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 Mon, Oct. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 4$1,286,277-71%3,412--$377$30,290,1431Paramount
2Argo$1,039,411-73%3,24715$320$44,051,3752Warner Bros.
3Taken 2$806,326-72%3,489-217$231$106,638,6653Fox
4Alex Cross$727,218-71%2,539--$286$12,123,9861Lionsgate / Summit
5Sinister$655,734-67%2,54215$258$32,391,3772Lionsgate / Summit
6Hotel Transylvania$604,781-83%3,3849$179$119,127,1704Sony / Columbia
7Here Comes the Boom$455,691-78%3,0140$151$23,587,2202Sony / Columbia
8Pitch Perfect$399,125-73%2,660-127$150$45,915,9034Universal
9Looper$338,769-68%2,223-382$152$58,181,5884Sony / TriStar
10Seven Psychopaths$285,933-65%1,4800$193$9,447,4052CBS Films
11Frankenweenie$267,945-79%2,362-643$113$28,506,7243Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$146,817-71%74519$197$9,270,6895Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$80,721-65%751-800$107$37,976,2925Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$63,224-61%925-887$68$34,147,7965Warner Bros.
4Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$49,318-71%945-67$52$2,909,7382Atlas Distribution
5The Master$39,696-69%412-270$96$14,777,9096Weinstein Company
6The Dark Knight Rises$28,518-69%345-120$83$446,792,58514Warner Bros.
7House at the End of the Street$23,259-69%746-1120$31$30,806,1215Relativity Media
8Arbitrage$17,574-75%169-25$104$7,078,8416Roadside Attractions
9Dredd 3D$13,041-59%1605$82$13,339,0095Lionsgate
10The Bourne Legacy$12,760-66%232-13$55$112,821,46011Universal
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$10,429-82%222-15$47$160,082,93515Fox
12Ted (2012)$10,355-37%109-36$95$218,639,03517Universal
13Lawless$9,518-58%184-103$52$37,273,6218Weinstein Company
14ParaNorman$6,464-78%168-8$38$54,670,81610Focus
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$4,657-84%149-27$31$48,579,02012Fox
16Won't Back Down$4,636-63%168-345$28$5,233,4064Fox
17The Possession$3,319-69%133-236$25$48,836,9498Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$11,799-54%520$227$9,283,98327Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Sessions$9,723-68%4--$2,431$123,1901Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$5,588-35%300$186$21,095,23781Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Intouchables$4,323-63%601$72$12,827,23522Weinstein Company
5The Expendables 2$4,257-63%92-54$46$84,577,55010Lionsgate
6The Campaign$2,963-63%74-27$40$86,440,52911Warner Bros.
7Moonrise Kingdom$1,628-66%29-27$56$45,490,75322Focus
8War of the Buttons (2012)$1,558-66%3530$45$25,8312Weinstein Company
9Beasts of the Southern Wild$1,345-69%28-8$48$11,187,99517Fox Searchlight
10Barfi!$390-87%10-24$39$2,799,8356UTV Communications
11Gayby$312-32%1--$312$8,5392The Film Collaborative
12Thaandavam$208-79%2-1$104$212,3534UTV Communications