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, May. 9 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$31,106,633-32%4,380--$7,102$128,122,4801Paramount
2How to Train Your Dragon$2,292,019-20%4,380954$523$201,013,8677Paramount / DreamWorks
3A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$2,032,000-46%3,3320$610$48,480,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
4Furry Vengeance$1,916,15513%3,0025$638$12,100,0642Summit
5The Back-up Plan$1,671,104-14%3,003-277$556$30,103,9403CBS Films
6Date Night$1,542,868-33%2,734-359$564$81,002,7255Fox
7Death at a Funeral (2010)$843,645-5%1,706-565$495$38,531,9244Sony / Screen Gems
8Clash of the Titans (2010)$795,000-22%2,157-580$369$158,006,0006Warner Bros.
9Oceans$642,31117%1,23222$521$16,131,5843Disneynature
10The Losers$492,000-35%2,450-486$201$21,497,0003Warner Bros.
11Kick-Ass$417,998-32%1,759-783$238$45,281,1054Lionsgate
12The Last Song$345,739-28%1,303-973$265$60,341,0336Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$1,086,07257%534--$2,034$2,161,4601Focus
2Alice in Wonderland (2010)$269,513-5%582-468$463$330,857,94910Disney
3City Island$188,944-32%247-22$765$2,943,7978Anchor Bay
4Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$167,935-4%404-323$416$59,391,5046Lionsgate
5Hot Tub Time Machine$151,000-32%802-310$188$48,598,0007MGM
6Avatar$138,844-24%328-59$423$747,946,41521Fox
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid$136,091-34%625-541$218$61,502,2218Fox
8The Bounty Hunter$109,767-34%462-429$238$64,696,0848Sony / Columbia
9The Ghost Writer$74,271-32%231-105$322$14,880,45112Summit
10Shutter Island$47,587-57%189-61$252$126,876,23812Paramount
11Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$44,259-24%221-44$200$88,186,89713Fox
12She's Out of My League$42,426-62%26118$163$31,284,0809Paramount
13The Tooth Fairy$39,880-23%160-26$249$59,713,57616Fox
14Our Family Wedding$30,8516%11921$259$19,996,6809Fox Searchlight
15Letters to God$23,0005%112-87$205$2,747,0005Vivendi
16Greenberg$22,584-43%114-29$198$4,063,3978Focus
17The Crazies$18,000-31%149-48$121$39,018,00011Overture
18Brooklyn's Finest$9,900-24%113-33$88$27,122,00010Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$87,000-12%48-1$1,813$5,112,0008Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Joneses$16,270-29%68-55$239$1,346,1144Roadside Attractions
3Cop Out$11,000-35%91-50$121$44,830,00011Warner Bros.
4The Runaways$10,322-29%65-57$159$3,487,6908Apparition
5Crazy Heart$10,252-37%75-43$137$39,397,06521Fox Searchlight
6Under the Sea 3D$10,000-41%14-2$714$21,877,00065Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Book of Eli$8,100-19%61-16$133$94,823,00017Warner Bros.
8The Secret of Kells$7,81723%22-14$355$429,74210GKIDS
9The Square (2010)$7,130-36%17-7$419$217,6565Apparition
10Remember Me$5,788-40%76-42$76$19,057,0249Summit
11The Blind Side$2,700-39%25-21$108$255,945,00025Warner Bros.
12That Evening Sun$764-46%40$191$277,52927Freestyle