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 Wed, Jan. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mama$1,032,330-32%2,647--$390$34,688,9351Universal
2Zero Dark Thirty$954,683-21%2,9469$324$59,102,2075Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$845,014-16%2,5231713$335$58,546,59810Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$664,332-26%3,1030$214$34,798,6862Warner Bros.
5Django Unchained$597,237-20%2,516-496$237$140,681,9714Weinstein Company
6Broken City$543,859-26%2,620--$208$10,741,3271Fox
7Les Miserables (2012)$528,695-20%2,579-348$205$132,757,7704Universal
8Lincoln$421,770-17%2,174147$194$162,746,80511Disney / DreamWorks
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$409,182-19%2,323-689$176$289,530,2406Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Last Stand$396,781-29%2,913--$136$8,170,1971Lionsgate
11A Haunted House$334,556-26%2,1600$155$31,871,8682Open Road
12Life of Pi$230,804-27%1,256499$184$100,593,4639Fox
13Parental Guidance$197,275-29%2,337-620$84$68,134,1234Fox
14Jack Reacher$148,978-20%1,707-1000$87$77,198,4885Paramount
15This is 40$129,360-19%1,232-1088$105$65,468,2705Universal
16Texas Chainsaw 3D$73,620-22%1,474-1185$50$33,790,5843Lionsgate
17Wreck-It Ralph$52,492-42%1,312836$40$181,700,13612Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Impossible$184,559-25%88678$208$11,158,5845Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$167,165-7%756135$221$115,585,01115Warner Bros.
3Skyfall$66,103-20%507-316$130$301,180,02411Sony / Columbia
4The Guilt Trip$45,948-21%642-964$72$35,921,0785Paramount
5Hyde Park on Hudson$39,443-5%194-52$203$5,011,0997Focus
6Monsters, Inc. 3D$38,127-27%565-562$67$32,065,9605Disney
7Flight$27,907-13%300150$93$93,206,24912Paramount
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$22,359-11%306-236$73$290,830,61410Lionsgate / Summit
9Rise of The Guardians$21,573-40%474-431$46$99,819,3799Paramount / DreamWorks
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$19,617-5%265-165$74$12,262,6005Paramount
11Anna Karenina (2012)$17,266-20%117-27$148$12,301,38310Focus
12Red Dawn (2012)$14,679-17%24924$59$44,369,6539FilmDistrict
13Promised Land (2012)$12,227-18%134-1513$91$7,583,7704Focus
14Hitchcock$9,2966%122-5$76$5,806,3029Fox Searchlight
15Taken 2$6,599-10%156-34$42$139,688,03016Fox
16Pitch Perfect$3,125-29%125-29$25$64,920,34317Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$35,570-27%3230$1,112$502,5152Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$6,588-40%520$127$10,905,75640Warner Bros. / IMAX
3LUV$5,708-2%45--$127$113,7631Indomina Media
4The Sessions$5,55316%628$90$5,812,59114Fox Searchlight
5The Perks of Being A Wallflower$4,0675%73-27$56$17,679,06418Lionsgate / Summit
6The Master$3,261-2%14-2$233$16,054,79319Weinstein Company
7A Late Quartet$3,08729%14-3$221$1,453,76212Entertainment One / RKO
8Cloud Atlas$3,0484%58-104$53$27,104,55913Warner Bros.
9Born to Be Wild 3D$2,366-44%300$79$21,794,30094Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,6391%58-49$28$12,941,7827FilmDistrict
11The Rabbi's Cat$1,42822%7--$204$21,9227GKIDS
12Not Fade Away$1,016-2%56-121$18$609,3775Paramount Vantage
13Officer Down$82-25%1--$82$1,3751Anchor Bay Films