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 Mon, Mar. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Battle: Los Angeles$3,044,610-65%3,417--$891$38,617,7971Sony / Columbia
2Rango$2,294,134-67%3,9236$585$70,500,2352Paramount
3Red Riding Hood$1,196,151-64%3,030--$395$15,201,4861Warner Bros.
4The Adjustment Bureau$1,024,920-65%2,8477$360$39,614,5152Universal
5Mars Needs Moms$740,274-64%3,117--$237$7,654,7621Disney
6Hall Pass$547,445-59%2,555-395$214$35,389,7343Warner Bros. / New Line
7Gnomeo and Juliet$503,058-55%2,585-399$195$89,605,4235Disney
8Beastly$477,696-60%1,9597$244$17,389,3292CBS Films
9Just Go With It$389,248-60%2,398-522$162$94,390,0955Sony / Columbia
10The King's Speech$339,644-64%1,768-472$192$129,349,87916Weinstein Company
11Unknown (2011)$331,379-61%2,203-710$150$58,742,2244Warner Bros.
12I Am Number Four$265,789-56%2,005-898$133$50,721,5124Disney / DreamWorks
13Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$182,702-54%1,247-1007$147$71,138,3435Paramount
14Take Me Home Tonight$178,074-49%2,0030$89$6,069,1662Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$121,992-64%931-711$131$35,284,9504Fox
2Cedar Rapids$91,633-64%394159$233$4,688,9655Fox Searchlight
3Yogi Bear$61,084-57%404138$151$98,738,88813Warner Bros.
4The Fighter$55,527-62%463-112$120$92,986,81514Paramount
5Black Swan$47,302-59%337-344$140$105,975,51915Fox Searchlight
6The Green Hornet$42,364-56%30940$137$97,527,5939Sony / Columbia
7Drive Angry$38,321-56%551-1739$70$10,346,3723Summit
8True Grit (2010)$36,729-64%401-324$92$169,418,13412Paramount
9No Strings Attached$21,512-54%254-171$85$70,023,9228Paramount
10Biutiful$18,781-65%114-31$165$4,539,09311Roadside Attractions
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$11,557-50%123-62$94$104,132,69614Fox
12Little Fockers$11,505-63%177-44$65$148,395,28512Universal
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$10,183-65%122-86$83$294,723,79117Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$37,8570%490$773$22,555,93152Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Jane Eyre (2011)$17,483-70%4--$4,371$200,3681Focus
3Kill the Irishman$14,530-64%5--$2,906$159,9601Anchor Bay Films
4Gulliver's Travels (2010)$9,653-34%99-57$98$42,655,32912Fox
5127 Hours$7,039-51%79-56$89$18,243,62519Fox Searchlight
6The Rite$6,937-54%85-116$82$32,729,4667Warner Bros. / New Line
7Blue Valentine (2010)$6,574-61%60-36$110$9,521,00211Weinstein Company
8The Eagle$6,476-51%99-228$65$19,299,4585Focus
9happythankyoumoreplease$5,653-65%1917$298$100,2612Anchor Bay Films
10The Company Men$4,802-63%63-49$76$4,160,2918Weinstein Company
11Season of the Witch$3,756-54%54-55$70$24,798,00510Relativity Media
12Rabbit Hole$3,452-57%38-17$91$2,163,01013Lionsgate
13The Mechanic$2,477-64%42-67$59$28,933,7317CBS Films
14From Prada to Nada$1,459-64%33-2$44$2,959,2407Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,126-58%40$282$73,0055Phase 4 Films
16I Love You Phillip Morris$1,043-68%12-1$87$1,979,86015Roadside Attractions
17Winter's Bone$468-62%9-4$52$6,527,91640Roadside Attractions
18Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie$157-92%1--$157$28,93015Argot Pictures