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 Fri, Feb. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chronicle$8,600,183--2,907--$2,958$8,600,1831Fox
2The Woman in Black$8,332,494--2,855--$2,919$8,332,4941CBS Films
3The Grey$3,069,378143%3,20722$957$28,325,9112Open Road
4Big Miracle$2,267,385--2,129--$1,065$2,267,3851Universal
5One For the Money$1,721,957154%2,7370$629$16,139,9442Lionsgate
6Underworld Awakening$1,705,48695%2,636-442$647$50,458,4073Sony / Screen Gems
7Man on a Ledge$1,501,597183%2,9980$501$11,766,3712Lionsgate
8Red Tails$1,491,781142%2,347-226$636$37,815,2393Fox
9The Descendants$1,425,716156%2,03837$700$62,348,36812Fox Searchlight
10Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$1,205,137160%2,505-125$481$24,072,8137Warner Bros.
11Contraband$1,125,850130%2,047-603$550$59,739,1504Universal
12The Artist$760,359135%1,005108$757$18,779,60311Weinstein Company
13Beauty and the Beast 3D$602,202104%1,719-426$350$42,931,0024Disney
14The Iron Lady$567,01885%1,021-223$555$19,324,3676Weinstein Company
15Hugo$556,247225%1,03065$540$60,195,28611Paramount
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$525,295125%1,077-577$488$204,023,1578Paramount
17Joyful Noise$417,806100%1,350-671$309$27,923,0344Warner Bros.
18Haywire$397,47523%1,251-1190$318$17,042,3793Relativity Media
19War Horse$294,85960%1,163-698$254$76,630,3667Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$332,109106%857-673$388$183,191,2278Warner Bros.
2The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$316,36378%668-534$474$99,197,8287Sony / Columbia
3We Bought a Zoo$197,348189%754-335$262$72,180,9197Fox
4Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$193,884208%818-252$237$127,497,3098Fox
5Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$188,232109%302-108$623$20,702,9249Focus
6The Adventures of Tintin$174,042126%486-216$358$74,788,1817Paramount
7Albert Nobbs$138,06892%2450$564$1,176,0112Roadside Attractions
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$83,714405%296105$283$280,680,42412Lionsgate / Summit
9My Week with Marilyn$74,38283%171-15$435$12,825,54011Weinstein Company
10Happy Feet Two$61,473205%255-54$241$63,231,23612Warner Bros.
11Puss in Boots (2011)$56,953228%253-17$225$148,266,21715Paramount / DreamWorks
12Jack and Jill$54,204--222-31$244$73,473,05713Sony / Columbia
13The Devil Inside$53,5220%303-419$177$52,955,3805Paramount
14New Year's Eve$36,983910%222160$167$54,311,6899Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Sitter$21,92179%126-19$174$30,269,1259Fox
16J. Edgar$14,53411%135-73$108$37,231,97913Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$31,81550%64-16$497$3,393,42210Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$24,01763%450$534$15,925,90144Warner Bros. / IMAX
3W.E.$14,808--4--$3,702$14,8081Weinstein Company
4Coriolanus$12,14679%142$868$179,9673Weinstein Company
5Pariah (2011)$10,499156%195$553$596,5806Focus
6Immortals$8,55917%62-55$138$83,432,54213Relativity Media
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$7,184261%7-4$1,026$239,0297FilmDistrict
8Young Adult$6,64433%58-29$115$16,221,0179Paramount
9The Darkest Hour$5,68968%39-48$146$21,189,8997Summit
10Drive (2011)$4,987284%22-1$227$35,047,92421FilmDistrict
11Vettai$2,373--4-3$593$184,5594UTV Communications
12Margin Call$609--21$305$5,352,55016Roadside Attractions