1$92$257,0898RADiUS-TWC
15The Unknown Known$15260%30$51$273,75511RADiUS-TWC
16Heropanti$36-78%1-2$36$63,0874UTV Motion Pictures