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 Wed, Feb. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chronicle$1,256,102-25%2,907--$432$26,637,0581Fox
2The Woman in Black$939,018-26%2,855--$329$24,258,0911CBS Films
3The Grey$713,145-25%3,20722$222$37,041,2442Open Road
4Underworld Awakening$504,208-17%2,636-442$191$55,936,6743Sony / Screen Gems
5The Descendants$421,088-20%2,03837$207$66,800,52012Fox Searchlight
6One For the Money$415,056-22%2,7370$152$20,960,7212Lionsgate
7Big Miracle$361,930-28%2,129--$170$8,995,2951Universal
8Red Tails$358,863-19%2,347-226$153$42,256,8143Fox
9Man on a Ledge$350,905-29%2,9980$117$15,819,0232Lionsgate
10Contraband$317,025-21%2,047-603$155$63,075,9304Universal
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$298,173-22%2,505-125$119$27,630,7537Warner Bros.
12The Artist$272,218-19%1,005108$271$21,478,73811Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$234,576-21%1,021-223$230$21,402,5516Weinstein Company
14Hugo$186,369-14%1,03065$181$62,483,91711Paramount
15Beauty and the Beast 3D$170,425-12%1,719-426$99$45,440,6494Disney
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$142,809-17%1,077-577$133$205,657,7558Paramount
17Haywire$121,345-20%1,251-1190$97$18,251,8393Relativity Media
18War Horse$106,971-17%1,163-698$92$77,631,7067Disney / DreamWorks
19Joyful Noise$97,457-23%1,350-671$72$29,289,3874Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$99,323-15%668-534$149$100,216,7977Sony / Columbia
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$84,408-15%857-673$98$184,154,9828Warner Bros.
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$61,631-21%302-108$204$21,380,6749Focus
4Albert Nobbs$58,040-13%2450$237$1,704,8122Roadside Attractions
5The Adventures of Tintin$45,944-31%486-216$95$75,483,4067Paramount
6Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$39,948-8%818-252$49$128,479,2288Fox
7We Bought a Zoo$39,353-10%754-335$52$72,844,0977Fox
8My Week with Marilyn$29,988-29%171-15$175$13,102,72411Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$26,476-16%296105$89$280,961,54212Lionsgate / Summit
10Puss in Boots (2011)$15,468-12%253-17$61$148,506,80115Paramount / DreamWorks
11Happy Feet Two$13,577-11%255-54$53$63,475,19212Warner Bros.
12The Devil Inside$13,518-11%303-419$45$53,100,9045Paramount
13New Year's Eve$11,341-26%222160$51$54,419,3939Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Sitter$8,370-13%126-19$66$30,347,0209Fox
15J. Edgar$4,954-19%135-73$37$37,274,56413Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$14,0691%450$313$16,035,58544Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$13,981-12%64-16$218$3,507,66410Fox Searchlight
3Coriolanus$6,347-3%142$453$230,5003Weinstein Company
4W.E.$4,244-1%4--$1,061$60,3061Weinstein Company
5Immortals$3,496-10%62-55$56$83,465,84813Relativity Media
6Pariah (2011)$2,9313%195$154$629,6336Focus
7Young Adult$2,6406%58-29$46$16,241,5109Paramount
8In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,116-14%7-4$302$259,3837FilmDistrict
9The Darkest Hour$1,635-20%39-48$42$21,209,0537Summit
10Drive (2011)$1,5615%22-1$71$35,059,13221FilmDistrict
11Vettai$545-69%4--$136$194,5984UTV Communications