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, Oct. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,445,137-6%2,855-392$506$64,333,8813Warner Bros.
2Paranormal Activity 4$1,036,91252%3,4120$304$44,700,4462Paramount
3Sinister$832,70067%2,347-195$355$41,116,9833Lionsgate / Summit
4Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$830,06620%2,933--$283$10,065,1451Open Road
5Hotel Transylvania$825,6384%3,276-108$252$132,458,9915Sony / Columbia
6Cloud Atlas$812,115-21%2,008--$404$12,168,0421Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$687,870-5%2,995-494$230$118,990,7524Fox
8Alex Cross$442,206-7%2,5412$174$20,700,4382Lionsgate / Summit
9Here Comes the Boom$430,336-13%2,491-523$173$31,531,8453Sony / Columbia
10Fun Size$286,805-5%3,014--$95$4,891,8661Paramount
11Pitch Perfect$279,860-24%1,999-661$140$52,179,8185Universal
12Frankenweenie$251,46320%1,738-624$145$32,397,3454Disney
13Looper$233,671-15%1,189-1034$197$62,199,3365Sony / TriStar
14Chasing Mavericks$206,406-19%2,002--$103$2,906,9251Fox
15Seven Psychopaths$177,098-12%1,003-477$177$12,467,1153CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$127,114-17%736-9$173$11,630,8136Lionsgate / Summit
2Trouble with the Curve$40,66726%420-505$97$34,753,3786Warner Bros.
3The Master$38,32324%201-211$191$15,296,3177Weinstein Company
4End of Watch$33,123-1%290-461$114$38,655,1316Open Road
5Arbitrage$25,05041%125-44$200$7,395,1397Roadside Attractions
6The Dark Knight Rises$24,981-6%291-54$86$447,233,92915Warner Bros.
7House at the End of the Street$18,74742%302-444$62$31,096,9186Relativity Media
8ParaNorman$16,271-19%280112$58$54,985,60611Focus
9The Bourne Legacy$16,2356%191-41$85$113,044,81512Universal
10The Campaign$12,435-21%222148$56$86,624,04512Warner Bros.
11Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$11,933-4%147-798$81$3,239,4253Atlas Distribution
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,01018%192-30$57$160,283,79816Fox
13The Expendables 2$10,507-21%17886$59$84,740,50511Lionsgate
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,581-8%116-33$31$48,669,90213Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$27,305-6%2016$1,365$443,4222Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$11,9459%520$230$9,441,37228Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$6,71225%300$224$21,166,82682Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Intouchables$5,89214%48-12$123$12,899,61923Weinstein Company
5Lawless$3,096-32%96-88$32$37,348,9839Weinstein Company
6Dredd 3D$2,716-24%72-88$38$13,411,1616Lionsgate
7The Possession$2,47747%82-51$30$48,885,5819Lionsgate
8Won't Back Down$2,0591%65-103$32$5,270,4065Fox
9War of the Buttons (2012)$1,14649%8-27$143$41,1193Weinstein Company
10Moonrise Kingdom$1,121-3%15-14$75$45,511,13123Focus
11Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$41537%4--$104$57,4484Roadside Attractions
12Gayby$15475%10$154$11,3783The Film Collaborative