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 Wed, Mar. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$1,157,181-19%2,80549$413$44,976,2062Relativity Media
2Sucker Punch$1,007,104-25%3,033--$332$22,817,4751Warner Bros.
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$969,534-15%3,167--$306$27,127,1071Fox
4The Lincoln Lawyer$913,066-17%2,7070$337$31,669,9982Lionsgate
5Rango$681,392-7%3,645-198$187$108,497,9794Paramount
6Paul$603,565-17%2,8064$215$26,967,5352Universal
7Battle: Los Angeles$551,148-13%3,118-299$177$74,376,8933Sony / Columbia
8The Adjustment Bureau$341,425-15%2,282-378$150$56,011,5554Universal
9Red Riding Hood$325,519-14%2,715-315$120$33,472,9253Warner Bros.
10Mars Needs Moms$181,417-11%2,170-947$84$19,814,6143Disney
11Hall Pass$164,346-4%1,204-701$137$42,828,4495Warner Bros. / New Line
12Beastly$157,288-14%1,585-225$99$25,796,9674CBS Films
13The King's Speech$144,389-4%1,062-187$136$135,294,09618Weinstein Company
14Gnomeo and Juliet$133,579-6%1,364-384$98$96,289,9347Disney
15Just Go With It$126,948-11%1,116-592$114$100,652,1267Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$60,321-12%688-713$88$62,432,5816Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$43,999-2%512-443$86$53,620,9666Disney / DreamWorks
3Cedar Rapids$38,680-6%342-120$113$6,239,3947Fox Searchlight
4Yogi Bear$31,156-11%326-112$96$99,965,85915Warner Bros.
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$26,523-11%406-144$65$37,043,6176Fox
6Black Swan$22,493-8%20716$109$106,646,55617Fox Searchlight
7True Grit (2010)$17,723-5%205-63$86$170,110,69814Paramount
8Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$17,295-7%289-191$60$72,611,2107Paramount
9No Strings Attached$16,440-10%213-19$77$70,527,56810Paramount
10The Fighter$11,5752%179-137$65$93,605,84416Paramount
11The Rite$7,078-6%155-47$46$33,004,3289Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Mechanic$5,440-20%1001$54$29,092,5359CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$93,364-9%9064$1,037$2,168,5273Focus
2Hubble 3D$38,54422%42-7$918$23,221,68054Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$35,4337%2318$1,541$772,5782Fox Searchlight
4Kill the Irishman$12,910-11%4120$315$582,9753Anchor Bay Films
5Biutiful$9,446-7%0-88--$4,852,02813Roadside Attractions
6Miral$6,75625%4--$1,689$84,7971Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$6,3814%85-9$75$294,935,79619Warner Bros.
8The Company Men$5,44611%48-10$113$4,287,60510Weinstein Company
9The Eagle$4,992-12%975$51$19,450,6787Focus
10Take Me Home Tonight$4,976-7%89-192$56$6,832,2494Relativity Media
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$4,773-5%72-10$66$104,313,60116Fox
12Blue Valentine (2010)$4,703-15%441$107$9,643,43113Weinstein Company
13The Music Never Stopped$4,289-24%331$130$163,9152Roadside Attractions
14From Prada to Nada$3,910-14%9164$43$3,028,7569Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Drive Angry$3,766-33%72-23$52$10,571,5055Summit
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,9421%34-9$87$42,740,71214Fox
17happythankyoumoreplease$2,55831%164$160$175,6864Anchor Bay Films
18Rabbit Hole$1,56143%290$54$2,207,86015Lionsgate
19I Love You Phillip Morris$1,344-27%9-2$149$2,018,36817Roadside Attractions
20Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$21571%2-3$108$85,7677Phase 4 Films