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. 26 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$1,485,071-10%3,2700$454$72,512,2462Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$1,473,322-9%3,0820$478$53,715,7712Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$900,408-14%3,472-179$259$92,732,4603Sony / Columbia
4Inception$792,024-9%2,401-575$330$265,643,5646Warner Bros.
5Piranha 3D$739,836-13%2,470--$300$13,964,0111Weinstein Company
6Vampires Suck$712,831-18%3,233257$220$22,612,4761Fox
7The Switch (2010)$684,358-13%2,012--$340$11,826,5281Miramax
8Nanny McPhee Returns$681,935-23%2,784--$245$12,277,0701Universal
9Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$591,845-7%2,8202$210$23,661,3902Universal
10Lottery Ticket$531,459-12%1,973--$269$13,430,3381Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$457,995-18%2,236-687$205$233,416,4057Universal
12Dinner for Schmucks$337,411-11%2,149-897$157$67,424,8324Paramount / DreamWorks
13Salt$335,204-7%1,794-794$187$111,376,7545Sony / Columbia
14Step Up 3D$332,264-10%1,592-847$209$38,487,4883Disney
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$158,284-31%1,580-899$100$40,604,0134Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$160,248-24%730-357$220$404,648,51110Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$83,406-13%404-426$206$18,627,5297Focus
3The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$73,7694%557-655$132$297,513,0998Summit
4Hubble 3D$62,768-7%15197$416$14,295,16123Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Charlie St. Cloud$42,125-7%647-1436$65$30,536,7754Universal
6Ramona and Beezus$38,886-17%388-103$100$24,497,3055Fox
7Grown Ups$34,166-3%424-380$81$159,104,6569Sony / Columbia
8Knight and Day$29,3130%277-33$106$75,803,8539Fox
9Shrek Forever After$26,617-6%232-22$115$237,861,15214Paramount / DreamWorks
10Winter's Bone$21,712-14%131-5$166$5,281,76411Roadside Attractions
11The Last Airbender$18,734-3%223-141$84$130,171,5028Paramount
12Predators$16,1922%234-109$69$51,465,9877Fox
13The A-Team$11,9868%151-53$79$77,029,46711Fox
14Marmaduke$7,231-4%122-29$59$33,525,94112Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Sea 3D$17,135-27%160$1,071$23,929,75280Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Peepli Live$9,646-22%706$138$644,5102UTV Communications
3Flipped$7,6514%29-13$264$600,7213Warner Bros.
4The Concert$7,392-16%201$370$318,0825Weinstein Company
5Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$5,4070%27--$200$411,5825NeoClassics
6The Tillman Story$4,734-29%4--$1,184$76,4151Weinstein Company
7Cyrus$4,358-5%56-28$78$7,336,85410Fox Searchlight
8La Soga$3,426-19%209$171$127,44427-57 Releasing
9Letters to Juliet$2,492-13%35-26$71$53,032,45315Summit
10Middle Men$2,46611%16-236$154$733,4473Paramount
11The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,2282%8-4$279$118,6953Anchor Bay
12Solitary Man$2,00442%19-9$105$4,302,29714Anchor Bay
13Tales From Earthsea$1,6004%50$320$47,4542Disney
14City Island$26029%4-4$65$6,670,06323Anchor Bay
15Princess Kaiulani$162-50%1-2$162$870,82415Roadside Attractions