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 Tue, Jan. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$2,200,242-66%3,584--$614$42,212,7851Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$1,205,555-55%2,940--$410$21,726,5851Universal
3The King's Speech$935,192-55%1,543785$606$47,730,2178Weinstein Company
4Black Swan$863,100-52%2,328744$371$75,883,2207Fox Searchlight
5True Grit (2010)$838,242-61%3,459335$242$129,177,5964Paramount
6The Fighter$544,080-58%2,414-114$225$67,570,8416Paramount
7Little Fockers$441,220-67%3,394-281$130$136,062,7404Universal
8TRON: Legacy$407,072-74%2,439-574$167$158,904,6225Disney
9Season of the Witch$368,901-54%2,82711$130$19,282,6832Relativity Media
10Country Strong$283,657-59%1,4240$199$14,270,0404Sony / Screen Gems
11Yogi Bear$271,484-87%2,702-586$100$84,468,9005Warner Bros.
12Tangled$244,075-85%2,048-335$119$182,910,7708Disney
13The Tourist$163,393-46%1,420-1022$115$64,726,0486Sony / Columbia
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$153,718-81%1,704-1110$90$99,017,6406Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$120,006-87%1,666-1298$72$38,710,7294Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$152,062-52%230190$661$3,312,1953Weinstein Company
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$104,116-70%941-566$111$290,257,4619Warner Bros.
3The Social Network$49,483-61%322-281$154$94,878,00116Sony / Columbia
4Megamind$44,029-82%341-34$129$145,704,76911Paramount / DreamWorks
5Due Date$30,402-49%34197$89$100,154,28911Warner Bros.
6How Do You Know$29,931-57%615-1287$49$30,040,2635Sony / Columbia
7Rabbit Hole$27,747-48%10066$277$1,039,7145Lionsgate
8The Heart Specialist$24,502-77%422--$58$606,0181Freestyle
9Unstoppable (2010)$21,934-58%303-95$72$80,466,22310Fox
10Love and Other Drugs$20,804-28%166-46$125$32,019,9588Fox
11Red (2010)$13,176-60%206-55$64$90,111,53114Summit
12Morning Glory (2010)$6,534-42%127-51$51$31,000,07810Paramount
13Life As We Know It$6,278-63%132-56$48$53,296,60515Warner Bros.
14Despicable Me$4,110-83%137-41$30$251,505,75528Universal
15For Colored Girls$2,746-61%11190$25$37,724,69511Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$26,230-48%5336$495$1,059,5204Focus
2Hubble 3D$22,309-51%48--$465$20,675,80444Warner Bros. / IMAX
3127 Hours$18,853-43%76-12$248$11,142,97211Fox Searchlight
4I Love You Phillip Morris$12,864-52%95-5$135$1,700,2847Roadside Attractions
5No One Killed Jessica$5,399-58%45-3$120$390,5392UTV Communications
6Fair Game (2010)$4,750-28%79-24$60$9,332,18611Summit
7Faster (2010)$4,198-43%77-2$55$23,012,7978CBS Films
8The Warrior's Way$2,554-47%7745$33$5,644,0077Relativity Media
9Jackass 3D$2,197-3%22-48$100$117,226,46814Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$1,120-48%40-50$28$84,751,00413Paramount
11Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$737-86%41-54$18$55,674,07017Warner Bros.
12Summer Wars$625-44%9-5$69$55,3804GKIDS
13Winter's Bone$544-73%60$91$6,265,78132Roadside Attractions
14Tees Maar Khan$41-29%4-34$10$1,076,3654UTV Communications