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 Fri, Apr. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$6,403,525126%3,916-221$1,635$321,973,0644Lionsgate
2The Three Stooges$5,621,382--3,477--$1,617$5,621,3821Fox
3The Cabin in the Woods$5,540,858--2,811--$1,971$5,540,8581Lionsgate
4American Reunion$3,427,210121%3,20311$1,070$32,665,9352Universal
5Titanic 3D$3,336,941117%2,69723$1,237$36,130,5112Paramount
6Lockout$2,222,177--2,308--$963$2,222,1771Open Road
7Mirror Mirror$2,051,33471%3,206-412$640$44,519,5953Relativity Media
821 Jump Street$2,042,071112%2,735-274$747$115,806,8845Sony / Columbia
9Wrath of the Titans$1,946,15360%3,102-443$627$66,291,9493Warner Bros.
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$865,92028%2,112-891$410$202,328,5507Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$254,86399%435-89$586$5,431,2546CBS Films
2Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$218,423--102--$2,141$218,4231Code Black Entertainment
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$189,460141%502-149$377$99,931,55710Warner Bros. / New Line
4Bully (2012)$160,8051399%158152$1,018$440,0073Weinstein Company
5Blue Like Jazz$106,528--136--$783$106,5281Roadside Attractions
6Safe House$100,170118%371-111$270$125,039,31510Universal
7John Carter$95,347-2%446-569$214$68,495,9086Disney
8This Means War$86,539237%283-38$306$53,671,3369Fox
9The Vow$79,95094%335-144$239$124,169,17710Sony / Screen Gems
10Act of Valor$75,46122%352-356$214$69,077,1768Relativity Media
11Jeff Who Lives at Home$62,99120%183-264$344$3,673,6355Paramount Vantage
12A Thousand Words$55,51320%277-230$200$17,683,0376Paramount
13Chronicle$51,208244%1653$310$64,062,81611Fox
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$39,907--216-61$185$51,253,4919Sony / Columbia
15Friends With Kids$36,98529%113-94$327$6,880,1136Roadside Attractions
16Project X (2012)$34,366-5%145-299$237$54,264,4017Warner Bros.
17The Iron Lady$30,05430%146-90$206$29,769,89916Weinstein Company
18The Artist$27,3637%121-101$226$43,975,89821Weinstein Company
19The Woman in Black$24,983190%122-37$205$54,166,36111CBS Films
20Casa de mi Padre$24,970-7%121-162$206$5,635,8865Lionsgate / Pantelion
21Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$23,36114%153-42$153$132,756,98918Fox
22Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$20,95344%125-79$168$34,745,8118Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$43,91411%400$1,098$18,087,50854Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Silent House (2012)$28,152190%59-155$477$12,624,8566Open Road
3Touchback$21,734--50--$435$21,7341Anchor Bay Films
4We Bought a Zoo$14,97444%83-16$180$75,465,87017Fox
5Red Tails$8,577151%43-12$199$49,780,82313Fox
6The Grey$7,06488%13-54$543$51,555,39712Open Road
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$7,00632%33-12$212$43,349,55710Fox
8The Descendants$6,54313%41-37$160$82,556,49322Fox Searchlight
9Coriolanus$5,651140%181$314$650,71813Weinstein Company
10Undefeated$5,425131%172$319$475,7109Weinstein Company
11W.E.$3,62313%17-4$213$534,95411Weinstein Company
12Albert Nobbs$1,010-62%12-18$84$2,973,22712Roadside Attractions