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 Fri, Jun. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$25,717,785--4,115--$6,250$25,717,7851Disney
2Bad Teacher$12,243,987--3,049--$4,016$12,243,9871Sony / Columbia
3Green Lantern (2011)$5,994,08659%3,8160$1,571$76,955,5072Warner Bros.
4Super 8$3,847,21856%3,42416$1,124$86,933,4503Paramount
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$3,707,27229%3,3423$1,109$32,854,9512Fox
6X-Men: First Class$2,110,43948%2,633-742$802$128,325,3674Fox
7The Hangover Part II$1,816,57648%2,755-705$659$239,894,2575Warner Bros.
8Bridesmaids$1,695,88533%2,031-542$835$142,982,9107Universal
9Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,635,10672%2,244-498$729$225,993,4076Disney
10Kung Fu Panda 2$1,373,545-5%2,527-942$544$150,266,0425Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$394,952158%215100$1,837$4,910,2165Fox Searchlight
2Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$212,331-60%891-1633$238$13,042,3013Relativity Media
3Rio (2011)$177,85076%344-64$517$139,278,83311Fox
4Fast Five$160,28547%458-271$350$207,404,1609Universal
5Thor$154,518-2%404-471$382$176,866,5828Paramount
6Water for Elephants$81,53226%292-59$279$57,515,13410Fox
7Soul Surfer$77,407--240-24$323$42,931,13512Sony / TriStar
8Something Borrowed$75,701116%30391$250$38,287,8768Warner Bros.
9The Art of Getting By$49,716-61%307-303$162$1,266,4642Fox Searchlight
10The Lincoln Lawyer$40,61835%189-31$215$57,529,41515Lionsgate
11Rango$38,029-9%156-32$244$122,931,89817Paramount
12Jumping the Broom$30,752--117-94$263$37,226,2808Sony / TriStar
13Source Code$22,51320%106-55$212$54,485,94813Summit
14Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$17,378-18%114-48$152$9,943,5879Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beginners$129,804215%7228$1,803$1,208,8784Focus
2Born to Be Wild 3D$84,25512%470$1,793$7,590,63812Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$34,7523%330$1,053$25,995,42667Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$22,92788%74-24$310$53,476,79013FilmDistrict
5A Better Life$18,976--4--$4,744$18,9761Summit
6Limitless$15,16615%85-32$178$79,142,98115Relativity Media
7Submarine$12,38023%26-2$476$259,2194Weinstein Company
8Hanna$12,31334%59-32$209$40,173,44912Focus
9Jane Eyre (2011)$11,2673%51-17$221$11,152,09616Focus
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$9,686-26%58-32$167$52,620,73514Fox
11Win Win$6,5196%32-35$204$10,107,40315Fox Searchlight
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$6,27621%46-25$136$52,875,94710Lionsgate
13The Last Mountain$6,193296%6-1$1,032$76,3004Dada Films
14The Beaver$5,539252%6643$84$946,7308Summit
15Everything Must Go$5,21118%33-22$158$2,619,9847Roadside Attractions
16The Conspirator$3,330-6%25-19$133$11,477,39211Roadside Attractions
17Scream 4$2,044-21%18-21$114$38,172,53011Weinstein Company
18Beautiful Boy$1,466-39%4-4$367$59,7884Anchor Bay Films
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,120--6-4$187$209,14041Collective Eye
2035 and Ticking$52372%10$523$74,2316Image Entertainment
21Kill the Irishman$34276%20$171$1,186,32316Anchor Bay Films
22The Music Never Stopped$152-38%2-1$76$249,55615Roadside Attractions