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 Sun, Nov. 14 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Megamind$8,115,053-39%3,9495$2,055$88,822,6352Paramount / DreamWorks
2Unstoppable (2010)$5,207,312-45%3,207--$1,624$22,688,4571Fox
3Due Date$3,533,668-45%3,36510$1,050$58,897,3082Warner Bros.
4Skyline$2,649,230-38%2,880--$920$11,692,4151Universal / Rogue
5Morning Glory (2010)$2,200,217-44%2,518--$874$11,809,3211Paramount
6For Colored Girls$1,552,682-48%2,1270$730$30,687,4682Lionsgate
7Red (2010)$1,103,289-52%2,878-351$383$79,677,3965Summit
8Saw 3D$674,772-45%1,976-832$341$43,580,3103Lionsgate
9Paranormal Activity 2$617,952-53%2,403-765$257$81,930,6574Paramount
10Secretariat$572,498-41%2,019-595$284$54,747,0376Disney
11Jackass 3D$497,433-48%1,607-558$310$114,643,2665Paramount
12The Social Network$388,526-53%1,088-772$357$87,807,5027Sony / Columbia
13Hereafter$336,220-43%1,691-674$199$31,448,8425Warner Bros.
14Life As We Know It$268,619-54%1,239-711$217$50,754,7296Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$267,263-44%175129$1,527$1,919,6402Summit
2Conviction$151,507-46%493-179$307$6,022,8235Fox Searchlight
3Despicable Me$101,010-37%273-34$370$248,815,41019Universal
4The Town$96,068-53%375-426$256$90,626,5569Warner Bros.
5Waiting for 'Superman'$59,197-33%204-38$290$5,891,8798Paramount Vantage
6Inception$56,097-45%262-29$214$291,832,59318Warner Bros.
7Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$46,533-37%240-500$194$54,362,5018Warner Bros.
8Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$35,480-49%249-104$142$52,147,7898Fox
9Easy A$34,521-53%197-289$175$57,539,4059Sony / Screen Gems
10The Other Guys$30,164-41%182-53$166$119,219,97815Sony / Columbia
11Takers$26,693-40%176-39$152$57,744,72012Sony / Screen Gems
12Alpha and Omega$23,548-19%123-165$191$24,589,7939Lionsgate
13Nowhere Boy$16,910-45%111-64$152$1,330,9526Weinstein Company
14Let Me In$16,137-29%14348$113$12,067,3977Relativity / Overture
15Devil$14,405-50%120-164$120$33,583,1759Universal
16Case 39$8,799-31%106-51$83$13,248,4777Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$122,435-31%2218$5,565$811,5282Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$48,547-43%56-4$867$18,078,26035Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$19,692-39%87-22$226$1,640,4966Relativity / Overture
4Under the Sea 3D$13,661-33%140$976$24,795,60692Warner Bros. / IMAX
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$11,225-41%67-134$168$6,309,8746Focus
6Avatar$10,3507%6-3$1,725$760,504,84748Fox
7Cool It$7,894-24%41--$193$26,8471Roadside Attractions
8Never Let Me Go$6,334-45%32-19$198$2,331,3489Fox Searchlight
9Catfish$6,005-42%25-30$240$3,201,2139Universal / Rogue
10N-Secure$2,245-62%20-85$112$2,592,8085Freestyle
11Jack Goes Boating$2,221-57%343$65$512,1839Relativity / Overture
12The Tillman Story$2,089-45%21-3$99$782,60013Weinstein Company
13Wild Target$1,625-54%50$325$54,8203Freestyle
14Winter's Bone$1,0212%100$102$6,040,46323Roadside Attractions
15The Concert$312-54%3-1$104$657,19417Weinstein Company
16Piranha 3D$107-68%82$13$25,002,87213Weinstein Company
17I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$23-87%1-1$23$92,4016Anchor Bay