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, Jul. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$14,842,71455%4,10719$3,614$228,818,1382Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$9,882,271--3,040--$3,251$9,882,2711Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$7,365,038--3,482--$2,115$7,365,0381Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$4,857,82636%3,990-125$1,218$138,477,3413Disney
5Bad Teacher$3,031,87835%2,962-87$1,024$72,789,2853Sony / Columbia
6Larry Crowne$1,963,44548%2,9763$660$22,224,7302Universal
7Super 8$1,546,10349%2,292-796$675$114,777,4445Paramount
8Monte Carlo$1,485,37328%2,4730$601$13,810,2762Fox
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,126,1793%1,996-865$564$56,022,9534Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$977,5352%2,015-1265$485$107,561,4914Warner Bros.
11Bridesmaids$854,06540%1,102-287$775$156,367,8109Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$446,8698%847-755$528$141,063,6066Fox
2The Hangover Part II$393,99125%835-733$472$250,013,1747Warner Bros.
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$331,497-8%622-851$533$235,527,2828Disney
4Kung Fu Panda 2$265,320-8%650-631$408$158,414,6417Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Tree of Life$219,49561%2379$926$8,440,2567Fox Searchlight
6Thor$176,891197%31545$562$178,343,55410Paramount
7Beginners$148,561124%15547$958$2,845,8886Focus
8Rio (2011)$139,01435%272-36$511$141,007,77313Fox
9A Better Life$82,390899%153142$538$311,6443Summit
10Fast Five$78,32548%241-61$325$208,599,52511Universal
11Soul Surfer$46,535--160-45$291$43,600,93414Sony / TriStar
12Water for Elephants$39,5807%168-66$236$58,205,18112Fox
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$31,06232%112-28$277$53,132,39512Lionsgate
14Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$28,068-20%171-50$164$14,095,3555Relativity Media
15Something Borrowed$22,869-4%113-78$202$38,787,45010Warner Bros.
16The Lincoln Lawyer$18,97743%106-32$179$57,863,73817Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Delhi Belly$118,988163%901$1,322$976,3732UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$93,61022%481$1,950$8,557,40614Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$41,86428%28-5$1,495$26,468,32769Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$22,445219%8111$277$53,666,22215FilmDistrict
5Source Code$9,93345%41-25$242$54,677,81315Summit
6Project Nim$7,167--4--$1,792$7,1671Roadside Attractions
7Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$5,543-35%42-26$132$10,093,91811Weinstein Company
8Submarine$4,614-4%19-1$243$365,5896Weinstein Company
9Double Dhamaal$4,287--20-21$214$515,8003Reliance Big Pictures
10Jane Eyre (2011)$3,16811%21-5$151$11,225,62518Focus
11Everything Must Go$2,87785%17-2$169$2,657,0559Roadside Attractions
12The Conspirator$2,182140%150$145$11,507,39013Roadside Attractions
1335 and Ticking$1,382248%42$346$81,9708Image Entertainment
14Chillar Party$1,219--7--$174$1,2191UTV Communications
15The Last Mountain$987--3--$329$87,8176Dada Films
16The Music Never Stopped$775413%4-1$194$252,11217Roadside Attractions
17Beautiful Boy$487-15%3-1$162$71,5076Anchor Bay Films