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 Tue, Jun. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Super 8$4,263,1157%3,379--$1,262$44,682,3501Paramount
2X-Men: First Class$2,968,8379%3,69251$804$103,718,9752Fox
3Kung Fu Panda 2$2,103,65118%3,929-23$535$130,704,0793Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Hangover Part II$2,073,46510%3,67560$564$219,685,3243Warner Bros.
5Bridesmaids$1,533,98522%2,9223$525$126,606,3105Universal
6Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,411,06614%3,433-533$411$211,523,6834Disney
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$763,91219%2,524--$303$7,481,0901Relativity Media
8Thor$341,12613%1,782-998$191$174,308,7596Paramount
9Fast Five$219,2853%1,329-908$165$205,526,1307Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$109,21720%527-164$207$137,980,8099Fox
2Water for Elephants$76,44326%466-106$164$56,736,8928Fox
3Something Borrowed$68,35427%366-322$187$37,748,7106Warner Bros.
4Jumping the Broom$50,7851%365-224$139$36,796,2606Sony / TriStar
5Rango$33,88329%220-34$154$122,534,80715Paramount
6Source Code$28,12616%248-40$113$54,214,44311Summit
7Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$25,40244%182102$140$9,707,3587Weinstein Company
8HOP$18,98525%190-55$100$108,046,35511Universal
9Hanna$17,43910%147-50$119$40,030,51010Focus
10Limitless$17,2489%166-66$104$78,968,53513Relativity Media
11Insidious$17,129-2%134-26$128$53,270,51311FilmDistrict
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$14,38833%117-65$123$52,484,36712Fox
13The Lincoln Lawyer$10,93830%101-32$108$57,153,01513Lionsgate
14Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$10,49412%112-84$94$52,784,3688Lionsgate
15Win Win$8,22024%100-41$82$10,017,35713Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$99,8943%4727$2,125$2,558,5063Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$67,21613%470$1,430$6,895,58510Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Beginners$28,46016%1914$1,498$506,3622Focus
4Hubble 3D$26,2333%31-1$846$25,656,31165Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Jane Eyre (2011)$12,47221%90-38$139$11,030,07614Focus
6Everything Must Go$9,11313%87-20$105$2,552,3355Roadside Attractions
7Submarine$8,2619%1713$486$133,5862Weinstein Company
8The Conspirator$5,63526%66-42$85$11,424,8209Roadside Attractions
9Scream 4$5,18318%80-121$65$38,136,9149Weinstein Company
10The Beaver$2,72333%46-22$59$918,8896Summit
11Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,91939%40$480$188,01139Collective Eye
12Beautiful Boy$8133%40$203$31,4302Anchor Bay Films
1335 and Ticking$53541%1-3$535$68,3384Image Entertainment
14The King's Speech$406-19%15-1$27$138,796,25029Weinstein Company
15The Last Mountain$343-58%31$114$34,8882Dada Films
16Kill the Irishman$323-5%5-3$65$1,182,98514Anchor Bay Films
17The Music Never Stopped$9292%2-3$46$248,61013Roadside Attractions