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 Mon, Aug. 18 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$2,884,902-63%3,697-391$780$225,546,2873Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$2,801,620-69%3,980135$704$120,567,0032Paramount
3Let's Be Cops$2,103,399-60%3,094--$680$28,324,3851Fox
4The Expendables 3$1,320,470-69%3,221--$410$17,200,1151Lionsgate
5The Giver$1,312,534-58%3,003--$437$13,617,5501Weinstein Company
6The Hundred-Foot Journey$761,359-64%2,04320$373$24,447,5822Disney / DreamWorks
7Into the Storm$747,418-66%3,4340$218$32,261,0932Warner Bros. / New Line
8Lucy$617,950-62%2,520-627$245$108,331,1404Universal
9Step Up All In$280,234-63%2,0720$135$12,088,5942Lionsgate / Summit
10Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$242,760-61%1,262-1044$192$202,139,8966Fox
11Hercules (2014)$226,684-61%1,475-1421$154$68,395,7804Paramount
12Get On Up$181,665-68%1,101-1368$165$27,231,6153Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$241,632--771265$313$13,884,5426IFC Films
2Planes: Fire and Rescue$139,773-58%960-1320$146$55,863,1415Disney
3A Most Wanted Man$128,306-66%644-157$199$12,773,3684Roadside Attractions
4What If$118,810-52%787767$151$1,179,0292CBS Films
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$80,835-54%377-149$214$171,322,97310Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Purge: Anarchy$77,625-57%575-1027$135$70,204,9155Universal
7Calvary$46,967-64%13086$361$942,3783Fox Searchlight
8Sex Tape$41,401-45%317-627$131$37,807,0745Sony / Columbia
9And So It Goes$39,653-61%362-749$110$14,365,9664Clarius Entertainment
1022 Jump Street$33,489-46%172-141$195$189,980,52110Sony / Columbia
11Edge of Tomorrow$31,308-52%261-4$120$99,730,22211Warner Bros.
12X-Men: Days of Future Past$30,932-58%223-4$139$232,511,74613Fox
13The Fault in Our Stars$26,752-53%206-17$130$124,213,64311Fox
14Transformers: Age of Extinction$22,350-65%206-374$108$243,364,8098Paramount
15Tammy$19,841-58%276-274$72$83,159,6587Warner Bros. / New Line
16Chef$17,621-66%122-120$144$29,314,81715Open Road
17Earth to Echo$12,361-55%154-63$80$37,683,4577Relativity Media
18Godzilla (2014)$10,002-62%118-60$85$200,597,13414Warner Bros.
19Rio 2$8,221-61%128-38$64$131,423,95819Fox
20Neighbors (2014)$7,930-59%106-33$75$150,064,43515Universal
21Jersey Boys$7,829-62%115-35$68$46,631,9489Warner Bros.
22Blended$7,495-64%111-33$68$46,219,29013Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$31,430-32%410$767$6,157,03220Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Yves Saint Laurent$12,225-96%1812$679$398,8448Weinstein Company
3Begin Again$7,421-52%62-183$120$14,463,2518Weinstein Company
4Snowpiercer$5,871-52%42-29$140$4,381,1098RADiUS-TWC
5The Fluffy Movie$5,002-61%51-105$98$2,791,0324Open Road
6America (2014)$3,274-40%62-59$53$14,379,1578Lionsgate
7The Grand Seduction$3,274-55%25-8$131$3,331,64312eOne Films US
8Wish I Was Here$2,636-75%54-148$49$3,541,2485Focus
9The LEGO Movie$1,61051%15-2$107$257,745,43028Warner Bros.
10Kick$1,424-80%16-58$89$2,461,3654UTV Motion Pictures
11Words and Pictures$800-67%153$53$2,167,00613Roadside Attractions
12I Origins$422-53%13-75$32$335,0805Fox Searchlight
13Fed Up$412-30%53$82$1,537,79915RADiUS-TWC
14Jake Squared$199-55%10--$20$1,8801Freestyle Releasing
15Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$150-30%2-1$75$213,71911RADiUS-TWC