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, Feb. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$11,087,755--3,141--$3,530$11,087,7551Universal
2Warm Bodies$3,267,700221%3,0090$1,086$28,392,7822Lionsgate / Summit
3Side Effects (2013)$2,800,011--2,605--$1,075$2,800,0111Open Road
4Silver Linings Playbook$1,605,358110%2,8090$572$84,699,59713Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,391,45091%3,285-90$424$39,474,3033Paramount
6Mama$1,191,265217%2,677-104$445$60,913,4104Universal
7Zero Dark Thirty$963,100114%2,562-309$376$80,523,6908Sony / Columbia
8Django Unchained$554,88591%1,502-275$369$152,768,0177Weinstein Company
9Argo$553,977162%1,405470$394$121,787,59018Warner Bros.
10Bullet to the Head$515,41059%2,4040$214$6,706,4322Warner Bros.
11Parker$471,04454%2,004-234$235$14,451,6973FilmDistrict
12Lincoln$427,41376%1,517-239$282$172,174,88214Disney / DreamWorks
13Les Miserables (2012)$376,22063%1,447-401$260$142,804,3757Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$309,52784%1,001-299$309$297,174,5799Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$240,950160%1,219-261$198$73,513,4407Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$527,122--300--$1,757$527,1221Paramount
2Life of Pi$374,250119%92422$405$107,158,75512Fox
3The Impossible$240,722104%739-26$326$15,951,4668Lionsgate / Summit
4Gangster Squad$230,99522%942-683$245$44,164,8355Warner Bros.
5Quartet$226,92068%24442$930$4,286,4075Weinstein Company
6Wreck-It Ralph$201,680495%75797$266$183,550,39515Disney
7A Haunted House$191,02389%913-588$209$38,411,4165Open Road
8Stand Up Guys$172,19234%67011$257$2,291,9562Lionsgate / Roadside
9Broken City$123,643-5%755-1031$164$18,867,1074Fox
10Skyfall$115,047--370-55$311$303,140,95314Sony / Columbia
11Movie 43$84,906-40%777-1246$109$8,466,3693Relativity Media
12Jack Reacher$70,529128%307-143$230$78,951,7708Paramount
13This is 40$56,99090%278-95$205$67,118,0058Universal
14Rise of The Guardians$46,127246%275-32$168$100,657,75112Paramount / DreamWorks
15Hyde Park on Hudson$34,61648%130-14$266$5,730,04810Focus
16The Guilt Trip$31,27083%225-66$139$36,618,8078Paramount
17Hotel Transylvania$31,010--191-33$162$148,022,81220Sony / Columbia
18Texas Chainsaw 3D$25,697681%18564$139$34,109,7466Lionsgate
19Here Comes the Boom$25,487--144-31$177$45,121,86318Sony / Columbia
20The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$24,745102%160-29$155$291,354,21313Lionsgate / Summit
21The Last Stand$24,308-5%239-450$102$11,835,7164Lionsgate
22Flight$16,25730%115-85$141$93,707,02815Paramount
23Red Dawn (2012)$14,928112%105-48$142$44,711,34512FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$20,121--25--$805$20,1211UTV Motion Pictures
2To the Arctic 3D$19,015123%520$366$11,126,89143Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Race 2$18,82261%63-76$299$1,461,7553UTV Motion Pictures
4Anna Karenina (2012)$15,08221%911$166$12,632,76513Focus
5Born to Be Wild 3D$9,965219%300$332$21,890,74297Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Lost in Thailand$9,098--35--$260$9,0981WAMCR
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$8,50830%81-67$105$13,062,02810FilmDistrict
8Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$6,82869%47-3$145$12,471,5228Paramount
9Hitchcock$5,25830%36-8$146$5,909,51712Fox Searchlight
10The Master$4,782-6%291$165$16,228,18322Weinstein Company
11Taken 2$4,05124%35-48$116$139,829,84819Fox
12The Sessions$2,8596%18-11$159$5,924,97517Fox Searchlight
13A Late Quartet$1,936-10%120$161$1,507,15215Entertainment One / RKO
14Pitch Perfect$1,0503%15-26$70$64,995,52320Universal
15LUV$455-25%3-5$152$155,2024Indomina Media
16Brief Reunion$165--1--$165$4,3824Striped Entertainment