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.

Weekend domestic gross

WeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 05)$118,936,215--$141,175,697--Frozen (2013)
49 (Dec 05 - Dec 07)$68,103,918-55%$77,140,368-52%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
36 (Sep 05 - Sep 07)$48,083,368-42%$65,655,749-40%Guardians of the Galaxy
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 23)$94,308,705-39%$111,652,840-37%The LEGO Movie
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 26)$93,470,922-36%$118,117,092-33%Ride Along
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 02)$65,887,288-30%$86,072,092-27%Ride Along
27 (Jul 04 - Jul 06)$115,345,546-33%$132,400,546-26%Transformers: Age of Extinction
33 (Aug 15 - Aug 17)$124,986,010-26%$142,778,857-23%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
25 (Jun 20 - Jun 22)$135,785,499-23%$145,793,829-22%Think Like a Man Too
11 (Mar 14 - Mar 16)$98,624,322-23%$113,857,743-21%Mr. Peabody & Sherman
34 (Aug 22 - Aug 24)$97,178,514-22%$114,841,162-20%Guardians of the Galaxy
44 (Oct 31 - Nov 02)$74,844,096-23%$94,837,524-18%Ouija
15 (Apr 11 - Apr 13)$131,084,472-16%$140,004,458-16%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
48 (Nov 28 - Nov 30)$151,851,533-18%$162,187,493-16%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
42 (Oct 17 - Oct 19)$115,233,422-13%$131,464,508-13%Fury (2014)
17 (Apr 25 - Apr 27)$97,473,803-16%$116,764,238-12%The Other Woman (2014)
43 (Oct 24 - Oct 26)$97,071,579-16%$115,800,273-12%Ouija
19 (May 09 - May 11)$123,849,070-12%$136,682,787-11%Neighbors (2014)
22 (May 30 - Jun 01)$157,680,341-10%$166,449,158-11%Maleficent
46 (Nov 14 - Nov 16)$125,728,488-12%$140,405,563-11%Dumb and Dumber To
35 (Aug 29 - Aug 31)$82,775,516-15%$109,332,503-5%Guardians of the Galaxy
16 (Apr 18 - Apr 20)$116,260,430-11%$133,362,817-5%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
23 (Jun 06 - Jun 08)$153,810,858-2%$162,885,920-2%The Fault in Our Stars
29 (Jul 18 - Jul 20)$130,550,571-2%$149,169,987-1%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
13 (Mar 28 - Mar 30)$124,746,109-4%$140,571,703-1%Noah
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 12)$112,448,084-5%$140,546,7740%Lone Survivor
32 (Aug 08 - Aug 10)$169,712,5051%$186,189,3020%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
41 (Oct 10 - Oct 12)$131,948,473-3%$150,548,4601%Gone Girl
30 (Jul 25 - Jul 27)$132,017,6591%$154,705,0344%Lucy
39 (Sep 26 - Sep 28)$95,966,6317%$107,209,9235%The Equalizer
21 (May 23 - May 25)$175,346,8225%$187,232,5075%X-Men: Days of Future Past
50 (Dec 12 - Dec 14)$73,808,1388%$83,274,9908%Exodus: Gods and Kings
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 02)$104,089,48010%$123,511,32011%Non-Stop (2014)
38 (Sep 19 - Sep 21)$90,003,66723%$102,539,62313%The Maze Runner
28 (Jul 11 - Jul 13)$133,801,34416%$150,142,27813%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
24 (Jun 13 - Jun 15)$177,277,72215%$186,942,08015%22 Jump Street
10 (Mar 07 - Mar 09)$127,539,95523%$143,771,58816%300: Rise of an Empire
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 16)$155,759,46817%$178,151,93917%The LEGO Movie
14 (Apr 04 - Apr 06)$155,800,77425%$167,154,07919%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
31 (Aug 01 - Aug 03)$167,783,61527%$186,309,03620%Guardians of the Galaxy
26 (Jun 27 - Jun 29)$171,037,68226%$180,004,11323%Transformers: Age of Extinction
12 (Mar 21 - Mar 23)$129,583,26131%$141,358,71724%Divergent
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 19)$146,864,92431%$176,250,39825%Ride Along
20 (May 16 - May 18)$167,395,91435%$178,372,83331%Godzilla (2014)
18 (May 02 - May 04)$141,515,37545%$153,996,10832%The Amazing Spider-Man 2
47 (Nov 21 - Nov 23)$184,467,35547%$193,539,06338%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
37 (Sep 12 - Sep 14)$73,297,49352%$91,079,82439%No Good Deed (2014)
40 (Oct 03 - Oct 05)$136,249,16142%$148,956,33639%Gone Girl
45 (Nov 07 - Nov 09)$142,643,89591%$156,969,71566%Big Hero 6
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 09)$132,710,403101%$152,816,95778%The LEGO Movie