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 Tue, Jan. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grey$1,625,15312%3,185--$510$22,741,2841Open Road
2Underworld Awakening$1,071,83214%3,0780$348$46,991,3512Sony / Screen Gems
3One For the Money$854,19823%2,737--$312$13,062,4261Lionsgate
4Red Tails$705,94011%2,57361$274$35,093,5722Fox
5Man on a Ledge$681,97727%2,998--$227$9,218,9831Lionsgate
6The Descendants$625,27329%2,0011441$312$59,811,94511Fox Searchlight
7Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$581,08933%2,6300$221$21,960,9986Warner Bros.
8Contraband$569,75016%2,650-220$215$57,633,8603Universal
9Haywire$411,02930%2,4412$168$16,007,9622Relativity Media
10The Iron Lady$361,40135%1,244168$291$18,148,0815Weinstein Company
11Beauty and the Beast 3D$326,2496%2,145-480$152$41,744,2233Disney
12Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$256,84914%1,654-865$155$203,047,5837Paramount
13Joyful Noise$242,45127%2,021-714$120$27,109,6573Warner Bros.
14War Horse$200,65024%1,861-664$108$75,980,7066Disney / DreamWorks
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$183,89812%1,202-705$153$98,534,0326Sony / Columbia
16Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$176,24810%1,530-955$115$182,547,4737Warner Bros.
17We Bought a Zoo$77,89316%1,089-976$72$71,850,6996Fox
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$67,743-3%1,070-1000$63$127,179,4427Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$348,63422%897235$389$17,379,32910Weinstein Company
2Hugo$193,0085%965315$200$59,301,87410Paramount
3The Adventures of Tintin$103,72721%702-638$148$74,458,0616Paramount
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$97,71725%410-321$238$20,340,9398Focus
5Albert Nobbs$79,43318%245--$324$893,2011Roadside Attractions
6The Devil Inside$57,20715%722-1485$79$52,796,9034Paramount
7My Week with Marilyn$44,76744%186-39$241$12,671,80810Weinstein Company
8Happy Feet Two$21,4284%309-22$69$63,130,74111Warner Bros.
9Puss in Boots (2011)$18,66714%270-22$69$148,174,84814Paramount / DreamWorks
10J. Edgar$16,97729%208162$82$37,191,49412Warner Bros.
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$15,61915%191-179$82$280,565,33411Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$11,6281%145-46$80$30,224,0758Fox
13Tower Heist$10,44020%174-46$60$78,028,30513Universal
14Immortals$6,668-2%117-52$57$83,410,05912Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$22,79936%80-15$285$3,321,2929Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$14,65511%450$326$15,871,45743Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$6,74240%123$562$154,4512Weinstein Company
4Young Adult$5,87422%87-63$68$16,204,0668Paramount
5New Year's Eve$5,08296%62-203$82$54,268,0968Warner Bros. / New Line
6Pariah (2011)$3,9925%14-7$285$578,2075Focus
7The Darkest Hour$3,74936%87-214$43$21,177,7496Summit
8In Time$2,7992%58-39$48$37,514,38314Fox
9In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,60275%11-3$146$228,5636FilmDistrict
10Drive (2011)$1,55320%23-10$68$35,040,03220FilmDistrict