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 Wed, Dec. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$8,921,045428%3,448--$2,587$26,015,3591Paramount
2The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$5,065,496--2,914--$1,738$5,065,4960Sony / Columbia
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,283,299-17%3,703--$1,157$54,008,5731Warner Bros.
4Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,509,7970%3,726--$942$32,972,5681Fox
5The Adventures of Tintin$2,302,020--3,087--$746$5,577,0200Paramount
6New Year's Eve$1,056,104-18%3,051-454$346$28,172,0102Warner Bros. / New Line
7Arthur Christmas$667,892-17%2,105-1167$317$40,612,1394Sony / Columbia
8The Muppets$586,401-14%1,859-1469$315$72,848,1464Disney
9The Sitter$553,978-23%2,473-277$224$19,905,5462Fox
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$515,186-26%1,822-1782$283$268,192,5425Lionsgate / Summit
11Hugo$507,511-30%1,487-1121$341$41,015,4134Paramount
12Immortals$44,264-64%1,216-1083$36$82,196,3426Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$384,822-14%835-41$461$29,874,8315Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$351,843-17%986978$357$5,034,1542Paramount
3Happy Feet Two$133,151-47%760-2080$175$59,501,5235Warner Bros.
4Puss in Boots (2011)$127,94022%757-1086$169$143,097,6808Paramount / DreamWorks
5Jack and Jill$94,550-46%677-2110$140$70,951,4296Sony / Columbia
6My Week with Marilyn$73,911-19%2440$303$6,339,9654Weinstein Company
7Tower Heist$43,890-58%418-1651$105$76,062,7557Universal
8Dolphin Tale$39,036-31%250-92$156$71,466,20413Warner Bros.
9J. Edgar$36,364-38%455-1100$80$35,870,8726Warner Bros.
10A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$26,580-19%245-225$108$34,505,4177Warner Bros. / New Line
11Footloose (2011)$24,078-12%25352$95$51,366,58110Paramount
12Moneyball$23,21393%24234$96$74,363,31713Sony / Columbia
13Courageous$20,95539%187-4$112$33,564,61912Sony / TriStar
14In Time$16,611-40%273-81$61$36,804,9068Fox
15Paranormal Activity 3$14,702-16%206-96$71$103,831,6829Paramount
16Margin Call$11,032-29%121-27$91$5,154,2259Roadside Attractions
17The Ides of March$9,16018%141-46$65$40,592,29011Sony / Columbia
1850/50$8,801-6%111-35$79$34,991,59812Summit
19Like Crazy$8,765-17%100-62$88$3,324,7188Paramount Vantage
20The Three Musketeers (2011)$6,110-51%123-45$50$20,342,5769Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$51,772-9%1612$3,236$1,044,0452Focus
2The Artist$39,607-15%171$2,330$1,455,0914Weinstein Company
3Shame$38,140-22%5029$763$1,367,2553Fox Searchlight
4The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$31,19057%22-3$1,418$533,3874Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$15,8515%490$323$14,829,58337Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Way$13,0203%93-27$140$4,025,02511Producers Distribution Agency
7Drive (2011)$8,91115%56-14$159$34,749,65414FilmDistrict
8Martha Marcy May Marlene$2,534-20%39-33$65$2,880,1559Fox Searchlight
9The Rum Diary$1,939-25%30-33$65$13,107,3048FilmDistrict
10Pastorela$705-45%19-25$37$160,2633Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Cook County$448-17%5--$90$9,1161Hanover House