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, Jul. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$10,332,429-23%4,08877$2,528$204,421,2871Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$3,654,951-4%4,1150$888$130,037,5492Disney
3Bad Teacher$2,292,626-8%3,0490$752$67,503,6402Sony / Columbia
4Larry Crowne$1,353,005-9%2,973--$455$18,938,3001Universal
5Monte Carlo$1,250,324-6%2,473--$506$11,162,8971Fox
6Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,062,2835%2,861-481$371$53,800,0913Fox
7Super 8$1,019,563-8%3,088-336$330$112,196,2504Paramount
8Green Lantern (2011)$932,181-13%3,280-234$284$105,625,8103Warner Bros.
9Bridesmaids$583,380-1%1,389-201$420$154,902,5858Universal
10X-Men: First Class$408,007-12%1,602-421$255$140,202,1855Fox
11Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$324,896-3%1,473-269$221$234,836,9687Disney
12The Hangover Part II$317,049-6%1,568-457$202$249,304,7066Warner Bros.
13Kung Fu Panda 2$290,6561%1,281-1246$227$157,859,4076Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$137,5511%22813$603$8,084,6066Fox Searchlight
2Rio (2011)$96,3622%308-36$313$140,765,86712Fox
3Beginners$63,3204%10835$586$2,631,0225Focus
4Thor$55,894-11%270-134$207$178,107,0569Paramount
5Fast Five$52,9050%302-41$175$208,468,30510Universal
6Water for Elephants$34,3945%234-58$147$58,128,66211Fox
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$34,1098%221-670$154$14,032,0014Relativity Media
8Something Borrowed$22,8198%191-40$119$38,740,8659Warner Bros.
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$20,148-8%14094$144$53,077,83711Lionsgate
10Rango$16,4572%117-39$141$123,239,77618Paramount
11The Lincoln Lawyer$12,066-5%138-51$87$57,831,52316Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$70,51820%470$1,500$8,386,55913Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Delhi Belly$51,667-12%89--$581$812,1841UTV Communications
3Hubble 3D$31,9275%330$967$26,392,47268Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$8,3703%70-4$120$53,636,75114FilmDistrict
5A Better Life$8,3394%117$758$221,0032Summit
6Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$8,168-3%68-46$120$10,079,85210Weinstein Company
7Source Code$6,0333%66-40$91$54,661,01914Summit
8Limitless$4,425-15%55-30$80$79,245,11916Relativity Media
9Submarine$4,4045%20-6$220$356,1915Weinstein Company
10Hanna$3,594-12%34-25$106$40,255,17313Focus
11Jane Eyre (2011)$2,999-13%26-25$115$11,219,60317Focus
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$2,9688%31-27$96$52,679,68315Fox
13Everything Must Go$2,07171%19-14$109$2,652,6258Roadside Attractions
14Win Win$1,251-38%18-14$70$10,148,96016Fox Searchlight
15The Conspirator$803-1%0----$11,505,31812Roadside Attractions
16Beautiful Boy$489-2%40$122$70,4445Anchor Bay Films
17The Art of Getting By$478-31%7-122$68$1,427,4313Fox Searchlight
1835 and Ticking$43461%21$217$80,1917Image Entertainment
19The Music Never Stopped$11756%53$23$251,18616Roadside Attractions