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, Jan. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$12,655,50714%3,584--$3,531$23,751,9321Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$6,776,30510%2,940--$2,305$12,950,5301Universal
3True Grit (2010)$4,605,41442%3,459335$1,331$123,071,8404Paramount
4The King's Speech$3,860,92458%1,543785$2,502$41,827,5318Weinstein Company
5Black Swan$3,272,84336%2,328744$1,406$70,541,0587Fox Searchlight
6Little Fockers$3,037,63049%3,394-281$895$132,159,6404Universal
7Yogi Bear$2,454,793140%2,702-586$909$80,228,7055Warner Bros.
8TRON: Legacy$2,410,88773%2,439-574$988$155,040,8795Disney
9The Fighter$2,127,02243%2,414-114$881$64,263,4106Paramount
10Season of the Witch$1,873,87646%2,82711$663$16,655,7872Relativity Media
11Tangled$1,769,264112%2,048-335$864$179,904,7058Disney
12Country Strong$1,484,46635%1,4240$1,042$12,192,0874Sony / Screen Gems
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$998,14387%1,704-1110$586$97,275,7126Fox
14Gulliver's Travels (2010)$912,69199%1,666-1298$548$36,900,8764Fox
15The Tourist$699,84339%1,420-1022$493$63,780,6126Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$580,24567%941-566$617$289,330,9559Warner Bros.
2Blue Valentine (2010)$572,76745%230190$2,490$2,427,7253Weinstein Company
3Megamind$294,541101%341-34$864$145,196,08111Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Heart Specialist$195,14928%422--$462$347,0821Freestyle
5How Do You Know$162,40528%615-1287$264$29,829,4735Sony / Columbia
6The Social Network$152,82654%322-281$475$94,594,32716Sony / Columbia
7Due Date$123,73035%34197$363$99,959,01011Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$118,49152%10066$1,185$878,1145Lionsgate
9Burlesque$104,79448%29567$355$38,544,2408Sony / Screen Gems
10Unstoppable (2010)$99,07942%303-95$327$80,317,88610Fox
11Love and Other Drugs$62,56637%166-46$377$31,923,8158Fox
12Red (2010)$57,33037%206-55$278$90,024,41014Summit
13Life As We Know It$36,27045%132-56$275$53,246,15815Warner Bros.
14Despicable Me$27,385122%137-41$200$251,453,69528Universal
15Morning Glory (2010)$22,44631%127-51$177$30,967,34110Paramount
16For Colored Girls$11,40288%11190$103$37,705,08011Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$108,59363%5336$2,049$907,2064Focus
2127 Hours$68,23855%76-12$898$11,022,91711Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$56,88454%480$1,185$20,562,80144Warner Bros. / IMAX
4I Love You Phillip Morris$54,30761%95-5$572$1,615,9987Roadside Attractions
5No One Killed Jessica$40,82870%45-3$907$337,9712UTV Communications
6Fair Game (2010)$18,83532%79-24$238$9,308,90711Summit
7Faster (2010)$15,60351%77-2$203$22,986,0858CBS Films
8The Warrior's Way$9,43769%7745$123$5,627,8137Relativity Media
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$6,376156%41-54$156$55,663,50317Warner Bros.
10Paranormal Activity 2$5,45053%40-50$136$84,743,19013Paramount
11Jackass 3D$4,82328%22-48$219$117,217,24014Paramount
12Every Day$3,5261%3--$1,175$7,0261Image Entertainment
13Summer Wars$2,64729%9-5$294$51,1984GKIDS
14Winter's Bone$2,11664%71$302$6,260,43532Roadside Attractions
15Tees Maar Khan$38-66%4-34$10$1,076,1234UTV Communications