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 Thu, Aug. 5 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$3,618,265-4%3,545-247$1,021$209,132,0993Warner Bros.
2Dinner for Schmucks$2,742,724-9%2,911--$942$36,245,5521Paramount / DreamWorks
3Despicable Me$2,306,500-1%3,6022$640$200,003,9854Universal
4Salt$2,202,880-5%3,6120$610$80,880,1412Sony / Columbia
5Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,667,152-6%3,705--$450$19,526,1501Warner Bros.
6Charlie St. Cloud$1,345,770-9%2,718--$495$18,796,1301Universal
7Toy Story 3$832,838-4%2,105-661$396$393,268,2547Disney
8Ramona and Beezus$743,026-5%2,7190$273$19,451,6602Fox
9The Sorcerer's Apprentice$628,807-3%2,524-980$249$54,701,6173Disney
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$623,998-3%2,334-787$267$290,811,6085Summit
11Grown Ups$610,6930%2,269-590$269$153,263,2246Sony / Columbia
12The Last Airbender$232,5400%1,238-889$188$128,266,3675Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$431,701-8%847646$510$11,443,0054Focus
2Predators$129,126-3%873-973$148$50,053,9984Fox
3Shrek Forever After$109,230-5%330128$331$236,119,80011Paramount / DreamWorks
4Get Him to the Greek$92,945314%155-66$600$60,851,8109Universal
5Knight and Day$91,7444%831-434$110$74,544,3016Fox
6The Karate Kid (2010)$79,8101%461-319$173$173,271,0108Sony / Columbia
7Robin Hood$49,995297%115-56$435$105,269,73012Universal
8Iron Man 2$47,8502%286-44$167$311,612,66613Paramount
9The A-Team$40,910-2%282-14$145$76,334,0698Fox
10Winter's Bone$40,088-5%13910$288$4,182,2508Roadside Attractions
11Marmaduke$32,670-6%230-24$142$33,045,2549Fox
12Cyrus$31,997-7%216-238$148$7,038,7257Fox Searchlight
13Killers (2010)$23,449-4%219-14$107$46,749,6399Lionsgate
14Letters to Juliet$20,740-7%173-61$120$52,836,34412Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$92,9701%530$1,754$12,501,98420Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$27,461-6%130$2,112$23,423,20777Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Date Night$10,007-6%76-32$132$98,578,55117Fox
4Jonah Hex$7,51612%83-93$91$10,523,3407Warner Bros.
5Solitary Man$7,4261%63-42$118$4,164,65511Anchor Bay
6Sex and the City 2$6,133-6%42-27$146$95,161,38410Warner Bros. / New Line
7Avatar$5,108484%2-1$2,554$749,755,62833Fox
8The Concert$3,791-6%2--$1,896$36,3162Weinstein Company
9City Island$1,383-4%15-25$92$6,650,86420Anchor Bay
10The Dry Land$1,31021%5--$262$11,7771Freestyle
11Princess Kaiulani$653737%20$327$860,35912Roadside Attractions
12Splice$477-1%14-25$34$17,010,1709Warner Bros