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. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$5,186,943-6%3,5053042$1,480$119,837,1081Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$1,081,2121%3,7520$288$103,167,2902Disney
3Flight$974,381-4%2,047163$476$52,720,8102Paramount
4Argo$463,012-4%2,763-11$168$87,952,4805Warner Bros.
5Taken 2$214,066-10%2,487-152$86$132,524,3896Fox
6Cloud Atlas$211,246-11%2,02310$104$23,993,9033Warner Bros.
7The Man With the Iron Fists$205,920-12%1,8724$110$13,962,9752Universal
8Pitch Perfect$104,325-12%1,391-111$75$59,816,3587Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$100,182-20%2,044-270$49$39,819,0155Sony / Columbia
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$95,239-15%1,902-1031$50$16,913,8403Open Road
11Hotel Transylvania$88,921-11%2,566-356$35$141,791,5987Sony / Columbia
12Paranormal Activity 4$74,349-30%2,348-658$32$53,120,8434Paramount
13Sinister$63,378-28%1,554-328$41$46,995,2505Lionsgate / Summit
14Alex Cross$52,686-13%1,090-558$48$24,914,6584Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$18,968-27%1,301-1715$15$9,016,8203Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jab Tak Hai Jaan$134,075-35%160--$838$658,2200Yash Raj Films
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$63,593-10%607-15$105$14,987,1048Lionsgate / Summit
3The Sessions$57,0384%12859$446$1,903,4344Fox Searchlight
4Seven Psychopaths$42,68012%356-103$120$14,300,1045CBS Films
5Looper$41,875-14%491-205$85$64,910,6617Sony / TriStar
6Chasing Mavericks$26,240-10%459-1571$57$5,439,4943Fox
7Trouble with the Curve$22,315-7%421135$53$35,402,2468Warner Bros.
8The Dark Knight Rises$10,8237%243-48$45$447,817,85717Warner Bros.
9ParaNorman$8,303-1%198-48$42$55,517,58113Focus
10End of Watch$7,825-18%125-33$63$39,073,9588Open Road
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$6,77418%147-10$46$160,604,96018Fox
12The Expendables 2$5,47310%134-39$41$84,982,03613Lionsgate
13The Campaign$4,8565%138-50$35$86,867,80114Warner Bros.
14The Possession$4,08010%121-34$34$49,095,08811Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lincoln$89,279-6%11--$8,116$1,418,8361Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$19,175-1%6253$309$372,5922Entertainment One / RKO
3To the Arctic 3D$13,376-11%520$257$9,740,05030Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Master$12,1826%88-50$138$15,738,6459Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$9,107101%300$304$21,281,02884Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Arbitrage$7,604-9%87-31$87$7,707,7889Roadside Attractions
7This Must Be the Place$4,0524%119$368$59,6542Weinstein Company
8The Intouchables$3,8828%346$114$12,990,34625Weinstein Company
9Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$2,608741%2-2$1,304$79,0976Roadside Attractions
10House at the End of the Street$2,38810%78-50$31$31,252,3948Relativity Media
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$2,17321%82-13$27$48,828,50315Fox
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,70011%43-27$40$3,321,8465Atlas Distribution
13Lawless$849-24%20-15$42$37,383,54811Weinstein Company
14Won't Back Down$734-6%38-3$19$5,302,4057Fox
15Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$407-17%38-22$11$143,8432UTV Communications
16The Bay$65-12%1-22$65$30,6682Roadside Attractions