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 Fri, Sep. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Retribution$8,363,335--3,012--$2,777$8,363,3351Sony / Screen Gems
2Finding Nemo 3D$5,056,737--2,904--$1,741$5,056,7371Disney
3The Possession$1,826,687280%2,86026$639$37,193,7993Lionsgate
4Lawless$1,360,173164%3,063-75$444$27,281,9273Weinstein Company
5The Words$928,562177%2,8010$332$7,208,4472CBS Films
6The Expendables 2$888,407136%2,896-364$307$78,148,3865Lionsgate
7The Bourne Legacy$845,225167%2,170-596$390$105,786,8856Universal
8The Campaign$753,916182%2,002-540$377$81,206,0726Warner Bros.
9ParaNorman$681,284237%2,326-530$293$46,977,5305Focus
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$664,950260%2,415-302$275$44,438,5985Disney
11The Dark Knight Rises$609,073138%1,581-406$385$439,479,7029Warner Bros.
12Hope Springs (2012)$563,002103%1,946-491$289$59,213,1036Sony / Columbia
13Premium Rush$376,320105%1,339-843$281$17,940,1924Sony / Columbia
14The Cold Light of Day$276,370117%1,5110$183$2,708,5542Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Arbitrage$600,560--197--$3,049$600,5601Roadside Attractions
2Barfi!$260,292--132--$1,972$260,2921UTV Communications
3Ted (2012)$117,135139%411-104$285$217,170,89512Universal
4Hit and Run$115,0118%651-1159$177$13,071,6924Open Road
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$114,948260%541-222$212$157,427,03010Fox
6Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$105,667-52%32255$328$2,541,0362Paramount
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$102,056392%591-340$173$46,934,8437Fox
8Sparkle (2012)$101,21875%494-379$205$23,728,3125Sony / TriStar
9The Amazing Spider-Man$96,943--328-88$296$260,844,06311Sony / Columbia
10For A Good Time, Call...$90,131289%10751$842$635,1633Focus
11Total Recall (2012)$85,199--303-199$281$57,883,3187Sony / Columbia
12Beasts of the Southern Wild$69,53773%212-57$328$10,486,97012Fox Searchlight
13The Intouchables$66,51899%180-14$370$11,753,09317Weinstein Company
14Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$65,502256%306-39$214$215,380,73015Paramount / DreamWorks
15Step Up Revolution$55,548440%26870$207$34,588,6088Lionsgate / Summit
16Moonrise Kingdom$55,374103%157-43$353$44,796,95717Focus
17Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$27,503200%160-7$172$65,547,30012Lionsgate
18The Watch$25,180103%1383$182$34,077,6028Fox
19Magic Mike$17,11377%115-87$149$113,632,98112Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$242,127--5--$48,425$242,1271Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$20,37973%520$392$8,459,82722Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$17,54564%80-34$219$46,142,19920Fox Searchlight
4The Apparition$14,2588%68-208$210$4,804,4244Warner Bros.
5Ruby Sparks$13,227160%70-6$189$2,407,2798Fox Searchlight
6Safety Not Guaranteed$9,201140%46-8$200$3,900,17215FilmDistrict
7Cosmopolis$7,22050%31-14$233$729,0275Entertainment One Films
810 Years$7,201--3--$2,400$7,2011Anchor Bay Films
9Branded$5,912-68%80-227$74$330,5582Roadside Attractions
10Born to Be Wild 3D$4,1129%330$125$20,837,07076Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$826-89%8-273$103$1,062,3983Kenn Viselman Presents
12Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$808-33%7-15$115$3,366,6526ARC Entertainment
13Mugamoodi$79795%3-14$266$95,5383UTV Communications
14Joker$150-85%3-40$50$168,9013UTV Communications