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, Apr. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$17,467,66569%3,827--$4,564$27,812,9071Fox
2Scream 4$6,680,156-19%3,305--$2,021$14,921,3921Weinstein Company
3HOP$5,196,650123%3,608-8$1,440$78,965,5553Universal
4Soul Surfer$3,281,94354%2,2140$1,482$18,010,6552Sony / TriStar
5Hanna$3,179,74450%2,54510$1,249$21,304,7352Focus
6Arthur (2011)$3,004,88041%3,2760$917$20,542,6122Warner Bros.
7Insidious$2,941,05827%2,233-186$1,317$34,377,7263FilmDistrict
8Source Code$2,855,18355%2,557-414$1,117$35,389,7693Summit
9Limitless$1,680,79456%1,885-770$892$68,684,5995Relativity Media
10Your Highness$1,675,78034%2,7723$605$14,981,5702Universal
11The Lincoln Lawyer$1,412,50977%1,702-718$830$49,778,3895Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$1,042,695115%1,849-1032$564$47,567,6474Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$1,574,76643%707--$2,227$2,674,5161Roadside Attractions
2Win Win$646,80399%384158$1,684$4,729,7475Fox Searchlight
3Jane Eyre (2011)$453,92372%27427$1,657$5,790,2396Focus
4Rango$337,681103%976-1031$346$118,564,3337Paramount
5Born to Be Wild 3D$270,01286%2071$1,304$1,638,1062Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Sucker Punch$262,13947%555-1200$472$35,126,8244Warner Bros.
7Battle: Los Angeles$232,39764%554-854$419$82,059,7086Sony / Columbia
8Paul$222,44060%536-1131$415$35,981,2205Universal
9The Adjustment Bureau$173,90567%348-435$500$60,656,8607Universal
10Just Go With It$126,64464%3266$388$102,000,72910Sony / Columbia
11The King's Speech$119,50259%315-360$379$137,933,75421Weinstein Company
12Hall Pass$103,04337%333-33$309$44,574,2758Warner Bros. / New Line
13No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$86,38159%189-37$457$883,2342Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Unknown (2011)$77,35848%275-90$281$63,338,6889Warner Bros.
15Red Riding Hood$59,91856%248-529$242$36,914,1286Warner Bros.
16True Grit (2010)$50,77159%177-86$287$170,916,39917Paramount
17Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$41,12594%128-56$321$37,591,4429Fox
18Beastly$31,63747%110-229$288$27,456,2697CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$41,37724%321$1,293$23,807,80757Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thank You$38,54185%71-21$543$365,6752UTV Communications
3Kill the Irishman$30,81299%39-13$790$923,6876Anchor Bay Films
4The Green Hornet$25,22364%95-66$266$98,766,36314Sony / Columbia
5Cedar Rapids$19,30982%47-71$411$6,723,37310Fox Searchlight
6Miral$15,36185%26-3$591$294,6494Weinstein Company
7Drive Angry$10,96152%71-55$154$10,699,7628Summit
8Biutiful$9,48759%32-6$296$5,005,46216Roadside Attractions
9Black Swan$9,36667%49-54$191$106,924,39320Fox Searchlight
10Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$7,91437%35-34$226$72,768,23110Paramount
11The Company Men$6,96848%20-12$348$4,380,48413Weinstein Company
12The Music Never Stopped$3,01896%13-1$232$226,1725Roadside Attractions
13Take Me Home Tonight$2,53836%42-60$60$6,922,1067Relativity Media
14Blue Valentine (2010)$2,01342%15-4$134$9,700,03416Weinstein Company
15Meet Monica Velour$1,78843%42$447$13,2052Anchor Bay Films
16happythankyoumoreplease$1,27634%4-5$319$211,2817Anchor Bay Films
17The Last Godfather$63298%1-19$632$163,2593Roadside Attractions
18Winter's Bone$9050%20$45$6,531,46745Roadside Attractions