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 Mon, Dec. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$7,738,293-61%4,045--$1,913$92,355,5961Warner Bros. / New Line
2Lincoln$805,916-57%2,285271$353$108,493,2356Disney / DreamWorks
3Skyfall$701,272-59%2,924-477$240$272,623,0676Sony / Columbia
4Life of Pi$603,315-63%2,548-398$237$70,175,7874Fox
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$523,728-62%3,042-604$172$277,349,8715Lionsgate / Summit
6Rise of The Guardians$493,963-78%3,387-252$146$71,579,2314Paramount / DreamWorks
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$332,962-57%2,8403$117$11,070,4972FilmDistrict
8Wreck-It Ralph$257,756-74%2,249-497$115$168,979,3487Disney
9Flight$232,100-55%1,823-608$127$89,650,8047Paramount
10Red Dawn (2012)$230,197-63%2,250-504$102$41,134,5024FilmDistrict
11Killing Them Softly$144,793-50%1,427-997$101$14,285,2253Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$255,344-57%3710$688$17,234,6675Weinstein Company
2Argo$144,133-56%667-277$216$105,099,21210Warner Bros.
3Anna Karenina (2012)$142,370-55%409-13$348$8,522,8875Focus
4Hitchcock$135,825-57%561380$242$3,207,6964Fox Searchlight
5The Collection$66,874-52%621-782$108$6,587,6683LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$33,689-54%339-91$99$138,166,18211Fox
7Pitch Perfect$31,540-50%332-55$95$63,900,96312Universal
8The Sessions$16,443-61%151-46$109$5,224,9819Fox Searchlight
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$14,364-43%125-50$115$17,022,37713Lionsgate / Summit
10End of Watch$13,350-52%172-1077$78$40,483,28613Open Road
11Looper$13,344-49%190-42$70$66,318,38912Sony / TriStar
12Talaash$11,181-76%113-49$99$2,717,6643Reliance Entertainment
13Sinister$9,925-55%184107$54$47,927,36910Lionsgate / Summit
14Seven Psychopaths$8,874-28%100-41$89$14,998,63510CBS Films
15Alex Cross$8,176-57%175-39$47$25,747,9339Lionsgate / Summit
16Paranormal Activity 4$6,906-60%157109$44$53,815,1409Paramount
17The Man With the Iron Fists$6,295-48%105-76$60$15,614,8407Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$31,659-62%3632$879$436,4752Focus
2Cloud Atlas$13,949-49%98-93$142$26,637,1728Warner Bros.
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$11,221-52%14-3$802$460,6634Warner Bros.
4To the Arctic 3D$9,6556%520$186$10,217,72335Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Late Quartet$8,846-40%46-17$192$1,093,1847Entertainment One / RKO
6Born to Be Wild 3D$6,86525%300$229$21,516,17089Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,096-77%84-6$37$161,014,48723Fox
8The Master$2,417-28%14-9$173$15,914,91614Weinstein Company
9The Intouchables$1,974-68%2513$79$13,071,87530Weinstein Company
10ParaNorman$1,934-80%61-20$32$55,966,86918Focus
11Hecho en Mexico$1,336-77%10-16$134$147,2723Lionsgate / Pantelion
12House at the End of the Street$965-66%41-27$24$31,608,56313Relativity Media
13Arbitrage$956-60%10-15$96$7,891,65714Roadside Attractions
14This Must Be the Place$610-33%3-2$203$142,8527Weinstein Company