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. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mama$10,098,305--2,647--$3,815$10,098,3051Universal
2Zero Dark Thirty$4,534,252148%2,9469$1,539$42,879,0095Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$2,992,658358%2,5231713$1,186$46,951,92810Weinstein Company
4Broken City$2,948,119--2,620--$1,125$2,948,1191Fox
5Gangster Squad$2,668,724107%3,1030$860$25,778,7842Warner Bros.
6A Haunted House$2,425,001210%2,1600$1,123$24,038,1782Open Road
7Django Unchained$2,189,464109%2,516-496$870$132,308,1994Weinstein Company
8Les Miserables (2012)$2,050,305116%2,579-348$795$124,608,3254Universal
9The Last Stand$2,032,835--2,913--$698$2,032,8351Lionsgate
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,452,459119%2,323-689$625$282,442,2006Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lincoln$1,438,179138%2,174147$662$156,574,25811Disney / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$1,073,092211%2,337-620$459$63,098,2464Fox
13Life of Pi$789,173231%1,256499$628$96,626,4789Fox
14Jack Reacher$644,65273%1,707-1000$378$74,821,9855Paramount
15This is 40$609,84081%1,232-1088$495$63,490,8405Universal
16Texas Chainsaw 3D$392,79345%1,474-1185$266$32,585,7313Lionsgate
17Wreck-It Ralph$211,894553%1,312836$162$179,719,19812Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Impossible$660,574195%88678$746$8,377,1395Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$576,469179%756135$763$113,098,02315Warner Bros.
3Skyfall$262,50998%507-316$518$300,149,58311Sony / Columbia
4The Guilt Trip$173,0868%642-964$270$35,265,6705Paramount
5Monsters, Inc. 3D$132,18041%565-562$234$31,072,6955Disney
6Hyde Park on Hudson$111,82671%194-52$576$4,553,3597Focus
7Rise of The Guardians$103,595122%474-431$219$99,039,9589Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$85,02671%306-236$278$290,465,04910Lionsgate / Summit
9Flight$79,656414%300150$266$92,884,11112Paramount
10Hotel Transylvania$77,646--237-15$328$146,792,28417Sony / Columbia
11Red Dawn (2012)$59,184519%24924$238$44,132,1229FilmDistrict
12Here Comes the Boom$50,168--209-19$240$44,497,93315Sony / Columbia
13Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$43,918-4%265-165$166$11,993,9245Paramount
14Anna Karenina (2012)$42,58938%117-27$364$12,112,48310Focus
15Promised Land (2012)$33,776-75%134-1513$252$7,445,8624Focus
16Taken 2$29,232141%156-34$187$139,577,70816Fox
17Hitchcock$21,09456%122-5$173$5,726,3499Fox Searchlight
18Pitch Perfect$18,125163%125-29$145$64,845,35317Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$70,9531002%3230$2,217$143,0302Weinstein Company
2LUV$24,549--45--$546$24,5491Indomina Media
3To the Arctic 3D$15,46188%520$297$10,802,66940Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Perks of Being A Wallflower$13,18988%73-27$181$17,621,12818Lionsgate / Summit
5The Sessions$11,99249%628$193$5,762,41714Fox Searchlight
6Cloud Atlas$7,690-17%58-104$133$27,071,54813Warner Bros.
7Born to Be Wild 3D$5,99765%300$200$21,747,97894Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Playing For Keeps (2012)$5,82847%58-49$100$12,923,5647FilmDistrict
9The Master$4,403-2%14-2$315$16,031,33819Weinstein Company
10A Late Quartet$4,244-17%14-3$303$1,430,17412Entertainment One / RKO
11The Rabbi's Cat$2,443--7--$349$9,4237GKIDS
12Not Fade Away$1,483-78%56-121$26$600,2935Paramount Vantage
13Officer Down$684--1--$684$6841Anchor Bay Films