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 Sun, Apr. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$7,294,332-44%4,1370$1,763$302,450,7223Lionsgate
2American Reunion$4,756,080-36%3,192--$1,490$21,514,0801Universal
3Wrath of the Titans$3,653,749-36%3,5450$1,031$58,614,2122Warner Bros.
4Titanic 3D$3,505,870-47%2,674--$1,311$25,645,9351Paramount
5Mirror Mirror$2,532,171-36%3,61815$700$36,773,2422Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$2,513,935-35%3,009-139$835$109,413,7634Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,066,065-38%3,003-261$355$198,204,3756Universal
8John Carter$210,148-36%1,015-1382$207$67,983,6525Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$246,443-42%52441$470$4,656,4295CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$131,862-29%651-257$203$99,387,9519Warner Bros. / New Line
3Safe House$130,140-43%482-247$270$124,746,1509Universal
4A Thousand Words$123,502-32%507-500$244$17,422,3035Paramount
5Act of Valor$122,444-45%708-531$173$68,764,3107Relativity Media
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$111,106-35%447-66$249$3,400,1204Paramount Vantage
7Casa de mi Padre$83,692-19%283-156$296$5,496,4174Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Project X (2012)$82,437-32%444-459$186$54,061,2686Warner Bros.
9The Vow$64,573-44%479-35$135$123,922,1809Sony / Screen Gems
10Friends With Kids$55,749-38%207-101$269$6,728,2525Roadside Attractions
11This Means War$50,899-46%321-254$159$53,477,1798Fox
12The Artist$48,880-35%222-93$220$43,848,90020Weinstein Company
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$48,285-48%277-103$174$51,114,8768Sony / Columbia
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$40,435-37%204-117$198$34,664,6327Lionsgate
15The Iron Lady$32,204-41%236-48$136$29,649,85615Weinstein Company
16Chronicle$30,498-36%162-36$188$63,951,66810Fox
17Silent House (2012)$28,367-37%214-111$133$12,555,2305Open Road
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$24,142-49%195-27$124$132,644,09217Fox
19Hugo$18,895-21%101-73$187$73,820,09420Paramount
20The Woman in Black$18,350-57%159-20$115$54,107,36510CBS Films
21Gone$12,866-40%12160$106$11,653,1237Summit
22Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$12,403-57%102-48$122$209,364,92117Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$22,345-41%400$559$17,892,04953Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$20,222-24%61$3,370$234,1642Weinstein Company
3We Bought a Zoo$11,538-47%99-37$117$75,406,97516Fox
4The Descendants$10,723-45%78-40$137$82,523,80921Fox Searchlight
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$8,592-40%4515$191$43,320,4119Fox
6The Grey$6,658-41%67-137$99$51,533,60811Open Road
7Being Flynn$6,535-58%33-7$198$526,3226Focus
8Coriolanus$6,483-40%171$381$634,27212Weinstein Company
9Undefeated$5,175-49%15-1$345$460,1958Weinstein Company
10Red Tails$5,062-52%55-46$92$49,759,62412Fox
11W.E.$4,265-43%210$203$519,16510Weinstein Company
12One For the Money$3,584-45%49-53$73$26,404,75311Lionsgate
13Albert Nobbs$2,668-49%301$89$2,962,47511Roadside Attractions