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 Tue, Nov. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$7,215,854-36%3,505--$2,059$109,108,2321Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$1,454,849-75%3,7520$388$101,011,6072Disney
3Flight$1,309,300-33%2,047163$640$50,731,5072Paramount
4Argo$583,387-31%2,763-11$211$87,008,1555Warner Bros.
5The Man With the Iron Fists$308,880-21%1,8724$165$13,523,0302Universal
6Cloud Atlas$293,081-28%2,02310$145$23,544,4953Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$286,733-41%2,487-152$115$132,071,6516Fox
8Here Comes the Boom$162,350-59%2,044-270$79$39,593,9795Sony / Columbia
9Pitch Perfect$153,010-55%1,391-111$110$59,593,7987Universal
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$141,472-22%1,902-1031$74$16,706,2533Open Road
11Paranormal Activity 4$130,823-38%2,348-658$56$52,940,8024Paramount
12Hotel Transylvania$127,982-75%2,566-356$50$141,602,3107Sony / Columbia
13Sinister$105,456-34%1,554-328$68$46,843,2855Lionsgate / Summit
14Alex Cross$72,732-42%1,090-558$67$24,801,1054Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$38,961-71%1,301-1715$30$8,971,8513Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jab Tak Hai Jaan$319,255--160--$1,995$319,2550Yash Raj Films
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$83,069-46%607-15$137$14,852,4738Lionsgate / Summit
3Looper$67,070-20%491-205$137$64,819,8737Sony / TriStar
4The Sessions$62,814-14%12859$491$1,791,3404Fox Searchlight
5Seven Psychopaths$57,380-10%356-103$161$14,219,3805CBS Films
6Chasing Mavericks$33,842-65%459-1571$74$5,383,9483Fox
7Trouble with the Curve$27,259-31%421135$65$35,355,8508Warner Bros.
8The Dark Knight Rises$10,634-51%243-48$44$447,796,91917Warner Bros.
9End of Watch$10,045-45%125-33$80$39,056,5908Open Road
10ParaNorman$8,517-75%198-48$43$55,500,88313Focus
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$6,150-73%147-10$42$160,592,43418Fox
12The Expendables 2$5,662-42%134-39$42$84,971,59213Lionsgate
13The Campaign$4,920-36%138-50$36$86,858,32014Warner Bros.
14The Possession$4,166-42%121-34$34$49,087,30311Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lincoln$94,914-51%11--$8,629$1,234,8551Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$20,303-18%6253$327$333,9752Entertainment One / RKO
3To the Arctic 3D$13,336-19%520$256$9,711,57530Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Master$11,928-18%88-50$136$15,714,9709Weinstein Company
5Arbitrage$10,774-9%87-29$124$7,691,8479Roadside Attractions
6Born to Be Wild 3D$6,25044%300$208$21,267,39084Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Intouchables$3,442-17%346$101$12,982,85825Weinstein Company
8This Must Be the Place$2,890-31%119$263$51,6942Weinstein Company
9House at the End of the Street$2,409-46%78-50$31$31,247,8328Relativity Media
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$2,010-87%82-13$25$48,824,52815Fox
11Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,496162%2-2$748$76,1796Roadside Attractions
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,457-26%43-27$34$3,318,6155Atlas Distribution
13Lawless$987-32%20-15$49$37,381,58811Weinstein Company
14Won't Back Down$802-29%38-3$21$5,300,8877Fox
15Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$437-79%38-22$12$142,9482UTV Communications
16Vamps$78-59%10$78$3,2342Anchor Bay Films
17The Bay$25-17%1-22$25$30,5292Roadside Attractions