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. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$6,421,102-28%3,4483023$1,862$32,436,4611Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,745,04911%3,703--$1,281$58,753,6221Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,967,61913%3,726--$1,065$36,940,1871Fox
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$3,310,977-35%2,914--$1,136$8,376,4730Sony / Columbia
5The Adventures of Tintin$2,431,0036%3,087--$787$8,008,0230Paramount
6New Year's Eve$1,165,18510%3,051-454$382$29,337,1952Warner Bros. / New Line
7Arthur Christmas$855,86328%2,105-1167$407$41,468,0024Sony / Columbia
8The Muppets$708,37921%1,859-1469$381$73,556,5254Disney
9Hugo$611,85621%1,487-1121$411$41,627,2694Paramount
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$609,35918%1,822-1782$334$268,801,9015Lionsgate / Summit
11The Sitter$582,6565%2,473-277$236$20,488,2022Fox
12Immortals$48,0008%1,216-1083$39$82,244,3426Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$416,7218%835-41$499$30,291,5525Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$375,2947%986978$381$5,409,4482Paramount
3Puss in Boots (2011)$153,51720%757-1086$203$143,251,1978Paramount / DreamWorks
4Happy Feet Two$131,119-2%760-2080$173$59,632,6425Warner Bros.
5Jack and Jill$108,27915%677-2110$160$71,059,7086Sony / Columbia
6My Week with Marilyn$79,2317%2440$325$6,419,1964Weinstein Company
7Tower Heist$50,16014%418-1651$120$76,112,9157Universal
8Dolphin Tale$44,95215%250-92$180$71,511,15613Warner Bros.
9J. Edgar$41,39814%455-1100$91$35,912,2706Warner Bros.
10A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$28,7698%245-225$117$34,534,1867Warner Bros. / New Line
11Moneyball$28,12021%24234$116$74,391,43713Sony / Columbia
12Footloose (2011)$28,04116%25352$111$51,394,62210Paramount
13Courageous$26,14925%187-4$140$33,593,76812Sony / TriStar
14In Time$18,1029%273-81$66$36,823,0088Fox
15Paranormal Activity 3$16,31711%206-96$79$103,847,9999Paramount
16Margin Call$11,2142%121-28$93$5,165,4399Roadside Attractions
17The Ides of March$10,84318%141-46$77$40,603,13311Sony / Columbia
18Like Crazy$9,4187%100-62$94$3,334,1368Paramount Vantage
1950/50$8,520-3%111-35$77$35,000,11812Summit
20The Three Musketeers (2011)$7,33720%123-45$60$20,349,9139Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$57,53711%1612$3,596$1,101,5822Focus
2The Artist$43,3399%171$2,549$1,498,4304Weinstein Company
3Shame$40,1625%5029$803$1,407,4173Fox Searchlight
4The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$31,0550%22-3$1,412$564,4424Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$14,555-8%490$297$14,844,13837Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Drive (2011)$5,671-36%56-14$101$34,755,32514FilmDistrict
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$3,14024%39-33$81$2,883,2959Fox Searchlight
8The Rum Diary$2,51129%30-33$84$13,109,8158FilmDistrict
9Pastorela$93132%19-25$49$161,1943Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Cook County$61136%5--$122$9,7271Hanover House