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 Wed, May. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$4,705,903-22%4,155--$1,133$109,053,6771Disney
2Bridesmaids$2,085,270-11%2,93719$710$66,478,2202Universal
3Thor$1,085,331-16%3,924-39$277$149,410,5253Paramount
4Fast Five$723,425-15%3,622-171$200$188,789,1804Universal
5Priest (2011)$412,916-18%2,8640$144$25,325,3142Sony / Screen Gems
6Something Borrowed$331,486-21%2,606-298$127$32,690,0583Warner Bros.
7Rio (2011)$321,987-6%2,593-336$124$132,886,0046Fox
8Water for Elephants$232,348-7%1,894-531$123$53,201,7035Fox
9Jumping the Broom$221,373-20%1,472-563$150$32,121,9693Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Soul Surfer$80,4894%984-484$82$40,854,5157Sony / TriStar
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$62,606-14%912-537$69$51,929,5255Lionsgate
3Everything Must Go$49,018-18%24527$200$1,793,8132Roadside Attractions
4Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$37,7137%642-634$59$9,364,5374Weinstein Company
5Source Code$35,380-12%377-249$94$53,090,2648Summit
6Insidious$35,297-13%501-261$70$52,556,1428FilmDistrict
7Rango$34,052-4%30286$113$121,319,48312Paramount
8Limitless$33,817-18%35759$95$78,206,44310Relativity Media
9Hanna$32,665-10%279-146$117$39,280,4907Focus
10Jane Eyre (2011)$31,3170%208-40$151$10,467,78011Focus
11Win Win$24,852-3%202-46$123$9,429,47710Fox Searchlight
12The Conspirator$24,6522%269-101$92$10,984,2596Roadside Attractions
13The Lincoln Lawyer$20,872-10%258-87$81$56,581,79710Lionsgate
14The Beaver$20,625-3%16863$123$644,2593Summit
15HOP$17,7801%354-105$50$107,262,5208Universal
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$14,09620%253-58$56$51,930,3529Fox
17Arthur (2011)$11,973-17%237-107$51$32,842,7977Warner Bros.
18The Adjustment Bureau$11,0050%116-48$95$62,486,33512Universal
19Scream 4$9,175-17%205-221$45$37,750,7056Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$70,82011%50-7$1,416$5,560,7187Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$23,7233%340$698$25,106,95162Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sucker Punch$2,745-12%45-94$61$36,390,4119Warner Bros.
4Red Riding Hood$2,48419%50-50$50$37,659,45711Warner Bros.
5The King's Speech$2,2432%40-31$56$138,759,51626Weinstein Company
635 and Ticking$1,637-11%6--$273$36,1811Image Entertainment
7Go For It!$1,48721%64-154$23$176,5072Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Kill the Irishman$1,080-1%12-1$90$1,157,15311Anchor Bay Films
9Skateland$597-5%119$54$16,9882Freestyle Releasing
10Biutiful$527-37%0-11--$5,097,15921Roadside Attractions
11Meet Monica Velour$33368%21$167$32,7397Anchor Bay Films
12Dum Maaro Dum$227-43%11-9$21$560,5425Fox Searchlight
13The Music Never Stopped$1043%5--$2$242,93510Roadside Attractions