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, Nov. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$2,061,93913%3,752--$550$60,634,6091Disney
2Flight$1,837,5395%1,884--$975$32,670,2991Paramount
3Argo$792,4517%2,774-81$286$78,965,9584Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$458,590-6%1,868--$245$10,228,3251Universal
5Cloud Atlas$402,304-4%2,0135$200$20,186,7062Warner Bros.
6Taken 2$388,7557%2,639-356$147$127,287,1715Fox
7Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$274,4647%2,9330$94$15,083,2692Open Road
8Paranormal Activity 4$239,93011%3,006-406$80$50,620,5793Paramount
9Here Comes the Boom$214,91016%2,314-177$93$36,511,0954Sony / Columbia
10Pitch Perfect$202,03522%1,502-497$135$56,526,6436Universal
11Hotel Transylvania$200,88321%2,922-354$69$138,553,9826Sony / Columbia
12Sinister$179,10413%1,882-465$95$45,054,2384Lionsgate / Summit
13Alex Cross$137,9789%1,648-893$84$23,691,0693Lionsgate / Summit
14Fun Size$107,76523%3,0162$36$8,043,1132Paramount
15Chasing Mavericks$105,71111%2,03028$52$4,805,2622Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$2,200,000--463--$4,752$2,200,0000Sony / Columbia
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$110,68231%622-114$178$13,481,8467Lionsgate / Summit
3Looper$101,890-1%696-493$146$64,087,2336Sony / TriStar
4Seven Psychopaths$68,9036%459-544$150$13,693,6574CBS Films
5Frankenweenie$43,6136%857-881$51$33,554,6005Disney
6The Master$22,05316%138-63$160$15,585,0588Weinstein Company
7The Dark Knight Rises$19,056-18%2910$65$447,614,51116Warner Bros.
8Trouble with the Curve$17,9796%286-134$63$35,036,2507Warner Bros.
9End of Watch$16,7598%158-132$106$38,917,8647Open Road
10Arbitrage$14,83836%118-7$126$7,584,8958Roadside Attractions
11ParaNorman$13,33912%246-34$54$55,295,31712Focus
12The Campaign$9,9607%188-34$53$86,785,16413Warner Bros.
13The Bourne Legacy$9,8708%153-38$65$113,203,87013Universal
14The Expendables 2$8,992-2%173-5$52$84,892,87412Lionsgate
15The Possession$7,6236%15573$49$49,013,23910Lionsgate
16Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,48323%157-35$48$160,453,32517Fox
17House at the End of the Street$4,089-1%128-174$32$31,200,2847Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$45,2119%6949$655$1,109,6723Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$19,74097%520$380$9,584,63929Warner Bros. / IMAX
3A Late Quartet$10,60068%9--$1,178$110,3221Entertainment One / RKO
4Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$4,38117%70-77$63$3,300,9574Atlas Distribution
5Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$3,972-10%60--$66$115,2621UTV Communications
6The Intouchables$3,75730%28-20$134$12,950,24524Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$2,739-49%300$91$21,224,33983Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$2,64511%95-21$28$48,752,51314Fox
9The Bay$2,52717%23--$110$29,3711Roadside Attractions
10This Must Be the Place$1,72644%2--$863$13,3571Weinstein Company
11Lawless$1,71217%35-61$49$37,371,67810Weinstein Company
12Won't Back Down$1,53721%41-24$37$5,291,5936Fox
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$681138%40$170$71,4735Roadside Attractions
14War of the Buttons (2012)$49828%6-2$83$47,7714Weinstein Company
15Vamps$759%1--$75$7711Anchor Bay Films