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 Thu, Oct. 25 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,328,4011%3,24715$409$48,425,2882Warner Bros.
2Paranormal Activity 4$1,137,31610%3,412--$333$33,957,3651Paramount
3Taken 2$865,5388%3,489-217$248$109,388,8453Fox
4Sinister$661,31010%2,54215$260$34,444,9552Lionsgate / Summit
5Hotel Transylvania$631,24626%3,3849$187$120,936,3414Sony / Columbia
6Alex Cross$625,169-3%2,539--$246$14,318,6911Lionsgate / Summit
7Here Comes the Boom$501,56318%3,0140$166$25,110,4722Sony / Columbia
8Pitch Perfect$492,09519%2,660-127$185$47,352,2334Universal
9Looper$372,6732%2,223-382$168$59,413,3064Sony / TriStar
10Seven Psychopaths$297,901-2%1,4800$201$10,461,5082CBS Films
11Frankenweenie$284,96313%2,362-643$121$29,342,4073Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$185,22815%74519$249$9,807,6795Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$78,956-3%751-800$105$38,233,5115Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$71,39115%925-887$77$34,355,5745Warner Bros.
4Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$68,6039%945-67$73$3,114,0542Atlas Distribution
5The Master$53,8262%412-270$131$14,950,3826Weinstein Company
6The Dark Knight Rises$33,3173%345-120$97$446,894,49814Warner Bros.
7House at the End of the Street$28,02119%746-1120$38$30,880,7575Relativity Media
8Arbitrage$27,965-2%169-25$165$7,173,2636Roadside Attractions
9The Bourne Legacy$15,1001%232-13$65$112,870,10511Universal
10Dredd 3D$12,91210%1605$81$13,380,0225Lionsgate
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,30117%222-15$51$160,114,98515Fox
12Lawless$11,0911%184-103$60$37,309,0998Weinstein Company
13Ted (2012)$8,175-6%109-36$75$218,665,74017Universal
14ParaNorman$6,45627%168-8$38$54,689,53010Focus
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$5,68533%149-27$38$48,594,07512Fox
16Won't Back Down$4,22611%168-345$25$5,249,8814Fox
17The Possession$3,84938%133-236$29$48,846,4658Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$16,2018%520$312$9,327,07027Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Sessions$12,5378%4--$3,134$159,6431Fox Searchlight
3The Intouchables$8,58148%601$143$12,848,03922Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$6,10416%300$203$21,113,70881Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Expendables 2$4,86519%92-54$53$84,592,45810Lionsgate
6Barfi!$3,389429%10-24$339$2,804,6466UTV Communications
7The Campaign$3,198-15%74-27$43$86,451,27711Warner Bros.
8Beasts of the Southern Wild$2,81738%28-8$101$11,194,95117Fox Searchlight
9War of the Buttons (2012)$2,387-3%3530$68$33,2622Weinstein Company
10Moonrise Kingdom$2,205-8%29-27$76$45,498,31822Focus
11Gayby$288-30%1--$288$9,4002The Film Collaborative
12Thaandavam$16511%2-1$83$213,4764UTV Communications