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 Sun, Apr. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$10,540,155-32%3,579--$2,945$37,543,7101Universal
2Source Code$3,701,465-39%2,961--$1,250$14,812,0941Summit
3Insidious$3,060,981-44%2,408--$1,271$13,271,4641FilmDistrict
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$2,739,407-39%3,1692$864$38,196,1682Fox
5Limitless$2,323,770-41%2,83833$819$55,509,6403Relativity Media
6The Lincoln Lawyer$1,785,457-40%2,7070$660$39,416,0663Lionsgate
7Sucker Punch$1,587,278-37%3,0330$523$29,811,1182Warner Bros.
8Rango$1,259,358-36%3,134-511$402$113,728,8745Paramount
9Paul$1,134,775-38%2,550-256$445$31,844,4453Universal
10Battle: Los Angeles$953,922-38%2,263-855$422$78,502,5664Sony / Columbia
11The Adjustment Bureau$488,020-50%1,525-757$320$58,530,5955Universal
12Red Riding Hood$404,113-49%1,788-927$226$35,592,3414Warner Bros.
13The King's Speech$274,132-47%1,007-55$272$136,586,30519Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$349,647-34%18090$1,942$3,479,5134Focus
2Win Win$304,565-42%149126$2,044$1,947,9443Fox Searchlight
3Beastly$185,439-49%821-764$226$26,786,4095CBS Films
4Hall Pass$175,066-48%703-501$249$43,754,9716Warner Bros. / New Line
5Just Go With It$137,301-53%597-519$230$101,425,3208Sony / Columbia
6Gnomeo and Juliet$120,467-36%735-629$164$96,866,0768Disney
7Mars Needs Moms$105,470-29%701-1469$150$20,370,6104Disney
8True Grit (2010)$71,794-44%324119$222$170,422,23915Paramount
9Cedar Rapids$54,836-40%210-132$261$6,488,1968Fox Searchlight
10Yogi Bear$54,574-28%265-61$206$100,169,06816Warner Bros.
11Unknown (2011)$53,162-47%325-363$164$62,723,8037Warner Bros.
12I Am Number Four$51,452-42%270-242$191$53,868,0347Disney / DreamWorks
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$50,002-48%250-156$200$37,271,5477Fox
14The Green Hornet$43,653-34%211-35$207$98,524,94712Sony / Columbia
15Black Swan$27,785-39%162-45$172$106,774,59718Fox Searchlight
16No Strings Attached$21,206-37%145-68$146$70,625,98611Paramount
17Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$15,513-36%113-176$137$72,686,5798Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$41,332-16%442$939$23,391,39555Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Last Godfather$33,134-19%58--$571$101,7791Roadside Attractions
3Kill the Irishman$30,678-39%5615$548$709,5024Anchor Bay Films
4Miral$22,137-29%1511$1,476$163,1612Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$12,800-31%58-8$221$4,904,31314Roadside Attractions
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$10,919-30%66-19$165$294,980,43420Warner Bros.
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$9,230-31%60-12$154$104,350,36317Fox
8The Music Never Stopped$8,345-35%28-5$298$197,1013Roadside Attractions
9The Company Men$8,175-38%45-3$182$4,323,23911Weinstein Company
10The Rite$7,531-33%72-83$105$33,037,75410Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Eagle$6,215-31%57-40$109$19,478,3848Focus
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$5,81222%26-8$224$42,756,58815Fox
13Blue Valentine (2010)$5,741-25%39-5$147$9,667,78114Weinstein Company
14The Mechanic$4,507-33%43-57$105$29,113,58810CBS Films
15Take Me Home Tonight$4,228-25%52-37$81$6,851,9375Relativity Media
16happythankyoumoreplease$4,210-34%12-4$351$193,1845Anchor Bay Films
17Drive Angry$3,804-45%22-50$173$10,590,7486Summit
18Rabbit Hole$3,007-42%6132$49$2,221,80916Lionsgate
19I Love You Phillip Morris$2,144-40%123$179$2,027,40118Roadside Attractions
20Winter's Bone$70-56%32$23$6,531,02143Roadside Attractions