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, Jun. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Super 8$13,950,85415%3,379--$4,129$27,093,6641Paramount
2X-Men: First Class$10,027,47733%3,69251$2,716$91,447,0682Fox
3The Hangover Part II$7,583,27833%3,67560$2,063$211,342,8153Warner Bros.
4Kung Fu Panda 2$7,051,37352%3,929-23$1,795$121,971,9123Paramount / DreamWorks
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$4,670,65448%3,433-533$1,361$205,745,9424Disney
6Bridesmaids$4,280,73040%2,9223$1,465$121,083,7955Universal
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$2,326,2345%2,524--$922$4,550,0701Relativity Media
8Thor$1,057,32248%1,782-998$593$172,999,0446Paramount
9Fast Five$751,02543%1,329-908$565$204,642,3457Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$277,15235%527-164$526$137,592,5649Fox
2Jumping the Broom$215,77259%365-224$591$36,588,0076Sony / TriStar
3Water for Elephants$199,67733%466-106$428$56,471,2988Fox
4Something Borrowed$196,22424%366-322$536$37,516,3146Warner Bros.
5Soul Surfer$117,11317%31772$369$42,103,47410Sony / TriStar
6Source Code$74,79633%248-40$302$54,119,68811Summit
7Rango$71,73231%220-34$326$122,424,32415Paramount
8Insidious$58,31832%134-26$435$53,201,86311FilmDistrict
9Priest (2011)$49,17639%169-414$291$28,997,2975Sony / Screen Gems
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$48,13330%182102$264$9,629,2637Weinstein Company
11Limitless$46,94338%166-66$283$78,907,01413Relativity Media
12HOP$42,75032%190-55$225$107,980,82011Universal
13The Lincoln Lawyer$40,59773%101-32$402$57,113,09213Lionsgate
14Hanna$40,10134%147-50$273$39,968,44210Focus
15Win Win$37,21199%100-41$372$9,981,69913Fox Searchlight
16Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$34,14143%112-84$305$52,746,9748Lionsgate
17Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$30,03137%117-65$257$52,436,37212Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$356,57956%4727$7,587$2,120,1323Fox Searchlight
2Beginners$110,50576%1914$5,816$383,3902Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$73,8664%470$1,572$6,708,55010Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hubble 3D$35,33420%31-1$1,140$25,574,74065Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Everything Must Go$28,62655%87-20$329$2,516,0055Roadside Attractions
6Jane Eyre (2011)$26,33146%90-38$293$10,988,68814Focus
7Submarine$25,96893%1713$1,528$101,3532Weinstein Company
8The Conspirator$20,69092%66-44$313$11,401,8149Roadside Attractions
9Scream 4$14,62511%80-121$183$38,117,6819Weinstein Company
10The Beaver$7,15065%46-22$155$909,9726Summit
11The Last Mountain$4,29925%31$1,433$29,9492Dada Films
12Beautiful Boy$2,20746%40$552$27,9392Anchor Bay Films
13Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,75535%40$439$182,06239Collective Eye
14Kill the Irishman$1,57579%5-3$315$1,181,35114Anchor Bay Films
1535 and Ticking$1,455-65%1-3$1,455$66,3854Image Entertainment
16The King's Speech$1,035-33%15-1$69$138,794,78929Weinstein Company
17The Music Never Stopped$146-37%2-3$73$248,31313Roadside Attractions