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 Thu, Dec. 9 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,122,066-1%4,1250$272$249,188,4053Warner Bros.
2Tangled$1,091,7490%3,6030$303$101,063,8732Disney
3Burlesque$570,080-2%3,0370$188$29,374,1672Sony / Screen Gems
4Love and Other Drugs$523,0833%2,4583$213$24,648,4272Fox
5Unstoppable (2010)$441,0042%3,152-31$140$70,521,9424Fox
6Due Date$386,3075%2,450-105$158$92,338,5035Warner Bros.
7Faster (2010)$330,6181%2,47016$134$19,605,1212CBS Films
8Megamind$270,167-3%3,173-238$85$137,692,1385Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Next Three Days$238,9820%2,236-328$107$19,275,9463Lionsgate
10The Warrior's Way$201,185-4%1,622--$124$3,976,8061Relativity Media
11Morning Glory (2010)$176,7773%2,263-178$78$29,697,5824Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$160,2681%433140$370$7,241,9985Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$87,5031%43640$201$7,651,6795Summit
3Red (2010)$75,7821%779-135$97$87,465,6788Summit
4Skyline$37,2907%578-611$65$21,102,2204Universal / Rogue
5The Social Network$36,9275%260-31$142$91,111,22710Sony / Columbia
6For Colored Girls$31,4130%485-120$65$37,381,2765Lionsgate
7The Town$20,097-3%3180$63$91,816,91312Warner Bros.
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$15,1640%322192$47$54,874,48311Warner Bros.
9Despicable Me$13,9300%28014$50$250,060,96522Universal
10Jackass 3D$12,151-10%180-3$68$116,787,1488Paramount
11Conviction$8,776-1%10721$82$6,699,9098Fox Searchlight
12Life As We Know It$7,8337%208-41$38$52,151,5789Warner Bros.
13Inception$7,5836%117-27$65$292,412,23721Warner Bros.
14Paranormal Activity 2$7,508-12%200-79$38$84,288,7497Paramount
15Hereafter$6,0518%114-88$53$32,459,2638Warner Bros.
16The Nutcracker in 3D$4,517-10%11570$39$178,9172Freestyle Releasing

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$201,933-5%18--$11,219$2,279,1741Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$37,97825%62$6,330$932,3052Weinstein Company
3Hubble 3D$33,84811%570$594$19,055,05638Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$9,96925%15--$665$216,2385Warner Bros.
5I Love You Phillip Morris$8,479-5%7--$1,211$151,1231Roadside Attractions
6Waiting for 'Superman'$7,170-16%8516$84$6,351,23211Paramount Vantage
7Under the Sea 3D$6,50085%130$500$25,009,45895Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Guzaarish$2,926-26%58-38$50$1,003,8473UTV
9Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$2,771-5%59-31$47$52,448,25011Fox
10Nowhere Boy$2,171-11%23-17$94$1,457,2479Weinstein Company
11Wild Target$1,595-8%137$123$109,3386Freestyle
12Stone$1,284-26%22-1$58$1,768,7179Relativity / Overture
13The Tillman Story$539-1%141$39$802,53516Weinstein Company
14Winter's Bone$371395%20$186$6,229,71926Roadside Attractions
15Cool It$2238%1514$15$60,9384Roadside Attractions
16Jack Goes Boating$197159%90$22$533,77112Relativity / Overture
17Let Me In$15534%11-20$14$12,134,93510Relativity / Overture