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 17 days. BOXOFFICE is projecting $3.75 million for Wild this weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Mar. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$7,108,00012%3,912--$1,817$92,540,4691Disney
2Jack the Giant Slayer$1,256,15335%3,5250$356$45,813,8262Warner Bros. / New Line
3Identity Thief$780,52033%3,002-228$260$117,911,0155Universal
421 And Over$724,75926%2,7710$262$18,175,7522Relativity Media
5Dead Man Down$601,95822%2,188--$275$6,439,0831FilmDistrict
6Escape From Planet Earth$592,29040%2,549-561$232$48,859,0254Weinstein Company
7Snitch (2013)$566,05028%2,340-171$242$32,861,1663Lionsgate / Summit
8Safe Haven$493,28945%2,541-410$194$63,669,8334Relativity Media
9Silver Linings Playbook$426,64539%1,727-109$247$121,355,04317Weinstein Company
10A Good Day to Die Hard$286,25232%1,725-864$166$63,871,3314Fox
11The Last Exorcism Part II$283,29916%2,7000$105$12,657,4942CBS Films
12Dark Skies$150,20015%1,505-808$100$15,845,3543Weinstein / Dimension
13Warm Bodies$116,3198%1,052-878$111$63,799,7856Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$239,40749%67145$357$119,767,32116Fox
2Quartet$209,27555%715-10$293$13,589,8519Weinstein Company
3Emperor$118,99423%261--$456$1,229,6241Roadside Attractions
4Argo$118,27336%741-244$160$134,488,46722Warner Bros.
5Side Effects (2013)$114,36950%602-510$190$29,761,4915Open Road
6Zero Dark Thirty$73,66921%522-200$141$94,763,13312Sony / Columbia
7Django Unchained$60,49931%336-647$180$161,207,34411Weinstein Company
8The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$54,93619%337127$163$301,976,03413Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lincoln$53,01839%432-220$123$180,925,43618Disney / DreamWorks
10Les Miserables (2012)$41,47032%286-66$145$148,209,15011Universal
11Rise of The Guardians$40,12319%275-20$146$102,755,16916Paramount / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$30,31435%219-39$138$76,337,96611Fox
13Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$25,96832%225-376$115$54,539,1987Paramount
14Beautiful Creatures (2013)$21,58413%281-794$77$19,059,0274Warner Bros.
15Mama$17,0950%214-233$80$71,151,3908Universal
16Jack Reacher$16,0425%194-31$83$79,923,52512Paramount
17The Impossible$12,64335%114-37$111$18,508,48912Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$26,510-46%24--$1,105$301,1771Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$19,255115%520$370$11,596,89747Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stoker$15,55545%1710$915$355,1212Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$11,32548%300$378$22,142,456101Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Gangster Squad$8,16620%90-48$91$45,872,0729Warner Bros.
6Bless Me, Ultima$8,12117%52-131$156$1,402,1443Arenas Entertainment
7Kai Po Che$7,91885%71-33$112$1,025,9353UTV Motion Pictures
8Hyde Park on Hudson$7,49487%391$192$6,299,71414Focus
9The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$6,42845%56-12$115$246,5212Methinx Entertainment
10Movie 43$2,9252%6346$46$8,834,5637Relativity Media
11Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$2,56661%1--$2,566$11,0051Rialto Pictures
12Parker$2,47856%34-17$73$17,474,3657FilmDistrict
13Camp (2013)$1,839-3%42$460$36,0743Freestyle Releasing
14Bullet to the Head$1,68722%34-52$50$9,486,8916Warner Bros.
15Broken City$1,57632%24-45$66$19,668,9778Fox
16A Late Quartet$20953%71$30$1,561,92319Entertainment One / RKO
17The Sweeney$112167%1-10$112$26,4992eOne Films US
18Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1850%1--$18$97,34623Roadside Attractions