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 Thu, May. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$4,026,482-4%3,955--$1,018$84,752,3171Paramount
2Fast Five$2,107,335-2%3,66218$575$149,246,2002Universal
3Something Borrowed$1,103,442-3%2,904--$380$18,646,5121Warner Bros.
4Jumping the Broom$733,6435%2,035--$361$18,693,8141Sony / TriStar
5Water for Elephants$561,491-2%2,614-206$215$44,375,7803Fox
6Rio (2011)$436,2781%3,258-450$134$116,968,1404Fox
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$217,3178%1,881-407$116$48,018,1493Lionsgate
8African Cats$142,70222%1,035-189$138$13,372,3793Disneynature
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$141,4292%2,5050$56$7,411,5932Weinstein Company
10Soul Surfer$134,8024%1,781-229$76$37,406,1685Sony / TriStar
11Prom$104,7460%2,7300$38$8,032,8872Disney
12Insidious$102,26010%1,001-583$102$50,715,9896FilmDistrict
13Scream 4$75,7414%1,333-888$57$37,232,2124Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$116,3993%930-715$125$51,396,5226Summit
2Hanna$93,8922%748-821$126$38,006,7755Focus
3The Conspirator$62,3178%457-238$136$10,028,1064Roadside Attractions
4Jane Eyre (2011)$51,729-3%248-46$209$9,634,0789Focus
5Limitless$49,2113%379-459$130$77,205,1088Relativity Media
6The Lincoln Lawyer$44,4617%440-279$101$55,714,3858Lionsgate
7Win Win$44,098-4%268-34$165$8,529,0428Fox Searchlight
8HOP$22,5950%902-2274$25$106,453,0906Universal
9Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$21,81839%464-411$47$1,176,6522Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
10Arthur (2011)$20,8838%355-896$59$32,330,6685Warner Bros.
11Rango$20,39313%2770$74$120,501,93410Paramount
12The Adjustment Bureau$18,27513%215-62$85$62,126,96510Universal
13Sucker Punch$15,0197%210136$72$36,246,5127Warner Bros.
14Paul$13,2608%204-20$65$37,266,4058Universal
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$12,540-8%339-164$37$51,344,3217Fox
16Your Highness$9,850-1%164-238$60$21,461,7805Universal
17Red Riding Hood$7,436-2%156-53$48$37,553,6739Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$69,54511%59-10$1,179$4,493,5425Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$29,9869%320$937$24,716,05560Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Beaver$10,0930%22--$459$150,3571Summit
4The King's Speech$6,69616%90-95$74$138,672,45324Weinstein Company
5Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$4,26139%57-52$75$73,013,91013Paramount
6Beastly$4,01315%76-50$53$27,828,54610CBS Films
7Hall Pass$3,933-9%67-49$59$45,060,73411Warner Bros. / New Line
8Kill the Irishman$3,08511%23-7$134$1,120,0149Anchor Bay Films
9Unknown (2011)$2,3274%49-52$47$63,686,39712Warner Bros.
10Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$2,0057%52-17$39$37,869,57612Fox
11The Company Men$1,9107%3520$55$4,435,06216Weinstein Company
12Dum Maaro Dum$1,5788%33-60$48$540,1563Fox Searchlight
13Cedar Rapids$1,4753%22-4$67$6,833,62713Fox Searchlight
14No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$1,2990%21-24$62$1,306,6365Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Biutiful$901-8%16-6$56$5,077,20419Roadside Attractions
16Miral$52523%5-5$105$368,4867Weinstein Company
17Passion Play$427-9%2--$214$3,6691Image Entertainment
18The Music Never Stopped$206-14%73$29$237,9588Roadside Attractions