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 Wed, Jul. 30 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lucy$3,744,140-31%3,173--$1,180$58,052,4951Universal
2Hercules (2014)$2,614,620-31%3,595--$727$39,532,9031Paramount
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,846,187-26%3,668-301$503$179,020,5643Fox
4Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,369,156-17%3,83913$357$39,860,8762Disney
5The Purge: Anarchy$1,240,940-25%2,85650$435$56,284,2102Universal
6Sex Tape$809,156-22%3,0620$264$29,661,4512Sony / Columbia
7And So It Goes$598,983-22%1,762--$340$6,582,2611Clarius Entertainment
8Transformers: Age of Extinction$585,155-22%2,476-748$236$238,460,7895Paramount
9Tammy$424,152-18%2,562-840$166$79,599,8864Warner Bros. / New Line
10How to Train Your Dragon 2$401,598-18%1,358-811$296$166,992,1497Fox / DreamWorks Animation
1122 Jump Street$360,263-18%1,613-616$223$186,960,6207Sony / Columbia
12Maleficent$305,987-16%1,077-464$284$233,184,6229Disney
13Earth to Echo$238,829-11%1,272-1178$188$36,285,3744Relativity Media
14Begin Again$196,646-10%1,244-58$158$12,921,6015Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$254,574-7%361--$705$3,486,4371Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$222,745-3%10773$2,082$4,843,6893IFC Films
3Wish I Was Here$140,852-9%625557$225$2,320,0322Focus
4The Fluffy Movie$121,808-21%432--$282$1,731,5431Open Road
5America (2014)$114,936-10%760-270$151$13,614,2795Lionsgate
6Kick$108,699-46%177--$614$1,584,6791UTV Motion Pictures
7Chef$98,357-4%405-147$243$27,562,96412Open Road
8The Fault in Our Stars$93,260-10%387-170$241$122,999,2008Fox
9Edge of Tomorrow$72,184-13%353-249$204$97,935,8798Warner Bros.
10Jersey Boys$71,470-15%462-541$155$45,868,7686Warner Bros.
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$57,993-14%289-98$201$231,457,47710Fox
12The LEGO Movie$53,59030%2020$265$257,687,55225Warner Bros.
13Godzilla (2014)$51,636-11%302-24$171$199,870,30011Warner Bros.
14Rio 2$42,897-6%230-26$187$130,805,67216Fox
15Blended$33,522-5%223-62$150$45,707,33210Warner Bros.
16Snowpiercer$31,108-5%149-62$209$3,999,3865RADiUS-TWC
17Neighbors (2014)$26,060-7%208-22$125$149,571,05512Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$66,41721%410$1,620$5,210,05417Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$16,063-3%74-16$217$3,145,2409eOne Films US
3I Origins$12,248-2%7672$161$155,1132Fox Searchlight
4Belle$9,92314%58-34$171$10,604,76813Fox Searchlight
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$6,6812%58-5$115$111,360,86021Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Words and Pictures$4,4716%28--$160$2,124,49210Roadside Attractions
7The Other Woman (2014)$4,047-10%39-21$104$83,877,91414Fox
8Yves Saint Laurent$2,426-20%8-3$303$249,6065Weinstein Company
9Come Back to Me$1,03019%10--$103$7,0471Freestyle Releasing
10God's Not Dead$89915%9-2$100$60,748,93019Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$45814%6-2$76$8,462,02712Clarius Entertainment
12Fed Up$225-33%131$17$1,529,61912RADiUS-TWC
13Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$20048%4-6$50$209,5728RADiUS-TWC
14The Hornet's Nest$20075%1--$200$312,38312Freestyle Releasing
15A Long Way Off$97-50%1--$97$29,2898Moving Visions Entertainment