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 Sat, Oct. 30 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saw 3D$7,873,032-26%2,808--$2,804$18,549,0321Lionsgate
2Paranormal Activity 2$6,488,57712%3,23923$2,003$61,446,1672Paramount
3Red (2010)$4,711,04837%3,34976$1,407$56,236,8723Summit
4Jackass 3D$3,413,5418%3,13928$1,087$99,717,2713Paramount
5Hereafter$2,725,02831%2,424243$1,124$20,642,7073Warner Bros.
6Secretariat$2,143,55635%3,1080$690$43,434,2624Disney
7The Social Network$1,987,53330%2,767-154$718$78,521,9905Sony / Columbia
8Life As We Know It$1,742,89820%2,860-159$609$42,668,8604Warner Bros.
9The Town$878,47742%1,608-310$546$87,148,3067Warner Bros.
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$841,45175%2,010-226$419$52,238,4766Warner Bros.
11Easy A$466,30223%1,262-370$369$56,079,7117Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$782,19939%565510$1,384$1,896,0673Fox Searchlight
2Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$342,09542%933-322$367$51,019,0456Fox
3Devil$244,47548%635-7$385$32,985,3057Universal
4Alpha and Omega$216,693100%676-51$321$23,991,6727Lionsgate
5Waiting for 'Superman'$214,91822%33040$651$4,469,4916Paramount Vantage
6It's Kind of a Funny Story$182,07316%477-83$382$5,681,6074Focus
7Inception$153,11426%401-51$382$290,860,26316Warner Bros.
8N-Secure$138,70461%367-78$378$2,331,4363Freestyle
9My Soul to Take$128,34044%713-976$180$14,566,2054Universal / Rogue
10Despicable Me$124,25056%33511$371$247,813,22017Universal
11Stone$103,71435%12512$830$1,118,2184Relativity / Overture
12The Other Guys$76,61424%302-1$254$118,713,81613Sony / Columbia
13Case 39$74,65936%406-315$184$12,989,0805Paramount Vantage
14Let Me In$69,82936%378-135$185$11,850,8785Relativity / Overture
15Nowhere Boy$55,52742%153-62$363$951,9154Weinstein Company
16Takers$43,76777%132-18$332$57,361,49210Sony / Screen Gems
17Catfish$37,67515%137-2$275$3,018,5587Universal / Rogue
18Never Let Me Go$37,33228%126-52$296$2,158,5067Fox Searchlight
19Resident Evil: Afterlife$30,48551%140-73$218$60,108,7708Sony / Screen Gems
20Eat Pray Love$23,26521%111-63$210$80,557,72812Sony / Columbia
21Buried$20,75422%10719$194$953,7676Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$57,1007%611$936$17,359,24533Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Lottery Ticket$16,44490%70-22$235$24,701,22311Warner Bros.
3Under the Sea 3D$13,13013%160$821$24,634,35690Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Avatar$9,53716%8-1$1,192$760,410,39246Fox
5Wild Target$9,13721%4--$2,284$16,7141Freestyle
6The American$8,50534%42-34$203$35,591,5919Focus
7Machete$8,49910%56--$152$26,547,9069Fox
8Vampires Suck$7,52026%49-5$153$36,642,47511Fox
9The Tillman Story$6,32715%240$264$736,81111Weinstein Company
10I Want Your Money$5,4511%59-113$92$421,8813Freestyle
11Jack Goes Boating$4,91125%350$140$469,1547Relativity / Overture
12Piranha 3D$4,90139%19--$258$24,989,04011Weinstein Company
13Winter's Bone$2,37829%11-7$216$6,208,91421Roadside Attractions
14The Concert$1,841228%61$307$650,53715Weinstein Company
15I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$8149%3-5$271$89,2944Anchor Bay