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 Mon, Aug. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$3,891,426-54%2,534--$1,536$39,809,8421Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,547,640-60%3,69143$961$108,755,8662Fox
3The Smurfs$2,277,561-51%3,42732$665$104,056,3023Sony / Columbia
4Final Destination 5$1,855,164-58%3,155--$588$19,886,5601Warner Bros. / New Line
530 Minutes or Less$1,830,117-54%2,888--$634$15,160,2351Sony / Columbia
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,158,055-56%2,414-761$480$358,495,4105Warner Bros.
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,047,320-52%2,635-385$397$56,573,8443Warner Bros.
8Captain America: The First Avenger$985,172-57%2,835-785$348$157,956,2804Paramount
9Cowboys & Aliens$959,885-61%3,310-444$290$82,633,9003Universal
10The Change-Up$859,335-55%2,9130$295$26,698,1852Universal
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$840,846-44%2,040--$412$6,802,0771Fox
12Horrible Bosses$333,109-54%1,338-687$249$110,336,2536Warner Bros. / New Line
13Friends With Benefits$279,527-49%1,294-1104$216$53,358,8644Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$172,189-59%886-968$194$347,440,9897Paramount / DreamWorks
2Zookeeper$155,849-45%748-976$208$75,956,5396Sony / Columbia
3Cars 2$116,859-51%494-432$237$186,313,4168Disney
4Sarah's Key$69,202-60%10134$685$2,093,2274Weinstein Company
5Green Lantern (2011)$60,252-53%242134$249$115,097,3969Warner Bros.
6Mr. Popper's Penguins$56,850-50%294-33$193$66,151,1419Fox
7Kung Fu Panda 2$56,317-50%252-38$223$163,489,94412Paramount / DreamWorks
8Bridesmaids$51,275-51%285-89$180$167,221,17014Universal
9X-Men: First Class$28,888-45%183-53$158$145,717,43411Fox
10The Hangover Part II$26,262-52%232-71$113$253,967,55412Warner Bros.
11The Tree of Life$25,296-53%118-52$214$12,497,88112Fox Searchlight
12Bad Teacher$22,171-34%149-201$149$97,923,5928Sony / Columbia
13Super 8$17,129-49%108-66$159$125,537,19010Paramount
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$15,506-49%104-12$149$1,211,3735Fox Searchlight
15Monte Carlo$13,728-45%124-17$111$22,703,2167Fox
16Beginners$13,719-62%103-23$133$5,540,16511Focus
17Larry Crowne$9,960-61%166-63$60$35,575,9357Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$69,957-14%490$1,428$11,380,30219Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$41,441-54%8956$466$740,2353Lionsgate
3Another Earth$24,347-62%8227$297$723,4064Fox Searchlight
4Aarakshan$21,141-78%91--$232$365,8021Reliance Big Pictures
5Attack the Block$16,764-56%4032$419$470,8513Sony / Screen Gems
6Rio (2011)$10,270-53%99-40$104$143,488,55018Fox
7The Future$10,042-51%202$502$244,5943Roadside Attractions
8Thor$7,921-51%81-60$98$180,960,74915Paramount
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$4,360-11%55-33$79$15,005,35410Relativity Media
10Project Nim$3,805-47%18-3$211$311,4266Roadside Attractions
11A Better Life$2,216-62%51-23$43$1,700,1898Summit
12The Last Mountain$643-58%5--$129$120,75011Dada Films
13Insidious$633-63%13-13$49$53,978,57120FilmDistrict
14Submarine$364-55%7-3$52$467,06611Weinstein Company
15Everything Must Go$190-38%3-5$63$2,702,73214Roadside Attractions
16The Conspirator$150-34%20$75$11,533,55918Roadside Attractions