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, Apr. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hanna$1,074,92711%2,535--$424$14,413,9371Focus
2HOP$1,048,64016%3,61637$290$69,707,1852Universal
3Arthur (2011)$982,01322%3,276--$300$14,012,8041Warner Bros.
4Your Highness$803,0108%2,769--$290$10,909,8751Universal
5Source Code$723,06026%2,97110$243$29,517,7672Summit
6Insidious$685,88613%2,41911$284$28,021,8812FilmDistrict
7Soul Surfer$567,60919%2,214--$256$11,645,8411Sony / TriStar
8Limitless$518,01128%2,655-183$195$65,071,6414Relativity Media
9The Lincoln Lawyer$416,54132%2,420-287$172$46,868,4944Lionsgate
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$207,92330%2,881-288$72$45,715,7993Fox
11Sucker Punch$188,1933%1,755-1278$107$34,344,1563Warner Bros.
12Paul$150,12513%1,667-883$90$35,361,4504Universal
13Rango$137,8799%2,007-1127$69$117,797,1176Paramount
14Battle: Los Angeles$121,3077%1,408-855$86$81,463,6615Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$121,50219%24767$492$5,370,5735Focus
2Born to Be Wild 3D$92,79642%206--$450$1,029,4451Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$89,30526%22677$395$3,595,0784Fox Searchlight
4The Adjustment Bureau$70,47013%783-742$90$60,241,5056Universal
5The King's Speech$52,54619%675-332$78$137,634,82420Weinstein Company
6No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$40,057-2%226--$177$669,7791Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Red Riding Hood$35,89013%777-1011$46$36,746,4425Warner Bros.
8Unknown (2011)$31,86425%36540$87$63,154,8708Warner Bros.
9Just Go With It$26,24146%320-277$82$101,961,4899Sony / Columbia
10Hall Pass$24,8878%366-337$68$44,349,9957Warner Bros. / New Line
11Beastly$24,15152%339-482$71$27,368,2696CBS Films
12True Grit (2010)$19,46819%263-61$74$170,796,67416Paramount
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$8,29615%184-66$45$37,514,4898Fox
14Cedar Rapids$7,958-3%118-92$67$6,675,3839Fox Searchlight
15Black Swan$7,72129%103-59$75$106,895,97619Fox Searchlight
16Drive Angry$7,50519%126104$60$10,669,5887Summit
17Take Me Home Tonight$5,1678%10250$51$6,908,4426Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$26,82753%31--$865$23,685,56056Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thank You$22,46144%92--$244$282,2541UTV Communications
3Kill the Irishman$8,905-11%52-4$171$859,4355Anchor Bay Films
4Biutiful$6,02177%38-20$158$4,978,59115Roadside Attractions
5Miral$5,601-1%2914$193$258,4653Weinstein Company
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,4705%69-44$50$72,748,9149Paramount
7The Company Men$3,36242%32-13$105$4,363,07712Weinstein Company
8The Last Godfather$1,79311%20-38$90$159,4882Roadside Attractions
9Meet Monica Velour$1,548250%2--$774$9,4281Anchor Bay Films
10Blue Valentine (2010)$1,1733%19-20$62$9,692,84815Weinstein Company
11The Music Never Stopped$72520%14-14$52$219,9064Roadside Attractions
12happythankyoumoreplease$633102%9-3$70$207,3476Anchor Bay Films
13I Love You Phillip Morris$474-14%7-5$68$2,036,62919Roadside Attractions
14Winter's Bone$6-50%2--$3$6,531,29944Roadside Attractions