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 Fri, Apr. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$10,685,096157%3,84215$2,781$65,168,3372Fox
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$10,457,457--2,288--$4,571$10,457,4571Lionsgate
3Water for Elephants$6,924,487--2,817--$2,458$6,924,4871Fox
4HOP$4,791,185171%3,6168$1,325$92,830,1854Universal
5African Cats$3,327,053--1,220--$2,727$3,327,0531Disneynature
6Scream 4$2,770,090102%3,3149$836$26,774,3532Weinstein Company
7Soul Surfer$2,345,335129%2,24026$1,047$25,410,6183Sony / TriStar
8Insidious$2,103,396117%2,130-103$988$40,897,1904FilmDistrict
9Hanna$1,846,855112%2,384-161$775$28,290,7153Focus
10Source Code$1,826,610130%2,363-194$773$41,427,8544Summit
11Arthur (2011)$1,582,32181%2,770-506$571$26,732,3033Warner Bros.
12Limitless$956,91982%1,363-522$702$72,294,5136Relativity Media
13Your Highness$611,80016%1,610-1162$380$18,669,7553Universal
14The Lincoln Lawyer$589,54276%1,220-482$483$52,181,4746Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$718,594150%849142$846$5,421,2772Roadside Attractions
2Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$436,09032%928-921$470$49,793,0815Fox
3Win Win$335,065160%3884$864$5,857,7546Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$253,81739%2081$1,220$2,676,2893Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Jane Eyre (2011)$249,93883%31945$784$7,369,9377Focus
6Rango$144,69243%557-419$260$119,280,9398Paramount
7Dum Maaro Dum$114,449--101--$1,133$114,4491Fox Searchlight
8Sucker Punch$98,8208%244-311$405$35,702,6885Warner Bros.
9The Adjustment Bureau$92,050103%263-85$350$60,978,6008Universal
10Paul$88,18537%245-291$360$36,399,0456Universal
11Just Go With It$73,30881%265-61$277$102,477,40811Sony / Columbia
12Battle: Los Angeles$73,096-6%220-334$332$82,518,7007Sony / Columbia
13The King's Speech$70,949103%234-81$303$138,198,16122Weinstein Company
14Red Riding Hood$68,572334%30860$223$37,067,1337Warner Bros.
15Hall Pass$49,17857%202-131$243$44,786,4589Warner Bros. / New Line
16Beastly$34,586180%13727$252$27,542,8128CBS Films
17Unknown (2011)$33,13930%162-113$205$63,497,48410Warner Bros.
18Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$26,192669%166131$158$72,808,58611Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$62,5834%320$1,956$24,124,59658Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$29,857--92-36$325$37,688,88310Fox
3No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$28,77515%89-100$323$1,116,8763Lionsgate / Pantelion
4True Grit (2010)$17,67941%80-97$221$171,000,08418Paramount
5Kill the Irishman$12,34060%23-16$537$982,0787Anchor Bay Films
6Cedar Rapids$8,306--36-11$231$6,757,26611Fox Searchlight
7Thank You$7,635-10%20-51$382$432,7613UTV Communications
8Miral$6,1934%20-6$310$331,3025Weinstein Company
9Biutiful$4,61048%21-11$220$5,030,53317Roadside Attractions
10The Company Men$2,839-8%15-5$189$4,396,40114Weinstein Company
11Black Swan$2,335--20-29$117$106,944,91721Fox Searchlight
12Zokkomon$1,103--24--$46$1,1031UTV Communications
13The Music Never Stopped$511-51%6-7$85$231,8376Roadside Attractions
14Meet Monica Velour$356-37%1-3$356$17,8363Anchor Bay Films
15happythankyoumoreplease$216-81%2-2$108$215,2088Anchor Bay Films