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 Mon, May. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$5,687,934-66%4,249-100$1,339$463,353,4513Disney
2Battleship$2,361,665-66%3,690--$640$27,896,4901Universal
3The Dictator$2,157,365-57%3,008--$717$26,633,5381Paramount
4Dark Shadows$1,255,159-64%3,7550$334$51,976,9182Warner Bros.
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,138,289-56%3,021--$377$11,685,3571Lionsgate
6The Hunger Games$353,004-59%2,064-467$171$391,934,4459Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$260,717-62%1,722-330$151$86,099,1775Sony / Screen Gems
8The Pirates! Band of Misfits$249,648-56%1,840-1239$136$25,739,7844Sony / Columbia
9The Lucky One (2012)$188,259-58%2,005-834$94$57,122,8875Warner Bros.
10The Five-Year Engagement$141,025-55%1,175-1394$120$27,244,0354Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$522,294-48%354176$1,475$8,750,3193Fox Searchlight
2Chimpanzee$82,966-61%895-664$93$27,091,4815Disneynature
3The Cabin in the Woods$55,174-48%448-581$123$40,606,8136Lionsgate
4Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$47,375-66%379-76$125$210,238,70012Universal
5Wrath of the Titans$45,320-70%36095$126$82,565,6108Warner Bros.
6Mirror Mirror$44,338-66%407-200$109$61,595,5748Relativity Media
7Safe (2012)$38,557-62%503-1187$77$16,628,5074Lionsgate
8Girl in Progress$36,347-76%3220$113$2,173,7182Lionsgate / Pantelion
9The Three Stooges$36,206-68%594-822$61$41,866,8386Fox
10The Raven$30,507-50%432-1456$71$15,576,2934Relativity Media
11American Reunion$30,450-60%290-231$105$56,525,4057Universal
12Bully (2012)$30,21648%204-59$148$3,150,3458Weinstein Company
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$18,859-69%245-15$77$102,878,47415Warner Bros. / New Line
14Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$17,171-36%134-66$128$8,738,20811CBS Films
15Lockout$9,737-58%191-64$51$14,301,3076Open Road
16A Thousand Words$5,601-68%110-17$51$18,380,12811Paramount
17The Artist$3,087-64%103-648$30$44,552,53826Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$58,925-5%490$1,203$1,894,0945Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$19,69030%340$579$18,939,85459Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Crooked Arrows$13,596-73%55--$247$269,9421Branded/Peck Films
4Titanic 3D$8,128-50%70-87$116$57,744,3637Paramount
5Sound of My Voice$6,239-33%37-9$169$255,9664Fox Searchlight
6This Means War$5,230-51%90-42$58$54,675,93414Fox
7Act of Valor$3,561-86%96-22$37$69,982,00113Relativity Media
8Friends With Kids$1,420-62%25-11$57$7,227,93011Roadside Attractions
9Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$1,357-60%17-6$80$1,202,9196Code Black Entertainment
10Lovely Molly$958-28%5--$192$13,5121Image Entertainment
11Coriolanus$837-48%8-3$105$750,47818Weinstein Company
12The Road (2012)$804-60%10-40$80$89,6752Freestyle Releasing
13Undefeated$608-53%9-4$68$549,07814Weinstein Company
14Red Tails$253-53%3-6$84$49,869,06118Fox
15Blue Like Jazz$238-49%7-4$34$592,8276Roadside Attractions
16Touchback$75168%3-1$25$204,1436Anchor Bay Films
17Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$38-76%1-11$38$43,455,95415Fox