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, Dec. 18 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1TRON: Legacy$15,036,169-14%3,451--$4,357$32,545,9501Disney
2Yogi Bear$7,087,04454%3,515--$2,016$11,689,1391Warner Bros.
3The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$5,136,88944%3,5550$1,445$39,056,3152Fox
4The Fighter$4,891,66424%2,5032499$1,954$9,266,8102Paramount
5Tangled$3,786,75674%3,201-364$1,183$125,111,9874Disney
6The Tourist$3,498,12537%2,7560$1,269$28,142,6822Sony / Columbia
7How Do You Know$2,941,83714%2,483--$1,185$5,514,3831Sony / Columbia
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$2,080,47158%2,860-717$727$264,102,2835Warner Bros.
9Unstoppable (2010)$817,79647%1,874-1093$436$76,916,0136Fox
10Burlesque$556,27634%1,510-1366$368$35,084,3124Sony / Screen Gems
11Due Date$524,30038%1,157-833$453$96,968,5467Warner Bros.
12Love and Other Drugs$445,52631%1,093-1147$408$29,873,6104Fox
13Megamind$304,448102%1,025-1400$297$141,405,7587Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$3,175,26926%959869$3,311$13,100,1983Fox Searchlight
2127 Hours$224,60751%307-109$732$9,139,3347Fox Searchlight
3Faster (2010)$181,61845%660-1446$275$22,373,6194CBS Films
4Red (2010)$144,83550%439-125$330$88,334,81810Summit
5The Social Network$127,04386%2281$557$91,754,38012Sony / Columbia
6Fair Game (2010)$103,25693%268-168$385$8,587,2247Summit
7The Next Three Days$82,17755%361-1065$228$20,898,1105Lionsgate
8Despicable Me$75,72586%233-25$325$250,438,81524Universal
9Morning Glory (2010)$49,96848%263-741$190$30,535,0096Paramount
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$46,49888%210-78$221$55,158,79313Warner Bros.
11Paranormal Activity 2$32,61948%17449$187$84,409,1239Paramount
12The Warrior's Way$31,31228%217-1405$144$5,475,5273Relativity Media
13Hereafter$29,31744%232145$126$32,555,41610Warner Bros.
14Easy A$28,60436%161-42$178$58,377,70214Sony / Screen Gems
15The Town$24,22050%144-111$168$92,057,63414Warner Bros.
16Skyline$22,75561%123-154$185$21,352,3606Universal / Rogue

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$456,96968%4324$10,627$2,569,4044Weinstein Company
2I Love You Phillip Morris$61,19468%4914$1,249$472,0913Roadside Attractions
3The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$44,07394%150$2,938$449,4097Warner Bros.
4Hubble 3D$40,99056%56-1$732$19,317,74540Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Rabbit Hole$21,45440%5--$4,291$36,7621Lionsgate
6For Colored Girls$16,48868%79-164$209$37,615,0397Lionsgate
7Life As We Know It$16,10735%75-45$215$52,263,55111Warner Bros.
8Under the Sea 3D$12,54745%110$1,141$25,077,36997Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Inception$10,29620%62-46$166$292,504,40423Warner Bros.
10Jackass 3D$6,40231%50-58$128$116,869,01710Paramount
11Stone$5,42033%6445$85$1,791,58811Relativity / Overture
12Waiting for 'Superman'$3,571101%33-22$108$6,407,52613Paramount Vantage
13Winter's Bone$1,53756%41$384$6,236,35428Roadside Attractions
14Hemingway's Garden of Eden$59384%5-9$119$20,4642Roadside Attractions
15Cool It$38-3%2-8$19$62,4976Roadside Attractions