Grosses

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Arrives with $24.45M on Wednesday; 'Exodus' Falls to Second with $1.31MDecember 18, 2014 12:16 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies debuted with $24.45 million on Wednesday. That figure includes the estimated $11.2 million the film grossed from Tuesday night shows (which represented a very significant 45.8 percent of the film's opening day gross).

The Battle of the Five Armies opened 22 percent below the $31.19 million opening day performance of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, though that was expected given that The Desolation of Smaug opened on a Friday. The Battle of the Five Armies opened 6.5 percent below the $26.16 million Wednesday start of 2002's The Two Towers, which went on to gross $102.05 million in its first five days of release. Given that The Battle of the Five Armies will likely experience more initial front-loading in comparison; the last chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy appears to be on course for a five-day start in the area of $88 million to $95 million.

After leading the daily box office for the previous five days, Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings fell to second on Wednesday with $1.31 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down a sharp 41 percent from Tuesday. Clearly Exodus: Gods and Kings took a big hit from the arrival of The Battle of the Five Armies in the marketplace. Exodus: Gods and Kings has grossed $29.61 million in six days of release. That places the film an underwhelming 2 percent behind the $30.2 million six-day start of the far less expensive Son of God earlier this year.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 was down one spot and 25 percent from Tuesday to land in third with $1.02 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a healthy 26.5 percent from last Wednesday. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $280.39 million in 27 days. That leaves the film $19.61 million away from becoming the second release of 2013 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone. Mockingjay - Part 1 is running 22.5 percent behind the $361.59 million 27-day take of last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Paramount's Top Five placed in sixth for the day with $0.447 million. The critically acclaimed comedy starring and directed by Chris Rock was down one spot and a solid 24 percent from Tuesday. Top Five has grossed $8.44 million in six days of moderate release. The low-budget film continues to perform on the low end of expectations, but hopes to hold up well going forward thanks in part to strong critical reviews and planned expansions.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Mar. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rango$2,021,345-4%3,917--$516$42,210,8541Paramount
2The Adjustment Bureau$1,689,80013%2,840--$595$24,337,7551Universal
3Hall Pass$818,3517%2,9500$277$28,431,6012Warner Bros. / New Line
4Beastly$615,09516%1,952--$315$10,996,3701CBS Films
5Unknown (2011)$561,21916%2,913-130$193$54,074,0843Warner Bros.
6Just Go With It$518,91023%2,920-624$178$89,071,4754Sony / Columbia
7The King's Speech$505,01511%2,240-145$225$124,506,08715Weinstein Company
8I Am Number Four$463,7279%2,903-253$160$47,377,1473Disney / DreamWorks
9Gnomeo and Juliet$388,6540%2,984-53$130$84,800,9554Disney
10Take Me Home Tonight$306,869-4%2,003--$153$4,090,0771Relativity Media
11Drive Angry$259,02014%2,2900$113$9,590,9962Summit
12Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$198,496-3%2,254-556$88$69,232,5564Paramount
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$171,3352%1,642-1179$104$33,590,4993Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$97,12613%68164$143$105,301,60914Fox Searchlight
2The Fighter$80,0373%575--$139$92,194,98113Paramount
3Cedar Rapids$76,1839%23599$324$3,537,2354Fox Searchlight
4True Grit (2010)$66,808-3%72557$92$168,816,48811Paramount
5No Strings Attached$41,95919%425-941$99$69,736,9057Paramount
6The Roommate$41,5766%606-1120$69$36,926,5885Sony / Screen Gems
7Biutiful$30,22241%145-36$208$4,284,50210Roadside Attractions
8The Eagle$26,05112%327-1241$80$19,192,7254Focus
9The Green Hornet$17,4348%269-398$65$97,071,1368Sony / Columbia
10Little Fockers$13,33510%221-40$60$148,245,02511Universal
11127 Hours$13,19018%135-85$98$18,161,24818Fox Searchlight
12Yogi Bear$12,8769%266-100$48$98,178,37012Warner Bros.
13The Rite$12,8513%201-344$64$32,647,8726Warner Bros. / New Line
14Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$12,676-5%208-95$61$294,588,18116Warner Bros.
15The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$12,16613%185-63$66$104,017,86113Fox
16The Company Men$11,53332%112-73$103$4,077,7197Weinstein Company
17The Mechanic$7,72820%109-295$71$28,894,7146CBS Films
18Gulliver's Travels (2010)$7,27214%156-48$47$42,586,30611Fox
19Season of the Witch$6,3029%109-62$58$24,756,5229Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$22,737-11%49-1$464$22,330,29451Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Blue Valentine (2010)$11,71133%96-71$122$9,429,18110Weinstein Company
3Rabbit Hole$3,22310%55-28$59$2,126,11912Lionsgate
4happythankyoumoreplease$1,962-3%2--$981$39,0431Anchor Bay Films
5I Love You Phillip Morris$1,93032%13-2$148$1,967,26414Roadside Attractions
6From Prada to Nada$1,93042%35-46$55$2,942,4176Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$733-40%41$183$61,8284Phase 4 Films
87 Khoon Maaf$639107%15-53$43$269,6093UTV Communications
9Winter's Bone$591-21%13-122$45$6,521,48439Roadside Attractions
10Brotherhood (2010)$7071%1-1$70$19,6363Phase 4 Films