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. 19 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$2,727,301-10%3,270--$834$48,389,0851Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$2,668,929-9%3,082--$866$35,102,9161Sony / Columbia
3Vampires Suck$2,347,044-42%2,976--$789$6,363,9020Fox
4The Other Guys$1,710,211-11%3,6510$468$78,090,1452Sony / Columbia
5Inception$1,279,112-7%2,976-442$430$254,193,4155Warner Bros.
6Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,042,660-9%2,818--$370$15,696,2851Universal
7Despicable Me$880,750-21%2,923-490$301$226,394,9256Universal
8Step Up 3D$771,691-10%2,4394$316$33,718,5502Disney
9Dinner for Schmucks$750,059-8%3,04642$246$62,280,1143Paramount / DreamWorks
10Salt$688,281-5%2,588-729$266$106,485,0934Sony / Columbia
11Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$551,076-24%2,479-1226$222$37,959,4773Warner Bros.
12Toy Story 3$332,064-9%1,087-627$305$402,280,5189Disney
13Charlie St. Cloud$210,625-14%2,083-642$101$29,870,5953Universal
14The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$190,143-1%1,212-492$157$296,649,9347Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$167,523-5%830-164$202$17,421,5126Focus
2Ramona and Beezus$101,179-20%491-987$206$23,885,7704Fox
3Grown Ups$96,966-6%804-965$121$158,524,1968Sony / Columbia
4Shrek Forever After$50,023-6%254-54$197$237,459,24613Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Last Airbender$44,487-4%364-275$122$129,897,0477Paramount
6Knight and Day$31,7513%310-26$102$75,419,1578Fox
7Predators$31,014-5%343-111$90$51,197,2436Fox
8Winter's Bone$28,4252%136-5$209$4,965,70410Roadside Attractions
9The A-Team$19,4226%204-37$95$76,872,39510Fox
10Iron Man 2$18,1848%178-46$102$312,128,34515Paramount
11Marmaduke$17,8822%151-19$118$33,412,38911Fox
12Killers (2010)$13,177-14%169-3$78$47,059,96311Lionsgate
13Middle Men$12,911-27%2520$51$708,6462Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$70,7232%541$1,310$13,681,17222Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$23,712-1%163$1,482$23,770,79379Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Peepli Live$17,947-26%64--$280$437,7131UTV Communications
4Flipped$15,053-14%42-3$358$520,8682Warner Bros.
5The Concert$9,912-3%190$522$235,2724Weinstein Company
6Cyrus$7,465-5%84-48$89$7,284,3209Fox Searchlight
7Letters to Juliet$6,191-1%61-42$101$53,004,35214Summit
8La Soga$5,0080%11--$455$74,63817-57 Releasing
9Sex and the City 2$4,7335%81-119$58$95,347,69212Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,5949%122$300$94,8692Anchor Bay
11Solitary Man$3,58136%28-17$128$4,270,61513Anchor Bay
12Date Night$3,1266%33-13$95$98,669,09719Fox
13Tales From Earthsea$2,5459%5--$509$31,0891Disney
14The People I've Slept With$586-19%1--$586$7,7011People Pictures
15Princess Kaiulani$554-11%32$185$868,67514Roadside Attractions
16Twelve$492-28%12-219$41$183,9202Hannover House
17City Island$385-26%81$48$6,667,36622Anchor Bay