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, Jun. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snow White and the Huntsman$14,714,700-30%3,773--$3,900$56,217,7001Universal
2Men in Black 3$7,809,305-36%4,2480$1,838$111,078,7632Sony / Columbia
3Marvel's The Avengers$5,826,863-35%3,670-248$1,588$552,950,3985Disney
4Battleship$1,430,520-35%3,144-558$455$55,405,1453Universal
5The Dictator$1,320,684-33%2,649-365$499$50,812,3643Paramount
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,231,475-38%1,29461$952$25,379,6885Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,124,243-39%2,907-114$387$30,702,1003Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$970,883-42%3,002-402$323$70,677,0464Warner Bros.
9Chernobyl Diaries$843,887-32%2,4330$347$14,498,2212Warner Bros.
10The Hunger Games$434,899-36%1,099-322$396$398,340,93411Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$639,418-3%757--$845$1,885,6081ARC Entertainment
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$194,915-32%585-299$333$28,560,4046Sony / Columbia
3Think Like a Man$169,627-46%509-277$333$89,713,2487Sony / Screen Gems
4Crooked Arrows$142,838-39%327260$437$1,155,3353Branded/Peck Films
5Rowdy Rathore$116,350-27%120--$970$381,7841UTV Communications
6Mirror Mirror$99,755-33%357-65$279$62,911,80810Relativity Media
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$96,075-32%315-75$305$211,485,86014Universal
821 Jump Street$94,183-42%330-34$285$137,181,72312Sony / Columbia
9The Lucky One (2012)$77,542-47%404-211$192$58,969,1117Warner Bros.
10The Three Stooges$75,189-35%285-40$264$42,746,8128Fox
11The Five-Year Engagement$46,865-42%218-56$215$28,284,6006Universal
12Wrath of the Titans$46,438-30%205-50$227$83,221,76810Warner Bros.
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$38,060-26%155-20$246$103,346,20817Warner Bros. / New Line
14Safe (2012)$32,263-25%17563$184$16,940,7926Lionsgate
15The Cabin in the Woods$32,049-30%136-67$236$41,164,3408Lionsgate
16High School$25,247-14%200--$126$82,7401Anchor Bay Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$274,317-22%1612$17,145$1,737,0932Focus
2The Intouchables$94,963-36%5046$1,899$488,5632Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$54,695-31%500$1,094$2,780,5007Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Piranha 3DD$50,462-26%86--$587$182,2371Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$14,603-20%33-1$443$19,224,29661Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$12,538-45%60-27$209$9,025,10713CBS Films
7Girl in Progress$11,701-9%50-93$234$2,511,8884Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Titanic 3D$10,937-15%5210$210$57,859,4199Paramount
9The Artist$8,709-30%8767$100$44,615,35528Weinstein Company
10Sound of My Voice$8,560-24%486$178$361,5376Fox Searchlight
11Bully (2012)$5,891-30%88-16$67$3,389,32310Weinstein Company
12The Raven$5,376-33%61-50$88$15,791,1066Relativity Media
13Act of Valor$2,14974%19-20$113$70,011,07315Relativity Media
14Friends With Kids$807-33%8-1$101$7,245,73213Roadside Attractions
15Undefeated$636-48%60$106$561,05416Weinstein Company
16Red Tails$273-73%5-2$55$49,875,58920Fox
17Blue Like Jazz$40-51%1-2$40$594,9048Roadside Attractions