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, May. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$25,481,796--3,955--$6,443$25,481,7961Paramount
2Fast Five$10,638,110158%3,66218$2,905$117,972,0752Universal
3Something Borrowed$4,792,585--2,904--$1,650$4,792,5851Warner Bros.
4Jumping the Broom$4,157,470--2,035--$2,043$4,157,4701Sony / TriStar
5Rio (2011)$1,958,977234%3,258-450$601$108,661,0454Fox
6Water for Elephants$1,657,108110%2,614-206$634$37,670,7253Fox
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$1,009,893130%1,881-407$537$43,916,2253Lionsgate
8Prom$804,645469%2,7300$295$6,180,0902Disney
9Soul Surfer$593,806233%1,781-229$333$35,172,9275Sony / TriStar
10Insidious$481,514219%1,001-583$481$49,461,7696FilmDistrict
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$433,103168%2,5050$173$5,266,7172Weinstein Company
12African Cats$280,896-19%1,035-189$271$12,110,6173Disneynature
13Scream 4$256,07969%1,333-888$192$36,475,1694Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$357,40787%930-715$384$50,057,5556Summit
2Hanna$239,20021%748-821$320$37,037,2985Focus
3The Conspirator$160,33760%457-240$351$9,334,9904Roadside Attractions
4Limitless$150,36857%379-459$397$76,670,1278Relativity Media
5Rango$146,1081007%2770$527$120,137,96710Paramount
6The Lincoln Lawyer$124,31382%440-279$283$55,207,0618Lionsgate
7Win Win$121,690149%268-34$454$7,944,2218Fox Searchlight
8HOP$117,2607%902-2274$130$105,979,4456Universal
9Jane Eyre (2011)$105,72251%248-46$426$9,112,3339Focus
10The Adjustment Bureau$89,225279%215-62$415$61,864,90510Universal
11Paul$67,320329%204-20$330$37,079,7458Universal
12Arthur (2011)$67,161-12%355-896$189$32,094,0855Warner Bros.
13Your Highness$58,23593%164-238$355$21,301,0055Universal
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$57,874239%339-164$171$51,127,2297Fox
15Battle: Los Angeles$54,292--229127$237$82,870,3019Sony / Columbia
16Sucker Punch$28,465345%210136$136$36,117,6557Warner Bros.
17Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$27,995-52%464-411$60$1,039,4952Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
18Just Go With It$25,183--133-66$189$102,879,20513Sony / Columbia
19Red Riding Hood$24,032136%156-53$154$37,464,0509Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$89,78936%59-10$1,522$4,052,2525Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$33,84833%320$1,058$24,568,45060Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Beaver$29,866--22--$1,358$29,8661Summit
4The King's Speech$16,61221%90-95$185$138,606,53924Weinstein Company
5Beastly$12,22140%76-50$161$27,783,26510CBS Films
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$10,265123%57-52$180$72,974,73513Paramount
7Hall Pass$9,56451%67-49$143$45,023,04011Warner Bros. / New Line
8Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$8,732255%52-17$168$37,834,73812Fox
9Kill the Irishman$6,89264%23-7$300$1,089,4349Anchor Bay Films
10Unknown (2011)$6,41845%49-52$131$63,664,48112Warner Bros.
11Dum Maaro Dum$6,2993%33-60$191$515,6533Fox Searchlight
12Cedar Rapids$6,076227%22-4$276$6,812,69613Fox Searchlight
13The Company Men$3,282172%3520$94$4,421,76316Weinstein Company
14No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,99413%21-24$143$1,289,1135Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Biutiful$1,832-13%16-6$115$5,066,56919Roadside Attractions
16Miral$93820%5-5$188$364,2237Weinstein Company
17Passion Play$619--2--$310$6191Image Entertainment
18Sympathy For Delicious$437-16%20$219$12,1702Maya Entertainment
19The Music Never Stopped$427477%73$61$235,4638Roadside Attractions
20Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$355--4--$89$142,05934Collective Eye