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, Jan. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Django Unchained$2,428,06630%3,0100$807$110,580,6512Weinstein Company
2Les Miserables (2012)$1,626,24029%2,90490$560$106,392,5202Universal
3The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,571,27620%3,755-345$418$266,717,2814Warner Bros. / New Line
4Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,168,6812%2,654--$440$24,059,9041Lionsgate
5Jack Reacher$971,83036%3,288-64$296$66,382,7853Paramount
6This is 40$849,99035%2,93117$290$55,735,3503Universal
7Parental Guidance$666,25614%3,3681$198$53,589,0372Fox
8Lincoln$539,85331%1,901-65$284$145,040,2619Disney / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$440,78531%2,312-119$191$31,887,9193Paramount
10Promised Land (2012)$362,93632%1,6761651$217$5,034,1562Focus
11Skyfall$284,47329%1,307-330$218$297,309,4839Sony / Columbia
12Monsters, Inc. 3D$239,236-11%2,103-515$114$28,490,4993Disney
13Rise of The Guardians$110,385-39%1,507-548$73$97,517,9707Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$411,35542%7450$552$35,376,8708Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$302,26134%965-213$313$91,567,7887Fox
3The Impossible$246,63014%572557$431$3,875,0693Lionsgate / Summit
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$119,51410%817-23$146$11,106,5493Paramount
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$106,6044%825-366$129$289,342,0668Lionsgate / Summit
6Hyde Park on Hudson$105,32325%222138$474$3,399,4065Focus
7Argo$79,34647%302-43$263$110,240,31213Warner Bros.
8Wreck-It Ralph$51,812-34%709-204$73$178,632,45710Disney
9Anna Karenina (2012)$51,76345%163-55$318$11,625,3448Focus
10Not Fade Away$33,25731%565546$59$475,6173Paramount Vantage
11Flight$28,97738%250-150$116$92,538,33910Paramount
12Hitchcock$18,89423%118-231$160$5,523,1577Fox Searchlight
13Taken 2$17,8967%213-19$84$139,319,43214Fox
14Cloud Atlas$14,17621%155110$91$26,929,10611Warner Bros.
15Red Dawn (2012)$13,698-3%252-173$54$43,904,9317FilmDistrict
16Pitch Perfect$10,7450%165-18$65$64,677,32815Universal
17End of Watch$7,227-5%140-22$52$40,906,65416Open Road
18Playing For Keeps (2012)$5,57219%139-129$40$12,861,8585FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$280,75916%6055$4,679$4,928,9563Sony / Columbia
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$9,101-2%98-27$93$17,497,37516Lionsgate / Summit
3The Sessions$7,3474%41-39$179$5,646,40912Fox Searchlight
4To the Arctic 3D$7,2552%520$140$10,674,60338Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Late Quartet$6,751101%23-14$294$1,366,94310Entertainment One / RKO
6Killing Them Softly$4,42442%51-17$87$14,912,5216Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$2,8558%300$95$21,697,52692Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Intouchables$2,59946%110$236$13,165,28033Weinstein Company
9The Master$2,07458%12-1$173$15,983,25717Weinstein Company
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,643-34%53-9$31$161,208,20626Fox
11Talaash$62499%8-8$78$2,871,2816Reliance Entertainment
12Arbitrage$345-1%4-3$86$7,916,51717Roadside Attractions
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$11752%1--$117$87,00414Roadside Attractions