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, Mar. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$10,122,46239%3,167--$3,196$17,406,7361Fox
2Sucker Punch$6,681,221-17%3,033--$2,203$14,712,6811Warner Bros.
3Limitless$6,488,98740%2,80549$2,313$37,176,7902Relativity Media
4The Lincoln Lawyer$4,870,70566%2,7070$1,799$25,769,0432Lionsgate
5Rango$4,393,86581%3,645-198$1,205$103,385,1774Paramount
6Paul$3,395,26049%2,8064$1,210$22,772,2902Universal
7Battle: Los Angeles$3,316,61052%3,118-299$1,064$70,484,1203Sony / Columbia
8The Adjustment Bureau$1,985,34055%2,282-378$870$53,889,9654Universal
9Red Riding Hood$1,925,58642%2,715-315$709$31,396,8313Warner Bros.
10Mars Needs Moms$1,015,91494%2,170-947$468$18,506,7013Disney
11Beastly$965,36937%1,585-225$609$24,799,9814CBS Films
12Hall Pass$766,02649%1,204-701$636$41,898,4025Warner Bros. / New Line
13The King's Speech$737,51176%1,062-187$694$134,451,02218Weinstein Company
14Just Go With It$693,38549%1,116-592$621$99,900,9917Sony / Columbia
15Gnomeo and Juliet$686,084100%1,364-384$503$95,392,2057Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$299,28656%688-713$435$62,083,9656Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$226,41053%512-443$442$53,364,8766Disney / DreamWorks
3Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$198,99587%406-144$490$36,854,3856Fox
4Cedar Rapids$193,20580%342-120$565$6,015,4367Fox Searchlight
5Yogi Bear$144,05088%326-112$442$99,769,93415Warner Bros.
6The Green Hornet$97,13259%246-36$395$98,218,43511Sony / Columbia
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$95,92371%289-191$332$72,494,7687Paramount
8True Grit (2010)$83,28953%205-63$406$170,014,26814Paramount
9Black Swan$82,22159%20716$397$106,527,97417Fox Searchlight
10No Strings Attached$57,87637%213-19$272$70,441,53910Paramount
11The Fighter$50,88366%179-137$284$93,543,06816Paramount
12The Rite$31,86158%155-47$206$32,959,1499Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Mechanic$19,78055%1001$198$29,058,8539CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$420,42961%9064$4,671$1,597,8323Focus
2Win Win$212,49989%2318$9,239$532,7202Fox Searchlight
3Kill the Irishman$72,52995%4120$1,769$494,4363Anchor Bay Films
4Hubble 3D$55,84218%42-7$1,330$23,077,09354Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Biutiful$32,45275%66-23$492$4,802,22313Roadside Attractions
6Miral$25,89832%4--$6,475$25,8981Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$25,72165%85-9$303$294,897,68319Warner Bros.
8The Music Never Stopped$22,95593%331$696$136,7072Roadside Attractions
9The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$22,83664%72-10$317$104,284,20916Fox
10The Company Men$19,88278%48-10$414$4,259,31410Weinstein Company
11The Eagle$19,55644%975$202$19,421,9107Focus
12Take Me Home Tonight$17,47725%89-192$196$6,804,8744Relativity Media
13From Prada to Nada$16,95857%292$585$3,002,4579Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Blue Valentine (2010)$14,64796%441$333$9,619,63213Weinstein Company
15Drive Angry$11,95146%72-23$166$10,550,8025Summit
16happythankyoumoreplease$9,67286%164$605$162,6084Anchor Bay Films
17Mia and the Migoo$8,160206%1--$8,160$10,8291GKIDS
18Gulliver's Travels (2010)$6,84555%34-9$201$42,725,90514Fox
19Rabbit Hole$4,923109%290$170$2,200,92515Lionsgate
20I Love You Phillip Morris$4,842125%9-2$538$2,010,92717Roadside Attractions
21Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$503-2%2-3$252$84,8567Phase 4 Films
22Winter's Bone$144929%1-3$144$6,530,66442Roadside Attractions