'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, Oct. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dolphin Tale$3,903,006-40%3,5158$1,110$37,183,7962Warner Bros.
2The Lion King 3D$2,863,924-36%2,34010$1,224$79,209,7943Disney
3Courageous$2,723,408-16%1,161--$2,346$9,112,8391Sony / TriStar
4Moneyball$2,664,928-52%2,9930$890$38,000,1302Sony / Columbia
6Dream House$1,716,345-51%2,661--$645$8,129,3551Universal
8Killer Elite$1,280,401-40%2,9860$429$17,501,2862Open Road
9What's Your Number?$1,234,774-43%3,002--$411$5,421,6691Fox
10Contagion$1,137,820-50%2,744-392$415$64,569,6194Warner Bros.
11Drive (2011)$836,744-42%1,974-930$424$27,003,0293FilmDistrict
12The Help$792,316-41%2,505-190$316$159,373,0238Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$155,762-55%278-9$560$6,250,7194CodeBlack Entertainment
2The Debt$147,116-53%603-464$244$30,073,7515Focus
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$136,400-47%591-587$231$174,482,6299Fox
4Captain America: The First Avenger$122,787-36%35016$351$175,330,41811Paramount
5Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$120,343-31%710-497$169$37,544,3877Weinstein Company
6Warrior (2011)$117,732-43%707-704$167$13,082,6674Lionsgate
7The Smurfs$100,391-38%411-258$244$138,809,04510Sony / Columbia
8Colombiana$99,379-49%412-435$241$35,845,4216Sony / TriStar
9Straw Dogs (2011)$99,231-49%874-1534$114$10,067,9033Sony / Screen Gems
10I Don't Know How She Does It$96,744-45%745-1745$130$9,222,1133Weinstein Company
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$90,921-50%405-270$224$82,763,54010Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$78,426-37%252-68$311$379,245,61012Warner Bros.
13Zookeeper$60,952-38%253-41$241$79,912,19013Sony / Columbia
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$56,193-39%208-43$270$352,222,09814Paramount / DreamWorks
15Cowboys & Aliens$48,220-43%241-104$200$99,552,61110Universal
16Horrible Bosses$41,270-45%222-91$186$117,223,92613Warner Bros. / New Line
17Sarah's Key$33,545-28%139-12$241$6,770,09111Weinstein Company
18Shark Night 3D$33,197-54%292-345$114$18,492,1055Relativity Media
19Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$30,121-51%216-208$139$23,708,5106FilmDistrict
20Seven Days in Utopia$22,133-34%135-137$164$4,104,0635Visio Entertainment
21Bad Teacher$20,326-89%354122$57$100,226,01515Sony / Columbia
22Final Destination 5$20,028-43%144-110$139$42,520,9188Warner Bros. / New Line
23Mr. Popper's Penguins$19,657-42%103-50$191$68,131,16016Fox
24Our Idiot Brother$16,038-42%136-275$118$24,603,2246Weinstein Company
25Conan the Barbarian (2011)$15,929-25%11559$139$21,270,9047Lionsgate
26Apollo 18$14,679-38%114-225$129$17,486,0595Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$37,331-22%490$762$13,181,61926Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$25,315-25%3329$767$142,9312Relativity Media
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$16,057-29%34-14$472$355,2785Indomina Media
4Munger Road$7,750-38%1--$7,750$36,6051Freestyle Releasing
5Circumstance$6,360-22%23-6$277$345,7236Roadside Attractions
6Thunder Soul$4,478-38%13-22$344$81,3902Roadside Attractions
7Muran$4,102-44%10--$410$16,4901UTV Communications
8The Future$2,554-28%16-11$160$535,95710Roadside Attractions
9Margaret$2,429-20%2--$1,215$7,5251Fox Searchlight
10Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$2,196-43%9--$244$9,5481UTV Communications
11Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$1,939-33%6--$323$6,9111Freestyle Releasing
12Project Nim$76628%7-11$109$397,78513Roadside Attractions