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 Tue, May. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$8,477,8547%4,3490$1,949$389,473,2902Disney
2Dark Shadows$2,611,20813%3,755--$695$34,607,9371Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man$515,2427%2,05242$251$82,429,5794Sony / Screen Gems
4The Hunger Games$464,75817%2,531-263$184$387,870,2868Lionsgate
5The Five-Year Engagement$462,42033%2,569-372$180$25,432,6553Universal
6The Lucky One (2012)$431,24936%2,839-166$152$54,535,5434Warner Bros.
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$252,88328%3,079-279$82$23,497,9433Sony / Columbia
8Safe (2012)$212,34433%1,690-581$126$16,089,8143Lionsgate
9Chimpanzee$182,44228%1,55928$117$26,042,9734Disneynature
10The Raven$172,4528%1,888-321$91$15,055,8743Relativity Media
11The Cabin in the Woods$128,7348%1,029-640$125$40,002,2625Lionsgate
12The Three Stooges$70,40114%1,416-758$50$41,285,7605Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$347,30224%178151$1,951$4,371,0702Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$84,936-8%322--$264$1,561,5551Lionsgate / Pantelion
321 Jump Street$79,09923%589-451$134$135,261,0959Sony / Columbia
4American Reunion$62,52050%521-335$120$56,154,3706Universal
5Bully (2012)$44,62332%2630$170$2,942,4267Weinstein Company
6Mirror Mirror$43,57424%607-315$72$61,072,6887Relativity Media
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$36,4950%455-66$80$209,664,83011Universal
8Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$23,9359%200-47$120$8,587,96510CBS Films
9The Artist$21,7775%751710$29$44,482,00625Weinstein Company
10Titanic 3D$20,76216%157-176$132$57,652,8976Paramount
11Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$19,68124%260-43$76$102,616,87314Warner Bros. / New Line
12Lockout$18,63311%255-56$73$14,172,1235Open Road
13Wrath of the Titans$18,26828%265-450$69$82,022,7087Warner Bros.
14Safe House$8,84018%136-39$65$126,165,97514Universal
15Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,80410%11770$58$4,257,1519Paramount Vantage
16A Thousand Words$6,74712%127-13$53$18,305,63910Paramount
17This Means War$6,55415%132-39$50$54,599,01913Fox
18Act of Valor$6,01914%118-75$51$69,915,27812Relativity Media
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$4,62019%110-33$42$35,018,68412Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$42,5923%49-1$869$1,496,8934Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$16,91425%340$497$18,815,19558Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sound of My Voice$8,9687%4618$195$205,6523Fox Searchlight
4The Road (2012)$7,9156%50--$158$72,0571Freestyle Releasing
5Casa de mi Padre$3,624-3%56-12$65$5,902,5919Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Chronicle$2,98713%51-27$59$64,517,39615Fox
7Friends With Kids$2,48145%362$69$7,210,98710Roadside Attractions
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,31433%67-8$35$133,066,46822Fox
9Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$2,100-24%23-7$91$1,185,7825Code Black Entertainment
10Project X (2012)$1,960-4%40-32$49$54,728,27311Warner Bros.
11Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$1,70687%10--$171$19,7171UTV Communications
12Undefeated$1,27097%130$98$543,23513Weinstein Company
13Coriolanus$1,13732%11-7$103$742,16717Weinstein Company
14Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$55435%12-5$46$43,454,62014Fox
15Blue Like Jazz$44516%11-9$40$589,5295Roadside Attractions
16Tonight You're Mine$28011%2--$140$2,6771Roadside Attractions
17Touchback$190-44%4-8$48$203,3095Anchor Bay Films
18Red Tails$127-71%9-3$14$49,867,17317Fox
19Albert Nobbs$7-83%2-3$4$3,014,58816Roadside Attractions