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 Sat, Feb. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Vow$16,673,8519%2,958--$5,637$31,966,8931Sony / Screen Gems
2Safe House$16,281,18019%3,119--$5,220$29,926,8051Universal
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$12,612,31693%3,470--$3,635$19,153,6781Warner Bros. / New Line
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$8,513,119-1%2,655--$3,206$17,115,2211Fox
5Chronicle$5,480,87354%2,9081$1,885$36,905,2632Fox
6The Woman in Black$4,584,54635%2,8561$1,605$33,124,7492CBS Films
7The Grey$2,320,98570%2,801-406$829$41,425,5663Open Road
8Big Miracle$1,845,04597%2,1334$865$12,119,5002Universal
9The Descendants$1,638,07487%1,581-457$1,036$69,744,94713Fox Searchlight
10Red Tails$1,118,29775%1,580-767$708$44,419,4654Fox
11Underworld Awakening$1,091,61363%1,657-979$659$58,196,4854Sony / Screen Gems
12One For the Money$1,022,23651%2,056-681$497$23,076,0893Lionsgate
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$681,20276%1,375-1130$495$29,003,0668Warner Bros.
14Man on a Ledge$591,80048%1,423-1575$416$17,160,7093Lionsgate
15Contraband$572,93058%1,081-966$530$64,318,5505Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$1,044,43587%808-197$1,293$23,364,33212Weinstein Company
2Hugo$826,064129%702-328$1,177$63,863,57612Paramount
3The Iron Lady$529,83679%512-509$1,035$22,467,8487Weinstein Company
4Beauty and the Beast 3D$394,545209%678-1041$582$46,145,3125Disney
5Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$341,10582%469-608$727$206,335,8229Paramount
6Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$278,98342%111--$2,513$475,2281UTV Communications
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$267,445181%502-316$533$128,882,3379Fox
8Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$264,53395%232-70$1,140$21,847,79410Focus
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$232,09188%269-399$863$100,676,3008Sony / Columbia
10Joyful Noise$226,92973%686-664$331$29,758,8325Warner Bros.
11War Horse$196,90172%502-661$392$78,059,9048Disney / DreamWorks
12We Bought a Zoo$172,31594%420-334$410$73,146,9658Fox
13Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$161,95871%265-592$611$184,500,7219Warner Bros.
14The Adventures of Tintin$156,473124%257-229$609$75,757,7398Paramount
15Albert Nobbs$122,79275%151-94$813$1,952,7233Roadside Attractions
16Puss in Boots (2011)$104,692144%209-44$501$148,671,31116Paramount / DreamWorks
17My Week with Marilyn$97,28677%125-46$778$13,288,45412Weinstein Company
18Haywire$92,28558%263-988$351$18,525,6414Relativity Media
19Happy Feet Two$89,086150%202-53$441$63,613,87513Warner Bros.
20Jack and Jill$76,97096%187-35$412$73,789,18514Sony / Columbia
21The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$74,48941%230-66$324$281,117,19813Lionsgate / Summit
22New Year's Eve$27,62743%155-67$178$54,477,82210Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$42,93263%44-1$976$16,124,18145Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$36,92358%52-12$710$3,582,57011Fox Searchlight
3W.E.$25,44962%1713$1,497$105,2652Weinstein Company
4The Sitter$24,98873%99-27$252$30,394,50710Fox
5The Devil Inside$16,02253%95-208$169$53,141,2466Paramount
6Coriolanus$14,76096%11-3$1,342$258,9734Weinstein Company
7Pariah (2011)$10,58770%13-6$814$650,8907Focus
8Chico & Rita$9,04866%1--$9,048$14,4861GKIDS
9Immortals$8,350101%33-29$253$83,482,28514Relativity Media
10Young Adult$6,77188%35-23$193$16,254,54810Paramount
11J. Edgar$5,63437%42-93$134$37,289,51214Warner Bros.
12In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,59662%103$460$268,6298FilmDistrict
13The Darkest Hour$2,94454%18-21$164$21,215,4608Summit
14Vettai$1,525147%2-2$763$197,0665UTV Communications
15Margin Call$389170%2--$195$5,353,37617Roadside Attractions