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 Sun, Mar. 31 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$9,682,790-38%3,719--$2,604$51,008,6891Paramount
2The Croods$6,318,946-35%4,06519$1,554$88,887,9452Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$4,297,776-46%2,047--$2,100$21,641,6791Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$3,672,634-35%3,1068$1,182$54,890,0852FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,935,661-34%3,324-481$883$198,374,7164Disney
6The Host (2013)$1,776,000-49%3,202--$555$10,600,1121Open Road
7The Call$1,269,793-33%2,439-68$521$39,605,8913Sony / TriStar
8Admission$767,007-41%2,1611$355$11,744,1412Focus
9Spring Breakers$684,573-31%1,379--$496$10,074,4353A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$343,061-32%1,575-1585$218$20,629,6463Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jack the Giant Slayer$265,701-28%1,080-1480$246$61,399,3845Warner Bros. / New Line
12Identity Thief$265,090-39%1,082-1084$245$129,916,1058Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$224,305-40%752-292$298$128,712,56320Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$116,294-30%340-149$342$123,321,12519Fox
3Snitch (2013)$107,921-40%746-1061$145$41,353,8596Lionsgate / Summit
4Quartet$106,144-36%302-123$351$16,599,66412Weinstein Company
5Safe Haven$82,196-45%550-729$149$69,811,4367Relativity Media
621 And Over$75,086-33%344-790$218$24,952,0895Relativity Media
7Escape From Planet Earth$60,864-23%977-517$62$53,927,0967Weinstein Company
8Django Unchained$43,665-37%233-63$187$162,314,68314Weinstein Company
9Stoker$43,651-40%194-81$225$1,473,8225Fox Searchlight
10Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$41,538-44%202-7$206$55,220,48810Paramount
11Emperor$38,015-42%138-99$275$2,890,3054Roadside Attractions
12A Good Day to Die Hard$37,788-40%209-239$181$66,551,0697Fox
13Argo$36,706-37%26075$141$135,730,13525Warner Bros.
14Side Effects (2013)$34,439-34%102-123$338$31,234,5758Open Road
15Warm Bodies$25,058-48%162-137$155$65,246,5979Lionsgate / Summit
16Mama$17,225-43%123-7$140$71,588,22011Universal
17The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$16,324-41%145-90$113$302,849,49316Warner Bros. / New Line
18Parental Guidance$15,993-54%140-45$114$76,898,48814Fox
19Rise of The Guardians$14,961-38%134-28$112$103,295,83719Paramount / DreamWorks
20Les Miserables (2012)$13,625-36%109-20$125$148,775,46014Universal
21The Last Exorcism Part II$13,513-45%102-353$132$15,152,8795CBS Films
22Dark Skies$9,914-58%101-104$98$17,130,7486Weinstein / Dimension
23Beautiful Creatures (2013)$9,356-42%115-73$81$19,398,3457Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$79,521-24%4--$19,880$279,4571Focus
2Himmatwala$55,300-21%99--$559$197,7701UTV Motion Pictures
3From Up on Poppy Hill$32,527-30%2519$1,301$283,4493GKIDS
4The Sapphires$20,510-37%128$1,709$126,2182Weinstein Company
5To the Arctic 3D$16,222-19%520$312$11,917,07550Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Starbuck$13,935-36%1714$820$3,527,3392eOne Films US
7The Impossible$11,191-36%86-37$130$18,818,96215Lionsgate / Summit
8Born to Be Wild 3D$9,010-39%300$300$22,361,546104Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Dead Man Down$6,851-41%75-537$91$10,764,6134FilmDistrict
10Gangster Squad$4,598-40%500$92$45,996,71812Warner Bros.
11Girl Rising$3,550--30$1,183$518,5304Gathr Films
12Parker$3,291-45%36-19$91$17,609,98210FilmDistrict
13Bless Me, Ultima$3,157-28%11-10$287$1,536,5196Arenas Entertainment
14Kai Po Che$1,440-49%5-13$288$1,116,2946UTV Motion Pictures
15The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$641-55%7-21$92$363,8375Methinx Entertainment
16Camp (2013)$499-63%6-11$83$104,3116Freestyle Releasing
17Rangrezz$10914%2-9$55$6,1082UTV Motion Pictures