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, Apr. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$903,335-14%3,61637$250$70,610,5202Universal
2Hanna$803,043-25%2,535--$317$15,216,9801Focus
3Arthur (2011)$707,055-28%3,276--$216$14,719,8591Warner Bros.
4Your Highness$580,665-28%2,769--$210$11,490,5401Universal
5Source Code$570,323-21%2,761-200$207$30,088,0902Summit
6Insidious$543,330-21%2,41911$225$28,565,2112FilmDistrict
7Soul Surfer$471,604-17%2,214--$213$12,117,4451Sony / TriStar
8Limitless$425,214-18%2,655-183$160$65,496,8554Relativity Media
9The Lincoln Lawyer$346,873-17%2,420-287$143$47,215,3674Lionsgate
10Sucker Punch$169,474-10%1,755-1278$97$34,513,6303Warner Bros.
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$162,063-22%2,881-288$56$45,877,8623Fox
12Rango$130,507-5%2,007-1127$65$117,927,6246Paramount
13Paul$124,985-17%1,667-883$75$35,486,4354Universal
14Battle: Los Angeles$108,526-11%1,408-855$77$81,572,1875Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$120,161-1%24767$486$5,490,7345Focus
2Born to Be Wild 3D$94,9352%206--$461$1,124,3801Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$85,601-4%22677$379$3,680,6794Fox Searchlight
4The Adjustment Bureau$66,555-6%783-742$85$60,308,0606Universal
5The King's Speech$49,456-6%675-332$73$137,684,28020Weinstein Company
6No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$37,374-7%226--$165$707,1531Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Red Riding Hood$34,455-4%777-1011$44$36,780,8975Warner Bros.
8Unknown (2011)$26,129-18%36540$72$63,180,9998Warner Bros.
9Hall Pass$20,857-16%366-337$57$44,370,8527Warner Bros. / New Line
10Just Go With It$19,818-24%320-277$62$101,981,3079Sony / Columbia
11Beastly$17,464-28%339-482$52$27,385,7606CBS Films
12True Grit (2010)$16,853-13%263-61$64$170,813,52716Paramount
13Cedar Rapids$8,82711%118-92$75$6,684,2109Fox Searchlight
14Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$7,264-12%184-66$39$37,521,7538Fox
15Black Swan$6,584-15%103-59$64$106,902,56019Fox Searchlight
16Drive Angry$5,624-25%126104$45$10,675,2127Summit
17Take Me Home Tonight$4,382-15%10250$43$6,912,8246Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$23,978-11%31--$773$23,709,53856Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thank You$14,311-36%92--$156$296,5651UTV Communications
3Kill the Irishman$8,9310%52-4$172$868,5935Anchor Bay Films
4Miral$6,1259%2914$211$264,5903Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$6,0601%38-20$159$4,984,65115Roadside Attractions
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$2,759-20%69-44$40$72,751,6739Paramount
7The Company Men$2,694-20%32-13$84$4,365,77112Weinstein Company
8Blue Valentine (2010)$2,388104%19-20$126$9,695,23615Weinstein Company
9The Last Godfather$1,636-9%20-38$82$161,1242Roadside Attractions
10happythankyoumoreplease$81829%9-3$91$208,1656Anchor Bay Films
11The Music Never Stopped$716-1%14-14$51$220,6224Roadside Attractions
12I Love You Phillip Morris$55718%7-5$80$2,037,18619Roadside Attractions
13Meet Monica Velour$399-74%2--$200$9,8271Anchor Bay Films
14Winter's Bone$12100%2--$6$6,531,31144Roadside Attractions