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.

Weekly domestic gross

WeekTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
47 (Nov 21 - Nov 27)$279,179,00181%$300,672,00072%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 13)$161,597,23089%$192,940,00069%The LEGO Movie
45 (Nov 07 - Nov 13)$197,207,68097%$217,787,00068%Big Hero 6
50 (Dec 12 - Dec 18)$129,510,48848%$145,413,00043%The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
40 (Oct 03 - Oct 09)$175,329,01643%$193,066,00039%Gone Girl
37 (Sep 12 - Sep 18)$91,833,86445%$115,981,00033%No Good Deed (2014)
26 (Jun 27 - Jul 03)$260,558,19728%$289,843,00032%Transformers: Age of Extinction
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 23)$203,205,96535%$246,792,00031%Ride Along
20 (May 16 - May 22)$216,442,29134%$232,164,00030%Godzilla (2014)
18 (May 02 - May 08)$175,759,58740%$193,165,00027%The Amazing Spider-Man 2
12 (Mar 21 - Mar 27)$170,465,44533%$188,052,00026%Divergent
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 20)$208,274,58529%$241,277,00025%The LEGO Movie
10 (Mar 07 - Mar 13)$170,490,79928%$193,723,00021%300: Rise of an Empire
31 (Aug 01 - Aug 07)$240,966,02025%$271,893,00019%Guardians of the Galaxy
21 (May 23 - May 29)$256,416,76318%$276,208,00019%X-Men: Days of Future Past
14 (Apr 04 - Apr 10)$196,678,72423%$212,524,00017%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
24 (Jun 13 - Jun 19)$259,565,76818%$274,816,00017%22 Jump Street
38 (Sep 19 - Sep 25)$114,768,66225%$132,059,00014%The Maze Runner
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 06)$132,712,05313%$159,661,00012%Non-Stop (2014)
28 (Jul 11 - Jul 17)$200,657,60514%$226,676,00011%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
41 (Oct 10 - Oct 16)$178,679,7542%$204,967,0006%Gone Girl
39 (Sep 26 - Oct 02)$122,343,7867%$138,699,0005%The Equalizer
35 (Aug 29 - Sep 04)$122,883,981-6%$163,465,0004%Guardians of the Galaxy
30 (Jul 25 - Jul 31)$192,387,4451%$228,446,0004%Lucy
23 (Jun 06 - Jun 12)$220,504,2242%$235,537,0002%The Fault in Our Stars
32 (Aug 08 - Aug 14)$246,226,8392%$276,135,0002%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 16)$150,397,106-6%$188,786,000-1%Lone Survivor
29 (Jul 18 - Jul 24)$191,126,930-5%$220,449,000-3%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
13 (Mar 28 - Apr 03)$159,801,347-6%$181,733,000-3%Noah
15 (Apr 11 - Apr 17)$186,574,452-5%$203,310,000-4%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
19 (May 09 - May 15)$160,996,916-8%$179,009,000-7%Neighbors (2014)
16 (Apr 18 - Apr 24)$156,755,754-16%$181,228,000-11%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
43 (Oct 24 - Oct 30)$126,307,561-16%$151,200,000-12%Ouija
44 (Oct 31 - Nov 06)$99,964,533-21%$129,784,000-14%Nightcrawler
42 (Oct 17 - Oct 23)$150,451,372-16%$172,254,000-16%Fury (2014)
17 (Apr 25 - May 01)$125,165,476-20%$151,557,000-16%The Other Woman (2014)
22 (May 30 - Jun 05)$216,842,737-15%$230,493,000-17%Maleficent
25 (Jun 20 - Jun 26)$203,528,148-22%$220,078,000-20%22 Jump Street
46 (Nov 14 - Nov 20)$154,643,374-22%$174,408,000-20%Dumb and Dumber To
34 (Aug 22 - Aug 28)$130,765,914-26%$157,657,000-23%Guardians of the Galaxy
11 (Mar 14 - Mar 20)$127,965,571-25%$149,568,000-23%Mr. Peabody & Sherman
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 06)$85,426,599-29%$114,101,000-26%Ride Along
33 (Aug 15 - Aug 21)$176,836,799-28%$203,647,000-26%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
27 (Jul 04 - Jul 10)$176,616,643-32%$204,661,000-29%Transformers: Age of Extinction
48 (Nov 28 - Dec 04)$180,547,923-35%$195,821,000-35%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 30)$120,508,099-41%$154,687,000-37%Ride Along
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 27)$117,537,472-44%$142,091,000-41%The LEGO Movie
36 (Sep 05 - Sep 11)$63,265,254-49%$87,343,000-47%Guardians of the Galaxy
49 (Dec 05 - Dec 11)$87,660,059-51%$101,650,000-48%The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 09)$159,343,109--$190,069,000--Frozen (2013)