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 Fri, May. 21 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$20,802,341--4,359--$4,772$20,802,3411Paramount / DreamWorks
2Iron Man 2$7,549,509149%4,177-213$1,807$232,214,3123Paramount
3Robin Hood$5,661,000138%3,5052$1,615$53,057,0002Universal
4Letters to Juliet$2,999,991172%2,9757$1,008$21,326,2322Summit
5MacGruber$1,569,000--2,551--$615$1,569,0001Universal / Rogue
6Just Wright$1,340,417184%1,8310$732$11,747,0572Fox Searchlight
7Date Night$923,472187%1,869-612$494$88,758,7867Fox
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$770,000113%2,125-950$362$58,417,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
9How to Train Your Dragon$477,21034%1,751-869$273$209,566,9179Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Back-up Plan$309,99450%1,079-1418$287$35,286,7715CBS Films
11Furry Vengeance$119,7715%1,369-1326$87$15,720,5374Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kites$346,947--208--$1,668$346,9471Reliance Big Cinema
2Babies$199,79058%395-148$506$4,576,9193Focus
3Death at a Funeral (2010)$152,83845%561-501$272$41,078,2956Sony / Screen Gems
4Oceans$128,237-15%524-449$245$18,301,7245Disneynature
5Alice in Wonderland (2010)$127,345193%4118$310$331,836,85412Disney
6City Island$101,795176%234-19$435$3,869,97710Anchor Bay
7Clash of the Titans (2010)$100,000-17%412-888$243$160,700,0008Warner Bros.
8Kick-Ass$80,06725%309-300$259$46,971,4056Lionsgate
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid$73,261258%352-116$208$62,139,59410Fox
10The Last Song$71,84647%357-445$201$61,493,5748Disney
11Hot Tub Time Machine$68,00066%278-180$245$49,415,0009MGM
12Shutter Island$57,143113%256-54$223$127,380,34714Paramount
13The Bounty Hunter$48,814--170-123$287$65,158,97110Sony / Columbia
14Avatar$42,1980%167-112$253$748,675,35823Fox
15The Losers$38,000-28%185-516$205$22,993,0005Warner Bros.
16Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$23,634134%166-43$142$88,414,06315Fox
17Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$18,22826%133-148$137$59,758,1968Lionsgate
18The Tooth Fairy$14,003169%115-17$122$59,863,52718Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$115,00019%480$2,396$6,203,00010Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Princess Kaiulani$43,83882%4714$933$321,1162Roadside Attractions
3Solitary Man$23,265--4--$5,816$23,2651Anchor Bay
4The Ghost Writer$19,13864%86-64$223$15,149,96214Summit
5Under the Sea 3D$19,000-17%180$1,056$22,082,00067Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Our Family Wedding$13,459142%84-19$160$20,128,39211Fox Searchlight
7Greenberg$11,03252%47-30$235$4,193,90310Focus
8The Secret of Kells$4,98177%23-3$217$477,98512GKIDS
9The Runaways$4,1869%30-19$140$3,546,82710Apparition
10The Square (2010)$3,772124%12-2$314$252,4447Apparition
11Racing Dreams$3,606--33--$109$3,6061Hanover House
12The Joneses$3,097-15%27-29$115$1,418,3936Roadside Attractions
13Crazy Heart$2,591-2%28-22$93$39,449,22323Fox Searchlight