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 17 days. BOXOFFICE is projecting $3.75 million for Wild this weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Sep. 22 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Town$2,269,311-13%2,861--$793$30,980,6071Warner Bros.
2Easy A$1,011,276-18%2,856--$354$21,056,2211Sony / Screen Gems
3Resident Evil: Afterlife$730,242-19%3,2096$228$46,368,9932Sony / Screen Gems
4Devil$660,115-23%2,809--$235$14,606,4601Universal
5Alpha and Omega$319,801-12%2,625--$122$10,115,4311Lionsgate
6The American$229,612-16%2,457-376$93$33,482,1983Focus
7Takers$213,622-12%2,139-52$100$53,043,7334Sony / Screen Gems
8Eat Pray Love$184,970-9%1,668-671$111$78,146,3736Sony / Columbia
9Machete$173,347-8%1,704-974$102$24,925,2883Fox
10Inception$166,167-7%1,305-278$127$285,630,28010Warner Bros.
11The Other Guys$140,252-7%1,827-419$77$115,825,5977Sony / Columbia
12Going the Distance (2010)$132,186-8%2,007-1023$66$17,165,1173Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Expendables$119,837-7%1,854-1204$65$101,384,0236Lionsgate
14The Switch (2010)$78,676-9%1,158-437$68$26,832,7225Miramax
15The Last Exorcism$76,703-4%2,013-718$38$40,348,7404Lionsgate
16Nanny McPhee Returns$55,4850%1,588-776$35$27,776,6205Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$46,885-10%944-431$50$244,885,07011Universal
2Lottery Ticket$31,320-9%677-228$46$23,602,5815Warner Bros.
3Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$30,665-1%384-235$80$31,167,3956Universal
4Avatar$30,5802%129-307$237$760,167,65040Fox
5Vampires Suck$21,739-11%964-706$23$35,935,4745Fox
6Dinner for Schmucks$18,647-5%313-223$60$72,260,7388Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$17,9475%339-848$53$300,155,44712Summit
8The Kids Are All Right$14,017-19%169-49$83$20,553,79911Focus
9Piranha 3D$13,864-4%264-561$53$24,772,0795Weinstein Company
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$13,588-13%360-65$38$43,062,1758Warner Bros.
11Flipped$13,5063%375-67$36$1,613,8447Warner Bros.
12Winter's Bone$10,60012%103-13$103$5,982,97815Roadside Attractions
13Ramona and Beezus$10,112-4%260-15$39$25,748,3829Fox
14The Last Airbender$8,521-14%174-46$49$131,591,95712Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$28,548-4%633$453$15,727,42027Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Catfish$25,7624%12--$2,147$333,9221Universal / Rogue
3Never Let Me Go$9,9994%40$2,500$186,8301Fox Searchlight
4The Tillman Story$7,4695%283$267$539,9225Weinstein Company
5Under the Sea 3D$5,388-16%16--$337$24,236,80684Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Predators$4,120-13%55-31$75$51,920,69011Fox
7Cyrus$4,003131%19-7$211$7,426,67114Fox Searchlight
8We Are Family$3,734-14%78--$48$608,2203UTV Communications
9The Concert$3,55016%201$178$550,8939Weinstein Company
10Jack Goes Boating$2,977-8%4--$744$38,5151Relativity / Overture
11The Romantics$2,672-63%1412$191$94,5312Four of a Kind
12Knight and Day$2,5600%64-29$40$76,373,02913Fox
13Bran Nue Dae$2,2709%171$134$57,3772Freestyle Releasing
14La Soga$335-39%4-3$84$207,84267-57 Releasing
15Solitary Man$276-51%7-2$39$4,354,54618Anchor Bay
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$88-23%3-1$29$156,7147Anchor Bay