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. 29 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lucy$5,441,69510%3,173--$1,715$54,308,3551Universal
2Hercules (2014)$3,780,50313%3,595--$1,052$36,918,2831Paramount
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$2,506,84013%3,668-301$683$177,174,3773Fox
4The Purge: Anarchy$1,657,8159%2,85650$580$55,043,2702Universal
5Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,644,61410%3,83913$428$38,491,7202Disney
6Sex Tape$1,033,34219%3,0620$337$28,852,2952Sony / Columbia
7And So It Goes$764,30233%1,762--$434$5,983,2781Clarius Entertainment
8Transformers: Age of Extinction$751,42612%2,476-748$303$237,875,6345Paramount
9Tammy$518,28814%2,562-840$202$79,175,7344Warner Bros. / New Line
10How to Train Your Dragon 2$491,31113%1,358-811$362$166,590,5517Fox / DreamWorks Animation
1122 Jump Street$438,5558%1,613-616$272$186,600,3577Sony / Columbia
12Maleficent$363,0916%1,077-464$337$232,878,6359Disney
13Earth to Echo$268,9759%1,272-1178$211$36,046,5454Relativity Media
14Begin Again$218,15811%1,244-58$175$12,724,9555Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$274,2201%361--$760$3,231,8631Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$230,0511%10773$2,150$4,620,9443IFC Films
3Kick$200,707-2%177--$1,134$1,475,9801UTV Motion Pictures
4Wish I Was Here$155,0917%625557$248$2,179,4502Focus
5The Fluffy Movie$154,1887%432--$357$1,609,7351Open Road
6America (2014)$128,1480%760-270$169$13,499,3435Lionsgate
7The Fault in Our Stars$103,3865%387-170$267$122,905,9408Fox
8Chef$102,4563%405-147$253$27,464,60712Open Road
9Jersey Boys$84,00815%462-541$182$45,797,2986Warner Bros.
10Edge of Tomorrow$83,16417%353-249$236$97,863,6958Warner Bros.
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$67,79715%289-98$235$231,399,48410Fox
12Godzilla (2014)$58,0182%302-24$192$199,818,66411Warner Bros.
13Rio 2$45,78019%230-26$199$130,762,77516Fox
14The LEGO Movie$41,381328%2020$205$257,633,96225Warner Bros.
15Blended$35,28714%223-62$158$45,673,81010Warner Bros.
16Snowpiercer$32,6915%149-62$219$3,968,2785RADiUS-TWC
17Neighbors (2014)$28,1054%208-22$135$149,544,99512Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$54,680-6%410$1,334$5,143,63717Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$16,56724%74-16$224$3,129,1779eOne Films US
3I Origins$12,5439%7672$165$142,8652Fox Searchlight
4Belle$8,730-8%58-34$151$10,594,84513Fox Searchlight
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$6,54614%58-5$113$111,354,17921Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Other Woman (2014)$4,48122%39-21$115$83,873,86714Fox
7Words and Pictures$4,20119%28--$150$2,120,02110Roadside Attractions
8Yves Saint Laurent$3,03169%8-3$379$247,1805Weinstein Company
9Come Back to Me$863-14%10--$86$6,0171Freestyle Releasing
10God's Not Dead$78545%9-2$87$60,748,03119Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$400123%6-2$67$8,461,56912Clarius Entertainment
12Fed Up$334-59%131$26$1,529,39412RADiUS-TWC
13A Long Way Off$194313%1--$194$29,1928Moving Visions Entertainment
14Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$135-25%4-6$34$209,3728RADiUS-TWC
15The Hornet's Nest$11421%1--$114$312,18312Freestyle Releasing