Grosses

'The Battle of the Five Armies' Set to Remain #1 with $42.5M; 'Unbroken' and 'Into the Woods' in Extremely Close Battle for Second with $32.3M and $32.2M RespectivelyDecember 27, 2014 09:15 AM

by Daniel Garris

After sliding to third place on Christmas Day, Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies returned to first place on Friday with an estimated $15.65 million. The third and final installment of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy experienced a 19 percent daily increase on Boxing Day and was down a very healthy 5.5 percent from last Friday. The film has now led the daily box office for nine of the past ten days. The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $142.75 million in ten days and is set to surpass the $150 million mark today. The film is currently running 12 percent ahead of the $127.55 million ten-day take of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and 5 percent behind the $150.04 million ten-day gross of 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. BOXOFFICE currently projects a first place take of $42.5 million this weekend for The Battle of the Five Armies.

Universal's Unbroken continued to impress on Friday with an estimated second place take of $12.3 million. The Angelina Jolie directed war drama was down a sizable, but understandable 21 percent from its strong Christmas Day performance. The film continues to be critic proof, as mixed critical reviews clearly haven't hampered the film out of the gates. Unbroken has grossed a stronger than expected $27.89 million in its first two days of release. That places the film an impressive 11.5 percent ahead of the $25.02 million two-day start of 2012's Django Unchained. BOXOFFICE is projecting a weekend take of $32.3 million for Unbroken, which would bring the film's four-day start to $47.89 million and place the film in a photo finish with Into the Woods for second place over the weekend. Unbroken received an A- rating on CinemaScore, which suggests the film is going over significantly better with moviegoers than it has with critics.

Disney's Into the Woods continued to run neck and neck with Unbroken, as it placed in third with an estimated $12.21 million. The Rob Marshall directed musical featuring Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp was down 19 percent from Thursday. Into the Woods, which is playing in a relatively modest 2,440 locations, continued to post strong per-location numbers with a daily location average of $5,003. That was the day's strongest per-location average among wide releases and strongly suggests that the film will expand into additional locations going forward. Into the Woods has grossed $27.29 million in two days, which places the film 10 percent behind the $30.27 million two-day start of 2012's Les Misérables. BOXOFFICE currently projects Into the Woods to take in $32.2 million over the weekend, which would place the film's four-day start at $47.29 million. Into the Woods received a B rating on CinemaScore.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb placed in fourth with an estimated $7.42 million. The third installment of the Ben Stiller led franchise from Fox continued to build momentum on Friday, as it was up 2 percent from Thursday and up an impressive 31 percent over last Friday. Family films released before Christmas often open to underwhelming numbers before holding up very well between Christmas and New Year's and that is definitely looking to be the case for Secret of the Tomb. The film has grossed $42.15 million in eight days, which places it a slim 0.5 percent behind the $42.36 million eight-day take of 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (which had yet to see its Christmas bump at that point in its run). BOXOFFICE is estimating a fourth place take of $20.5 million for Secret of the Tomb.

Annie was up one spot from Thursday to round out Friday's top five with an estimated $6.1 million. Sony's musical remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz was up a strong 33 percent over Thursday and up 15 percent over last Friday. Yesterday's strong daily hold strongly suggests that the film's Christmas Day performance was deflated a bit from the new direct competition from Into the Woods. Annie has grossed $35.34 million in eight days, which places the film 17 percent behind the pace of the mentioned Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. BOXOFFICE projects a fifth place take of $17.0 million for Annie this weekend.

Also holding up nicely on Friday was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise claimed sixth place with an estimated $3.55 million. The film was up 32 percent over Christmas Day and up 56 percent over last Friday. Mockingjay - Part 1 surpassed the $300 million domestic milestone on Friday, making it the second release of 2014 to do so (joining Guardians of the Galaxy). BOXOFFICE is projecting Mockingjay - Part 1 to take sixth place this weekend with $10.2 million.

On the heels of a nice start on Christmas Day, Paramount's The Gambler was down two spots and a sharp 31 percent on Friday to place in seventh with an estimated $3.43 million. Yesterday's hold isn't the most promising early sign for the Mark Wahlberg led drama. With that said, The Gambler has grossed a solid $8.43 million in its first two days, especially with its modest price tag in mind. BOXOFFICE is estimating The Gambler to place in seventh over the weekend with $8.7 million, which would give the film a four-day start of $13.7 million. The Gambler received a lackluster C+ rating on CinemaScore.

