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, Feb. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Just Go With It$13,293,88441%3,548--$3,747$22,753,5781Sony / Columbia
2Gnomeo and Juliet$11,622,56889%2,994--$3,882$17,785,1121Disney
3Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$10,742,183-13%3,105--$3,460$23,849,1161Paramount
4The Roommate$3,848,64748%2,5340$1,519$24,099,5532Sony / Screen Gems
5The Eagle$3,605,73628%2,296--$1,570$6,418,3101Focus
6The King's Speech$3,377,84483%2,263-321$1,493$91,669,11112Weinstein Company
7No Strings Attached$2,625,21856%2,756-294$953$58,532,7964Paramount
8Sanctum$2,593,77082%2,7892$930$16,389,5652Universal
9True Grit (2010)$1,827,00491%2,072-830$882$160,254,1508Paramount
10The Green Hornet$1,765,36999%2,090-943$845$91,384,3895Sony / Columbia
11The Rite$1,494,86369%2,207-778$677$27,983,4723Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Mechanic$1,415,88269%1,886-818$751$24,469,4693CBS Films
13The Fighter$1,047,80894%1,049-613$999$85,054,78610Paramount
14Black Swan$982,47775%1,069-908$919$98,759,36311Fox Searchlight
15The Dilemma$503,01080%1,242-1303$405$47,387,1405Universal
16Yogi Bear$364,587151%1,111-696$328$96,358,1009Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tangled$399,117152%784-585$509$193,048,26112Disney
2TRON: Legacy$264,151104%364-676$726$169,592,8169Disney
3Blue Valentine (2010)$261,07564%393-57$664$8,046,2787Weinstein Company
4Biutiful$254,04372%19112$1,330$2,084,7297Roadside Attractions
5127 Hours$248,21664%359-540$691$16,686,36815Fox Searchlight
6The Company Men$242,53574%27746$876$2,896,2074Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$213,25292%40944$521$293,214,43413Warner Bros.
8Little Fockers$165,36586%424-931$390$147,142,3308Universal
9Megamind$160,255129%252-38$636$147,785,13015Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$137,190102%293-221$468$102,898,68210Fox
11From Prada to Nada$127,72667%252-9$507$2,480,9713Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$100,838100%308-187$327$41,852,5058Fox
13Country Strong$74,35453%328-620$227$20,174,4008Sony / Screen Gems
14The Social Network$65,37088%178-116$367$96,584,51420Sony / Columbia
15Unstoppable (2010)$51,99478%147-55$354$81,327,75314Fox
16Season of the Witch$43,06077%176-316$245$24,418,2266Relativity Media
17Rabbit Hole$38,30069%112-19$342$1,850,6989Lionsgate
18The Tourist$38,23757%100-131$382$66,982,88810Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cedar Rapids$139,19779%15--$9,280$216,9861Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$62,92872%480$1,311$21,403,10948Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Way Back$17,98281%37-108$486$2,626,7384Newmarket Films
4Somewhere (2010)$15,69463%32-14$490$1,657,9718Focus
5Fair Game (2010)$10,89451%78-71$140$9,521,39115Summit
6Winter's Bone$9,276105%26-8$357$6,389,55336Roadside Attractions
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,024-4%1--$5,024$10,2741Phase 4 Films
8I Love You Phillip Morris$4,01040%23-16$174$1,933,69811Roadside Attractions
9Waiting for Forever$2,93014%1411$209$19,0972Freestyle
10Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$1,02573%5-37$205$576,2674UTV Communications