'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, Apr. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Source Code$1,097,444-70%2,961--$371$15,909,5381Summit
4Limitless$712,163-69%2,83833$251$56,221,8033Relativity Media
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$605,662-78%3,1692$191$38,801,8302Fox
6Sucker Punch$524,376-67%3,0330$173$30,335,4942Warner Bros.
7The Lincoln Lawyer$500,275-72%2,7070$185$39,916,3413Lionsgate
10Battle: Los Angeles$295,570-69%2,263-855$131$78,798,1364Sony / Columbia
11The Adjustment Bureau$160,125-67%1,525-757$105$58,690,7205Universal
12Red Riding Hood$137,399-66%1,788-927$77$35,729,7404Warner Bros.
13The King's Speech$93,754-66%1,007-55$93$136,680,05919Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$109,369-69%18090$608$3,588,8824Focus
2Win Win$69,176-77%149126$464$2,017,1203Fox Searchlight
3Hall Pass$64,775-63%703-501$92$43,819,7466Warner Bros. / New Line
4Beastly$58,761-68%821-764$72$26,845,1705CBS Films
5Gnomeo and Juliet$49,943-59%735-629$68$96,916,0198Disney
6Just Go With It$49,242-64%597-519$82$101,474,5628Sony / Columbia
7Mars Needs Moms$39,685-62%701-1469$57$20,410,2954Disney
8True Grit (2010)$26,745-63%324119$83$170,448,98415Paramount
9Unknown (2011)$20,202-62%325-363$62$62,744,0057Warner Bros.
10I Am Number Four$19,569-62%270-242$72$53,887,6037Disney / DreamWorks
11Yogi Bear$17,510-68%265-61$66$100,186,57816Warner Bros.
12Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$17,194-66%250-156$69$37,288,7417Fox
13Cedar Rapids$15,410-72%210-132$73$6,503,6068Fox Searchlight
14Black Swan$12,381-55%162-45$76$106,786,97818Fox Searchlight
15No Strings Attached$7,369-65%145-68$51$70,633,35511Paramount
16Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$4,340-72%113-176$38$72,690,9198Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$35,503-14%0-42--$23,426,89855Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Kill the Irishman$10,844-65%5615$194$720,7084Anchor Bay Films
3The Last Godfather$9,685-71%58--$167$111,4641Roadside Attractions
4Miral$6,610-70%1511$441$169,7712Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$5,664-56%58--$98$4,909,97714Roadside Attractions
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$5,098-53%66-19$77$294,985,53220Warner Bros.
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$3,352-64%60-12$56$104,353,71517Fox
8Blue Valentine (2010)$2,761-52%39-5$71$9,670,54214Weinstein Company
9The Eagle$2,673-57%57-40$47$19,481,0578Focus
10The Music Never Stopped$2,606-69%28-5$93$199,7073Roadside Attractions
11The Rite$2,410-68%72-83$33$33,040,16410Warner Bros. / New Line
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,150-63%26-8$83$42,758,73815Fox
13Take Me Home Tonight$2,091-51%52-37$40$6,854,0285Relativity Media
14The Company Men$1,981-76%45-3$44$4,325,22011Weinstein Company
15The Mechanic$1,702-62%43-57$40$29,115,29010CBS Films
16Rabbit Hole$1,481-51%6132$24$2,223,29016Lionsgate
17Drive Angry$1,392-63%22-50$63$10,592,1406Summit
18I Love You Phillip Morris$1,059-51%123$88$2,028,46018Roadside Attractions
19happythankyoumoreplease$996-76%12-4$83$194,1805Anchor Bay Films