The Imitation Game placed in eighth on Friday with an estimated $2.89 million from just 747 locations. The awards season hopeful from The Weinstein Company was down a slim 6 percent from Thursday's performance. The Imitation Game has grossed $9.59 million to date and is on course to have a very successful expansion this weekend. BOXOFFICE currently estimates The Imitation Game to gross $8.3 million this weekend.

Other Friday performances for Christmas Day releases included $1.04 million for The Weinstein Company's Big Eyes from 1,307 locations, $0.725 million for Sony's much hyped The Interview from 331 locations, $211,000 for Paramount's Selma from 19 locations and $199,000 for Warner's American Sniper from just 4 locations. Respective two-day starts stand at $2.46 million for Big Eyes, at $1.77 million for The Interview, at $533,000 for Selma and at a promising $440,000 for American Sniper.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Jul. 18 - Sun, Jul. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$36,000,000-50%3,9692$9,070$138,952,8442Fox
2The Purge: Anarchy$28,369,000--2,806--$10,110$28,369,0001Universal
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$18,000,000--3,826--$4,705$18,000,0001Disney
4Sex Tape$15,000,000--3,062--$4,899$15,000,0001Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$10,000,000-39%3,224-689$3,102$227,156,8884Paramount
6Tammy$7,605,000-39%3,402-63$2,235$71,253,0963Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$4,700,000-28%2,229-582$2,109$180,509,1116Sony / Columbia
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$3,800,000-37%2,169-716$1,752$160,671,8956Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Maleficent$3,302,000-21%1,541-536$2,143$228,367,2358Disney
10Earth to Echo$3,260,000-41%2,450-780$1,331$31,979,3143Relativity Media
11Begin Again$2,762,000-2%1,302363$2,121$9,487,6664Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$1,725,000-28%1,030-75$1,675$11,468,6964Lionsgate
13Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$1,575,000-67%1,491-1558$1,056$29,258,7503Sony / Screen Gems
14Jersey Boys$1,230,000-51%1,003-965$1,226$44,463,7205Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,129,332-10%552-149$2,046$25,941,01711Open Road
2Edge of Tomorrow$1,110,000-39%602-501$1,844$96,624,6507Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man Too$1,100,000-54%628-603$1,752$63,964,3275Sony / Screen Gems
4Persecuted$959,266--736--$1,303$959,2661Millennium Entertainment
5The Fault in Our Stars$800,000-47%557-445$1,436$121,583,0787Fox
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$700,000-32%387-268$1,809$230,474,6629Fox
7Snowpiercer$456,484-28%211-145$2,163$3,457,9074RADiUS-TWC
8Rio 2$280,000-29%256-29$1,094$130,215,98815Fox
9Neighbors (2014)$221,000-38%230-37$961$149,061,05511Universal
10Third Person$126,256-47%154-73$820$800,3905Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$1,197,820209%3429$35,230$1,812,9872IFC Films
2Wish I Was Here$495,000--68--$7,279$495,0001Focus
3Obvious Child$139,888-36%96-38$1,457$2,602,7777A24
4Ida (2014)$118,000-20%75-13$1,573$3,334,06412Music Box Films
5Belle$114,000-17%92-15$1,239$10,451,68412Fox Searchlight
6Words and Pictures$45,700-4%33-7$1,385$2,062,7809Roadside Attractions
7Land Ho!$36,0755%73$5,154$85,8902Sony Pictures Classics
8I Origins$28,719--4--$7,180$28,7191Fox Searchlight
9There’s No Place Like Utopia$27,830--1--$27,830$27,8301Rocky Mountain Pictures
10Mood Indigo$25,121--2--$12,561$25,1211Drafthouse Films
11Yves Saint Laurent$24,361-28%11-3$2,215$209,1074Weinstein Company
12A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$21,19653%93$2,355$106,5215Big World Pictures
13A Five Star Life$16,500--1--$16,500$16,5001Music Box Films
14Code Black$11,592-41%70$1,656$98,5675Long Shot Factory
15The Breakup Guru$8,000-44%3-3$2,667$201,6414China Lion Film
16Coherence$7,500--7--$1,071$67,5655Oscilloscope
17Alive Inside$7,150--1--$7,150$7,1501BOND/360
18Fed Up$4,715-20%12-8$393$1,514,64211RADiUS-TWC
19Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$3,32375%104$332$206,2567RADiUS-TWC