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 Thu, Jan. 31 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,220,0484%3,372--$362$25,252,7941Paramount
2Silver Linings Playbook$848,7415%2,641118$321$72,264,55811Weinstein Company
3Zero Dark Thirty$655,4716%2,929-17$224$72,497,5506Sony / Columbia
4Mama$603,4505%2,68235$225$51,532,1002Universal
5Parker$478,788-2%2,224--$215$9,224,8821FilmDistrict
6Django Unchained$418,9016%2,007-509$209$147,940,1895Weinstein Company
7Les Miserables (2012)$386,7506%2,210-369$175$139,083,2455Universal
8Gangster Squad$362,1543%2,590-513$140$41,249,0583Warner Bros.
9Lincoln$338,8669%1,909-265$178$168,374,51812Disney / DreamWorks
10Broken City$321,9400%2,6222$123$16,674,0902Fox
11Movie 43$264,689-4%2,023--$131$6,058,2741Relativity Media
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$241,0409%1,675-648$144$294,292,5207Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Haunted House$184,0266%2,002-158$92$36,233,9033Open Road
14The Last Stand$166,425-3%2,9130$57$11,433,6422Lionsgate
15Parental Guidance$133,48810%1,736-601$77$71,411,8245Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$192,4944%941-315$205$104,233,73110Fox
2Argo$192,2523%635-121$303$118,342,81516Warner Bros.
3Quartet$150,6740%163131$924$2,290,1733Weinstein Company
4The Impossible$148,2264%782-104$190$13,908,6316Lionsgate / Summit
5Jack Reacher$62,0727%888-819$70$78,426,3956Paramount
6This is 40$55,770-4%507-725$110$66,551,8756Universal
7Hyde Park on Hudson$31,75519%144-50$221$5,422,9808Focus
8Race 2$31,212-26%153--$204$1,086,5821UTV Motion Pictures
9Wreck-It Ralph$31,023-1%588-724$53$182,629,64213Disney
10The Guilt Trip$25,7493%352-290$73$36,344,9046Paramount
11Flight$19,2494%263-37$73$93,528,56013Paramount
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$18,29513%216-90$85$291,145,09011Lionsgate / Summit
13Rise of The Guardians$15,8796%305-169$52$100,291,75410Paramount / DreamWorks
14Red Dawn (2012)$11,47911%205-44$56$44,581,67010FilmDistrict
15Texas Chainsaw 3D$9,3369%285-1189$33$34,030,4134Lionsgate
16Taken 2$4,5965%124-32$37$139,779,29317Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sound City$120,514--50--$2,410$120,5140Variance Films
2Anna Karenina (2012)$17,42417%98-19$178$12,495,48411Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$10,255-16%520$197$11,024,53841Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$8,912-8%96-169$93$12,415,3696Paramount
5The Master$6,925-16%3723$187$16,160,30420Weinstein Company
6The Sessions$4,966-7%620$80$5,887,69515Fox Searchlight
7Born to Be Wild 3D$4,3663%300$146$21,842,68895Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hitchcock$4,33525%90-32$48$5,874,77210Fox Searchlight
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$3,13130%56-17$56$17,724,24819Lionsgate / Summit
10A Late Quartet$2,470-25%10-4$247$1,482,30213Entertainment One / RKO
11Pitch Perfect$2,3001%91-34$25$64,976,85818Universal
12LUV$1,73841%21-24$83$146,0892Indomina Media
13Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,161-6%35-23$33$12,957,5358FilmDistrict