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, Mar. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$10,506,875--3,719--$2,825$10,506,8750Paramount
2The Croods$5,088,79320%4,046--$1,258$62,182,0771Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,465,87614%3,805-107$648$186,672,4003Disney
4Olympus Has Fallen$2,323,5365%3,098--$750$40,742,6691FilmDistrict
5The Call$905,17914%2,5070$361$34,680,2162Sony / TriStar
6Admission$584,2724%2,160--$270$8,508,8781Focus
7Spring Breakers$477,9323%1,104--$433$7,300,2892A24
8The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$421,221-3%3,1600$133$19,286,6212Warner Bros. / New Line
9Jack the Giant Slayer$288,206-4%2,560-797$113$60,380,3224Warner Bros. / New Line
10Identity Thief$235,340-6%2,166-676$109$128,817,8907Universal
11Silver Linings Playbook$165,6267%1,044-558$159$127,811,63619Weinstein Company
12Safe Haven$125,6266%1,279-927$98$69,423,6826Relativity Media
1321 And Over$107,5167%1,134-1290$95$24,649,3124Relativity Media
14Snitch (2013)$95,783-30%1,807-546$53$40,909,4025Lionsgate / Summit
15Escape From Planet Earth$84,4945%1,494-717$57$53,691,9796Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$80,095-3%489-157$164$122,893,86518Fox
2Quartet$71,508-9%425-263$168$16,217,39311Weinstein Company
3Stoker$42,6652%275181$155$1,299,0014Fox Searchlight
4Django Unchained$32,4723%29630$110$162,142,81313Weinstein Company
5Side Effects (2013)$31,464-4%225-177$140$31,107,5047Open Road
6Emperor$29,930-19%237-74$126$2,741,8293Roadside Attractions
7Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$28,20321%20979$135$55,037,2449Paramount
8Warm Bodies$23,479-12%299-360$79$65,123,2748Lionsgate / Summit
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$22,90124%235-70$97$302,779,92515Warner Bros. / New Line
10A Good Day to Die Hard$22,431-28%448-669$50$66,392,1096Fox
11Parental Guidance$21,16921%185-37$114$76,809,81913Fox
12Dead Man Down$20,763-26%612-1576$34$10,735,9903FilmDistrict
13Argo$19,559-4%185-355$106$135,588,70924Warner Bros.
14InAPPropriate Comedy$15,8857%275--$58$228,0041Freestyle Releasing
15The Last Exorcism Part II$15,500-15%455-1120$34$15,092,1844CBS Films
16Beautiful Creatures (2013)$14,94530%18863$79$19,357,6186Warner Bros.
17Rise of The Guardians$14,8199%162-51$91$103,230,39418Paramount / DreamWorks
18Dark Skies$13,2716%205-498$65$17,074,1145Weinstein / Dimension
19Mama$12,98533%130-74$100$71,514,41510Universal
20Les Miserables (2012)$12,9255%129-112$100$148,720,92513Universal
21The Impossible$9,4865%12318$77$18,773,45114Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$38,470141%188$2,137$514,9803Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$20,4779%520$394$11,853,57549Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$18,47747%300$616$22,317,922103Warner Bros. / IMAX
4From Up on Poppy Hill$9,79223%64$1,632$164,6952GKIDS
5The Sapphires$4,5108%4--$1,128$54,5891Weinstein Company
6Camp (2013)$4,049115%172$238$100,5595Freestyle Releasing
7The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$3,416-5%28-17$122$360,4604Methinx Entertainment
8Bless Me, Ultima$3,0984%21-24$148$1,525,2485Arenas Entertainment
9Parker$2,68233%55-37$49$17,596,7449FilmDistrict
10Gangster Squad$2,6233%500$52$45,977,66011Warner Bros.
11Starbuck$2,43336%3--$811$3,477,8581eOne Films US
12Hyde Park on Hudson$2,426-2%20-11$121$6,376,14516Focus
13Kai Po Che$1,060-5%18-24$59$1,109,7285UTV Motion Pictures
14Rangrezz$305-35%11--$28$5,8371UTV Motion Pictures
15Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$272127%1--$272$99,02825Roadside Attractions