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 Thu, Jul. 10 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$3,450,198-6%4,2330$815$192,531,2982Paramount
2Tammy$2,445,255-4%3,46565$706$44,443,6011Warner Bros. / New Line
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,330,135-4%3,297-14$403$146,203,3614Fox / DreamWorks Animation
422 Jump Street$1,323,179-4%3,3240$398$165,261,1394Sony / Columbia
5Earth to Echo$1,259,672-3%3,2300$390$19,097,5391Relativity Media
6Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$1,004,900-9%3,0490$330$20,301,8101Sony / Screen Gems
7Maleficent$898,490-1%2,389-54$376$217,824,8086Disney
8Jersey Boys$571,341-5%2,6300$217$39,194,6103Warner Bros.
9The Fault in Our Stars$494,316-3%1,865-1$265$118,123,4845Fox
10Think Like a Man Too$467,051-7%1,7290$270$59,406,2623Sony / Screen Gems
11America (2014)$465,275-1%1,1050$421$5,817,9802Lionsgate
12Edge of Tomorrow$385,234-6%1,5380$250$92,685,0925Warner Bros.
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$219,372-4%1,0444$210$228,137,0717Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$182,1751%6860$266$22,816,3899Open Road
2Begin Again$134,485-4%1750$768$2,350,7482Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$114,2011%2500$457$2,000,1022RADiUS-TWC
4Rio 2$98,53911%31112$317$129,234,81213Fox
5Neighbors (2014)$56,845-2%31517$180$148,278,4859Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$48,5674%3520$138$198,108,9518Warner Bros.
7Blended$48,0237%3050$157$44,370,4957Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$31,890-3%22726$140$42,402,3656Universal
9Divergent$30,2567%184-26$164$150,947,89516Lionsgate / Summit
10Belle$29,50110%123-11$240$10,111,68510Fox Searchlight
11The Other Woman (2014)$19,2824%142-26$136$83,677,11311Fox
12The LEGO Movie$18,2164%2400$76$257,257,16922Warner Bros.
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$13,151-1%111-25$118$111,192,22318Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$51,900-6%41--$1,266$4,089,09814Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$26,8225%91-28$295$2,585,5296eOne Films US
3The Grand Budapest Hotel$14,1209%72-8$196$58,779,54518Fox Searchlight
4Words and Pictures$12,1367%61-44$199$1,938,9667Roadside Attractions
5God's Not Dead$6,8186%60-30$114$60,710,62516Freestyle / Pure Flix
6Yves Saint Laurent$6,6754%108$668$128,3842Weinstein Company
7Fed Up$2,33619%180$130$1,495,2499RADiUS-TWC
8Marius$1,857--1--$1,857$1,8571Kino Lorber
9The Railway Man$1,7749%14-24$127$4,431,79913Weinstein Company
10Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$1,74115%120$145$200,5105RADiUS-TWC
11Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,54210%2314$67$8,455,1079Clarius Entertainment
12The Signal (2014)$1,219-11%35-145$35$593,3414Focus
13Accident (2014 re-issue)$1,069--1--$1,069$16,7837Rialto Pictures
14The Hornet's Nest$46171%10$46$309,6609Freestyle Releasing