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 Sun, May. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$23,369,935-27%4,155--$5,625$90,151,9581Disney
2Bridesmaids$6,314,550-23%2,93719$2,150$59,341,3102Universal
3Thor$4,609,036-29%3,924-39$1,175$145,361,4593Paramount
4Fast Five$2,952,555-34%3,622-171$815$186,165,4504Universal
5Rio (2011)$1,515,958-26%2,593-336$585$131,684,3656Fox
6Priest (2011)$1,388,790-28%2,8640$485$23,833,1692Sony / Screen Gems
7Jumping the Broom$945,338-44%1,472-563$642$31,320,5623Sony / TriStar
8Something Borrowed$935,668-33%2,606-298$359$31,519,4523Warner Bros.
9Water for Elephants$611,275-32%1,894-531$323$52,456,6205Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Soul Surfer$251,413-37%984-484$256$40,610,6787Sony / TriStar
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$234,304-48%912-537$257$51,723,5795Lionsgate
3Everything Must Go$154,750-29%24527$632$1,628,6572Roadside Attractions
4Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$147,006-2%642-634$229$9,199,0214Weinstein Company
5Rango$120,292-31%30286$398$121,211,94812Paramount
6Source Code$111,862-38%377-249$297$52,956,1708Summit
7Insidious$108,021-47%501-261$216$52,432,6258FilmDistrict
8Limitless$106,188-24%35759$297$78,069,21210Relativity Media
9Hanna$97,420-21%279-146$349$39,167,1837Focus
10HOP$84,975-23%354-105$240$107,191,6758Universal
11Win Win$77,036-40%202-46$381$9,350,90210Fox Searchlight
12The Lincoln Lawyer$74,053-33%258-87$287$56,508,43010Lionsgate
13The Conspirator$69,708-35%269-101$259$10,909,5336Roadside Attractions
14Jane Eyre (2011)$66,314-23%208-40$319$10,370,86011Focus
15The Beaver$56,053-25%16863$334$579,7243Summit
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$55,706-32%253-58$220$51,887,6959Fox
17Arthur (2011)$35,904-34%237-107$151$32,800,8407Warner Bros.
18Battle: Los Angeles$29,774-32%170-55$175$83,441,91111Sony / Columbia
19Scream 4$26,872-26%205-221$131$37,717,6596Weinstein Company
20The Adjustment Bureau$25,535-46%116-48$220$62,453,31512Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$77,740-2%50-7$1,555$5,348,0857Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$23,814-18%340$700$25,034,37662Warner Bros. / IMAX
335 and Ticking$8,236-29%6--$1,373$29,7751Image Entertainment
4Sucker Punch$7,332-35%45-94$163$36,381,7169Warner Bros.
5Red Riding Hood$7,318-19%50-50$146$37,652,56511Warner Bros.
6The King's Speech$4,774-44%40-31$119$138,752,49026Weinstein Company
7Go For It!$4,706-21%64-154$74$172,6872Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Kill the Irishman$3,344-35%12-1$279$1,152,79811Anchor Bay Films
9Skateland$2,070-23%119$188$14,9442Freestyle Releasing
10Biutiful$1,67122%7-4$239$5,094,44421Roadside Attractions
11Dum Maaro Dum$1,431-24%11-9$130$559,4875Fox Searchlight
12Meet Monica Velour$994-6%21$497$31,6497Anchor Bay Films
13The Music Never Stopped$844-19%50$169$242,91810Roadside Attractions