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, Aug. 10 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$17,810,885-20%3,845--$4,632$65,575,1051Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$12,865,127-24%4,0888$3,147$176,515,7612Disney
3Into the Storm$4,378,519-32%3,434--$1,275$17,346,4271Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Hundred-Foot Journey$3,013,184-30%2,023--$1,489$10,979,2901Disney / DreamWorks
5Lucy$2,802,385-27%3,147-55$890$97,511,6103Universal
6Hercules (2014)$1,618,307-31%2,896-699$559$63,508,1383Paramount
7Step Up All In$1,516,849-28%2,072--$732$6,469,8571Lionsgate / Summit
8Get On Up$1,492,580-32%2,4691$605$23,109,7602Universal
9Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,300,815-27%2,306-977$564$197,768,1565Fox
10Planes: Fire and Rescue$727,834-27%2,280-961$319$52,982,8544Disney
11The Purge: Anarchy$641,530-30%1,602-1054$400$68,533,3604Universal
12And So It Goes$336,356-34%1,111-705$303$13,243,2153Clarius Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$621,487-37%80175$776$10,410,7903Roadside Attractions
2Sex Tape$295,407-37%944-1556$313$36,907,1904Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$206,297-28%526-335$392$170,121,1529Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Transformers: Age of Extinction$163,418-34%580-1152$282$242,880,0317Paramount
5Maleficent$143,401-37%370-311$388$236,053,66811Disney
6Tammy$123,098-44%550-865$224$82,737,1686Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$99,817-31%313-515$319$189,477,8249Sony / Columbia
8Edge of Tomorrow$98,751-25%265-137$373$99,280,67810Warner Bros.
9Chef$89,617-37%242-108$370$28,944,19914Open Road
10X-Men: Days of Future Past$85,810-25%22737$378$232,077,84612Fox
11The Fault in Our Stars$57,872-27%223-59$260$123,846,54710Fox
12Begin Again$51,803-33%245-482$211$14,278,4127Weinstein Company
13Godzilla (2014)$42,544-21%178-99$239$200,435,30813Warner Bros.
14Earth to Echo$42,479-28%217-319$196$37,458,6396Relativity Media
15Jersey Boys$33,433-31%150-136$223$46,491,1338Warner Bros.
16The Fluffy Movie$31,698-14%156-276$203$2,705,0413Open Road
17Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods$30,547-88%251--$122$2,412,7521Screenvision
18Rio 2$30,473-49%166-46$184$131,261,54818Fox
19Blended$29,843-29%144-43$207$46,084,34312Warner Bros.
20Wish I Was Here$28,981-25%202-551$143$3,459,6674Focus
21Neighbors (2014)$26,355-31%139-38$190$149,939,69014Universal
22America (2014)$21,624-14%121-357$179$14,320,8577Lionsgate
23The Amazing Spider-Man 2$18,042-24%104-57$173$202,778,22415Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Calvary$78,069-28%4440$1,774$359,6312Fox Searchlight
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$39,231-27%410$957$5,780,95919Warner Bros. / IMAX
3What If$36,413-24%20--$1,821$133,8981CBS Films
4Kick$28,544-28%74-88$386$2,393,5923UTV Motion Pictures
5Snowpiercer$21,456-16%71-29$302$4,280,9707RADiUS-TWC
6I Origins$10,756-21%88-34$122$308,5854Fox Searchlight
7The Grand Seduction$7,608-28%33-17$231$3,273,95311eOne Films US
8Heaven is for Real$6,922-32%60-36$115$91,443,25317Sony / TriStar
9Think Like a Man Too$5,691-38%31-84$184$65,104,7118Sony / Screen Gems
10Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$5,275-37%44-53$120$30,577,1226Sony / Screen Gems
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$4,804-31%36-23$133$111,429,71923Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Words and Pictures$1,883-21%12-6$157$2,155,36412Roadside Attractions
13Yves Saint Laurent$1,710-30%6-2$285$275,3187Weinstein Company
14The LEGO Movie$1,4911%17-21$88$257,731,10727Warner Bros.
15Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,133--10$1,133$148,90617Rialto Pictures
16Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$2583%3-1$86$211,83310RADiUS-TWC
17Fed Up$12673%2-5$63$1,534,98514RADiUS-TWC
18As It Is in Heaven (2014)$71-47%21$36$10,3965Embark Visuals