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 Sat, Jan. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld Awakening$10,202,9909%3,078--$3,315$19,542,0661Sony / Screen Gems
2Red Tails$8,603,32044%2,512--$3,425$14,584,4261Fox
3Contraband$5,840,45059%2,8707$2,035$43,411,9252Universal
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$4,757,87250%2,6302624$1,809$8,622,8375Warner Bros.
5Beauty and the Beast 3D$4,039,84190%2,6250$1,539$30,977,8252Disney
6Haywire$3,801,60232%2,439--$1,559$6,685,4741Relativity Media
7Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$2,861,13686%2,519-827$1,136$196,212,6366Paramount
8Joyful Noise$2,837,70271%2,7350$1,038$20,321,9162Warner Bros.
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$2,291,44279%2,485-670$922$177,376,9536Warner Bros.
10The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,760,70376%1,907-767$923$93,786,2325Sony / Columbia
11The Iron Lady$1,712,39062%1,076274$1,591$11,669,8544Weinstein Company
12War Horse$1,561,38582%2,525-331$618$71,554,7145Disney / DreamWorks
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,551,257175%2,070-779$749$123,721,7266Fox
14We Bought a Zoo$1,403,598107%2,065-844$680$68,862,3945Fox
15The Devil Inside$1,257,97048%2,207-344$570$50,729,2153Paramount
16The Adventures of Tintin$1,090,265139%1,340-733$814$71,648,8135Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,198,63484%560-100$2,140$50,737,84110Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$1,124,58175%662446$1,699$11,513,6989Weinstein Company
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$903,10587%731-155$1,235$17,952,1597Focus
4Hugo$464,494137%650105$715$55,610,5929Paramount
5Happy Feet Two$205,526118%331-34$621$62,469,91110Warner Bros.
6Puss in Boots (2011)$181,126146%292-24$620$147,621,75613Paramount / DreamWorks
7Jack and Jill$167,16198%283-15$591$72,862,08511Sony / Columbia
8My Week with Marilyn$150,91267%225-175$671$11,980,4769Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$148,79478%370-338$402$280,186,18710Lionsgate / Summit
10Tower Heist$90,20578%220-40$410$77,783,89512Universal
11The Darkest Hour$89,21173%301-881$296$21,032,4545Summit
12Young Adult$68,09180%150-237$454$16,043,2177Paramount
13The Sitter$67,12263%191-258$351$29,987,0527Fox
14New Year's Eve$63,46644%265-827$239$54,156,3467Warner Bros. / New Line
15Immortals$57,54270%169-18$340$83,238,80711Relativity Media
16Moneyball$30,81678%110-18$280$75,514,08318Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$106,01251%9554$1,116$2,915,7098Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$42,49669%450$944$15,629,75942Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Pariah (2011)$28,29559%21-3$1,347$478,6714Focus
4Coriolanus$27,50959%9--$3,057$44,8201Weinstein Company
5In Time$27,40656%97-9$283$37,442,13713Fox
6Courageous$23,30776%90-26$259$34,507,31417Sony / TriStar
7Vettai$15,83483%21-13$754$139,0122UTV Communications
8J. Edgar$14,31655%46-36$311$37,029,40611Warner Bros.
9Dolphin Tale$12,872154%63-28$204$72,272,73218Warner Bros.
10Drive (2011)$12,61359%331$382$35,004,45519FilmDistrict
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$11,69786%14-4$836$193,5265FilmDistrict
12Margin Call$2,61511%14-6$187$5,340,93114Roadside Attractions