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 Fri, Nov. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$5,500,983155%4,008-62$1,373$242,683,4873Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$4,866,907161%3,463-63$1,405$233,896,0964Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$4,040,663121%2,0180$2,002$74,230,1364Disney / DreamWorks
4Life of Pi$3,322,369151%2,9281$1,135$39,683,5102Fox
5Rise of The Guardians$2,970,844320%3,67219$809$38,418,0972Paramount / DreamWorks
6Killing Them Softly$2,516,897--2,424--$1,038$2,516,8971Weinstein Company
7Red Dawn (2012)$2,061,457209%2,78156$741$26,834,1652FilmDistrict
8Wreck-It Ralph$1,655,532280%3,087-172$536$152,891,7955Disney
9Flight$1,311,355140%2,603-35$504$78,298,1915Paramount
10The Collection$1,158,063--1,403--$825$1,158,0631LD Entertainment
11Argo$567,005143%1,043-212$544$99,547,4228Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$911,153150%3714$2,456$8,561,1343Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$622,181580%384318$1,620$2,483,5323Focus
3Talaash$484,776--174--$2,786$484,7761Reliance Entertainment
4Taken 2$144,015158%496-267$290$136,839,5949Fox
5Pitch Perfect$128,760249%403-89$320$62,840,93310Universal
6The Sessions$92,7586%226-289$410$4,341,6247Fox Searchlight
7The Perks of Being A Wallflower$67,431130%189-53$357$16,495,99011Lionsgate / Summit
8Cloud Atlas$67,38381%194-64$347$26,005,5006Warner Bros.
9Here Comes the Boom$65,589197%334-156$196$42,193,0428Sony / Columbia
10Looper$60,69293%280-13$217$65,775,86710Sony / TriStar
11The Man With the Iron Fists$30,45056%174-31$175$15,314,3955Universal
12Seven Psychopaths$29,874194%16280$184$14,706,3838CBS Films
13Hotel Transylvania$28,646113%248-216$116$143,584,17110Sony / Columbia
14Alex Cross$14,650115%114-30$129$25,447,7267Lionsgate / Summit
15Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$14,30648%124-66$115$17,428,8376Open Road
16House at the End of the Street$12,158152%108-30$113$31,519,75711Relativity Media
17Trouble with the Curve$11,781105%100-40$118$35,698,41711Warner Bros.
18ParaNorman$11,657186%104-30$112$55,824,82216Focus
19Fun Size$11,635198%116-28$100$9,325,8106Paramount
20Ice Age: Continental Drift$10,719201%102-7$105$160,842,94821Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$107,450341%5033$2,149$486,3322Fox Searchlight
2A Late Quartet$24,73264%74-14$334$808,8865Entertainment One / RKO
3Hecho en Mexico$23,583--12--$1,965$23,5831Lionsgate / Pantelion
4To the Arctic 3D$18,35262%520$353$10,018,40533Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Chasing Mavericks$12,802142%7919$162$5,801,9386Fox
6Sinister$12,236111%88-39$139$47,741,5638Lionsgate / Summit
7The Dark Knight Rises$12,12786%80-28$152$448,065,05820Warner Bros.
8Born to Be Wild 3D$11,738221%300$391$21,403,68087Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$10,680255%161$668$124,8842Warner Bros.
10Paranormal Activity 4$8,483105%70-38$121$53,700,2557Paramount
11End of Watch$6,10382%24-10$254$39,209,85111Open Road
12Arbitrage$5,46160%35-13$156$7,836,40812Roadside Attractions
13The Master$5,15026%23-2$224$15,860,98012Weinstein Company
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$4,174451%52-7$80$48,945,25518Fox
15Silent Night$3,359--11--$305$3,3591Anchor Bay Films
16The Intouchables$2,08757%19-7$110$13,036,61528Weinstein Company
17This Must Be the Place$1,648-1%7-1$235$123,4625Weinstein Company