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 Sun, Dec. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$4,389,831-42%4,008-62$1,095$254,598,8663Lionsgate / Summit
2Rise of The Guardians$4,159,102-34%3,67219$1,133$48,836,1052Paramount / DreamWorks
3Skyfall$4,045,608-47%3,463-63$1,168$245,585,0834Sony / Columbia
4Life of Pi$3,477,829-35%2,9281$1,188$48,512,9942Fox
5Lincoln$3,454,022-41%2,0180$1,712$83,566,1694Disney / DreamWorks
6Wreck-It Ralph$1,975,043-40%3,087-172$640$158,184,8135Disney
7Killing Them Softly$1,578,435-42%2,424--$651$6,812,9001Weinstein Company
8Red Dawn (2012)$1,532,762-47%2,78156$551$31,272,9532FilmDistrict
9Flight$1,120,798-45%2,603-35$431$81,465,9035Paramount
10The Collection$745,083-38%1,403--$531$3,104,2691LD Entertainment
11Argo$483,948-50%1,043-212$464$100,990,7668Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$800,383-42%3714$2,157$10,740,1123Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$668,086-30%384318$1,740$4,106,9213Focus
3Talaash$418,662-43%174--$2,406$1,637,8331Reliance Entertainment
4Taken 2$103,230-53%496-267$208$137,163,5549Fox
5The Sessions$88,953-41%226-289$394$4,582,1817Fox Searchlight
6Pitch Perfect$80,795-54%403-89$200$63,099,24310Universal
7Cloud Atlas$73,883-28%194-64$381$26,181,4556Warner Bros.
8Looper$52,660-40%280-13$188$65,915,58510Sony / TriStar
9Here Comes the Boom$51,067-53%334-156$153$42,352,2508Sony / Columbia
10The Perks of Being A Wallflower$50,819-46%189-53$269$16,641,06011Lionsgate / Summit
11Hotel Transylvania$39,260-41%248-216$158$143,690,12310Sony / Columbia
12The Man With the Iron Fists$28,625-34%174-31$165$15,386,5205Universal
13Seven Psychopaths$28,065-36%16280$173$14,778,0578CBS Films
14ParaNorman$20,097-28%104-30$193$55,872,82516Focus
15Ice Age: Continental Drift$15,315-41%102-7$150$160,884,06921Fox
16Fun Size$14,660-34%116-28$126$9,362,6416Paramount
17Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$14,280-38%124-66$115$17,466,1496Open Road
18Alex Cross$13,351-45%114-30$117$25,485,2257Lionsgate / Summit
19House at the End of the Street$10,885-49%108-30$101$31,551,78811Relativity Media
20Trouble with the Curve$7,089-54%100-40$71$35,721,05911Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$120,155-34%5033$2,403$787,5742Fox Searchlight
2A Late Quartet$29,395-25%74-14$397$877,5255Entertainment One / RKO
3Hecho en Mexico$24,564-12%12--$2,047$76,1231Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$17,092-51%161$1,068$176,8492Warner Bros.
5To the Arctic 3D$12,137-42%520$233$10,051,32133Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Chasing Mavericks$11,853-35%7919$150$5,832,0896Fox
7The Dark Knight Rises$9,967-47%80-28$125$448,093,79620Warner Bros.
8Sinister$9,640-48%88-39$110$47,769,8838Lionsgate / Summit
9Born to Be Wild 3D$9,476-50%300$316$21,432,24487Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$7,202-35%52-7$139$48,963,55918Fox
11Arbitrage$7,162-4%35-13$205$7,851,04412Roadside Attractions
12End of Watch$6,665-33%24-10$278$39,226,46311Open Road
13Paranormal Activity 4$5,870-50%70-38$84$53,717,9097Paramount
14The Master$4,694-38%23-2$204$15,873,23312Weinstein Company
15The Intouchables$3,185-4%19-7$168$13,043,10528Weinstein Company
16Silent Night$2,518-35%11--$229$9,7801Anchor Bay Films
17This Must Be the Place$2,250-16%7-1$321$128,3985Weinstein Company