'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, May. 31 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$13,749,371-9%4,3678$3,148$146,810,7852Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$7,717,816-19%3,646--$2,117$37,813,0751Disney
3Sex and the City 2$5,833,000-28%3,445--$1,693$51,043,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
4Iron Man 2$4,617,249-21%3,804-373$1,214$279,653,1494Paramount
5Robin Hood$3,019,000-19%3,373-132$895$86,144,0003Universal
6Letters to Juliet$1,658,752-11%2,825-150$587$38,195,9423Summit
7Just Wright$679,124-7%1,195-636$568$18,833,2203Fox Searchlight
8Date Night$489,902-22%1,126-743$435$94,005,3658Fox
9MacGruber$458,000-20%2,546-5$180$7,674,0002Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon$362,843-10%825-926$440$213,117,89610Paramount / DreamWorks
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$205,000-35%891-1234$230$61,906,0005Warner Bros. / New Line
4Alice in Wonderland (2010)$143,206--341-70$420$333,160,34513Disney
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$124,531--166--$750$6,938,56911Music Box
6City Island$120,987-17%201-33$602$4,862,13711Anchor Bay
7The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$119,986--155--$774$3,452,7747Sony Pictures Classics
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$82,7524%283-69$292$62,769,86811Fox
9The Bounty Hunter$79,184-19%287--$276$65,652,47911Sony / Columbia
10Death at a Funeral (2010)$71,552-13%247-314$290$41,945,5967Sony / Screen Gems
11The Back-up Plan$68,495-34%391-688$175$36,594,9906CBS Films
12Hot Tub Time Machine$62,000-28%36486$170$50,007,00010MGM
13Clash of the Titans (2010)$57,000-30%225-187$253$161,380,0009Warner Bros.
14Kites$53,983-42%176-32$307$1,497,6452Reliance Big Cinema
17The Last Song$38,376--214-143$179$61,971,2489Disney
18Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$38,260-9%17744$216$59,982,6299Lionsgate
19Furry Vengeance$37,555-47%247-1122$152$16,501,8585Summit
20Shutter Island$33,067-50%201-55$165$127,845,04115Paramount
21Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$21,98623%108-58$204$88,603,07816Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$90,000-25%480$1,875$7,097,00011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Exit Through the Gift Shop$66,117--46--$1,437$1,950,3487Producers Distribution Agency
3Please Give$55,398--50--$1,108$1,395,2905Sony Pictures Classics
4Harry Brown$37,940--54--$703$1,066,7585Samuel Goldwyn
5Princess Kaiulani$33,518-1%38-9$882$626,9853Roadside Attractions
6Our Family Wedding$32,047226%52-32$616$20,217,84512Fox Searchlight
7Solitary Man$26,252-13%62$4,375$243,0872Anchor Bay
9The Ghost Writer$19,970-25%58-28$344$15,331,63915Summit
10Mother and Child$17,037--33--$516$336,5454Sony Pictures Classics
11Holy Rollers$16,513--20--$826$126,08518First Independent Pictures
12The Losers$16,000-59%83-102$193$23,247,0006Warner Bros.
13La Mission$12,000--25--$480$863,0008Screen Media
14The Father of My Children$11,119--5--$2,224$56,0242IFC Films
16Survival of the Dead$10,848--20--$542$54,6051Magnolia / Magnet
17The Tooth Fairy$10,7631%76-39$142$59,965,64919Fox
18Breathless (2010 re-issue)$9,200--4--$2,300$41,4001Rialto
19Micmacs$9,163--4--$2,291$51,9141Sony Classics
20The Secret of Kells$8,785-2%252$351$541,97313GKIDS
21Under the Sea 3D$8,500-29%180$472$22,221,00068Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Casino Jack and the United States of Money$7,089--21--$338$136,6914Magnolia
23The City of Your Final Destination$6,400--14--$457$291,0007Screen Media Films
24Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$6,344--12--$529$456,59211Zeitgeist
25The Square (2010)$4,577-22%153$305$288,7318Apparition
26The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$3,751--1--$3,751$52,6798International Film Circuit
27A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$2,743--14--$196$2,063,52014Sony Classics
28The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$2,356--14--$168$135,9625IFC
29Looking for Eric$2,341--8--$293$34,0353IFC
31Chloe$2,179--18--$121$3,014,59210Sony Pictures Classics
32The Good, the Bad, the Weird$2,105--13--$162$101,7738IFC
33Madeo (Mother)$1,803--12--$150$526,45353Magnolia
34Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$1,627--6--$271$23,196,718139National Geographic
35Racing Dreams$1,616-16%8-23$202$29,4092Hanover House
36Letters to God$1,500--14-25$107$2,839,0008Vivendi
37The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$1,241--5--$248$444,29518First Run Features
38The Runaways$1,1150%11-19$101$3,571,73511Apparition
39OSS 117: Lost in Rio$1,080--3--$360$49,86659Music Box
40180┬░ South$1,079--4--$270$24,2062Magnolia
41The Eclipse$914--5--$183$119,37710Magnolia
42John Rabe$911--4--$228$12,8242Strand
43The Joneses$670-29%8-19$84$1,435,7547Roadside Attractions
44Best Worst Movie$665--2--$333$41,1466Area23a
45Sweetgrass$651--3--$217$164,10136Cinema Guild
46No One Knows About Persian Cats$599--7--$86$69,6337IFC
47Daddy Longlegs$497--2--$249$20,7283Sundance Selects
48Crazy Heart$450--7-21$64$39,462,00024Fox Searchlight
49After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$327--2--$164$5,5072Variance Films
50U2 3D$202--1--$202$10,329,092123National Geographic
51The Last Station$198--3--$66$6,606,85220Sony Pictures Classics
52Terribly Happy$190--3--$63$168,16817Oscilloscope
53Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$183--4--$46$15,9793Cinema Purgatorio
54The Girl on the Train (2010)$90--2--$45$201,79519Strand Releasing
55The White Ribbon$15--1--$15$2,222,64722Sony Classics