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. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,721,6227%4,0700$669$232,640,7982Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$2,274,15718%3,52621$645$225,341,8453Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$1,989,15513%2,018243$986$66,593,3123Disney / DreamWorks
4Life of Pi$1,780,33531%2,927--$608$33,716,3541Fox
5Red Dawn (2012)$920,23412%2,725--$338$23,429,5691FilmDistrict
6Rise of The Guardians$900,0407%3,653--$246$34,081,3501Paramount / DreamWorks
7Flight$650,80521%2,63826$247$75,907,8314Paramount
8Wreck-It Ralph$541,107-4%3,259-363$166$150,381,3824Disney
9Argo$246,43616%1,255-955$196$98,521,0727Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$400,34523%367351$1,091$6,934,4782Weinstein Company
2The Sessions$81,10519%515-1$157$4,079,3586Fox Searchlight
3Taken 2$58,7948%763-1300$77$136,590,1768Fox
4Cloud Atlas$41,37314%258-662$160$25,866,4445Warner Bros.
5Pitch Perfect$39,36023%492-630$80$62,643,2689Universal
6Looper$37,19227%29379$127$65,653,5049Sony / TriStar
7The Perks of Being A Wallflower$27,17516%242-269$112$16,374,19810Lionsgate / Summit
8Here Comes the Boom$25,27414%490-860$52$42,084,7127Sony / Columbia
9The Man With the Iron Fists$24,55526%205-705$120$15,245,9404Universal
10Hotel Transylvania$15,64510%464-784$34$143,531,9509Sony / Columbia
11Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$9,9943%190-266$53$17,395,7985Open Road
12Alex Cross$8,53518%144-391$59$25,420,1926Lionsgate / Summit
13Trouble with the Curve$6,70120%140-132$48$35,674,72910Warner Bros.
14Sinister$6,36810%127-662$50$47,717,8697Lionsgate / Summit
15House at the End of the Street$4,8505%138-37$35$31,498,15610Relativity Media
16The Dark Knight Rises$4,32818%108-52$40$448,042,35819Warner Bros.
17Ice Age: Continental Drift$4,28740%109-23$39$160,825,91820Fox
18ParaNorman$4,2476%134-46$32$55,804,81015Focus
19Fun Size$4,203-9%144-244$29$9,306,6155Paramount
20Paranormal Activity 4$3,80412%108-742$35$53,683,9166Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$82,29518%6650$1,247$1,686,5782Focus
2Hitchcock$21,726-1%17--$1,278$331,3871Fox Searchlight
3Seven Psychopaths$11,75419%82-89$143$14,652,9197CBS Films
4A Late Quartet$10,743-6%88-12$122$756,0484Entertainment One / RKO
5To the Arctic 3D$8,84916%520$170$9,974,44532Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,54611%300$152$21,383,93086Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Arbitrage$3,96261%48-32$83$7,823,33211Roadside Attractions
8Chasing Mavericks$3,848-6%60-138$64$5,779,3955Fox
9The Master$3,39517%25-27$136$15,848,80511Weinstein Company
10End of Watch$3,093-2%34-41$91$39,197,68010Open Road
11This Must Be the Place$1,2103%8-7$151$118,6344Weinstein Company
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,1289%59-13$19$48,939,15017Fox
13Lawless$1,115241%11-8$101$37,398,73313Weinstein Company
14The Intouchables$1,10671%262$43$13,031,88827Weinstein Company
15The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$798-57%15--$53$109,9681Warner Bros.
16Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$65030%3520$19$3,334,9847Atlas Distribution