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. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$6,111,040-37%3,61637$1,690$67,754,5452Universal
2Hanna$3,174,945-37%2,535--$1,252$12,370,5491Focus
3Arthur (2011)$2,713,272-46%3,276--$828$12,222,7561Warner Bros.
4Soul Surfer$2,592,897-41%2,214--$1,171$10,601,8621Sony / TriStar
5Your Highness$2,188,025-36%2,769--$790$9,360,0201Universal
6Insidious$2,002,567-51%2,41911$828$26,728,3572FilmDistrict
7Source Code$1,961,596-50%2,97110$660$28,218,8712Summit
8Limitless$1,269,027-48%2,655-183$478$64,149,6084Relativity Media
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$1,251,107-43%2,881-288$434$45,348,2473Fox
10The Lincoln Lawyer$984,446-51%2,420-287$407$46,136,4084Lionsgate
11Rango$649,727-38%2,007-1127$324$117,532,4006Paramount
12Sucker Punch$544,747-41%1,755-1278$310$33,973,7363Warner Bros.
13Paul$441,800-43%1,667-883$265$35,078,2904Universal
14Battle: Los Angeles$389,946-43%1,408-855$277$81,228,7885Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$312,490-40%24767$1,265$5,146,6955Focus
2Born to Be Wild 3D$272,948-20%206--$1,325$871,4781Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$266,530-54%22677$1,179$3,434,8254Fox Searchlight
4The Adjustment Bureau$187,920-55%783-742$240$60,108,6606Universal
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$184,729-21%226--$817$588,9381Lionsgate / Pantelion
6The King's Speech$106,977-55%675-332$158$137,538,27520Weinstein Company
7Red Riding Hood$104,198-56%777-1011$134$36,678,7505Warner Bros.
8Unknown (2011)$65,323-47%36540$179$63,097,5308Warner Bros.
9Hall Pass$59,086-52%366-337$161$44,302,0647Warner Bros. / New Line
10Beastly$58,719-53%339-482$173$27,328,3066CBS Films
11Just Go With It$52,354-59%320-277$164$101,917,2679Sony / Columbia
12True Grit (2010)$45,464-53%263-61$173$170,760,87416Paramount
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$39,993-45%184-66$217$37,499,0008Fox
14The Green Hornet$23,094-52%161-50$143$98,695,08913Sony / Columbia
15Cedar Rapids$21,071-53%118-92$179$6,659,2629Fox Searchlight
16Drive Angry$17,759-30%126104$141$10,655,7997Summit
17Black Swan$12,145-46%103-59$118$106,882,29019Fox Searchlight
18Take Me Home Tonight$11,014-26%10250$108$6,898,4836Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thank You$69,447-36%92--$755$247,7601UTV Communications
2Hubble 3D$27,987-15%31-13$903$23,641,17256Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Kill the Irishman$20,046-53%52-4$386$840,4375Anchor Bay Films
4Miral$15,887-37%2914$548$247,1983Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$11,423-21%38-20$301$4,696,16415Roadside Attractions
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$9,506-37%69-44$138$72,742,1379Paramount
7The Last Godfather$6,087-28%20-38$304$156,0782Roadside Attractions
8The Company Men$5,744-35%32-13$180$4,357,35512Weinstein Company
9Blue Valentine (2010)$2,737-25%19-20$144$9,690,53415Weinstein Company
10happythankyoumoreplease$1,880-44%9-3$209$206,4006Anchor Bay Films
11Meet Monica Velour$1,724-21%2--$862$7,4381Anchor Bay Films
12The Music Never Stopped$1,694-56%14-14$121$218,5764Roadside Attractions
13I Love You Phillip Morris$1,288-47%7-5$184$2,035,60719Roadside Attractions
14Winter's Bone$92-26%2-1$46$6,531,28144Roadside Attractions