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 Sat, Nov. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$41,443,147-42%4,070--$10,183$112,610,9861Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$17,686,99544%3,5050$5,046$149,776,8592Sony / Columbia
3Wreck-It Ralph$8,622,82596%3,622-130$2,381$116,200,0493Disney
4Lincoln$8,606,86834%1,7751764$4,849$16,436,2832Disney / DreamWorks
5Flight$3,943,62456%2,612565$1,510$59,187,3173Paramount
6Argo$1,894,01769%2,210-553$857$90,967,3876Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$960,36246%2,063-424$466$134,142,2027Fox
8Pitch Perfect$566,61044%1,122-269$505$60,775,6638Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$535,12561%1,350-694$396$40,687,2176Sony / Columbia
10Hotel Transylvania$415,16798%1,248-1318$333$142,416,7728Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jab Tak Hai Jaan$533,01946%160--$3,331$1,556,0051Yash Raj Films
2The Sessions$416,05662%516388$806$2,576,8555Fox Searchlight
3Cloud Atlas$398,96769%920-1103$434$24,629,0084Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$295,75544%910-962$325$14,463,4803Universal
5The Perks of Being A Wallflower$256,40346%511-96$502$15,419,5489Lionsgate / Summit
6Sinister$196,88134%789-765$250$47,338,7926Lionsgate / Summit
7Paranormal Activity 4$171,26936%850-1498$201$53,417,9805Paramount
8Alex Cross$130,78065%535-555$244$25,124,7335Lionsgate / Summit
9Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$92,03744%456-1446$202$17,069,7924Open Road
10Looper$91,81743%214-277$429$65,066,6968Sony / TriStar
11Chasing Mavericks$78,14458%198-261$395$5,567,1984Fox
12A Late Quartet$73,64985%10038$736$486,1013Entertainment One / RKO
13Seven Psychopaths$71,41562%171-185$418$14,415,5866CBS Films
14Fun Size$58,27875%388-913$150$9,108,3754Paramount
15Trouble with the Curve$55,79634%272-149$205$35,499,6609Warner Bros.
16ParaNorman$52,725118%180-18$293$55,594,46214Focus
17House at the End of the Street$45,20362%17597$258$31,325,5739Relativity Media
18The Dark Knight Rises$41,88760%160-83$262$447,885,95118Warner Bros.
19Ice Age: Continental Drift$41,660112%132-15$316$160,666,23919Fox
20The Campaign$13,07742%101-37$129$86,890,10615Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$182,51851%16--$11,407$303,2881Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$129,17247%16--$8,073$217,0501Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$29,31419%520$564$9,794,03331Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Master$23,46682%52-36$451$15,775,03610Weinstein Company
5Arbitrage$23,19960%80-7$290$7,745,49710Roadside Attractions
6End of Watch$20,93245%75-50$279$39,109,3269Open Road
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$19,561147%72-10$272$48,855,99016Fox
8The Expendables 2$15,52177%95-39$163$85,006,30514Lionsgate
9Born to Be Wild 3D$15,19910%300$507$21,310,10285Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Possession$12,17874%81-40$150$49,114,27612Lionsgate
11This Must Be the Place$11,75962%154$784$78,6673Weinstein Company
12The Intouchables$4,75022%24-10$198$12,999,00126Weinstein Company
13Lawless$2,04017%19-1$107$37,387,33512Weinstein Company
14Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,80743%15-28$120$3,324,9226Atlas Distribution
15Simon and the Oaks$1,004112%5--$201$149,4416The Film Arcade