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, Oct. 26 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 2$2,208,039-9%3,216--$687$45,313,2101Paramount
2Jackass 3D$1,724,972-3%3,11130$554$90,362,4642Paramount
3Red (2010)$1,264,98213%3,27318$386$45,906,4012Summit
4Hereafter$1,010,33914%2,1812175$463$14,231,2542Warner Bros.
5Secretariat$606,92211%3,10836$195$38,595,5043Disney
6The Social Network$581,54515%2,92153$199$73,993,6094Sony / Columbia
7Life As We Know It$524,13925%3,019-131$174$38,544,3553Warner Bros.
8The Town$262,42014%1,918-450$137$85,175,1556Warner Bros.
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$161,056-13%2,236-266$72$50,591,1285Warner Bros.
10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$117,64018%1,255-790$94$50,219,6355Fox
11Easy A$113,9866%1,632-682$70$55,005,6776Sony / Screen Gems
12My Soul to Take$101,2250%1,689-840$60$14,188,3603Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$86,9046%290108$300$3,873,5515Paramount Vantage
2It's Kind of a Funny Story$60,9618%560-197$109$5,226,6963Focus
3Inception$53,0543%452155$117$290,485,82715Warner Bros.
4Stone$41,89812%11372$371$864,4313Relativity / Overture
5Case 39$38,9947%721-685$54$12,787,5134Paramount Vantage
6N-Secure$37,775-2%445-41$85$2,040,8152Freestyle
7Devil$35,2250%642-249$55$32,508,4606Universal
8Alpha and Omega$34,743-26%727-242$48$23,594,8546Lionsgate
9Let Me In$29,54414%513-698$58$11,676,6124Relativity / Overture
10Nowhere Boy$26,12920%2150$122$815,0513Weinstein Company
11Never Let Me Go$21,98312%178-54$124$2,045,8866Fox Searchlight
12Despicable Me$21,060-13%324-8$65$247,565,34516Universal
13Catfish$17,1823%13923$124$2,913,6496Universal / Rogue
14I Want Your Money$5,14319%172-365$30$399,8202Freestyle
15Nanny McPhee Returns$3,7650%150-55$25$29,002,96510Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$32,0225%60-1$534$17,164,51032Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Conviction$26,038-7%5544$473$498,2832Fox Searchlight
3Buried$8,59416%88-15$98$901,4705Lionsgate
4Under the Sea 3D$7,2583%160$454$24,592,33089Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The American$4,10834%76-68$54$35,569,2788Focus
6Machete$3,1654%50-46$63$26,526,1648Fox
7Lottery Ticket$3,074-10%92-46$33$24,670,03910Warner Bros.
8Avatar$3,036-30%9-1$337$760,382,40845Fox
9The Tillman Story$2,450-11%247$102$720,37210Weinstein Company
10Jack Goes Boating$1,97244%35-14$56$456,9336Relativity / Overture
11Vampires Suck$1,220-13%54-33$23$36,626,06410Fox
12I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$1,069-9%8-3$134$85,8023Anchor Bay
13Winter's Bone$392-84%18-19$22$6,203,99920Roadside Attractions
14The Concert$313-17%5-4$63$647,46014Weinstein Company
15Piranha 3D$137-47%0-28--$24,980,28010Weinstein Company
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$9-25%10$9$166,69212Anchor Bay