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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Feb. 1 - Sun, Feb. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Warm Bodies$20,025,000--3,009--$6,655$20,025,0001Lionsgate / Summit
2Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$9,210,000-53%3,3753$2,729$34,462,7942Paramount
3Silver Linings Playbook$8,113,000-14%2,809168$2,888$80,377,55812Weinstein Company
4Mama$6,730,000-49%2,78199$2,420$58,262,1003Universal
5Zero Dark Thirty$5,300,000-45%2,871-58$1,846$77,797,5507Sony / Columbia
6Bullet to the Head$4,500,000--2,404--$1,872$4,500,0001Warner Bros.
7Parker$3,215,000-54%2,23814$1,437$12,439,8822FilmDistrict
8Django Unchained$3,039,000-39%1,777-230$1,710$150,979,1896Weinstein Company
9Les Miserables (2012)$2,439,000-42%1,848-362$1,320$141,522,2456Universal
10Lincoln$2,412,000-38%1,756-153$1,374$170,786,51813Disney / DreamWorks
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,910,000-44%1,300-375$1,469$296,202,5208Warner Bros. / New Line
12Gangster Squad$1,870,000-56%1,625-965$1,151$43,119,0584Warner Bros.
13Movie 43$1,650,000-66%2,0230$816$7,708,2742Relativity Media
14A Haunted House$1,614,000-50%1,501-501$1,075$37,847,9034Open Road
15Broken City$1,476,000-63%1,786-836$826$18,150,0903Fox
16Parental Guidance$1,450,000-42%1,480-256$980$72,861,8246Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$2,100,00016%935300$2,246$120,442,81517Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$1,825,000-29%902-39$2,023$106,058,73111Fox
3Stand Up Guys$1,500,000--659--$2,276$1,500,0001Lionsgate / Roadside
4The Impossible$1,280,000-34%765-17$1,673$15,188,6317Lionsgate / Summit
5Quartet$1,184,0002%20239$5,861$3,474,1734Weinstein Company
6Wreck-It Ralph$580,000-21%66072$879$183,209,64214Disney
7Jack Reacher$415,000-49%450-438$922$78,841,3957Paramount
8The Last Stand$265,000-88%689-2224$385$11,698,6423Lionsgate
9Rise of The Guardians$256,000-31%3072$834$100,547,75411Paramount / DreamWorks
10Hyde Park on Hudson$176,139-32%1440$1,223$5,599,1199Focus
11The Guilt Trip$157,000-42%291-61$540$36,501,9047Paramount
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$135,000-39%189-27$714$291,280,09012Lionsgate / Summit
13Flight$114,000-47%200-63$570$93,642,56014Paramount
14Texas Chainsaw 3D$44,000-68%121-164$364$34,074,4135Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amour$497,0906%9430$5,288$2,487,9507Sony Pictures Classics
2Rust and Bone$78,841-35%80-36$986$1,841,46411Sony Pictures Classics
3Sound City$70,000--16--$4,375$190,5141Variance Films
4The Gatekeepers$66,677--3--$22,226$86,0151Sony Pictures Classics
5Anna Karenina (2012)$64,817-41%90-8$720$12,560,30112Focus
6Koch$40,000--2--$20,000$40,0001Zeitgeist Films
7The Master$38,000-46%28-9$1,357$16,198,30421Weinstein Company
8Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$34,000-64%50-46$680$12,449,3697Paramount
9Searching For Sugar Man$24,275-24%18-8$1,349$3,216,84928Sony Pictures Classics
10Chasing Ice$20,679-43%20-7$1,034$1,101,62613Submarine Deluxe
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$14,000-53%37-19$378$17,738,24820Lionsgate / Summit
12LUV$5,000-75%8-13$625$151,0893Indomina Media