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 Thu, Dec. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$2,239,1184%4,0660$551$230,390,9442Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$833,6993%3,4400$242$45,274,4151Disney
3Immortals$587,7794%2,6770$220$71,194,2853Relativity Media
4Hugo$520,45710%1,2770$408$17,563,4761Paramount
5Happy Feet Two$469,3695%3,6115$130$45,785,1762Warner Bros.
6Jack and Jill$391,4756%3,0290$129$58,808,4813Sony / Columbia
7Arthur Christmas$390,6665%3,3760$116$17,941,7511Sony / Columbia
8Tower Heist$357,4957%2,474-15$145$66,644,8304Universal
9J. Edgar$328,482-5%1,910-37$172$30,261,0813Warner Bros.
10Puss in Boots (2011)$238,4024%3,0050$79$136,472,2015Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$453,312-5%43343$1,047$12,887,3302Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$145,700-3%244121$597$2,681,2061Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$135,4967%875-85$155$32,099,9674Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$59,2175%457-13$130$35,295,3935Fox
5Like Crazy$36,96711%1500$246$2,616,6065Paramount Vantage
6Courageous$25,331106%2110$120$32,823,2269Sony / TriStar
7Margin Call$22,114-10%140-30$158$4,469,3176Roadside Attractions
850/50$18,5264%2100$88$34,627,9919Summit
9Martha Marcy May Marlene$18,0686%113-14$160$2,640,6686Fox Searchlight
10The Way$17,261-5%101-36$171$3,445,6488Producers Distribution Agency
11Moneyball$16,57216%1870$89$73,217,33810Sony / Columbia
12Paranormal Activity 3$16,4218%3550$46$103,311,5616Paramount
13The Ides of March$15,9747%1590$100$39,607,6938Sony / Columbia
14The Three Musketeers (2011)$15,7639%2240$70$19,975,5766Summit
15Footloose (2011)$14,59115%3840$38$50,888,5677Paramount
16Contagion$11,5156%218-83$53$75,495,37212Warner Bros.
17Dolphin Tale$10,07124%216-172$47$70,399,59810Warner Bros.
18Abduction$8,2068%1630$50$27,873,16310Lionsgate
19Rise of the Planet of the Apes$4,79020%103-17$47$176,602,96117Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$24,73413%4--$6,184$290,3591Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$19,76029%490$403$14,500,08834Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Drive (2011)$9,5051%930$102$34,537,80711FilmDistrict
4Anonymous$7,10746%720$99$4,323,5735Sony / Columbia
5The Rum Diary$5,291-3%540$98$12,980,7895FilmDistrict
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$5,26521%19--$277$87,5181Warner Bros.
7The Big Year$1,639-11%531$31$7,168,0387Fox
8Inni$1,016-41%54$203$103,6955Cinema Purgatorio
9Sarah's Key$93531%270$35$7,688,74419Weinstein Company
10Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$76028%480$16$38,519,75615Weinstein Company
11Machine Gun Preacher$214-44%90$24$538,69010Relativity Media
12Laugh at My Pain$13253%4-7$33$7,702,44312CodeBlack Entertainment
13Project Nim$36-63%1--$36$407,42021Roadside Attractions