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, Mar. 26 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$10,823,788-69%4,137--$2,616$163,359,5351Lionsgate
221 Jump Street$1,917,239-66%3,1210$614$72,139,7542Sony / Columbia
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,011,175-75%3,677-92$275$178,423,2304Universal
4John Carter$424,500-71%3,212-537$132$62,831,7123Disney
5Project X (2012)$203,124-59%2,065-857$98$51,936,6084Warner Bros.
6Act of Valor$196,386-65%2,219-546$89$66,117,4725Relativity Media
7A Thousand Words$153,002-71%1,787-108$86$15,103,3243Paramount
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$121,108-71%1,340-595$90$97,260,6097Warner Bros. / New Line
9Safe House$119,700-66%1,330-590$90$122,702,0507Universal
10This Means War$89,544-58%1,188-472$75$52,360,2626Fox
11The Vow$81,929-56%1,258-917$65$122,858,2797Sony / Screen Gems
12Silent House (2012)$58,103-59%1,202-922$48$12,020,8343Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$102,781-74%47593$216$4,132,9762Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$70,825-66%558-82$127$5,590,3483Roadside Attractions
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$59,938-69%12462$483$1,688,7403CBS Films
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$53,305-66%2540$210$1,827,5722Paramount Vantage
5The Artist$46,439-65%576-579$81$43,084,30918Weinstein Company
6Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$44,426-78%621-395$72$33,997,0155Lionsgate
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$28,721-61%248-38$116$132,046,03315Fox
8The Iron Lady$27,785-63%327-129$85$29,127,86413Weinstein Company
9Hugo$26,539-66%283-100$94$73,464,48618Paramount
10Chronicle$22,667-56%292-140$78$63,552,8058Fox
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$16,541-62%200-29$83$209,081,66015Paramount
12The Descendants$15,106-58%199-148$76$82,293,82319Fox Searchlight
13We Bought a Zoo$15,046-53%155-33$97$75,120,25914Fox
14Wanderlust$12,925-61%235-463$55$17,128,5755Universal
15The Grey$12,694-62%204-15$62$51,371,7529Open Road
16Big Miracle$12,320-63%224-12$55$19,978,5508Universal
17The Woman in Black$10,271-70%180-125$57$53,759,4808CBS Films
18Red Tails$8,341-60%131-21$64$49,608,97110Fox
19One For the Money$7,086-61%15139$47$26,307,9079Lionsgate
20Gone$5,142-66%183-293$28$11,532,4475Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$18,631-42%400$466$17,479,33251Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Being Flynn$7,175-69%73-15$98$410,0864Focus
3Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$6,711-61%74-82$91$43,226,8967Fox
4Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,170-46%86-39$72$186,770,42815Warner Bros.
5Albert Nobbs$4,363-55%44-4$99$2,899,4319Roadside Attractions
6Seeking Justice$3,859-54%74-157$52$394,4302Anchor Bay Films
7Undefeated$2,982-63%17-4$175$381,9926Weinstein Company
8Coriolanus$2,822-57%19-2$149$572,54410Weinstein Company
9Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$2,813-47%50-55$56$31,839,55814Warner Bros.
10W.E.$2,254-63%18-2$125$464,2728Weinstein Company
11My Week with Marilyn$1,711-60%44-6$39$14,583,38818Weinstein Company