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.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Nov. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$15,086,41993%3,96311$3,807$65,371,8132Paramount / DreamWorks
2Tower Heist$10,489,21530%3,367--$3,115$18,552,1951Universal
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$4,695,133-13%2,875--$1,633$10,088,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
4Paranormal Activity 3$3,724,67527%3,286-43$1,133$93,446,5503Paramount
5In Time$3,250,13231%3,1275$1,039$22,234,3282Fox
6Footloose (2011)$2,051,04939%2,811-413$730$43,775,5144Paramount
7Real Steel$1,591,10771%2,438-476$653$77,863,1585Disney / DreamWorks
8The Rum Diary$1,201,32622%2,29220$524$9,623,7972FilmDistrict
9The Ides of March$907,49451%1,391-181$652$36,308,5015Sony / Columbia
10Moneyball$836,45043%1,278-353$654$69,850,4697Sony / Columbia
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$740,93351%1,863-1154$398$17,581,3943Summit
12Courageous$628,72329%1,1384$552$29,528,8956Sony / TriStar
13Dolphin Tale$478,050100%1,105-733$433$68,312,1807Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$536,49145%514249$1,044$2,357,5002Sony / Columbia
250/50$421,27334%747-447$564$32,756,1026Summit
3Margin Call$328,26761%17838$1,844$2,330,9433Roadside Attractions
4Johnny English Reborn$302,72577%644-910$470$7,522,2953Universal
5The Smurfs$145,089115%278-25$522$141,180,64415Sony / Columbia
6The Thing (2011)$124,79559%384-1010$325$16,683,1954Universal
7Sarah's Key$117,95556%318289$371$7,262,93016Weinstein Company
8Dream House$99,02562%330-255$300$21,105,6056Universal
9Contagion$95,01639%260-151$365$74,414,6049Warner Bros.
10Drive (2011)$83,25234%136-58$612$34,012,3638FilmDistrict
11Rise of the Planet of the Apes$79,86859%199-32$401$176,092,55314Fox
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$63,874189%22562$284$380,839,20317Warner Bros.
13Abduction$61,11249%207-144$295$27,337,8477Lionsgate
14Crazy, Stupid, Love$57,37228%172-78$334$84,081,51015Warner Bros.
15The Big Year$46,05543%213-210$216$6,991,2814Fox
16The Mighty Macs$43,40975%101-288$430$1,711,1233Quaker Media
17Captain America: The First Avenger$25,29243%102-37$248$176,622,97416Paramount
18What's Your Number?$22,83927%10240$224$13,921,9136Fox
19Killer Elite$18,17040%119-138$153$24,995,2087Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$201,65656%9866$2,058$896,0833Fox Searchlight
2Like Crazy$109,03835%1612$6,815$367,6902Paramount Vantage
3Born to Be Wild 3D$40,29065%490$822$13,932,89631Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$26,897149%98-53$274$38,335,13912Weinstein Company
5The Double (2011)$24,03924%4534$534$81,7952Image Entertainment
6Apollo 18$16,04771%93-27$173$17,653,33510Weinstein Company
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$13,69253%52-23$263$24,010,80711FilmDistrict
8Shark Night 3D$12,34599%44-46$281$18,829,91310Relativity Media
9Laugh at My Pain$10,20033%39-12$262$7,668,9609CodeBlack Entertainment
10Our Idiot Brother$8,17229%35-16$233$24,786,37311Weinstein Company
11The Son of No One$6,9025%10--$690$13,5051Anchor Bay Films
12Munger Road$4,0383%9-1$449$256,8666Freestyle Releasing
13Machine Gun Preacher$3,03742%12-1$253$518,2567Relativity Media
14Texas Killing Fields$1,85045%103$185$40,8374Anchor Bay Films
15Circumstance$1,1197%5-2$224$435,44711Roadside Attractions
16Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$88546%5-1$177$485,68810Indomina Media
17I Don't Know How She Does It$861-7%8-6$108$9,607,7238Weinstein Company
18Dirty Girl$7023%65$117$53,0845Weinstein Company
19The Future$25081%50$50$566,89015Roadside Attractions
20Project Nim$215126%30$72$406,40818Roadside Attractions