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, May. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast Five$21,863,945-27%3,644--$6,000$86,198,7651Universal
2Rio (2011)$4,531,015-31%3,708-134$1,222$104,014,8513Fox
3Water for Elephants$2,404,482-40%2,8203$853$32,480,2142Fox
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$2,286,996-49%2,2880$1,000$40,891,0432Lionsgate
5Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$1,230,957-31%2,505--$491$4,108,6301Weinstein Company
6Prom$915,120-52%2,730--$335$4,712,6381Disney
7Soul Surfer$878,383-40%2,010-230$437$33,843,0194Sony / TriStar
8HOP$746,360-38%3,176-440$235$105,403,2855Universal
9African Cats$611,730-26%1,2244$500$10,668,8292Disneynature
10Hanna$608,300-36%1,569-815$388$35,953,4704Focus
11Source Code$581,787-48%1,645-718$354$48,887,1885Summit
12Insidious$550,272-51%1,584-546$347$48,309,9125FilmDistrict
13Scream 4$494,128-45%2,221-1093$222$35,496,2003Weinstein Company
14Arthur (2011)$247,964-42%1,251-1519$198$31,671,6224Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$299,526-42%697-152$430$8,764,8253Roadside Attractions
2Limitless$266,554-44%838-525$318$76,090,3167Relativity Media
3The Lincoln Lawyer$199,444-47%719-501$277$54,799,5107Lionsgate
4Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$198,619-31%875--$227$754,7791Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
5Win Win$157,492-54%302-86$521$7,611,7307Fox Searchlight
6Jane Eyre (2011)$144,243-38%294-25$491$8,739,7678Focus
7Your Highness$120,595-57%402-1208$300$21,102,0704Universal
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$104,244-41%503-425$207$51,001,8136Fox
9The Adjustment Bureau$65,095-72%27714$235$61,682,8859Universal
10Rango$63,205-47%277-280$228$119,931,7209Paramount
11Paul$58,240-56%224-21$260$36,943,0107Universal
12Red Riding Hood$36,345-37%209-99$174$37,395,2418Warner Bros.
13Just Go With It$31,132-45%199-66$156$102,808,74712Sony / Columbia
14The King's Speech$27,864-48%185-49$151$138,537,21123Weinstein Company
15Beastly$23,097-42%126-11$183$27,731,1329CBS Films
16Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$18,100-33%109-57$166$72,945,02912Paramount
17Hall Pass$16,106-36%116-86$139$44,986,02510Warner Bros. / New Line
18Battle: Los Angeles$15,827-53%102-118$155$82,795,2208Sony / Columbia
19Unknown (2011)$10,650-48%101-61$105$63,640,35711Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$87,575-19%69-139$1,269$3,746,7864Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$24,348-30%320$761$24,457,65259Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Dum Maaro Dum$21,435-49%93-8$230$483,9882Fox Searchlight
4Sucker Punch$15,103-37%74-170$204$36,062,0656Warner Bros.
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$13,7528%45-44$306$1,275,1464Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$12,545-56%69-23$182$37,814,42811Fox
7Kill the Irishman$11,676-35%307$389$1,064,4758Anchor Bay Films
8Sympathy For Delicious$3,310-18%2--$1,655$9,4481Maya Entertainment
9Cedar Rapids$3,209-55%26-10$123$6,800,42712Fox Searchlight
10Biutiful$2,549-12%221$116$5,056,09818Roadside Attractions
11The Company Men$2,188-29%150$146$4,413,10815Weinstein Company
12Miral$1,749-30%10-10$175$360,2376Weinstein Company
13Meet Monica Velour$1,334-38%10$1,334$23,8334Anchor Bay Films
14Thank You$886-45%7-13$127$462,6094UTV Communications
15The Music Never Stopped$52-65%4-2$13$234,7007Roadside Attractions