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 Wed, Apr. 25 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$1,951,643-26%2,015--$969$40,974,3151Sony / Screen Gems
2The Lucky One (2012)$1,363,043-27%3,155--$432$27,198,2091Warner Bros.
3The Hunger Games$944,136-17%3,752-164$252$360,163,1555Lionsgate
4Chimpanzee$688,922-16%1,563--$441$12,936,3251Disneynature
5The Cabin in the Woods$654,133-25%2,8110$233$29,494,1102Lionsgate
6American Reunion$454,955-29%3,033-170$150$50,095,2353Universal
721 Jump Street$395,573-20%2,427-308$163$128,510,0076Sony / Columbia
8The Three Stooges$388,580-29%3,4825$112$31,314,7412Fox
9Titanic 3D$333,088-23%2,515-182$132$53,992,0383Paramount
10Wrath of the Titans$298,150-20%2,502-600$119$78,222,5364Warner Bros.
11Lockout$268,172-24%2,33527$115$12,122,7382Open Road
12Mirror Mirror$265,436-19%2,938-268$90$56,347,6654Relativity Media
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$94,980-20%1,583-529$60$207,477,5558Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bully (2012)$69,5620%263105$264$1,727,7754Weinstein Company
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$68,225-5%44611$153$7,274,1597CBS Films
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$30,263-22%444-58$68$101,337,91611Warner Bros. / New Line
4Safe House$19,455-14%301-70$65$125,668,87511Universal
5This Means War$16,460-6%29310$56$54,159,07710Fox
6Project X (2012)$15,841-12%258113$61$54,543,2568Warner Bros.
7Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$15,614-4%1064$147$983,9292Code Black Entertainment
8Jeff Who Lives at Home$12,672-13%122-61$104$4,068,2536Paramount Vantage
9The Iron Lady$12,2761%102-44$120$29,992,37717Weinstein Company
10Act of Valor$11,799-12%229-123$52$69,509,1939Relativity Media
11Blue Like Jazz$10,386-9%126-10$82$500,3632Roadside Attractions
12Chronicle$8,484-1%137-28$62$64,332,02712Fox
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,426-1%135-18$33$132,936,97519Fox
14A Thousand Words$3,880-23%168-109$23$17,950,0057Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$40,031-1%50--$801$384,2781Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$24,95314%32-8$780$18,391,40955Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Friends With Kids$7,799-25%83-30$94$7,114,8747Roadside Attractions
4The Artist$6,614-14%86-35$77$44,174,60122Weinstein Company
5Casa de mi Padre$4,2015%58-63$72$5,787,2536Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Touchback$3,5621%6919$52$152,6512Anchor Bay Films
7The Woman in Black$3,333-10%90-32$37$54,290,08912CBS Films
8We Bought a Zoo$3,30510%66-17$50$75,557,59718Fox
9Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,089-23%32-1$65$43,408,77211Fox
10Silent House (2012)$2,014-52%590$34$12,735,9137Open Road
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,867-12%81-44$23$34,859,4769Lionsgate
12Red Tails$1,545-25%39-4$40$49,830,77614Fox
13W.E.$1,275-16%15-2$85$568,50912Weinstein Company
14Coriolanus$1,145-12%14-4$82$690,02614Weinstein Company
15Undefeated$90916%170$53$507,41510Weinstein Company
16Albert Nobbs$457-55%153$30$3,000,27513Roadside Attractions