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, Oct. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$12,214,296-36%3,661--$3,336$49,514,7691Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$8,771,278-26%3,3523$2,617$76,711,9272Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$4,044,225-32%2,7702435$1,460$21,693,0382Universal
4Frankenweenie$3,525,393-23%3,005--$1,173$11,412,2131Disney
5Looper$3,466,415-33%2,9931$1,158$40,216,6522Sony / TriStar
6End of Watch$1,180,011-29%2,370-410$498$32,850,0173Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$979,130-42%3,003-209$326$29,668,9763Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$935,084-44%2,720-363$344$27,589,1673Relativity Media
9Finding Nemo 3D$543,671-23%1,746-893$311$39,038,9974Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$348,668-29%1,361-1020$256$41,008,7964Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$289,833-31%2,5172$115$4,483,6702Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$523,985-38%8648$606$12,337,0324Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$449,171-29%221119$2,032$3,348,8653Lionsgate / Summit
3Dredd 3D$201,845-23%831-1726$243$12,695,6553Lionsgate
4The Dark Knight Rises$199,967-32%575-80$348$445,369,64112Warner Bros.
5Arbitrage$183,593-40%244-11$752$6,055,9814Roadside Attractions
6The Possession$153,920-46%821-797$187$48,391,3836Lionsgate
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$96,647-28%300-87$322$159,473,26213Fox
8Lawless$91,684-31%611-892$150$37,001,4606Weinstein Company
9The Bourne Legacy$89,170-41%482-342$185$112,275,3059Universal
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$70,428-40%534-653$132$50,199,9208Disney
11ParaNorman$57,150-48%342-867$167$54,354,2868Focus
12Hope Springs (2012)$56,586-40%439-252$129$63,327,3099Sony / Columbia
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$53,151-33%257-75$207$48,252,59610Fox
14Barfi!$52,319-27%110-17$476$2,692,1614UTV Communications
15The Expendables 2$48,154-36%313-502$154$84,370,3588Lionsgate
16The Campaign$45,054-41%303-327$149$86,265,3719Warner Bros.
17Ted (2012)$40,205-37%187-38$215$218,344,09515Universal
18Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$32,335-30%155-48$209$216,233,75418Paramount / DreamWorks
19The Amazing Spider-Man$31,601-44%145-59$218$261,939,21414Sony / Columbia
20Total Recall (2012)$24,524-31%167-72$147$58,877,96910Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$33,417-20%520$643$8,965,55925Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$32,820-32%84-37$391$12,639,13920Weinstein Company
3Moonrise Kingdom$15,545-35%9210$169$45,382,15720Focus
4Thaandavam$13,560-17%21-24$646$183,6612UTV Communications
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$12,511-30%51-18$245$11,101,49815Fox Searchlight
6Born to Be Wild 3D$11,865-12%330$360$20,980,94679Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Premium Rush$11,709-49%77-131$152$20,013,3227Sony / Columbia
8Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$7,3940%12--$616$30,9531Roadside Attractions
9The Watch$5,913-57%32-14$185$34,331,90511Fox
10The Apparition$4,653-38%38-27$122$4,930,7987Warner Bros.
11The Other Dream Team$4,35614%75$622$37,2212The Film Arcade
12For A Good Time, Call...$3,724-34%43-41$87$1,243,9616Focus
13Heroine$3,450-22%18-79$192$593,3443UTV Communications
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$3,284-23%18-14$182$46,343,53423Fox Searchlight
15Hit and Run$2,490-50%51-81$49$13,746,5507Open Road
16Safety Not Guaranteed$2,034-23%24-10$85$3,993,91118FilmDistrict
1710 Years$1,530-23%21-42$73$201,1464Anchor Bay Films
18Toys in the Attic$509-21%4-2$127$63,0155Hannover House
19Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$507-28%6-1$85$3,376,9059ARC Entertainment