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 Mon, Feb. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Vow$3,330,484-64%2,958--$1,126$44,532,9421Sony / Screen Gems
2Safe House$2,946,470-71%3,119--$945$43,119,1901Universal
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,275,486-84%3,470--$368$28,610,8491Warner Bros. / New Line
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$917,433-83%2,655--$346$23,387,3651Fox
5Chronicle$776,742-75%2,9081$267$40,736,5982Fox
6The Woman in Black$562,339-74%2,8561$197$35,820,4842CBS Films
7The Grey$405,011-70%2,801-406$145$43,192,8953Open Road
8The Descendants$265,252-71%1,581-457$168$70,936,54113Fox Searchlight
9Underworld Awakening$246,003-66%1,657-979$148$59,160,5284Sony / Screen Gems
10Big Miracle$222,990-81%2,1334$105$13,504,9752Universal
11Red Tails$201,078-70%1,580-767$127$45,281,8504Fox
12One For the Money$177,558-71%2,056-681$86$23,857,2163Lionsgate
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$113,246-72%1,375-1130$82$29,520,1468Warner Bros.
14Contraband$102,155-68%1,081-966$95$64,744,9805Universal
15Man on a Ledge$100,107-68%1,423-1575$70$17,571,5393Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$207,606-67%808-197$257$24,209,64412Weinstein Company
2Hugo$135,885-77%702-328$194$64,577,90912Paramount
3The Iron Lady$114,391-65%512-509$223$22,911,6557Weinstein Company
4Beauty and the Beast 3D$56,929-82%678-1041$84$46,520,2355Disney
5Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$55,325-69%469-608$118$206,570,0939Paramount
6War Horse$42,263-70%502-661$84$78,242,4308Disney / DreamWorks
7Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$40,606-72%232-70$175$22,035,68410Focus
8Joyful Noise$34,764-74%686-664$51$29,924,8935Warner Bros.
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$32,349-81%502-316$64$129,087,2409Fox
10Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$26,368-64%265-592$100$184,599,5689Warner Bros.
11The Adventures of Tintin$26,366-77%257-229$103$75,897,8528Paramount
12Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$26,122-84%111--$235$663,2221UTV Communications
13Albert Nobbs$25,173-69%151-94$167$2,059,5713Roadside Attractions
14We Bought a Zoo$21,794-78%420-334$52$73,268,3938Fox
15My Week with Marilyn$21,019-62%125-46$168$13,365,08712Weinstein Company
16Haywire$19,634-64%263-988$75$18,599,0854Relativity Media
17Puss in Boots (2011)$17,424-75%209-44$83$148,758,44416Paramount / DreamWorks
18Happy Feet Two$12,377-80%202-53$61$63,687,50813Warner Bros.
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$11,958-71%230-66$52$281,170,13013Lionsgate / Summit
20New Year's Eve$6,048-61%155-67$39$54,499,49010Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$10,604-68%44-1$241$16,167,62745Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$9,228-62%52-12$177$3,616,12511Fox Searchlight
3W.E.$6,418-65%1713$378$130,2112Weinstein Company
4The Sitter$6,068-65%99-27$61$30,418,01810Fox
5Coriolanus$3,420-62%11-3$311$271,3674Weinstein Company
6The Devil Inside$3,240-62%95-208$34$53,153,0166Paramount
7Pariah (2011)$2,093-68%13-6$161$659,5307Focus
8Immortals$1,777-72%33-29$54$83,490,32314Relativity Media
9J. Edgar$1,389-65%42-93$33$37,294,86714Warner Bros.
10Young Adult$1,227-59%35-23$35$16,258,73910Paramount
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$924-75%103$92$273,3008FilmDistrict
12The Darkest Hour$582-71%18-21$32$21,218,0718Summit
13Vettai$168-85%2-2$84$198,3605UTV Communications
14Margin Call$144-31%2--$72$5,353,73017Roadside Attractions