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 Thu, Apr. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$1,439,1788%3,916-221$368$342,400,4604Lionsgate
2The Cabin in the Woods$984,459-2%2,811--$350$19,230,1721Lionsgate
3American Reunion$752,7052%3,20311$235$43,043,7602Universal
4Titanic 3D$705,1550%2,69723$261$47,828,0172Paramount
5The Three Stooges$691,758-2%3,477--$199$20,155,4461Fox
621 Jump Street$524,6417%2,735-274$192$122,466,1815Sony / Columbia
7Wrath of the Titans$486,0653%3,102-443$157$73,310,5433Warner Bros.
8Mirror Mirror$444,2154%3,206-412$139$51,091,7533Relativity Media
9Lockout$380,964-1%2,308--$165$7,969,0321Open Road
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$190,1456%2,112-891$90$205,253,2657Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$83,819-6%435-89$193$6,388,7496CBS Films
2Bully (2012)$56,5567%158152$358$1,024,6113Weinstein Company
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$37,4506%502-149$75$100,629,12610Warner Bros. / New Line
4John Carter$29,5119%446-569$66$68,864,2786Disney
5Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$28,792-7%102--$282$777,8341Code Black Entertainment
6Safe House$25,97016%371-111$70$125,377,01010Universal
7Act of Valor$23,19314%352-356$66$69,341,1588Relativity Media
8This Means War$19,14313%283-38$68$53,901,5309Fox
9Jeff Who Lives at Home$18,720-1%183-264$102$3,900,6415Paramount Vantage
10Blue Like Jazz$18,383-20%136--$135$337,5591Roadside Attractions
11The Iron Lady$13,218-3%146-90$91$29,887,97916Weinstein Company
12The Artist$12,514-9%121-101$103$44,098,81921Weinstein Company
13Friends With Kids$12,1285%113-94$107$7,018,2336Roadside Attractions
14A Thousand Words$10,637-4%277-230$38$17,873,3546Paramount
15Chronicle$9,9052%1653$60$64,205,07811Fox
16Casa de mi Padre$8,82021%121-162$73$5,735,2845Lionsgate / Pantelion
17Project X (2012)$7,283-9%145-299$50$54,366,5327Warner Bros.
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$5,896-10%153-42$39$132,853,36218Fox
19The Woman in Black$4,8841%122-37$40$54,232,47411CBS Films
20Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$4,603-5%125-79$37$34,818,1948Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$27,4756%400$687$18,241,82154Warner Bros. / IMAX
2We Bought a Zoo$3,9540%83-16$48$75,513,03517Fox
3Touchback$3,91312%50--$78$83,1931Anchor Bay Films
4Silent House (2012)$3,840-9%59-155$65$12,683,8536Open Road
5The Descendants$3,43513%41-37$84$82,584,16022Fox Searchlight
6Bullhead$2,752--6--$459$150,3749Drafthouse Films
7Coriolanus$2,6416%181$147$675,57613Weinstein Company
8Undefeated$2,56275%172$151$494,5979Weinstein Company
9Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,31512%33-12$70$43,378,28610Fox
10Red Tails$2,15510%43-12$50$49,806,63613Fox
11The Grey$2,003-3%13-54$154$51,580,13612Open Road
12W.E.$1,714-17%17-4$101$554,05411Weinstein Company
13Albert Nobbs$374-82%12-18$31$2,992,58712Roadside Attractions