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 Sat, Mar. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$12,004,73656%3,525--$3,406$19,698,2991Warner Bros. / New Line
2Identity Thief$4,651,20070%3,2308$1,440$105,107,6554Universal
3Snitch (2013)$3,571,21968%2,5110$1,422$22,401,6032Lionsgate / Summit
421 And Over$3,386,6331%2,771--$1,222$6,736,0661Relativity Media
5Escape From Planet Earth$3,281,647153%3,110-243$1,055$41,065,3333Weinstein Company
6The Last Exorcism Part II$3,189,584-2%2,700--$1,181$6,439,1261CBS Films
7Safe Haven$2,853,30341%2,951-272$967$55,674,0283Relativity Media
8Silver Linings Playbook$2,748,57075%1,836-176$1,497$113,896,23716Weinstein Company
9A Good Day to Die Hard$2,121,94178%2,589-966$820$58,439,1503Fox
10Dark Skies$1,601,24546%2,3130$692$12,592,0602Weinstein / Dimension
11Warm Bodies$1,214,51762%1,930-714$629$61,321,9445Lionsgate / Summit
12Side Effects (2013)$819,12375%1,112-958$737$27,610,4434Open Road
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$431,20665%1,075-1875$401$18,298,6053Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$1,124,867101%62654$1,797$116,327,90115Fox
2Argo$1,031,13392%985183$1,047$132,123,60121Warner Bros.
3Quartet$800,82673%725369$1,105$10,662,8758Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$639,23993%722-475$885$93,244,40511Sony / Columbia
5Lincoln$487,284106%652-223$747$179,810,15717Disney / DreamWorks
6Django Unchained$470,33071%983324$478$160,037,44710Weinstein Company
7Les Miserables (2012)$262,24077%352-110$745$147,469,69010Universal
8Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$248,44577%601-824$413$53,926,6856Paramount
9Mama$163,15559%447-716$365$70,798,9157Universal
10Rise of The Guardians$138,985135%295-10$471$102,294,73915Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$126,617100%210-178$603$301,324,86612Warner Bros. / New Line
12Kai Po Che$121,66869%104-6$1,170$812,0192UTV Motion Pictures
13Parental Guidance$98,65185%258-123$382$76,004,50410Fox
14Jack Reacher$86,79255%225125$386$79,635,36211Paramount
15The Impossible$74,37771%151-122$493$18,280,77711Lionsgate / Summit
16Bless Me, Ultima$72,65167%183-80$397$1,195,1622Arenas Entertainment
17The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$50,70047%180-43$282$292,270,00616Lionsgate / Summit
18A Haunted House$46,04683%169-133$272$40,011,7538Open Road
19Gangster Squad$39,68155%138-64$288$45,726,4698Warner Bros.
20The Guilt Trip$37,72565%133-53$284$37,078,24511Paramount
21Skyfall$36,20472%101-83$358$304,279,01117Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$68,21254%68--$1,003$112,4501Methinx Entertainment
2Stoker$66,12239%7--$9,446$113,8221Fox Searchlight
3To the Arctic 3D$22,98260%520$442$11,453,16646Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hyde Park on Hudson$21,91360%38-27$577$6,200,59713Focus
5Bullet to the Head$17,99673%86-19$209$9,441,8775Warner Bros.
6Broken City$15,41474%69-29$223$19,631,6987Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$11,21398%300$374$22,078,314100Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Parker$10,86154%51-161$213$17,435,8186FilmDistrict
9Stand Up Guys$7,27562%17-24$428$3,295,4405Lionsgate / Roadside
10The Sweeney$6,7409%11--$613$12,9381eOne Films US
11A Late Quartet$2,337170%6-1$390$1,550,90118Entertainment One / RKO
12Movie 43$2,0722%17-4$122$8,808,0736Relativity Media
13Camp (2013)$1,828-26%21$914$13,6022Freestyle Releasing
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$362151%2-7$181$221,5474UTV Motion Pictures
15Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$19883%1--$198$95,92022Roadside Attractions