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. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$845,025-71%2,855-392$296$61,355,3723Warner Bros.
2Cloud Atlas$715,491-71%2,008--$356$10,327,7381Warner Bros.
3Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$520,011-69%2,933--$177$8,543,0471Open Road
4Paranormal Activity 4$490,322-73%3,4120$144$42,957,8732Paramount
5Taken 2$473,556-72%2,995-494$158$117,579,1334Fox
6Hotel Transylvania$459,539-83%3,276-108$140$130,839,8945Sony / Columbia
7Sinister$345,975-69%2,347-195$147$39,787,0293Lionsgate / Summit
8Alex Cross$328,250-71%2,5412$129$19,780,4272Lionsgate / Summit
9Here Comes the Boom$287,522-78%2,491-523$115$30,608,0183Sony / Columbia
10Pitch Perfect$229,885-75%1,999-661$115$51,530,1435Universal
11Fun Size$185,416-83%3,014--$62$4,286,4331Paramount
12Chasing Mavericks$178,312-69%2,002--$89$2,446,5861Fox
13Looper$178,312-67%1,189-1034$150$61,692,1455Sony / TriStar
14Frankenweenie$137,772-83%1,738-624$79$31,936,5294Disney
15Seven Psychopaths$128,978-66%1,003-477$129$12,088,8363CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$92,811-74%736-9$126$11,349,9836Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$32,507-66%290-461$112$38,588,5016Open Road
3The Dark Knight Rises$24,106-64%291-54$83$447,182,46015Warner Bros.
4Trouble with the Curve$20,193-71%420-505$48$34,680,4206Warner Bros.
5The Master$18,559-71%201-211$92$15,227,2117Weinstein Company
6ParaNorman$16,132-79%280112$58$54,949,16411Focus
7The Campaign$13,890-64%222148$63$86,595,80612Warner Bros.
8The Bourne Legacy$11,460-61%191-41$60$113,013,30012Universal
9The Expendables 2$11,282-66%17886$63$84,716,68611Lionsgate
10Arbitrage$11,038-72%125-44$88$7,352,3107Roadside Attractions
11House at the End of the Street$9,687-68%302-444$32$31,064,9446Relativity Media
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$8,734-68%147-798$59$3,215,0873Atlas Distribution
13Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,756-82%192-30$40$160,263,48816Fox
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,755-81%116-33$32$48,662,41713Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$10,432-56%520$201$9,418,45228Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Sessions$10,194-80%2016$510$387,1902Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$5,104-49%300$170$21,154,74882Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Intouchables$3,510-67%48-12$73$12,888,54123Weinstein Company
5Lawless$3,318-55%96-88$35$37,341,3679Weinstein Company
6Dredd 3D$3,209-53%72-88$45$13,404,8926Lionsgate
7Won't Back Down$2,212-40%65-103$34$5,266,3055Fox
8The Possession$1,426-76%82-51$17$48,881,4239Lionsgate
9Moonrise Kingdom$993-58%15-14$66$45,508,85823Focus
10War of the Buttons (2012)$542-63%8-27$68$39,2033Weinstein Company
11Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$363-61%4--$91$56,7294Roadside Attractions
12Gayby$66-83%10$66$11,1363The Film Collaborative