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, Sep. 17 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Town$8,348,436--2,861--$2,918$8,348,4361Warner Bros.
2Easy A$6,787,163--2,856--$2,376$6,787,1631Sony / Screen Gems
3Devil$4,803,390--2,809--$1,710$4,803,3901Universal
4Resident Evil: Afterlife$3,001,29591%3,2096$935$36,892,6612Sony / Screen Gems
5Alpha and Omega$2,288,773--2,625--$872$2,288,7731Lionsgate
6Takers$919,501128%2,139-52$430$50,265,5654Sony / Screen Gems
7The American$833,99971%2,457-376$339$30,933,9533Focus
8Inception$593,802136%1,305-278$455$283,756,52010Warner Bros.
9The Other Guys$591,801127%1,827-419$324$114,023,1957Sony / Columbia
10Machete$530,38032%1,704-974$311$23,166,1843Fox
11Eat Pray Love$500,13544%1,668-671$300$76,485,9396Sony / Columbia
12Going the Distance (2010)$459,95728%2,007-1023$229$15,876,0163Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Expendables$399,57530%1,854-1204$216$100,046,8106Lionsgate
14The Last Exorcism$393,26190%2,013-718$195$39,295,2824Lionsgate
15The Switch (2010)$297,29671%1,158-437$257$25,967,4115Miramax
16Nanny McPhee Returns$222,985136%1,578-786$141$26,871,5805Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$198,245162%939-436$211$244,026,29511Universal
2Lottery Ticket$167,058161%677-228$247$23,046,6065Warner Bros.
3Vampires Suck$162,678211%964-706$169$35,460,1115Fox
4Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$105,62542%383-236$276$30,825,5256Universal
5Salt$96,021--335-149$287$116,759,4819Sony / Columbia
6Grown Ups$86,441--304-35$284$160,877,48413Sony / Columbia
7Dinner for Schmucks$72,30375%313-223$231$72,056,8238Paramount / DreamWorks
8Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$63,116255%360-65$175$42,810,5308Warner Bros.
9Avatar$61,187-25%129-307$474$759,906,04840Fox
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$60,524-15%339-848$179$299,955,11912Summit
11Flipped$53,58355%375-67$143$1,449,4947Warner Bros.
12Piranha 3D$47,967-25%264-561$182$24,628,2215Weinstein Company
13The Kids Are All Right$46,11165%169-49$273$20,394,63411Focus
14Ramona and Beezus$40,013483%260-15$154$25,592,3739Fox
15The Last Airbender$28,569127%174-46$164$131,475,19512Paramount
16Winter's Bone$26,82089%101-9$266$5,890,94115Roadside Attractions
17The Karate Kid (2010)$24,528--147-21$167$176,520,32715Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catfish$87,032--12--$7,253$87,0321Universal / Rogue
2Hubble 3D$34,0088%633$540$15,522,87327Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Never Let Me Go$33,49668%4--$8,374$78,4951Fox Searchlight
4The Tillman Story$17,24181%283$616$475,9325Weinstein Company
5Knight and Day$13,389129%64-29$209$76,341,51813Fox
6We Are Family$11,883--78--$152$569,9053UTV Communications
7Predators$9,607113%55-31$175$51,884,62611Fox
8Jack Goes Boating$8,345--4--$2,086$8,3451Relativity / Overture
9Under the Sea 3D$7,67268%161$480$24,185,23184Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Romantics$7,536225%1412$538$62,8942Four of a Kind
11Bran Nue Dae$4,892123%171$288$37,9382Freestyle Releasing
12The Concert$4,8096%201$240$523,5459Weinstein Company
13Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$3,560--1--$3,560$3,5601Collective Eye
14Cyrus$2,97019%19-7$156$7,412,28914Fox Searchlight
15La Soga$1,72542%4-3$431$202,00667-57 Releasing
16Solitary Man$94720%7-2$135$4,351,71618Anchor Bay
17Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo$803--2--$402$8031Cinema Purgatorio
18Princess Kaiulani$362-35%2-1$181$882,60619Roadside Attractions
19The Disappearance of Alice Creed$32472%3-1$108$155,9967Anchor Bay