'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 Sat, Aug. 23 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$7,480,88855%3,371-326$2,219$246,553,2944Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$7,287,23460%3,864-116$1,886$140,639,1003Paramount
3If I Stay$5,618,206-18%2,907--$1,933$12,445,2131Warner Bros. / New Line
4Let's Be Cops$4,539,62838%3,14046$1,446$42,085,2762Fox
5When the Game Stands Tall$3,379,18415%2,673--$1,264$6,327,7381Sony / TriStar
6The Giver$2,747,90734%3,0030$915$22,176,6132Weinstein Company
7The Expendables 3$2,746,56046%3,2210$853$25,539,9422Lionsgate
8The Hundred-Foot Journey$2,334,87447%1,944-99$1,201$31,114,3263Disney / DreamWorks
9Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$2,142,501-18%2,894--$740$4,762,2421Weinstein / Dimension
10Into the Storm$1,720,95260%2,375-1059$725$37,299,0623Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$485,28658%733-529$662$203,652,8137Fox
2Get On Up$422,67068%579-522$730$28,439,6654Universal
3A Most Wanted Man$406,33071%433-211$938$13,833,5655Roadside Attractions
4Hercules (2014)$377,88453%622-853$608$69,710,5485Paramount
5Step Up All In$311,94056%948-1124$329$13,476,3123Lionsgate / Summit
6What If$288,03139%680-107$424$2,048,3513CBS Films
7How to Train Your Dragon 2$224,30860%353-24$635$171,971,16411Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Calvary$223,51454%240110$931$1,455,9324Fox Searchlight
9Transformers: Age of Extinction$168,37972%28377$595$243,705,6499Paramount
10The Purge: Anarchy$143,11056%295-280$485$70,640,4106Universal
11Earth to Echo$131,17148%781627$168$37,947,8768Relativity Media
12Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$109,30265%302261$362$6,440,79521Warner Bros. / IMAX
1322 Jump Street$82,99146%135-37$615$190,231,24611Sony / Columbia
14Tammy$72,23664%157-119$460$83,338,5598Warner Bros. / New Line
15Chef$67,67385%105-17$645$29,480,05616Open Road
16And So It Goes$65,76550%156-206$422$14,624,1215Clarius Entertainment
17X-Men: Days of Future Past$61,99948%188-35$330$232,707,40114Fox
18The Fault in Our Stars$57,89336%185-21$313$124,395,61212Fox
19Edge of Tomorrow$51,91844%192-69$270$99,918,47612Warner Bros.
20Sex Tape$41,16350%111-206$371$38,010,4536Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The One I Love$22,17846%8--$2,772$37,3841RADiUS-TWC
2Jersey Boys$18,36947%64-51$287$46,689,30610Warner Bros.
3Yves Saint Laurent$18,03116%213$859$479,4349Weinstein Company
4Godzilla (2014)$16,28979%70-48$233$200,651,73115Warner Bros.
5Begin Again$16,06956%39-23$412$14,512,4699Weinstein Company
6Blended$15,47450%66-45$234$46,270,20314Warner Bros.
7Rio 2$11,87937%72-56$165$131,474,82520Fox
9America (2014)$9,30438%7210$129$14,406,0779Lionsgate
10The Grand Seduction$7,20128%19-6$379$3,363,45813eOne Films US
11The Fluffy Movie$6,40657%30-21$214$2,816,7125Open Road
12Wish I Was Here$4,84537%19-35$255$3,557,7186Focus
13The LEGO Movie$150-12%7-8$21$257,749,59029Warner Bros.
14Fed Up$12239%2-3$61$1,538,82216RADiUS-TWC