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. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld Awakening$2,110,492-63%3,078--$686$27,417,2171Sony / Screen Gems
2Red Tails$1,345,587-68%2,512--$536$20,127,7411Fox
3Contraband$1,018,850-60%2,8707$355$46,956,3752Universal
4Haywire$728,968-58%2,439--$299$9,154,3381Relativity Media
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$694,213-67%2,6302624$264$11,431,4525Warner Bros.
6Beauty and the Beast 3D$595,377-77%2,6250$227$34,183,4332Disney
7Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$436,690-62%2,519-827$173$197,800,1316Paramount
8Joyful Noise$408,418-71%2,7350$149$22,153,8372Warner Bros.
9The Iron Lady$367,581-60%1,076274$342$12,953,5394Weinstein Company
10Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$346,085-63%2,485-670$139$178,667,8116Warner Bros.
11The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$330,701-57%1,907-767$173$94,884,2835Sony / Columbia
12War Horse$281,333-61%2,525-331$111$72,566,5135Disney / DreamWorks
13The Devil Inside$195,101-65%2,207-344$88$51,485,0733Paramount
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$193,834-80%2,070-779$94$124,876,0396Fox
15We Bought a Zoo$188,465-73%2,065-844$91$69,753,4905Fox
16The Adventures of Tintin$170,510-75%1,340-733$127$72,491,5165Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$246,040-59%662446$372$12,365,7589Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$193,349-63%560-100$345$51,453,00710Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$154,598-59%731-155$211$18,483,5757Focus
4Hugo$78,551-72%650105$121$55,965,9539Paramount
5My Week with Marilyn$32,865-62%225-175$146$12,099,3269Weinstein Company
6Happy Feet Two$26,840-79%331-34$81$62,624,20210Warner Bros.
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$25,981-66%370-338$70$280,288,43810Lionsgate / Summit
8Puss in Boots (2011)$22,702-77%292-24$78$147,744,77713Paramount / DreamWorks
9Immortals$14,502-54%169-18$86$83,285,09711Relativity Media
10The Sitter$14,076-59%191-258$74$30,035,3877Fox
11The Darkest Hour$13,405-68%301-881$45$21,088,0325Summit
12Young Adult$13,246-59%150-237$88$16,088,6947Paramount
13Tower Heist$13,195-65%220-40$60$77,834,49012Universal
14New Year's Eve$9,486-67%265-827$36$54,194,9597Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$30,708-54%9554$323$3,013,9068Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$15,528-53%450$345$15,678,10242Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$7,525-54%9--$836$68,6611Weinstein Company
4Pariah (2011)$6,737-64%21-3$321$504,3164Focus
5In Time$4,887-62%97-9$50$37,459,73113Fox
6Margin Call$3,70717%14-6$265$5,347,81114Roadside Attractions
7J. Edgar$3,606-52%46-36$78$37,040,52111Warner Bros.
8Drive (2011)$3,076-49%331$93$35,013,54019FilmDistrict
9In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,937-62%14-4$210$204,1625FilmDistrict
10Dolphin Tale$2,202-68%63-28$35$72,281,89218Warner Bros.
11Vettai$1,667-83%21-13$79$150,6052UTV Communications