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 Fri, Dec. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$5,452,139143%4,046-20$1,348$235,843,0833Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$2,721,975226%3,4400$791$47,996,3902Disney
3Hugo$1,993,270283%1,840563$1,083$19,556,7462Paramount
4Arthur Christmas$1,652,994323%3,3760$490$19,594,7452Sony / Columbia
5Jack and Jill$1,577,285303%3,04920$517$60,385,7664Sony / Columbia
6Happy Feet Two$1,405,142199%3,536-75$397$47,190,3183Warner Bros.
7Immortals$1,369,043133%2,627-50$521$72,563,3284Relativity Media
8Tower Heist$1,250,080250%2,404-70$520$67,894,9105Universal
9Puss in Boots (2011)$713,307199%2,750-255$259$137,185,5086Paramount / DreamWorks
10J. Edgar$711,696117%1,98575$359$30,972,7774Warner Bros.
11Moneyball$174,561953%1,004817$174$73,391,89911Sony / Columbia
12The Ides of March$157,422885%1,016857$155$39,765,1159Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,437,336217%574141$2,504$14,324,6663Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$345,521137%2440$1,416$3,026,7272Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$334,701147%710-165$471$32,434,6685Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$180,114204%421-36$428$35,475,5076Fox
5Like Crazy$84,148128%1522$554$2,700,7546Paramount Vantage
6Dolphin Tale$82,328717%410194$201$70,481,92611Warner Bros.
7Courageous$62,152145%26554$235$32,885,37810Sony / TriStar
8Margin Call$57,021158%15011$380$4,526,3387Roadside Attractions
9Footloose (2011)$49,175237%309-75$159$50,937,7428Paramount
1050/50$44,147138%196-14$225$34,672,13810Summit
11Paranormal Activity 3$41,279151%255-100$162$103,352,8407Paramount
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$37,207136%208-16$179$20,012,7837Summit
13The Smurfs$30,689--32779$94$142,399,07619Sony / Columbia
14Abduction$27,336233%151-12$181$27,900,49911Lionsgate
15Anonymous$23,777235%10533$226$4,347,3506Sony / Columbia
16Contagion$23,161101%155-63$149$75,518,53313Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$110,476--10--$11,048$110,4761Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$55,574125%62$9,262$345,9332Weinstein Company
3Martha Marcy May Marlene$26,90249%84-29$320$2,667,5707Fox Searchlight
4Pastorela$23,784--55--$432$23,7841Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Born to Be Wild 3D$22,72515%490$464$14,522,81335Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Drive (2011)$19,369104%86-7$225$34,557,17612FilmDistrict
7The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$12,659140%245$527$100,1772Warner Bros.
8The Rum Diary$12,024127%639$191$12,992,8136FilmDistrict
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$11,474140%84-19$137$176,614,43518Fox
10Answers to Nothing$5,223--21--$249$5,2231Roadside Attractions
11Inni$2,593155%62$432$106,2886Cinema Purgatorio
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,599110%31-17$52$38,521,35516Weinstein Company
13Laugh at My Pain$1,352924%51$270$7,703,79513CodeBlack Entertainment
14Circumstance$1,320--2--$660$443,14915Roadside Attractions
15Sarah's Key$9906%7-20$141$7,689,73420Weinstein Company