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, Jun. 29 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$25,735,547-21%4,233--$6,080$100,038,3901Paramount
222 Jump Street$4,534,733-27%3,426120$1,324$140,279,2673Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$3,960,246-23%3,750-518$1,056$121,952,2293Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Think Like a Man Too$2,674,626-37%2,2250$1,202$48,084,7572Sony / Screen Gems
5Maleficent$2,470,530-25%3,073-377$804$202,010,0645Disney
6Jersey Boys$2,289,120-28%2,9050$788$27,444,7502Warner Bros.
7Edge of Tomorrow$1,589,261-28%2,535-677$627$84,348,9224Warner Bros.
8The Fault in Our Stars$1,545,407-11%2,845-495$543$109,875,7954Fox
9X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,007,472-25%2,014-667$500$223,414,8996Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$505,063-30%801-160$631$19,413,4408Open Road
2Godzilla (2014)$264,965-29%750-615$353$197,020,1387Warner Bros.
3Neighbors (2014)$201,560-40%510-523$395$147,241,1558Universal
4A Million Ways to Die in the West$159,525-32%483-934$330$41,721,9305Universal
5Blended$159,374-37%475-367$336$43,545,8596Warner Bros.
6Rio 2$128,118-27%32212$398$128,146,33312Fox
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$91,170-32%274-160$333$200,185,5119Sony / Columbia
8Belle$76,964-28%175-69$440$9,655,4859Fox Searchlight
9Heaven is for Real$75,403-17%21110$357$90,175,14111Sony / TriStar
10The Grand Seduction$72,686-26%119-5$611$2,164,2845eOne Films US
11Divergent$55,344-29%210-79$264$150,544,46415Lionsgate / Summit
12The Other Woman (2014)$45,686-31%195-36$234$83,403,92510Fox
13The LEGO Movie$43,264-20%33520$129$257,000,26021Warner Bros.
14Words and Pictures$40,249-31%105-70$383$1,731,6246Roadside Attractions
15Moms' Night Out$23,418-27%11767$200$10,276,5268Sony / TriStar
16Mr. Peabody & Sherman$22,373-29%141-38$159$111,017,44517Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Signal (2014)$22,042-20%180-24$122$556,0993Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snowpiercer$56,938-17%8--$7,117$171,1871RADiUS-TWC
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$46,345-8%410$1,130$3,546,21513Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Begin Again$35,487-36%5--$7,097$134,0641Weinstein Company
4The Grand Budapest Hotel$35,186-33%90-22$391$58,550,01417Fox Searchlight
5The Immigrant$21,969-23%61-49$360$1,984,7437Weinstein Company
6God's Not Dead$18,178-23%90-22$202$60,605,10415Freestyle / Pure Flix
7Brick Mansions$14,747-3%31-29$476$20,358,68710Relativity Media
8America (2014)$13,94413%3--$4,648$38,6081Lionsgate
9Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$8,614-13%31-15$278$175,8034RADiUS-TWC
10Fed Up$8,353-5%32-15$261$1,454,2558RADiUS-TWC
11Yves Saint Laurent$7,226-28%2--$3,613$35,8611Weinstein Company
12The Railway Man$4,955-32%38-46$130$4,407,45812Weinstein Company
13Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,149-9%21-31$150$8,433,8628Clarius Entertainment
14Radio Free Albemuth$1,642-23%10--$164$5,5531Freestyle Releasing
15The Hornet's Nest$257-17%2-1$129$306,9478Freestyle Releasing
16The Unknown Known$75-63%1-1$75$276,38113RADiUS-TWC