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 Sun, Nov. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$8,630,385-47%4,0665$2,123$220,832,0092Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$6,188,759-43%3,440--$1,799$41,516,6911Disney
3Happy Feet Two$2,994,290-43%3,6115$829$43,755,3572Warner Bros.
4Arthur Christmas$2,803,717-41%3,376--$830$16,301,1311Sony / Columbia
5Hugo$2,460,228-44%1,277--$1,927$15,402,0421Paramount
6Jack and Jill$2,031,388-51%3,029-409$671$57,120,1123Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$1,855,496-47%2,677-443$693$68,706,9813Relativity Media
8Puss in Boots (2011)$1,622,697-44%3,005-410$540$135,430,0925Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$1,286,495-57%2,474-468$520$65,198,7804Universal
10J. Edgar$1,012,304-49%1,910-37$530$28,837,8433Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,665,119-44%433404$3,846$10,886,9522Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$451,506-34%244--$1,850$2,062,1501Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$297,135-56%875-933$340$31,559,3894Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$162,452-41%457-910$355$35,050,9345Fox
5Like Crazy$93,063-45%15041$620$2,478,4345Paramount Vantage
6Margin Call$64,229-48%139-34$462$4,367,6856Roadside Attractions
7The Smurfs$53,869-46%248-4$217$142,324,12018Sony / Columbia
8Footloose (2011)$52,797-56%384-834$137$50,833,8677Paramount
9The Ides of March$47,652-55%159-139$300$39,543,2468Sony / Columbia
10The Three Musketeers (2011)$47,484-49%22454$212$19,908,9286Summit
11Moneyball$47,093-60%187-222$252$73,155,24810Sony / Columbia
12Courageous$46,703-42%211-306$221$32,759,7589Sony / TriStar
13Paranormal Activity 3$45,804-61%355-1047$129$103,245,7706Paramount
14Martha Marcy May Marlene$42,370-39%113-67$375$2,575,7716Fox Searchlight
15Dolphin Tale$42,361-41%216-172$196$70,363,25510Warner Bros.
1650/50$41,692-49%21025$199$34,554,7819Summit
17Contagion$30,378-53%218-83$139$75,450,54912Warner Bros.
18Abduction$28,588-49%163-18$175$27,840,89410Lionsgate
19Rise of the Planet of the Apes$16,053-49%103-28$156$176,585,29717Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$52,303-32%4--$13,076$204,8781Weinstein Company
2Drive (2011)$22,655-39%9347$244$34,500,25411FilmDistrict
3Born to Be Wild 3D$21,074-42%490$430$14,451,65334Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Anonymous$15,895-43%72-107$221$4,301,0185Sony / Columbia
5The Rum Diary$13,405-35%54-98$248$12,957,0155FilmDistrict
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$10,261-56%19--$540$74,4701Warner Bros.
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$5,979-46%48-22$125$38,516,83215Weinstein Company
8The Big Year$5,644-40%53-6$106$7,160,6497Fox
9Sarah's Key$2,463-36%27-25$91$7,685,37419Weinstein Company
10Inni$2,280-9%51$456$99,4235Cinema Purgatorio
11The Mighty Macs$2,049-54%11-17$186$1,889,5226Quaker Media
12Machine Gun Preacher$1,397-9%9-10$155$537,58010Relativity Media
13Laugh at My Pain$453-55%4-7$113$7,701,97412CodeBlack Entertainment
14Project Nim$61--1--$61$407,21121Roadside Attractions
15Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$22-54%2-6$11$489,95513Indomina Media