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, Jan. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$9,034,2023148%2,9372877$3,076$14,515,0094Sony / Columbia
2A Haunted House$6,792,123--2,160--$3,145$6,792,1231Open Road
3Gangster Squad$6,714,883--3,103--$2,164$6,714,8831Warner Bros.
4Django Unchained$3,442,64284%3,0122$1,143$117,776,7643Weinstein Company
5Les Miserables (2012)$2,853,825105%2,92723$975$111,932,5453Universal
6The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$2,349,056104%3,012-743$780$271,393,2435Warner Bros. / New Line
7Lincoln$1,850,373156%2,027126$913$148,115,43310Disney / DreamWorks
8Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,833,210160%2,6595$689$27,434,9502Lionsgate
9Parental Guidance$1,689,134252%2,957-411$571$56,239,4383Fox
10Jack Reacher$1,544,923123%2,707-581$571$69,353,2534Paramount
11This is 40$1,438,385123%2,320-611$620$58,507,3404Universal
12The Guilt Trip$597,45182%1,606-706$372$33,160,3484Paramount
13Promised Land (2012)$402,96948%1,647-29$245$6,007,6703Focus
14Monsters, Inc. 3D$288,79047%1,127-976$256$29,158,2764Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,496,241163%81065$1,847$37,801,9469Weinstein Company
2The Impossible$747,366232%808236$925$5,061,4554Lionsgate / Summit
3Life of Pi$670,363123%757-208$886$92,766,5158Fox
4Skyfall$462,24390%823-484$562$298,255,45610Sony / Columbia
5Argo$344,512277%621319$555$110,749,49614Warner Bros.
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$175,50086%542-283$324$289,705,0789Lionsgate / Summit
7Hyde Park on Hudson$172,26386%24624$700$3,762,0676Focus
8Rise of The Guardians$161,60094%905-602$179$97,846,6938Paramount / DreamWorks
9Wreck-It Ralph$112,356148%476-233$236$178,834,12911Disney
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$98,865-5%430-387$230$11,409,7834Paramount
11Hotel Transylvania$74,614--252-15$296$146,357,68816Sony / Columbia
12Anna Karenina (2012)$63,56735%144-19$441$11,781,7299Focus
13Here Comes the Boom$58,490--228-15$257$44,237,63714Sony / Columbia
14Flight$44,36653%150-100$296$92,638,02711Paramount
15Taken 2$42,511142%190-23$224$139,396,07615Fox
16Red Dawn (2012)$34,734198%225-27$154$43,962,5408FilmDistrict
17Pitch Perfect$30,030180%154-11$195$64,727,97316Universal
18Hitchcock$26,72041%1279$210$5,586,2168Fox Searchlight
19The Perks of Being A Wallflower$21,783128%1002$218$17,536,55217Lionsgate / Summit
20Cloud Atlas$21,61763%1627$133$26,975,66212Warner Bros.
21End of Watch$18,111141%111-29$163$40,939,56717Open Road
22Playing For Keeps (2012)$10,643122%107-32$99$12,882,2886FilmDistrict
23Not Fade Away$10,482-64%177-388$59$544,2694Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$16,70767%5413$309$5,680,34513Fox Searchlight
2Quartet$11,816--2--$5,908$11,8161Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$11,16257%520$215$10,700,43839Warner Bros. / IMAX
4A Late Quartet$9,92168%17-6$584$1,388,04611Entertainment One / RKO
5Killing Them Softly$6,36986%31-20$205$14,926,4107Weinstein Company
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$5,026194%48-5$105$161,216,42527Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,8795%300$129$21,708,74893Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Master$3,66978%164$229$15,990,39518Weinstein Company
9The Intouchables$1,801-40%121$150$13,173,59334Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$386143%40$97$7,917,28018Roadside Attractions