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 Mon, Jan. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Devil Inside$1,396,343-73%2,285--$611$35,128,8581Paramount
2Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,288,711-73%3,555100$363$170,857,6824Paramount
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,052,341-69%3,603-100$292$158,101,7234Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$942,168-67%2,95036$319$77,842,7963Sony / Columbia
5War Horse$673,361-70%2,783236$242$57,578,0433Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$463,240-78%3,1707$146$56,863,1463Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$400,367-80%3,006-81$133$62,408,3823Paramount
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$374,916-86%3,425-299$109$111,960,2834Fox
9The Darkest Hour$186,360-72%2,163-164$86$18,876,9653Summit
10New Year's Eve$174,182-72%1,864-361$93$52,042,3225Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$108,121-71%1,058-353$102$278,523,8548Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$68,511-85%1,236-305$55$85,629,7067Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$401,754-70%809752$497$10,531,4245Focus
2The Descendants$191,765-70%737-21$260$44,152,4658Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$114,208-64%830-157$138$14,862,0595Paramount
4Hugo$106,822-78%843-108$127$52,737,7307Paramount
5The Artist$102,610-67%1725$597$7,200,2227Weinstein Company
6The Sitter$99,640-64%758-590$131$28,822,6345Fox
7My Week with Marilyn$82,959-65%584-46$142$10,541,2997Weinstein Company
8Puss in Boots (2011)$35,320-80%351-38$101$146,632,53511Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$23,600-67%29542$80$77,222,02010Universal
10Happy Feet Two$13,360-82%285-240$47$61,369,9568Warner Bros.
11J. Edgar$11,552-60%152-303$76$36,873,7309Warner Bros.
12In Time$10,579-64%1329$80$37,248,89611Fox
13Immortals$10,070-60%128-100$79$82,861,9839Relativity Media
14A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$6,883-57%125-120$55$35,040,64210Warner Bros. / New Line
15Arthur Christmas$6,504-79%280-1063$23$46,446,9957Sony / Columbia
16Dolphin Tale$5,194-81%149-39$35$72,171,01316Warner Bros.
17Footloose (2011)$4,617-72%131-51$35$51,785,15413Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$24,754-62%45-10$550$2,391,4236Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$15,200-72%51$3,040$535,8692Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$12,214-53%45-4$271$15,339,58440Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$10,069-69%60$1,678$508,7383Warner Bros.
5Pariah (2011)$7,724-75%117$702$241,1352Focus
6Drive (2011)$5,131-66%305$171$34,916,71617FilmDistrict
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,694-64%75$528$94,3753FilmDistrict
8Margin Call$2,518-67%301$84$5,303,25012Roadside Attractions
9Like Crazy$982-39%15-15$65$3,389,19211Paramount Vantage
10Inni$137-90%10$137$122,14711Cinema Purgatorio