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 17 days. BOXOFFICE is projecting $3.75 million for Wild this weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Feb. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sanctum$849,8005%2,787--$305$11,105,9601Universal
2The King's Speech$803,71028%2,58427$311$84,959,09411Weinstein Company
3No Strings Attached$796,02222%3,05028$261$52,842,1673Paramount
4The Roommate$772,3239%2,534--$305$16,481,9401Sony / Screen Gems
5The Mechanic$624,84912%2,7041$231$21,188,3572CBS Films
6The Rite$527,2385%2,9850$177$24,731,7752Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Green Hornet$447,0319%3,033-491$147$87,944,4314Sony / Columbia
8True Grit (2010)$444,57313%2,902-218$153$155,740,5017Paramount
9Black Swan$404,52933%1,977-338$205$96,571,17510Fox Searchlight
10The Fighter$300,09826%1,662-252$181$82,938,9469Paramount
11The Dilemma$279,95016%2,545-360$110$46,095,7504Universal
12Yogi Bear$114,204-9%1,807-326$63$95,607,0328Warner Bros.
13TRON: Legacy$111,3651%1,040-465$107$168,980,0088Disney
14Tangled$99,984-4%1,369-220$73$192,277,22111Disney
15Little Fockers$87,9850%1,355-696$65$146,718,3457Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$175,76529%899-17$196$15,991,73714Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$100,95128%45035$224$7,448,9356Weinstein Company
3Biutiful$68,92613%179117$385$1,552,9666Roadside Attractions
4Country Strong$62,27331%948-339$66$19,927,0537Sony / Screen Gems
5The Company Men$56,87516%23120$246$2,404,6973Weinstein Company
6From Prada to Nada$48,092-7%2615$184$2,197,3042Lionsgate / Pantelion
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$31,691-3%514-218$62$102,628,1469Fox
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$30,5250%365-100$84$292,822,34612Warner Bros.
9Season of the Witch$27,8103%492-618$57$24,296,7685Relativity Media
10The Social Network$24,37924%294-73$83$96,442,61319Sony / Columbia
11Megamind$23,253-11%290-10$80$147,508,91214Paramount / DreamWorks
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$22,355-7%495-158$45$41,653,8347Fox
13The Way Back$17,83526%145-450$123$2,566,5683Newmarket Films
14Rabbit Hole$16,54818%1317$126$1,754,3118Lionsgate
15Unstoppable (2010)$11,6028%202-48$57$81,223,52513Fox
16Fair Game (2010)$7,63410%149109$51$9,488,71614Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$20,28325%485$423$21,259,20247Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Somewhere (2010)$7,47517%46-14$163$1,617,9327Focus
3Winter's Bone$5,27420%358$151$6,366,18435Roadside Attractions
4Love and Other Drugs$4,07134%46-71$89$32,337,03311Fox
5Faster (2010)$3,92814%87-27$45$23,233,28311CBS Films
6I Love You Phillip Morris$2,067-8%39-9$53$1,921,64510Roadside Attractions
7The Heart Specialist$1,8443%56-63$33$1,099,9204Freestyle
8Waiting for Forever$1,26213%3--$421$11,3001Freestyle