That figure makes the Sony film the third highest-grossing film of the weekend just ended.
The top-grossing motion picture was "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," which took in $56,220,000. Other top earners were "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" ($17,300,000), "Exodus: Gods and Kings" ($8,065,000) and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" ($7,750,000).
"Annie" opened in cinemas nationwide Dec. 19.
Directed by Will Gluck, the film features a screenplay by Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna based on the musical stage play Annie by Thomas Meehan (book), Charles Strouse (music) and Martin Charnin (lyrics).
The film also features three new songs written by Sia and Greg Kurstin.