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 Thu, Feb. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chronicle$1,230,209-2%2,907--$423$27,867,2671Fox
2The Woman in Black$897,396-4%2,855--$314$25,155,4871CBS Films
3The Grey$701,020-2%3,20722$219$37,742,2642Open Road
4Underworld Awakening$497,695-1%2,636-442$189$56,434,3693Sony / Screen Gems
5The Descendants$429,0932%2,03837$211$67,229,61312Fox Searchlight
6One For the Money$417,9841%2,7370$153$21,378,7052Lionsgate
7Red Tails$406,57213%2,347-226$173$42,663,3863Fox
8Man on a Ledge$351,1870%2,9980$117$16,170,2102Lionsgate
9Big Miracle$340,640-6%2,129--$160$9,335,9351Universal
10Contraband$307,555-3%2,047-603$150$63,383,4854Universal
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$303,1362%2,505-125$121$27,933,8897Warner Bros.
12The Artist$283,0484%1,005108$282$21,761,78611Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$238,7442%1,021-223$234$21,641,2956Weinstein Company
14Hugo$192,9024%1,03065$187$62,676,81911Paramount
15Beauty and the Beast 3D$182,5467%1,719-426$106$45,623,1954Disney
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$150,0465%1,077-577$139$205,807,8018Paramount
17Haywire$123,1702%1,251-1190$98$18,375,0093Relativity Media
18War Horse$116,6689%1,163-698$100$77,748,3747Disney / DreamWorks
19Joyful Noise$111,12614%1,350-671$82$29,400,5134Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$103,9925%668-534$156$100,320,7897Sony / Columbia
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$89,3166%857-673$104$184,244,2988Warner Bros.
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$66,8959%302-108$222$21,447,5699Focus
4Albert Nobbs$54,767-6%2450$224$1,759,5792Roadside Attractions
5The Adventures of Tintin$48,0525%486-216$99$75,531,4587Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$41,8086%754-335$55$72,885,9057Fox
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$40,6262%818-252$50$128,519,8548Fox
8My Week with Marilyn$33,33211%171-15$195$13,136,05611Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$28,3477%296105$96$280,989,88912Lionsgate / Summit
10Puss in Boots (2011)$16,8779%253-17$67$148,523,67815Paramount / DreamWorks
11Happy Feet Two$13,9843%255-54$55$63,489,17612Warner Bros.
12The Devil Inside$13,8593%303-419$46$53,114,7635Paramount
13New Year's Eve$11,5312%222160$52$54,430,9249Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Sitter$8,092-3%126-19$64$30,355,1129Fox
15J. Edgar$5,2115%135-73$39$37,279,77513Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$19,34037%450$430$16,054,92544Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$14,5964%64-16$228$3,522,26010Fox Searchlight
3Coriolanus$6,180-3%142$441$236,6803Weinstein Company
4Pariah (2011)$4,45052%195$234$634,0836Focus
5Immortals$3,93413%62-55$63$83,469,78213Relativity Media
6W.E.$3,841-9%4--$960$64,1471Weinstein Company
7Young Adult$2,6561%58-29$46$16,244,1669Paramount
8In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,819-14%7-4$260$261,2027FilmDistrict
9Drive (2011)$1,5570%22-1$71$35,060,68921FilmDistrict
10The Darkest Hour$1,556-5%39-48$40$21,210,6097Summit
11Vettai$326-40%4--$82$194,9244UTV Communications