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, Mar. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$15,321,23746%3,719--$4,120$25,828,1121Paramount
2The Croods$10,704,572110%4,06519$2,633$72,886,6492Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$9,405,639--2,047--$4,595$9,405,6391Lionsgate
4The Host (2013)$5,337,111--3,202--$1,667$5,337,1111Open Road
5Olympus Has Fallen$4,805,281107%3,1068$1,547$45,547,9502FilmDistrict
6Oz: The Great and Powerful$4,310,30775%3,324-481$1,297$190,982,7074Disney
7The Call$1,746,46093%2,439-68$716$36,426,6763Sony / TriStar
8Admission$1,165,28899%2,1611$539$9,674,1662Focus
9Spring Breakers$1,100,635130%1,379--$798$8,400,9253A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$493,12517%1,575-1585$313$19,779,7463Warner Bros. / New Line
11Identity Thief$400,34070%1,082-1084$370$129,218,2308Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$384,41533%1,080-1480$356$60,764,7375Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$302,03182%752-292$402$128,113,66720Weinstein Company
2Snitch (2013)$157,09564%746-1061$211$41,066,4976Lionsgate / Summit
3Safe Haven$156,34524%550-729$284$69,580,0277Relativity Media
4Life of Pi$146,00282%340-149$429$123,039,86719Fox
521 And Over$116,0048%344-790$337$24,765,3165Relativity Media
6Quartet$111,14555%302-123$368$16,328,53812Weinstein Company
7Escape From Planet Earth$95,55313%977-517$98$53,787,5327Weinstein Company
8Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$67,241138%202-7$333$55,104,48510Paramount
9Django Unchained$58,98682%233-63$253$162,201,79914Weinstein Company
10Stoker$58,71838%194-81$303$1,357,7195Fox Searchlight
11A Good Day to Die Hard$57,837158%209-239$277$66,449,9467Fox
12Warm Bodies$49,721112%162-137$307$65,172,9959Lionsgate / Summit
13Argo$46,707139%26075$180$135,635,41625Warner Bros.
14Emperor$45,10751%138-99$327$2,786,9364Roadside Attractions
15Side Effects (2013)$40,45129%102-123$397$31,147,9558Open Road
16Parental Guidance$37,54177%140-45$268$76,847,36014Fox
17Mama$26,445104%123-7$215$71,540,86011Universal
18Rise of The Guardians$26,30277%134-28$196$103,256,69619Paramount / DreamWorks
19The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$25,69712%145-90$177$302,805,62216Warner Bros. / New Line
20Dark Skies$23,07574%101-104$228$17,097,1896Weinstein / Dimension
21The Last Exorcism Part II$22,73147%102-353$223$15,114,9155CBS Films
22Les Miserables (2012)$19,65552%109-20$180$148,740,61014Universal
23Beautiful Creatures (2013)$15,3233%115-73$133$19,372,9417Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$95,027--4--$23,757$95,0271Focus
2Himmatwala$72,547--99--$733$72,5471UTV Motion Pictures
3From Up on Poppy Hill$39,832307%2519$1,593$204,5273GKIDS
4To the Arctic 3D$27,31733%520$525$11,880,89250Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Born to Be Wild 3D$19,7467%300$658$22,337,668104Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Sapphires$18,412308%128$1,534$73,0012Weinstein Company
7The Impossible$16,72176%86-37$194$18,790,17215Lionsgate / Summit
8Starbuck$13,728464%1714$808$3,491,5862eOne Films US
9Dead Man Down$10,252-51%75-537$137$10,746,2424FilmDistrict
10Gangster Squad$6,764158%500$135$45,984,42412Warner Bros.
11Parker$3,97548%36-19$110$17,600,71910FilmDistrict
12Bless Me, Ultima$3,71220%11-10$337$1,528,9606Arenas Entertainment
13Kai Po Che$2,318119%5-13$464$1,112,0466UTV Motion Pictures
14Camp (2013)$1,907-53%6-11$318$102,4666Freestyle Releasing
15The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,321-61%7-21$189$361,7815Methinx Entertainment
16Rangrezz$66-78%2-9$33$5,9032UTV Motion Pictures