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, Jul. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$15,388,166-15%4,375--$3,517$202,620,6741Warner Bros.
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$3,058,0048%3,917-190$781$308,775,8713Paramount / DreamWorks
3Horrible Bosses$2,911,05111%3,13494$929$65,672,0102Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zookeeper$2,257,74522%3,4820$648$46,486,8452Sony / Columbia
5Cars 2$1,405,20414%3,249-741$433$168,030,6684Disney
6Winnie the Pooh$1,218,4998%2,405--$507$10,202,1461Disney
7Bad Teacher$925,68118%2,659-303$348$90,169,1514Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$445,96530%2,287-689$195$32,508,5753Universal
9Monte Carlo$327,35022%1,169-1304$280$20,705,6643Fox
10Super 8$317,02513%1,459-833$217$122,884,4976Paramount
11Mr. Popper's Penguins$279,65215%1,002-964$279$61,995,3535Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$313,92020%872-230$360$161,905,05510Universal
2Green Lantern (2011)$202,34114%973-1042$208$113,169,6955Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$108,65933%354-296$307$160,265,1158Paramount / DreamWorks
4X-Men: First Class$108,61011%470-377$231$143,662,3377Fox
5The Tree of Life$103,57518%235-2$441$10,281,9688Fox Searchlight
6Rio (2011)$95,73366%241-31$397$142,086,05214Fox
7Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$93,48912%373-249$251$237,530,4099Disney
8Thor$80,00218%272-43$294$179,649,17211Paramount
9The Hangover Part II$75,64712%455-380$166$252,025,1428Warner Bros.
10Beginners$69,41223%17015$408$4,058,4777Focus
11Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$44,03439%21443$206$14,445,2056Relativity Media
12A Better Life$43,97817%21663$204$1,120,7134Summit
13Fast Five$36,04017%212-29$170$209,209,41512Universal
14Water for Elephants$17,31926%120-48$144$58,492,53813Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$66,94628%480$1,395$9,305,21015Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$28,69512%27-1$1,063$26,835,07070Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$20,63316%24--$860$172,4921Fox Searchlight
4Something Borrowed$11,25623%74-39$152$38,976,29711Warner Bros.
5Delhi Belly$11,05230%67-23$165$1,447,2363UTV Communications
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$8,73313%87-25$100$53,328,39813Lionsgate
7Insidious$8,462-1%66-15$128$53,846,01116FilmDistrict
8Project Nim$7,1471%2218$325$102,0332Roadside Attractions
9The Lincoln Lawyer$6,97440%72-34$97$57,993,84518Lionsgate
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$2,30528%19-23$121$10,138,85312Weinstein Company
11Submarine$1,50927%14-5$108$401,6877Weinstein Company
12Everything Must Go$7821%12-5$65$2,679,02210Roadside Attractions
13The Conspirator$45453%10-5$45$11,522,17214Roadside Attractions
1435 and Ticking$270-34%51$54$90,7519Image Entertainment
15The Music Never Stopped$11075%40$28$255,58018Roadside Attractions
16Chillar Party$13-38%4-3$3$6,1832UTV Communications