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 Sun, Jan. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mama$7,464,540-31%2,647--$2,820$28,402,3101Universal
2Zero Dark Thirty$3,978,333-45%2,9469$1,350$54,142,3695Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$3,018,054-36%2,5231713$1,196$54,712,10610Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$2,308,687-37%3,1030$744$31,750,6002Warner Bros.
5A Haunted House$2,258,009-35%2,1600$1,045$29,783,2002Open Road
6Les Miserables (2012)$2,179,255-33%2,579-348$845$130,050,0154Universal
7Django Unchained$2,111,873-39%2,516-496$839$137,874,5354Weinstein Company
8The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,904,263-32%2,323-689$820$287,166,6826Warner Bros. / New Line
9Broken City$1,825,129-48%2,620--$697$8,268,9081Fox
10The Last Stand$1,696,167-34%2,913--$582$6,281,4331Lionsgate
11Lincoln$1,498,513-41%2,174147$689$160,611,34211Disney / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$1,273,283-33%2,337-620$545$66,277,5724Fox
13Life of Pi$1,051,384-30%1,256499$837$99,188,9309Fox
14Jack Reacher$581,583-43%1,707-1000$341$76,415,2805Paramount
15This is 40$498,960-46%1,232-1088$405$64,913,8055Universal
16Wreck-It Ralph$471,763-24%1,312836$360$180,809,77812Disney
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$333,182-39%1,474-1185$226$33,462,8873Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Impossible$732,752-32%88678$827$10,192,8035Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$622,582-41%756135$824$114,784,50115Warner Bros.
3Monsters, Inc. 3D$268,488-24%565-562$475$31,693,0605Disney
4Skyfall$249,293-46%507-316$492$300,856,31511Sony / Columbia
5Rise of The Guardians$197,539-24%474-431$417$99,497,1059Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Guilt Trip$172,222-34%642-964$268$35,697,7785Paramount
7Hotel Transylvania$118,293-30%237-15$499$147,078,98117Sony / Columbia
8Hyde Park on Hudson$112,968-42%194-52$582$4,861,2267Focus
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$102,287-30%306-236$334$290,713,79510Lionsgate / Summit
10Flight$79,493-38%300150$265$93,091,05712Paramount
11Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$79,385-13%265-165$300$12,164,9645Paramount
12Red Dawn (2012)$64,395-30%24924$259$44,287,9909FilmDistrict
13Here Comes the Boom$58,502-35%209-19$280$44,646,00215Sony / Columbia
14Anna Karenina (2012)$51,261-27%117-27$438$12,234,11410Focus
15Promised Land (2012)$29,919-49%134-1513$223$7,534,1284Focus
16Taken 2$28,635-40%156-34$184$139,653,87116Fox
17Pitch Perfect$21,250-29%125-29$170$64,896,59317Universal
18Hitchcock$19,402-31%122-5$159$5,773,9909Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$95,224-31%3230$2,976$376,3402Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$26,318-17%520$506$10,860,83140Warner Bros. / IMAX
3LUV$21,441-42%45--$476$83,1941Indomina Media
4The Perks of Being A Wallflower$16,138-27%73-27$221$17,659,36918Lionsgate / Summit
5Born to Be Wild 3D$13,2671%300$442$21,774,36094Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Sessions$12,548-33%628$202$5,793,78514Fox Searchlight
7Cloud Atlas$9,309-27%58-104$161$27,093,69613Warner Bros.
8A Late Quartet$5,620-38%14-3$401$1,444,79812Entertainment One / RKO
9The Master$4,425-49%14-2$316$16,044,36119Weinstein Company
10Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,861-52%58-49$67$12,935,5097FilmDistrict
11The Rabbi's Cat$3,102-35%7--$443$17,3137GKIDS
12Not Fade Away$2,538-13%56-121$45$605,7475Paramount Vantage
13Officer Down$173-15%1--$173$1,0611Anchor Bay Films