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 Mon, Apr. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$5,005,449-21%4,06519$1,231$93,893,3942Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$4,547,019-53%3,719--$1,223$55,555,7081Paramount
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$2,213,795-48%2,047--$1,081$23,855,4741Lionsgate
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,854,673-37%3,324-481$558$200,229,3894Disney
5Olympus Has Fallen$1,681,213-54%3,1068$541$56,571,2982FilmDistrict
6The Host (2013)$1,201,011-32%3,202--$375$11,801,1231Open Road
7The Call$653,968-48%2,439-68$268$40,259,8593Sony / TriStar
8Spring Breakers$394,814-42%1,379275$286$10,469,2503A24
9Admission$385,515-50%2,1611$178$12,129,6562Focus
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$203,049-41%1,575-1585$129$20,832,6953Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jack the Giant Slayer$174,248-34%1,080-1480$161$61,573,6325Warner Bros. / New Line
12Identity Thief$140,660-47%1,082-1084$130$130,056,7658Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$104,353-53%752-292$139$128,816,91620Weinstein Company
2Escape From Planet Earth$76,79826%977-517$79$54,003,8947Weinstein Company
3Life of Pi$68,275-41%340-149$201$123,389,40019Fox
4Safe Haven$64,962-21%550-729$118$69,876,3987Relativity Media
5Snitch (2013)$54,094-50%746-1061$73$41,407,9536Lionsgate / Summit
6Quartet$50,515-52%302-123$167$16,650,17912Weinstein Company
721 And Over$49,242-34%344-790$143$25,001,3315Relativity Media
8Django Unchained$26,650-39%233-63$114$162,341,33314Weinstein Company
9Stoker$21,532-51%194-81$111$1,495,3545Fox Searchlight
10A Good Day to Die Hard$21,484-43%209-239$103$66,572,5537Fox
11Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$20,749-50%202-7$103$55,241,23710Paramount
12Argo$19,555-47%26075$75$135,749,69025Warner Bros.
13Emperor$19,421-49%138-99$141$2,909,7264Roadside Attractions
14Warm Bodies$18,950-24%162-137$117$65,265,5479Lionsgate / Summit
15Rise of The Guardians$16,0497%134-28$120$103,311,88619Paramount / DreamWorks
16Parental Guidance$15,896-1%140-45$114$76,914,38414Fox
17Side Effects (2013)$13,086-62%102-123$128$31,247,6618Open Road
18The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$11,453-30%145-90$79$302,860,94616Warner Bros. / New Line
19Mama$11,070-36%123-7$90$71,599,29011Universal
20Les Miserables (2012)$9,265-32%109-20$85$148,784,72514Universal
21The Last Exorcism Part II$7,917-41%102-353$78$15,160,7965CBS Films
22Dark Skies$7,321-26%101-104$72$17,138,0696Weinstein / Dimension
23Beautiful Creatures (2013)$6,660-29%115-73$58$19,405,0057Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$30,865-61%4--$7,716$310,3221Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$17,5448%520$337$11,934,61950Warner Bros. / IMAX
3From Up on Poppy Hill$15,992-51%2519$640$299,4413GKIDS
4Himmatwala$13,238-76%99--$134$211,0081UTV Motion Pictures
5Girl Rising$10,199187%3936$262$528,7294Gathr Films
6Born to Be Wild 3D$7,522-17%300$251$22,369,068104Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Impossible$7,375-34%86-37$86$18,826,33715Lionsgate / Summit
8The Sapphires$6,673-67%128$556$132,8912Weinstein Company
9Starbuck$3,945-72%1714$232$3,531,2842eOne Films US
10Dead Man Down$3,559-48%75-537$47$10,768,1724FilmDistrict
11Bless Me, Ultima$1,726-45%11-10$157$1,538,2456Arenas Entertainment
12Parker$1,453-56%36-19$40$17,611,43510FilmDistrict
13Gangster Squad$1,304-72%500$26$45,998,02212Warner Bros.
14The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$99856%7-21$143$364,8355Methinx Entertainment
15Kai Po Che$419-71%5-13$84$1,116,7136UTV Motion Pictures
16Camp (2013)$414-17%6-11$69$104,7256Freestyle Releasing