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 Wed, Sep. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Retribution$1,126,991-40%3,012--$374$25,731,3251Sony / Screen Gems
2Finding Nemo 3D$715,863-42%2,904--$247$19,847,4041Disney
3Lawless$439,194-30%3,063-75$143$31,781,5713Weinstein Company
4The Possession$311,494-32%2,86026$109$42,330,5763Lionsgate
5The Expendables 2$254,442-30%2,896-364$88$81,304,1405Lionsgate
6The Words$253,347-29%2,8010$90$10,002,7962CBS Films
7The Bourne Legacy$217,225-31%2,170-596$100$108,575,5656Universal
8The Campaign$203,124-28%2,002-540$101$83,577,6196Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$189,785-29%1,946-491$98$61,110,2156Sony / Columbia
10The Dark Knight Rises$179,167-25%1,581-406$113$441,676,7489Warner Bros.
11ParaNorman$148,142-47%2,326-530$64$50,083,7485Focus
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$140,721-42%2,415-302$58$46,967,9535Disney
13Premium Rush$102,271-34%1,339-843$76$19,205,2174Sony / Columbia
14The Cold Light of Day$77,190-35%1,5110$51$3,559,1752Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Arbitrage$160,040-19%197--$812$2,534,4241Roadside Attractions
2Barfi!$56,292-41%132--$426$1,281,0001UTV Communications
3Ted (2012)$39,045-17%411-104$95$217,555,18012Universal
4Hit and Run$33,856-29%651-1159$52$13,438,6784Open Road
5Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$33,525-22%32255$104$2,941,8842Paramount
6The Intouchables$30,347-26%180-14$169$12,039,71417Weinstein Company
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$29,822-10%212-57$141$10,751,50612Fox Searchlight
8For A Good Time, Call...$27,642-23%10751$258$909,5773Focus
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$25,890-33%541-222$48$157,996,23610Fox
10Moonrise Kingdom$22,319-20%157-43$142$45,009,82517Focus
11Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$16,193-11%306-39$53$215,657,20415Paramount / DreamWorks
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$16,009-53%591-340$27$47,433,3397Fox
13Step Up Revolution$15,538-23%26870$58$34,805,0278Lionsgate / Summit
14The Watch$9,564-13%1383$69$34,170,4028Fox
15Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$7,121-12%160-7$45$65,645,53312Lionsgate
16Magic Mike$6,394-1%115-87$56$113,683,10412Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$68,935-19%5--$13,787$993,8711Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$9,208-38%520$177$8,562,98822Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$8,443-21%80-34$106$46,212,67320Fox Searchlight
4Ruby Sparks$5,486-11%70-6$78$2,452,7048Fox Searchlight
5Safety Not Guaranteed$4,1825%46-8$91$3,933,52815FilmDistrict
6The Apparition$2,943-16%68-208$43$4,845,8154Warner Bros.
7Cosmopolis$2,912-4%31-14$94$752,5835Entertainment One Films
8Born to Be Wild 3D$2,610-34%330$79$20,862,19476Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Branded$2,049-26%80-227$26$350,6742Roadside Attractions
1010 Years$1,806-18%3--$602$29,1511Anchor Bay Films
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$229-54%7-15$33$3,369,0476ARC Entertainment
12Mugamoodi$166-84%3-14$55$99,4403UTV Communications
13The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$117-86%8-273$15$1,065,6733Kenn Viselman Presents
14Joker$50%3-40$2$169,1813UTV Communications