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 Tue, Jul. 1 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$10,410,443-1%4,233--$2,459$120,953,1071Paramount
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$2,614,01515%3,750-518$697$126,839,9473Fox / DreamWorks Animation
322 Jump Street$2,284,747-6%3,426120$667$145,003,9823Sony / Columbia
4Maleficent$1,574,3539%3,073-377$512$205,025,9035Disney
5Think Like a Man Too$1,173,4014%2,2250$527$50,381,7372Sony / Screen Gems
6Jersey Boys$1,135,18316%2,9050$391$29,561,1032Warner Bros.
7The Fault in Our Stars$1,045,1712%2,845-495$367$111,944,6074Fox
8Edge of Tomorrow$761,364-2%2,535-677$300$85,889,3854Warner Bros.
9X-Men: Days of Future Past$540,462-4%2,014-667$268$224,517,1076Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$212,822-4%801-160$266$19,848,9158Open Road
2Godzilla (2014)$142,136-3%750-615$190$197,309,4227Warner Bros.
3Rio 2$93,20110%32212$289$128,324,64812Fox
4Neighbors (2014)$92,020-28%510-523$180$147,460,7458Universal
5Blended$87,243-21%475-367$184$43,743,8516Warner Bros.
6A Million Ways to Die in the West$70,225-22%483-934$145$41,881,6805Universal
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$54,549-9%274-160$199$200,300,2569Sony / Columbia
8Heaven is for Real$45,0328%21110$213$90,261,76711Sony / TriStar
9The Grand Seduction$43,5287%119-5$366$2,248,6765eOne Films US
10Belle$41,2737%175-69$236$9,735,3319Fox Searchlight
11Divergent$34,4421%210-79$164$150,613,02815Lionsgate / Summit
12The LEGO Movie$31,3626%33520$94$257,061,16721Warner Bros.
13The Other Woman (2014)$25,977-3%195-36$133$83,456,77610Fox
14Mr. Peabody & Sherman$20,24526%141-38$144$111,053,75617Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Words and Pictures$17,3031%105-70$165$1,766,0636Roadside Attractions
16Moms' Night Out$16,48211%11767$141$10,307,8188Sony / TriStar
17The Signal (2014)$10,823-9%180-24$60$578,7953Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$48,12310%410$1,174$3,638,21213Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Snowpiercer$24,306-13%8--$3,038$223,3611RADiUS-TWC
3The Grand Budapest Hotel$17,468-8%90-22$194$58,586,43517Fox Searchlight
4Begin Again$12,737-5%5--$2,547$160,2011Weinstein Company
5God's Not Dead$11,67020%90-22$130$60,626,46315Freestyle / Pure Flix
6The Immigrant$10,50512%61-49$172$2,004,5917Weinstein Company
7Fed Up$8,84764%32-15$276$1,468,5138RADiUS-TWC
8Brick Mansions$5,936-35%31-29$191$20,373,82410Relativity Media
9Yves Saint Laurent$3,700-5%2--$1,850$43,4361Weinstein Company
10Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$2,923-12%31-15$94$182,0364RADiUS-TWC
11The Railway Man$2,457-23%38-46$65$4,413,09112Weinstein Company
12Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$2,17033%21-31$103$8,437,6648Clarius Entertainment
13America (2014)$1,704-14%3--$568$42,2951Lionsgate
14Radio Free Albemuth$1,00718%10--$101$7,4101Freestyle Releasing
15Godzilla: The Japanese Original$408--1--$408$143,23911Rialto Pictures
16The Hornet's Nest$14271%2-1$71$307,1728Freestyle Releasing