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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Mar. 22 - Sun, Mar. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$44,700,000--4,046--$11,048$44,700,0001Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$30,500,000--3,098--$9,845$30,500,0001FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$22,031,000-47%3,805-107$5,790$177,559,1333Disney
4The Call$8,700,000-49%2,5070$3,470$30,904,1212Sony / TriStar
5Admission$6,445,650--2,160--$2,984$6,445,6501Focus
6Spring Breakers$5,000,0001801%1,1041101$4,529$5,406,8582A24
7The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$4,275,000-58%3,1600$1,353$17,365,4302Warner Bros. / New Line
8Jack the Giant Slayer$2,965,000-53%2,560-797$1,158$59,052,2834Warner Bros. / New Line
9Identity Thief$2,545,000-42%2,166-676$1,175$127,726,9457Universal
10Snitch (2013)$1,930,000-45%1,807-546$1,068$40,342,5495Lionsgate / Summit
11Silver Linings Playbook$1,620,000-36%1,044-558$1,552$127,198,54319Weinstein Company
12Safe Haven$1,152,000-53%1,279-927$901$68,932,1456Relativity Media
1321 And Over$972,000-64%1,134-1290$857$24,107,3204Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$473,000-80%1,494-717$317$53,350,3776Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$700,000-43%489-157$1,431$122,526,51118Fox
2Quartet$592,000-37%425-263$1,393$15,928,22911Weinstein Company
3Stoker$356,00034%275181$1,295$1,127,3254Fox Searchlight
4Dead Man Down$319,000-85%612-1576$521$10,624,8683FilmDistrict
5A Good Day to Die Hard$315,000-73%448-669$703$66,252,1826Fox
6Django Unchained$277,000-2%29630$936$162,000,81613Weinstein Company
7Emperor$275,250-56%237-74$1,161$2,592,2193Roadside Attractions
8Side Effects (2013)$269,000-51%225-177$1,196$30,980,1117Open Road
9Warm Bodies$247,000-57%299-360$826$65,027,9388Lionsgate / Summit
10Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$203,000107%20979$971$54,926,8339Paramount
11Dark Skies$197,000-64%205-498$961$17,026,4855Weinstein / Dimension
12InAPPropriate Comedy$171,600--275--$624$171,6001Freestyle Releasing
13Rise of The Guardians$102,000-42%162-51$630$103,173,72418Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Impossible$72,000-14%12318$585$18,731,45514Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No (2013)$207,84415%6012$3,464$1,000,2796Sony Pictures Classics
2The Gatekeepers$188,317-17%948$2,003$1,607,0118Sony Pictures Classics
3Ginger & Rosa$102,000138%3431$3,000$162,2462A24
4From Up on Poppy Hill$60,2635%64$10,044$132,4962GKIDS
5Amour$53,150-48%90-39$591$6,589,68214Sony Pictures Classics
6The Sapphires$40,927--4--$10,232$40,9271Weinstein Company
7Upside Down$26,013-9%3928$667$68,0112Millennium Entertainment
8Gimme the Loot$23,400--1--$23,400$23,4001IFC Films
9Bless Me, Ultima$21,612-55%21-24$1,029$1,512,3735Arenas Entertainment
10Parker$21,000-64%55-37$382$17,584,4929FilmDistrict
11Starbuck$16,446--3--$5,482$3,471,4711eOne Films US
12My Brother the Devil$12,140--2--$6,070$12,1401Paladin/108 Media
13Hyde Park on Hudson$10,999-51%20-11$550$6,364,61916Focus
14Reality$8,00013%21$4,000$18,0162Oscilloscope
15Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$7,200-42%21$3,600$58,5023Tribeca Film