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, May. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$57,066,733-18%4,349--$13,122$207,438,7081Disney
2Think Like a Man$2,135,980-35%2,010-5$1,063$73,135,6003Sony / Screen Gems
3The Pirates! Band of Misfits$1,721,802-30%3,3580$513$18,665,9412Sony / Columbia
4The Hunger Games$1,530,738-37%2,794-778$548$380,614,6597Lionsgate
5The Five-Year Engagement$1,308,745-36%2,9415$445$19,133,0152Universal
6The Lucky One (2012)$1,210,919-45%3,005-170$403$47,775,0603Warner Bros.
7Safe (2012)$827,271-18%2,2715$364$13,080,8832Lionsgate
8Chimpanzee$777,000-23%1,531-36$508$23,101,8893Disneynature
9The Raven$739,224-29%2,2096$335$12,176,1252Relativity Media
10The Three Stooges$554,332-31%2,174-931$255$39,669,0154Fox
11The Cabin in the Woods$431,190-30%1,669-970$258$38,018,7484Lionsgate
1221 Jump Street$275,296-38%1,040-780$265$134,015,7838Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mirror Mirror$230,539-29%922-1095$250$60,174,4986Relativity Media
2American Reunion$196,880-43%856-1298$230$55,301,0805Universal
3Wrath of the Titans$130,867-29%715-857$183$81,619,8326Warner Bros.
4Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$125,040-36%521-362$240$209,034,86510Universal
5Titanic 3D$122,062-17%333-1076$367$57,290,5085Paramount
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$83,685-35%303-98$276$102,273,11213Warner Bros. / New Line
7Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$65,687-48%247-88$266$8,225,1999CBS Films
8Bully (2012)$49,098-19%2630$187$2,538,0116Weinstein Company
9Lockout$44,428-52%311-948$143$13,894,3744Open Road
10Safe House$26,250-45%175-54$150$126,020,90013Universal
11A Thousand Words$20,587-42%140-29$147$18,185,7639Paramount
12Act of Valor$20,514-32%193-92$106$69,824,80411Relativity Media
13This Means War$17,473-53%171-61$102$54,483,96712Fox
14The Vow$14,908-56%157-61$95$124,933,57113Sony / Screen Gems
15Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$13,529-49%143104$95$34,938,03311Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$227,750-27%27--$8,435$737,0511Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$51,170-27%500$1,023$1,025,0163Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$17,080-61%95-32$180$51,774,00212Sony / Columbia
4Born to Be Wild 3D$16,897-21%340$497$18,641,47057Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Sound of My Voice$13,640-42%2823$487$103,5502Fox Searchlight
6A Beautiful Soul$13,305-21%20--$665$46,4101Tyscot Manhaddon Films
7Casa de mi Padre$10,498-5%6832$154$5,849,2248Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Chronicle$9,906-25%78-43$127$64,472,96914Fox
9Project X (2012)$8,340-34%72-83$116$54,697,62110Warner Bros.
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$7,934-31%30-37$264$1,137,1734Code Black Entertainment
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$7,900-38%75-36$105$133,030,45321Fox
12Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,948-40%47-32$148$4,190,7108Paramount Vantage
13The Artist$4,920-22%41-9$120$44,242,86524Weinstein Company
14We Bought a Zoo$4,368-31%38-14$115$75,608,72220Fox
15Friends With Kids$3,635-48%34-19$107$7,185,3409Roadside Attractions
16Coriolanus$3,602-33%184$200$727,67616Weinstein Company
17Blue Like Jazz$2,876-32%20-26$144$578,0954Roadside Attractions
18Touchback$1,980-41%12-16$165$197,2194Anchor Bay Films
19Undefeated$1,959-21%13-7$151$531,09412Weinstein Company
20Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,461-55%17-10$86$43,446,08713Fox
21Albert Nobbs$1,30166%5-11$260$3,013,81215Roadside Attractions
22W.E.$1,055-15%6-4$176$582,07514Weinstein Company
23Red Tails$904-55%12-11$75$49,858,40616Fox