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 Wed, Dec. 29 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$7,712,225-1%3,55418$2,170$68,990,9051Universal
2True Grit (2010)$6,276,6452%3,08336$2,036$55,617,8661Paramount
3TRON: Legacy$6,111,457-4%3,4510$1,771$106,167,0482Disney
4Yogi Bear$4,580,9191%3,5150$1,303$48,667,8072Warner Bros.
5Tangled$3,718,7173%2,5820$1,440$154,278,5475Disney
6The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$3,377,655-9%2,954-578$1,143$73,166,2973Fox
7Gulliver's Travels (2010)$3,123,2707%2,993--$1,044$15,053,7941Fox
8Black Swan$2,587,3274%1,50044$1,725$36,220,0934Fox Searchlight
9The Fighter$2,431,0129%2,5118$968$33,753,2783Paramount
10The Tourist$1,747,050-1%2,7560$634$46,173,2263Sony / Columbia
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,487,6987%1,732-108$859$277,314,3016Warner Bros.
12How Do You Know$1,356,133-1%2,4830$546$19,092,6682Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$1,739,94711%700613$2,486$13,347,0435Weinstein Company
2Megamind$234,1443%764-261$306$143,330,0808Paramount / DreamWorks
3Burlesque$137,5431%330-171$417$37,145,2895Sony / Screen Gems
4Due Date$113,650-7%404-20$281$98,685,0618Warner Bros.
5Unstoppable (2010)$109,0476%393-185$277$78,820,2867Fox
6The Social Network$108,15615%249-9$434$92,641,22813Sony / Columbia
7Red (2010)$77,791-3%330-109$236$89,125,49611Summit
8127 Hours$69,319-2%115-55$603$10,074,9668Fox Searchlight
9Despicable Me$63,5950%193-40$330$250,966,22025Universal
10Life As We Know It$56,4820%2480$228$52,622,66912Warner Bros.
11Love and Other Drugs$49,311-1%144-100$342$31,007,8155Fox
12Tees Maar Khan$36,654-45%1080$339$892,3751UTV Communications
13Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$30,430-6%158-22$193$55,431,52814Warner Bros.
14Fair Game (2010)$29,793-11%161-107$185$8,990,3508Summit
15Jackass 3D$20,363-1%1370$149$117,023,26211Paramount
16Paranormal Activity 2$16,5707%145-29$114$84,586,05210Paramount
17Faster (2010)$13,936-13%123-44$113$22,772,6055CBS Films
18Morning Glory (2010)$12,268-4%126-137$97$30,700,1387Paramount
19The Next Three Days$10,3686%111-250$93$21,081,6056Lionsgate
20Hereafter$8,9448%128-25$70$32,666,49511Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$105,8388%470$2,252$19,921,05841Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Blue Valentine (2010)$47,887--4--$11,972$47,8870Weinstein Company
3I Love You Phillip Morris$42,5077%6919$616$884,8644Roadside Attractions
4Rabbit Hole$32,3782%3429$952$259,5282Lionsgate
5Somewhere (2010)$31,7508%8--$3,969$261,7521Focus
6Under the Sea 3D$28,9114%120$2,409$25,217,31098Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Biutiful$9,629--2--$4,815$9,6290Roadside Attractions
8Country Strong$9,2566%20$4,628$69,9871Sony / Screen Gems
9The Town$6,5478%62-25$106$92,142,46615Warner Bros.
10The Tempest$5,913-38%12-1$493$212,5953Disney
11For Colored Girls$3,674-3%39-40$94$37,661,8538Lionsgate
12Inception$3,582-2%28-12$128$292,548,31624Warner Bros.
13Summer Wars$2,335--2--$1,168$4,5331GKIDS
14The Warrior's Way$1,4836%340$44$5,554,2604Relativity Media
15Winter's Bone$62280%51$124$6,242,91229Roadside Attractions