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, Mar. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$17,905,88087%3,74617$4,780$110,355,7402Universal
2John Carter$12,327,41726%3,749--$3,288$22,139,3521Disney
3Project X (2012)$4,429,26411%3,0550$1,450$36,992,6012Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$3,104,63755%2,951-102$1,052$54,213,7673Relativity Media
5A Thousand Words$2,722,35642%1,890--$1,440$4,635,7531Paramount
6Silent House (2012)$2,665,1010%2,124--$1,255$5,329,1951Open Road
7Safe House$2,239,79567%2,144-409$1,045$114,383,4455Universal
8The Vow$1,709,58835%2,478-348$690$116,589,7195Sony / Screen Gems
9This Means War$1,689,50638%1,949-393$867$46,049,6474Fox
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,689,23393%2,525-535$669$89,594,0505Warner Bros. / New Line
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,381,40469%1,516-616$911$29,739,7893Lionsgate
12The Artist$979,75571%1,505-251$651$39,708,18316Weinstein Company
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$907,89373%1,804-683$503$47,532,1674Sony / Columbia
14Wanderlust$750,70050%1,220-782$615$15,114,5703Universal
15Gone$400,39829%1,144-1042$350$10,541,2463Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$912,26053%369--$2,472$1,507,6091Roadside Attractions
2Chronicle$412,96962%595-459$694$62,031,0546Fox
3The Descendants$331,32683%517-177$641$81,290,52017Fox Searchlight
4Hugo$298,56897%313-93$954$72,095,96516Paramount
5The Iron Lady$269,41477%447-64$603$27,785,79311Weinstein Company
6The Woman in Black$224,86444%433-379$519$52,921,5586CBS Films
7The Secret World of Arrietty$194,504136%501-930$388$17,432,1804Disney
8Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$159,746116%258-473$619$42,737,7825Fox
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$142,34063%229122$622$208,313,54613Paramount
10Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$134,76492%287-27$470$131,105,33813Fox
11Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$88,477107%109-17$812$23,880,94714Focus
12We Bought a Zoo$87,35372%228-38$383$74,619,80512Fox
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$82,16771%211-45$389$102,320,91012Sony / Columbia
14Big Miracle$72,70565%238-121$305$19,557,8606Universal
15Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$72,36746%208-58$348$186,487,26813Warner Bros.
16The Adventures of Tintin$63,29791%153-62$414$77,340,25412Paramount
17The Grey$54,51764%151-157$361$50,924,0607Open Road
18Red Tails$51,79956%178-71$291$49,313,0178Fox
19Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$51,18447%202-101$253$31,682,08712Warner Bros.
20My Week with Marilyn$38,701114%1200$323$14,462,45016Weinstein Company
21Contraband$33,91563%119-29$285$66,465,6259Universal
22Joyful Noise$25,62553%103-99$249$30,851,4929Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$107,29785%18--$5,961$165,1871CBS Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$48,38819%400$1,210$16,974,99049Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Undefeated$26,97295%130$2,075$237,5944Weinstein Company
4Coriolanus$22,01358%195$1,159$460,8818Weinstein Company
5Being Flynn$20,42870%128$1,702$90,8382Focus
6Haywire$17,67446%8250$216$18,886,5518Relativity Media
7Albert Nobbs$17,43574%45-23$387$2,780,4827Roadside Attractions
8W.E.$15,59478%245$650$373,7446Weinstein Company
9One For the Money$15,16635%64-53$237$26,110,9127Lionsgate
10Shame$10,22559%20-2$511$3,890,49215Fox Searchlight
11Pariah (2011)$8,93533%196$470$751,75111Focus
12Paan Singh Tomar$3,35165%5-5$670$31,7082UTV Communications
13Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$2,336124%10-16$234$168,9783UTV Communications
14Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$938299%4-21$235$1,152,9895UTV Communications
15The Devil Inside$9262%10-7$93$53,205,35510Paramount