'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 Mon, Jul. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$18,033,185-41%4,088--$4,411$180,651,3971Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$5,356,308-39%4,1150$1,302$122,560,3102Disney
3Larry Crowne$3,002,730-30%2,973--$1,010$16,098,7951Universal
4Bad Teacher$2,754,942-44%3,0490$904$62,707,5052Sony / Columbia
5Super 8$1,604,911-42%3,088-336$520$110,070,1564Paramount
6Green Lantern (2011)$1,371,564-39%3,280-536$418$103,616,4603Warner Bros.
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,164,984-40%2,861-481$407$51,727,6623Fox
8Monte Carlo$1,134,374-41%2,473--$459$8,588,3181Fox
10X-Men: First Class$666,710-36%1,602-1031$416$139,329,3555Fox
11Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$438,564-41%1,473-771$298$234,176,9657Disney
12Kung Fu Panda 2$421,907-30%1,281-1246$329$157,281,3966Paramount / DreamWorks
13The Hangover Part II$407,657-51%1,568-1187$260$248,651,2726Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$802,415--858--$935$34,582,4547Sony Pictures Classics
2The Tree of Life$238,816-42%22813$1,047$7,810,5926Fox Searchlight
4Buck$120,453--131--$919$1,131,8313IFC Films
5Rio (2011)$95,573-30%308-36$310$140,575,08212Fox
7Fast Five$58,890-47%302-156$195$208,362,55010Universal
8Soul Surfer$38,711-18%205--$189$43,439,16213Sony / TriStar
9Water for Elephants$35,244-35%234-58$151$58,061,51111Fox
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$29,358-34%221-670$133$13,966,3454Relativity Media
11Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$24,712-32%14094$177$53,035,90211Lionsgate
12The Lincoln Lawyer$20,591-30%138-51$149$57,806,71416Lionsgate
13Something Borrowed$19,612-36%191-112$103$38,696,8859Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Delhi Belly$119,881-42%89--$1,347$701,8241UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$57,447-32%470$1,222$8,257,30313Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Trip (2011)$37,147--40--$929$801,7824IFC Films
4Hubble 3D$32,769-19%330$993$26,330,26768Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Page One: Inside the New York Times$30,796--38--$810$269,4203Magnolia Pictures
6Cave of Forgotten Dreams$25,820--60--$430$4,659,51210IFC Films
7A Better Life$23,256-37%117$2,114$204,6822Summit
8Incendies$13,309--42--$317$6,544,70611Sony Pictures Classics
9Terri$13,154--6--$2,192$78,2571IDP/ATO Pictures
10Double Dhamaal$12,716-60%41--$310$490,5392Reliance Big Pictures
11The Names of Love$8,627--8--$1,078$79,9052Music Box Films
12The Double Hour$8,542--25--$342$1,308,10812IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
13Source Code$8,156-31%66-40$124$54,649,14314Summit
15Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$7,197--17--$423$190,6202Abramorama
16Trollhunter$7,135--21--$340$111,6144Magnolia / Magnet
17Queen to Play$6,856--10--$686$378,95714Zeitgeist Films
18Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$6,554-35%68-46$96$10,063,27010Weinstein Company
19Bride Flight$6,510--18--$362$238,1254Music Box Films
20Beginning of the Great Revival$6,499--23--$283$132,3782China Lion Film
21Submarine$5,566-46%20-6$278$347,5905Weinstein Company
22In a Better World$5,143--28--$184$905,54014Sony Pictures Classics
23African Cats$4,771--30--$159$15,383,68711Disneynature
24Limitless$4,545-41%55-30$83$79,235,46816Relativity Media
25Bill Cunningham New York$4,208--11--$383$1,373,73516Zeitgeist Films
26Passione: A Musical Adventure$3,774--2--$1,887$55,0322Abramorama
2813 Assassins$3,714--22--$169$746,12710Magnolia / Magnet
29Jane Eyre (2011)$2,913-40%26-25$112$11,213,16117Focus
30Summer (2011 re-issue)$2,903--1--$2,903$20,1874The Film Desk
31Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$2,616-27%31-27$84$52,673,97915Fox
32Turtle: The Incredible Journey$2,430--16--$152$138,4112Hannover House
33The Conspirator$2,1698%15--$145$11,503,70212Roadside Attractions
34Love Etc.$2,059--2--$1,030$10,8401Paladin
35Win Win$2,021-56%18-14$112$10,145,70716Fox Searchlight
36The Perfect Host$1,883--2--$942$9,3881Magnolia Pictures
37Meek's Cutoff$1,434--15--$96$895,70513Oscilloscope
38The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$1,263--2--$632$19,4992Rialto Pictures
39Rejoice and Shout$1,155--6--$193$56,8945Magnolia Pictures
40The First Grader$1,112--7--$159$326,8038National Geographic
41I Am (2011)$1,104--7--$158$1,571,35520Paladin
42Winter in Wartime$970--4--$243$527,23116Sony Pictures Classics
43Crime After Crime$915--1--$915$4,1301mTuckman Media
44Everything Must Go$833-71%19-14$44$2,649,3458Roadside Attractions
45The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$814--2--$407$138,20414Lorber Films
46Leap Year (2011)$644--2--$322$7,6112Strand Releasing
47Aurora$613--1--$613$3,6161Cinema Guild
48Road to Nowhere$578--4--$145$25,5794Monterey Media
4935 and Ticking$571-25%21$286$79,4877Image Entertainment
50Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$525--1--$525$255,37326First Run Features
51The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$501-36%1--$501$19,1388Argot Pictures
52Viva Riva!$480--5--$96$39,3114Music Box Films
53Beautiful Boy$472-45%40$118$69,4555Anchor Bay Films
54Hobo with a Shotgun$446--10--$45$684,9509Magnolia / Magnet
55The Art of Getting By$418-18%7-300$60$1,426,2573Fox Searchlight
56If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$411--2--$206$22,5402Oscilloscope
57My Perestroika$332--4--$83$235,50915International Film Circuit
58Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$283--1--$283$28,6958First Run Features
59City of Life and Death$208--3--$69$81,9488Kino International
60Of Gods and Men$202--4--$51$3,959,02919Sony Pictures Classics
61Small Town Murder Songs$197--2--$99$21,3976Monterey Media
62The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$132--3--$44$624,67911Sony Pictures Classics
63The Music Never Stopped$124-36%53$25$250,99416Roadside Attractions
64How To Live Forever$99--1--$99$37,7448Variance Films
65Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$45--1--$45$11,9688Strand Releasing
66Korkoro$32--1--$32$8,17915Lorber Films