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 Wed, Dec. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$1,214,376-19%3,463-63$351$249,433,6564Sony / Columbia
2Lincoln$1,154,173-12%2,0180$572$87,088,7194Disney / DreamWorks
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,137,336-21%4,008-62$284$258,392,7153Lionsgate / Summit
4Life of Pi$944,122-29%2,9281$322$51,676,1322Fox
5Rise of The Guardians$583,147-25%3,67219$159$50,762,1512Paramount / DreamWorks
6Killing Them Softly$504,218-28%2,424--$208$8,575,0101Weinstein Company
7Red Dawn (2012)$402,628-21%2,78156$145$32,594,3712FilmDistrict
8Flight$386,497-18%2,603-35$148$82,687,7445Paramount
9Wreck-It Ralph$316,834-21%3,087-172$103$159,213,8875Disney
10The Collection$200,264-15%1,403--$143$3,772,6171LD Entertainment
11Argo$171,445-12%1,043-212$164$101,503,6138Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$253,185-17%3714$682$11,532,4523Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$238,067-13%384318$620$4,831,9983Focus
3Talaash$70,207-42%174--$403$1,899,1191Reliance Entertainment
4The Sessions$37,681-8%226-289$167$4,692,1397Fox Searchlight
5Taken 2$37,385-7%496-267$75$137,275,8589Fox
6Pitch Perfect$26,275-13%403-89$65$63,181,61810Universal
7Cloud Atlas$24,860-10%194-64$128$26,255,9306Warner Bros.
8The Perks of Being A Wallflower$19,8300%189-53$105$16,698,48111Lionsgate / Summit
9Seven Psychopaths$13,984-12%16280$86$14,817,5488CBS Films
10The Man With the Iron Fists$11,375-27%174-31$65$15,423,9905Universal
11Alex Cross$4,425-17%114-30$39$25,499,1707Lionsgate / Summit
12Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$4,142-20%124-66$33$17,480,7536Open Road
13ParaNorman$3,5081%104-30$34$55,883,41816Focus
14Trouble with the Curve$3,353-19%100-40$34$35,731,38711Warner Bros.
15House at the End of the Street$3,2466%108-30$30$31,561,41311Relativity Media
16Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,028-15%102-7$30$160,893,42921Fox
17Fun Size$2,562-7%116-28$22$9,370,7836Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$38,629-21%5033$773$912,4792Fox Searchlight
2A Late Quartet$10,710-4%74-14$145$909,3235Entertainment One / RKO
3To the Arctic 3D$8,411-27%520$162$10,077,74533Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$6,02316%161$376$189,1842Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$4,966-4%300$166$21,445,91187Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Sinister$4,235-12%88-39$48$47,782,9048Lionsgate / Summit
7Chasing Mavericks$4,1025%7919$52$5,843,7226Fox
8Hecho en Mexico$3,638-22%12--$303$89,8611Lionsgate / Pantelion
9The Dark Knight Rises$3,052-5%80-28$38$448,103,26820Warner Bros.
10End of Watch$2,702-20%24-10$113$39,235,14211Open Road
11Arbitrage$2,6141%35-13$75$7,859,28312Roadside Attractions
12The Master$2,513-23%23-2$109$15,881,52412Weinstein Company
13Paranormal Activity 4$2,405-2%70-38$34$53,725,1837Paramount
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,10121%52-7$21$48,966,17018Fox
15Silent Night$1,070-12%11--$97$13,3221Anchor Bay Films
16The Intouchables$1,02072%19-7$54$13,045,29128Weinstein Company
17This Must Be the Place$949-6%7-1$136$130,9055Weinstein Company