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, Mar. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$1,544,127-26%3,525--$438$32,500,9601Warner Bros. / New Line
221 And Over$699,308-23%2,771--$252$11,100,8971Relativity Media
3Identity Thief$678,300-16%3,2308$210$109,548,7354Universal
4Snitch (2013)$537,837-21%2,5110$214$26,238,2862Lionsgate / Summit
5Safe Haven$489,534-19%2,951-272$166$58,583,4103Relativity Media
6Silver Linings Playbook$433,098-8%1,836-176$236$116,599,81016Weinstein Company
7A Good Day to Die Hard$377,950-18%2,589-966$146$60,896,1863Fox
8Escape From Planet Earth$372,207-18%3,110-243$120$44,264,3563Weinstein Company
9The Last Exorcism Part II$270,002-26%2,700--$100$8,697,1831CBS Films
10Dark Skies$222,289-21%2,3130$96$14,102,5372Weinstein / Dimension
11Side Effects (2013)$156,845-15%1,112-958$141$28,555,7024Open Road
12Warm Bodies$150,968-15%1,930-714$78$62,421,0075Lionsgate / Summit
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$71,235-2%1,075-1875$66$18,773,4243Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$203,980-11%725369$281$11,789,8858Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$182,461-25%62654$291$117,613,78715Fox
3Argo$153,041-11%985183$155$133,128,25221Warner Bros.
4Zero Dark Thirty$101,2554%722-475$140$93,865,65511Sony / Columbia
5Django Unchained$94,156-19%983324$96$160,571,20310Weinstein Company
6Lincoln$85,406-5%652-223$131$180,323,11017Disney / DreamWorks
7Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$55,658-24%601-824$93$54,272,5536Paramount
8Les Miserables (2012)$49,280-10%352-110$140$147,781,24510Universal
9Mama$22,225-1%447-716$50$70,944,0657Universal
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$21,339-21%210-178$102$301,473,01812Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jack Reacher$18,801-6%225125$84$79,738,76611Paramount
12Bless Me, Ultima$17,202-7%183-80$94$1,312,6822Arenas Entertainment
13Rise of The Guardians$16,8942%295-10$57$102,437,23015Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Impossible$16,649-13%151-122$110$18,372,52511Lionsgate / Summit
15Parental Guidance$15,011-1%258-123$58$76,104,62510Fox
16Gangster Squad$11,084-11%138-64$80$45,787,8978Warner Bros.
17Kai Po Che$11,084-26%104-6$107$910,7212UTV Motion Pictures
18The Guilt Trip$8,444-6%133-53$63$37,125,33011Paramount
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$6,092-5%180-43$34$292,318,34416Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$12,761-14%7--$1,823$202,8931Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$11,25517%520$216$11,508,81746Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hyde Park on Hudson$9,604-14%38-27$253$6,244,07813Focus
4The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$6,431-3%68--$95$161,8261Methinx Entertainment
5Bullet to the Head$4,460-5%86-19$52$9,467,8645Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,10776%300$137$22,095,521100Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Broken City$3,609-19%69-29$52$19,651,8147Fox
8Parker$2,510-35%51-161$49$17,450,8406FilmDistrict
9Stand Up Guys$2,20117%17-24$129$3,307,3915Lionsgate / Roadside
10The Sweeney$1,319-8%11--$120$24,3791eOne Films US
11Camp (2013)$78824%21$394$17,5852Freestyle Releasing
12A Late Quartet$75638%6-1$126$1,553,58818Entertainment One / RKO
13Movie 43$418-9%17-4$25$8,810,2356Relativity Media
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$6870%2-7$34$222,0984UTV Motion Pictures