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, Oct. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$7,970,377-26%3,440--$2,317$27,319,6771Disney / DreamWorks
2The Ides of March$2,778,264-35%2,199--$1,263$10,470,1431Sony / Columbia
3Dolphin Tale$2,769,988-30%3,478-37$796$49,040,7363Warner Bros.
4Moneyball$2,010,187-38%3,01825$666$49,207,1673Sony / Columbia
550/50$1,591,212-30%2,47921$642$17,482,5212Summit
6Courageous$1,572,407-16%1,1610$1,354$16,160,0322Sony / TriStar
7The Lion King 3D$1,436,615-26%2,267-73$634$86,008,5954Disney
8Dream House$1,185,480-39%2,6643$445$14,467,4902Universal
9What's Your Number?$840,763-33%3,0119$279$10,382,8002Fox
10Contagion$810,773-37%2,250-494$360$69,026,5435Warner Bros.
11Abduction$794,466-37%2,591-527$307$23,362,8263Lionsgate
12Killer Elite$649,061-29%2,411-575$269$21,646,9293Open Road
13The Help$555,481-33%2,064-441$269$162,652,3639Disney / DreamWorks
14Drive (2011)$535,422-30%1,330-644$403$30,107,8854FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs$159,936-28%515104$311$139,381,79911Sony / Columbia
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$124,219-27%407155$305$379,750,74713Warner Bros.
3Laugh at My Pain$117,750-45%248-30$475$6,929,7605CodeBlack Entertainment
4Captain America: The First Avenger$88,003-33%303-47$290$175,805,85312Paramount
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$82,012-38%382-209$215$174,937,80310Fox
6The Debt$74,711-31%358-245$209$30,564,7666Focus
7Colombiana$62,516-38%245-167$255$36,206,2177Sony / TriStar
8Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$58,301-19%365-345$160$37,763,5338Weinstein Company
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$51,739-39%222-183$233$83,120,91411Warner Bros.
10Warrior (2011)$49,992-27%319-388$157$13,427,8545Lionsgate
11Zookeeper$42,894-36%198-55$217$80,112,56014Sony / Columbia
12Cowboys & Aliens$40,170-37%206-35$195$99,768,67111Universal
13I Don't Know How She Does It$28,775-27%240-505$120$9,486,4774Weinstein Company
14Horrible Bosses$27,998-32%142-80$197$117,388,06914Warner Bros. / New Line
15Transformers: Dark of the Moon$24,767-31%143-65$173$352,358,77915Paramount / DreamWorks
16Straw Dogs (2011)$24,056-34%181-693$133$10,324,4414Sony / Screen Gems
17Sarah's Key$20,218-12%113-26$179$6,882,89312Weinstein Company
18Shark Night 3D$19,721-34%145-147$136$18,595,9886Relativity Media
19Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$19,063-39%114-102$167$23,820,0767FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$36,765-7%490$750$13,336,19727Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$34,535-25%9360$371$291,1983Relativity Media
3Seven Days in Utopia$17,463-13%77-58$227$4,289,4686Visio Entertainment
4Munger Road$16,125-16%98$1,792$98,8612Freestyle Releasing
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$11,994-24%68-35$176$68,181,94017Fox
6Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$9,829-27%27-7$364$409,2116Indomina Media
7Thunder Soul$9,522-34%3724$257$120,6513Roadside Attractions
8Final Destination 5$9,098-32%61-83$149$42,575,7189Warner Bros. / New Line
9Bad Teacher$9,069-33%64-290$142$100,292,85616Sony / Columbia
10Our Idiot Brother$7,434-33%67-69$111$24,657,7287Weinstein Company
11Circumstance$5,644-6%18-5$314$371,9637Roadside Attractions
12Dirty Girl$5,044-23%9--$560$17,8591Weinstein Company
13Margaret$4,494-14%1412$321$24,9502Fox Searchlight
14Apollo 18$4,433-39%46-68$96$17,520,1676Weinstein Company
15Muran$2,960-4%7-3$423$27,2082UTV Communications
16The Future$1,179-28%15-1$79$544,78711Roadside Attractions
17Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$787-30%90$87$13,6342UTV Communications
18Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$220-39%4-2$55$10,5242Freestyle Releasing
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$72-67%1--$72$244,66956Collective Eye
20Project Nim$47-69%6-1$8$399,00114Roadside Attractions