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 Thu, Jul. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The First Avenger$5,424,170-7%3,715--$1,460$91,867,2681Paramount
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$4,872,155-6%4,3750$1,114$296,534,5092Warner Bros.
3Friends With Benefits$2,260,127-4%2,926--$772$28,900,2811Sony / Screen Gems
4Horrible Bosses$1,539,017-1%3,104-30$496$89,101,5523Warner Bros. / New Line
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,387,238-1%3,375-542$411$331,921,4144Paramount / DreamWorks
6Zookeeper$1,244,132-2%3,215-267$387$64,530,8403Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$814,1070%2,668-581$305$179,769,5485Disney
8Winnie the Pooh$693,618-3%2,4050$288$20,657,8652Disney
9Bad Teacher$352,512-1%2,034-625$173$95,875,4075Sony / Columbia
10Larry Crowne$129,4100%1,035-1252$125$34,844,9404Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$194,0254%680-192$285$164,597,98511Universal
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$162,672-4%591-411$275$64,157,9276Fox
3Super 8$105,7321%658-801$161$124,670,0377Paramount
4Monte Carlo$84,561-6%360-809$235$22,140,0564Fox
5The Tree of Life$77,2212%230-5$336$11,352,3749Fox Searchlight
6Rio (2011)$66,7616%210-31$318$142,837,00315Fox
7Green Lantern (2011)$57,85710%421-552$137$114,144,1096Warner Bros.
8Thor$56,8882%236-36$241$180,373,26412Paramount
9Kung Fu Panda 2$55,976-1%250-104$224$161,019,5149Paramount / DreamWorks
10X-Men: First Class$53,503-3%295-175$181$144,436,3338Fox
11Beginners$45,278-4%157-13$288$4,801,1888Focus
12Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$44,142-1%190-24$232$14,816,3887Relativity Media
13The Hangover Part II$41,7655%275-180$152$252,628,0179Warner Bros.
14Fast Five$26,0550%174-38$150$209,550,12513Universal
15A Better Life$24,0100%182-34$132$1,508,8345Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$76,599-7%480$1,596$10,037,92216Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$33,887-6%270$1,255$27,146,72871Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$28,920-6%6137$474$526,1192Fox Searchlight
4Sarah's Key$12,722-6%5--$2,544$169,9601Weinstein Company
5Water for Elephants$11,8933%91-29$131$58,639,14914Fox
6Another Earth$8,304-1%4--$2,076$112,2661Fox Searchlight
7Project Nim$6,55421%19-4$345$195,2743Roadside Attractions
8Insidious$5,5740%59-7$94$53,923,02917FilmDistrict
9A Little Help$5,026-12%24--$209$66,4291Freestyle Releasing
10Something Borrowed$4,892-7%47-27$104$39,046,48912Warner Bros.
11Delhi Belly$3,85016%25-42$154$1,515,1584UTV Communications
12Submarine$2,553-18%184$142$438,8378Weinstein Company
13Everything Must Go$1,2037%9-3$134$2,690,87811Roadside Attractions
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$522867%21$261$231,69345Collective Eye
15The Conspirator$41811%100$42$11,531,25315Roadside Attractions
1635 and Ticking$173-29%3-2$58$94,08110Image Entertainment
17The Music Never Stopped$120264%4--$30$255,95919Roadside Attractions