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 Sun, Jul. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The First Avenger$17,414,942-21%3,715--$4,688$65,058,5241Paramount
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$14,604,565-20%4,3750$3,338$273,539,2812Warner Bros.
3Friends With Benefits$5,201,993-21%2,926--$1,778$18,622,1501Sony / Screen Gems
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$3,632,313-25%3,375-542$1,076$325,841,1854Paramount / DreamWorks
5Horrible Bosses$3,422,093-28%3,104-30$1,102$82,566,7033Warner Bros. / New Line
6Zookeeper$2,393,124-31%3,215-267$744$59,206,2553Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$1,660,706-28%2,668-581$622$176,375,2955Disney
8Winnie the Pooh$1,558,024-22%2,4050$648$17,594,2972Disney
9Bad Teacher$696,543-34%2,034-625$342$94,365,6885Sony / Columbia
10Larry Crowne$263,925-39%1,035-1252$255$34,327,4054Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$357,000-36%680-192$525$163,832,87011Universal
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$254,407-32%591-411$430$63,500,8206Fox
3Super 8$205,270-35%658-801$312$124,235,1027Paramount
4The Tree of Life$168,665-27%230-5$733$11,038,1509Fox Searchlight
5Monte Carlo$138,872-24%360-809$386$21,772,5884Fox
6Beginners$123,744-35%157-13$788$4,607,4188Focus
7Thor$106,412-22%236-36$451$180,136,18812Paramount
8Green Lantern (2011)$101,108-37%421-552$240$113,920,2096Warner Bros.
9X-Men: First Class$100,774-27%295-175$342$144,210,3648Fox
10Kung Fu Panda 2$93,614-26%250-104$374$160,776,0839Paramount / DreamWorks
11Rio (2011)$90,369-24%210-31$430$142,579,55115Fox
12The Hangover Part II$75,694-40%275-180$275$252,459,3099Warner Bros.
13A Better Life$70,174-23%182-34$386$1,413,9605Summit
14Fast Five$53,940-21%174-38$310$209,445,77513Universal
15Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$36,709-28%190-24$193$14,660,0057Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$71,580-28%480$1,491$9,719,34316Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$60,922-26%6137$999$411,1332Fox Searchlight
3Singham$46,931-31%50--$939$161,0641Reliance Big Pictures
4Sarah's Key$38,386-18%5--$7,677$115,7081Weinstein Company
5Hubble 3D$34,967-29%270$1,295$27,020,08971Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Another Earth$24,527-20%4--$6,132$77,7401Fox Searchlight
7Water for Elephants$17,270-36%91-29$190$58,594,03414Fox
8Project Nim$15,241-26%19-3$802$171,2273Roadside Attractions
9A Little Help$13,266-31%24--$553$44,8701Freestyle Releasing
10Insidious$11,483-21%59-7$195$53,899,87217FilmDistrict
11Delhi Belly$9,924-34%25-42$397$1,501,7654UTV Communications
12Something Borrowed$8,096-26%47-27$172$39,026,18612Warner Bros.
13Submarine$6,799-29%184$378$426,9048Weinstein Company
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,047304%2--$1,024$229,62045Collective Eye
15The Conspirator$1,852-18%100$185$11,529,67415Roadside Attractions
16Everything Must Go$1,715-24%9-3$191$2,686,76611Roadside Attractions
17The Last Mountain$1,162-19%3-2$387$105,2828Dada Films
1835 and Ticking$3988%3-2$133$93,03210Image Entertainment
19Double Dhamaal$118-48%2--$59$543,3225Reliance Big Pictures