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, Jul. 19 - Sun, Jul. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conjuring$41,530,000--2,903--$14,306$41,530,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
2Despicable Me 2$25,100,000-43%3,820-183$6,571$276,200,0353Universal
3Turbo$21,500,000--3,806--$5,649$31,202,7591Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Grown Ups 2$20,000,000-52%3,4910$5,729$79,515,8762Sony / Columbia
5Red 2$18,500,000--3,016--$6,134$18,500,0001Lionsgate / Summit
6Pacific Rim$15,955,000-57%3,28510$4,857$68,235,2922Warner Bros.
7R.I.P.D.$12,760,000--2,852--$4,474$12,760,0001Universal
8The Heat$9,325,000-33%2,689-439$3,468$129,292,4364Fox
9World War Z$5,200,000-44%2,066-937$2,517$186,941,0675Paramount
10Monsters University$5,005,000-53%2,186-956$2,290$248,997,2545Disney
11The Lone Ranger$4,260,000-63%2,273-1631$1,874$81,171,2433Disney
12White House Down$2,400,000-61%1,454-1112$1,651$68,452,6294Sony / Columbia
13Man of Steel$1,840,000-61%1,050-1100$1,752$285,021,0876Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$2,240,000100%304225$7,368$4,632,2703Fox Searchlight
2Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$2,100,000-56%748-144$2,807$30,012,8003Lionsgate / Summit
3This Is The End$1,225,000-57%622-772$1,969$94,475,0926Sony / Columbia
4Girl Most Likely$736,006--353--$2,085$736,0061Roadside Attractions
5Now You See Me$465,000-65%333-517$1,396$114,439,6168Lionsgate / Summit
620 Feet from Stardom$398,004-20%1354$2,948$2,425,9906RADiUS-TWC
7Star Trek Into Darkness$388,000-43%250-153$1,552$225,121,70310Paramount
8Epic$385,000-20%319-33$1,207$105,599,5729Fox
9Fast & Furious 6$312,000-43%279-113$1,118$237,110,9759Universal
10The Croods$202,000-21%212-31$953$186,031,52318Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Before Midnight$200,771-32%107-47$1,876$7,423,7309Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fruitvale Station$742,27292%3427$21,832$1,334,4852Weinstein Company
2Only God Forgives$315,008--78--$4,039$315,0081RADiUS-TWC
3Unfinished Song$162,000-32%88-3$1,841$1,076,2395Weinstein Company
4I'm So Excited$161,88554%5028$3,238$683,1274Sony Pictures Classics
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$143,800-44%95-43$1,514$3,831,0047Roadside Attractions
6The Attack$133,708--46--$2,907$916,5245Cohen Media Group
7Mud$89,050-34%75-38$1,187$21,234,41213Roadside Attractions
8Fill the Void$83,875-37%61-3$1,375$1,552,4629Sony Pictures Classics
9Still Mine$75,923281%1814$4,218$535,1632IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
10The Bling Ring$70,000-56%38-59$1,842$5,628,5916A24
11Frances Ha$64,000-5%32-25$2,000$3,883,47610IFC Films
12Pain and Gain$29,000-61%70-80$414$49,735,45813Paramount
13The Act of Killing$28,067--1--$28,067$28,0671Drafthouse Films
14Crystal Fairy$24,300-3%97$2,700$65,6332IFC Films
15Stories We Tell$20,500-20%22-6$932$1,515,70711Roadside Attractions
16What Maisie Knew$4,294-61%8-5$537$1,057,58412Millenium Entertainment
17Stuck in Love$2,015-84%3-12$672$69,5343Millennium Entertainment