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 Tue, Sep. 28 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$1,976,58016%3,565--$554$22,695,9351Fox
2The Town$1,596,19713%2,88524$553$51,706,7222Warner Bros.
3Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$848,1033%3,575--$237$17,787,6711Warner Bros.
4Easy A$762,00914%2,8560$267$34,142,6462Sony / Screen Gems
5You Again$735,82126%2,548--$289$9,725,4341Disney
6Devil$520,0356%2,8112$185$22,870,8852Universal
7Resident Evil: Afterlife$484,1585%2,642-567$183$53,019,2393Sony / Screen Gems
8Alpha and Omega$231,5503%2,6250$88$15,620,3272Lionsgate
9Takers$132,1546%1,413-726$94$55,141,6535Sony / Screen Gems
10The American$108,66718%1,315-1142$83$34,808,1104Focus
11The Other Guys$73,3272%1,047-780$70$117,112,0048Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$124,01114%907-398$137$287,286,36211Warner Bros.
2Eat Pray Love$95,30722%855-813$111$79,214,0187Sony / Columbia
3Machete$68,6981%682-1022$101$25,870,2324Fox
4The Expendables$56,79910%852-1002$67$102,178,6967Lionsgate
5The Virginity Hit$44,75114%700--$64$416,4453Sony / Columbia
6Despicable Me$36,6650%610-334$60$245,587,87512Universal
7Dinner for Schmucks$29,04112%32310$90$72,594,2839Paramount / DreamWorks
8Going the Distance (2010)$23,47711%475-1532$49$17,583,2534Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Last Exorcism$22,8162%707-1306$32$40,818,3955Lionsgate
10Nanny McPhee Returns$19,0500%765-823$25$28,264,4006Universal
11Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$16,4051%233-151$70$31,389,1407Universal
12Lottery Ticket$15,7961%370-307$43$23,973,7006Warner Bros.
13Vampires Suck$12,5484%415-549$30$36,195,7146Fox
14The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$11,0289%224-115$49$300,319,85413Summit
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$9,961-1%267-93$37$43,294,6749Warner Bros.
16The Kids Are All Right$9,1571%107-62$86$20,672,23112Focus
17Ramona and Beezus$5,66611%191-69$30$25,881,73110Fox
18Flipped$4,450-10%106-269$42$1,714,0588Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catfish$50,873-2%5745$893$914,2472Universal / Rogue
2Hubble 3D$31,3485%0-63--$15,977,92328Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Never Let Me Go$25,084-3%2622$965$489,4962Fox Searchlight
4Waiting for 'Superman'$13,164-8%4--$3,291$166,5371Paramount Vantage
5Jack Goes Boating$12,33417%3733$333$152,2582Relativity / Overture
6Buried$10,072-9%11--$916$121,3981Lionsgate
7Winter's Bone$6,93210%82-21$85$6,063,11716Roadside Attractions
8Under the Sea 3D$6,407-26%182$356$24,294,17085Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Tillman Story$5,38620%27-1$199$597,4256Weinstein Company
10Avatar$4,70924%29-100$162$760,246,07041Fox
11Bran Nue Dae$4,0072%5538$73$96,7853Freestyle Releasing
12Piranha 3D$3,90733%66-198$59$24,827,1236Weinstein Company
13The Concert$3,87370%18-2$215$583,81210Weinstein Company
14We Are Family$2,54676%24-54$106$635,2704UTV Communications
15Knight and Day$1,618-14%45-19$36$76,405,43214Fox
16Cyrus$1,21132%14-5$87$7,439,14115Fox Searchlight
17The Romantics$1,04754%6-8$175$105,0093Four of a Kind
18Solitary Man$274111%6-1$46$4,357,93719Anchor Bay
19The Disappearance of Alice Creed$115-38%2-1$58$158,4278Anchor Bay