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, Sep. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$5,326,620-16%2,816--$1,892$17,732,4801Lionsgate
2Lawless$3,755,1618%2,888--$1,300$12,144,4291Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$3,477,9524%3,334-21$1,043$66,389,2863Lionsgate
4The Bourne Legacy$2,786,5905%3,131-523$890$96,231,0504Universal
5ParaNorman$2,595,3802%3,085-370$841$38,052,0063Focus
6The Dark Knight Rises$2,453,2689%2,187-419$1,122$431,430,2857Warner Bros.
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$2,443,2191%2,63537$927$36,154,0123Disney
8The Campaign$2,289,58913%2,941-361$779$73,284,8984Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$1,746,620-2%2,44139$716$52,053,6044Sony / Columbia
10Premium Rush$1,506,2114%2,2550$668$12,326,5092Sony / Columbia
11Hit and Run$1,000,0038%2,8700$348$10,055,8462Open Road
12Marvel's The Avengers$839,40122%1,705--$492$619,760,59418Disney
13Sparkle (2012)$609,244-15%1,257-987$485$21,706,6213Sony / TriStar
14Brave$599,6369%1,7081256$351$231,801,17911Disney
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$571,1734%1,204-761$474$45,186,3265Fox
16Ice Age: Continental Drift$521,8823%1,036-514$504$155,635,4428Fox
17The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$152,995-8%2,160--$71$669,4891Kenn Viselman Presents

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$358,0382%50183$715$259,524,8339Sony / Columbia
2Total Recall (2012)$332,1784%756-820$439$56,738,1515Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$325,38013%561-222$580$215,975,55010Universal
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$247,112-1%505131$489$214,539,65813Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Apparition$221,977-5%8100$274$4,251,1212Warner Bros.
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$202,6061%26755$759$9,618,10610Fox Searchlight
7The Intouchables$146,415-4%175-19$837$11,016,63315Weinstein Company
8Moonrise Kingdom$135,3247%197-135$687$44,205,43815Focus
9Step Up Revolution$103,312-13%236-192$438$34,170,9086Lionsgate / Summit
10The Watch$91,4447%195-55$469$33,762,4066Fox
11Men in Black 3$73,686-1%186-46$396$178,792,77015Sony / Columbia
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$67,419-9%17973$377$65,254,18310Lionsgate
13Magic Mike$56,224-1%268-87$210$113,390,93010Warner Bros.
14Snow White and the Huntsman$37,180-12%143-51$260$155,081,78514Universal
15The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$36,220-9%105-7$345$45,927,36418Fox Searchlight
16The Hunger Games$20,208-19%145-44$139$407,981,65224Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$66,38817%520$1,277$8,231,65520Warner Bros. / IMAX
2For A Good Time, Call...$51,6246%23--$2,245$143,9351Focus
3Joker$39,3046%74--$531$105,8651UTV Communications
4Ruby Sparks$32,495-8%78-57$417$2,269,6876Fox Searchlight
5Cosmopolis$32,1900%652$495$606,1373Entertainment One Films
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$19,9997%49-26$408$37,465,45211Fox
7Mugamoodi$19,0614%21--$908$56,6031UTV Communications
8Savages$18,86015%82-35$230$47,294,8409Universal
9Born to Be Wild 3D$18,0604%330$547$20,766,51574Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Safety Not Guaranteed$16,41011%48-6$342$3,820,08313FilmDistrict
11Prometheus$16,069-9%55-36$292$126,376,36013Fox
12Little White Lies$15,291-10%129$1,274$80,3362MPI Media
13Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$5,285-14%31-99$170$3,340,8434ARC Entertainment
14The Day$2,975-35%12--$248$12,8441Anchor Bay Films
15A Cat In Paris$2,226-7%3-3$742$310,05514GKIDS
16Easy Money (2012)$8700%2-3$435$187,0768Weinstein Company