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. 16 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$14,277,492-37%4,39010$3,252$211,200,8762Paramount
2Robin Hood$9,160,000-34%3,503--$2,615$36,063,0001Universal
3Letters to Juliet$3,185,530-41%2,968--$1,073$13,540,4861Summit
4Just Wright$1,993,059-42%1,831--$1,089$8,284,9891Fox Searchlight
5How to Train Your Dragon$1,393,362-41%2,620-1760$532$207,647,6968Paramount / DreamWorks
6A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$1,080,000-47%3,075-257$351$56,067,0003Warner Bros. / New Line
7Date Night$795,059-56%2,481-253$320$86,522,6226Fox
8Furry Vengeance$670,076-36%2,695-307$249$15,089,0703Summit
9The Back-up Plan$547,692-48%2,497-506$219$34,124,7824CBS Films
10Clash of the Titans (2010)$325,000-42%1,300-857$250$160,128,0007Warner Bros.
11Death at a Funeral (2010)$297,913-42%1,062-644$281$40,495,9645Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$293,949-28%5439$541$3,881,2162Focus
2Oceans$225,386-23%973-259$232$17,669,4504Disneynature
3Kick-Ass$148,818-35%609-1150$244$46,616,2325Lionsgate
4The Last Song$128,523-47%802-501$160$61,240,3887Disney
5Alice in Wonderland (2010)$122,688-40%403-179$304$331,533,91511Disney
6The Losers$114,000-45%701-1749$163$22,761,0004Warner Bros.
7City Island$110,408-49%2536$436$3,608,5609Anchor Bay
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$106,328-42%468-157$227$61,978,6949Fox
9Avatar$95,611-38%279-49$343$748,468,37322Fox
10Hot Tub Time Machine$83,000-38%458-344$181$49,185,0008MGM
11Shutter Island$68,045-50%310121$220$127,213,67013Paramount
12The Bounty Hunter$46,484-54%293-169$159$65,037,8169Sony / Columbia
13Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$44,962-45%281-123$160$59,681,3857Lionsgate
14Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$35,305-37%209-12$169$88,354,45014Fox
15She's Out of My League$33,215-74%206-55$161$31,584,72210Paramount
16The Ghost Writer$27,259-53%150-81$182$15,084,11413Summit
17The Tooth Fairy$22,852-42%132-28$173$59,828,42717Fox
18Our Family Wedding$18,703-32%103-16$182$20,092,23910Fox Searchlight
19The Crazies$13,092-52%111-38$118$39,103,37812Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$78,000-34%480$1,625$5,743,0009Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Princess Kaiulani$58,392-15%33--$1,769$186,9801Roadside Attractions
3Greenberg$12,144-41%77-37$158$4,155,3109Focus
4The Secret of Kells$8,603-7%264$331$460,92611GKIDS
5Under the Sea 3D$8,100-38%184$450$21,979,00066Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Letters to God$7,400-33%75-37$99$2,794,0006Vivendi
7The Joneses$6,633-46%56-12$118$1,400,4865Roadside Attractions
8The Runaways$6,029-24%49-16$123$3,528,4549Apparition
9Cop Out$6,000-45%53-38$113$44,867,00012Warner Bros.
10Brooklyn's Finest$4,224-38%64-49$66$27,154,42611Overture
11Crazy Heart$3,986-56%50-25$80$39,436,62322Fox Searchlight
12The Square (2010)$3,980-46%14-3$284$242,4526Apparition
13Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo$2,0005%0----$01Argot Pictures
14Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$1,486-45%1--$1,486$6,3521Cinema Purgatorio
15The Blind Side$700-30%11-14$64$255,950,00026Warner Bros.