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. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$16,900,279-28%3,955--$4,273$65,723,3381Paramount
2Fast Five$9,026,830-29%3,66218$2,465$139,779,2852Universal
3Jumping the Broom$5,873,98013%2,035--$2,886$15,215,4871Sony / TriStar
4Something Borrowed$4,252,357-13%2,904--$1,464$13,945,3681Warner Bros.
5Rio (2011)$3,053,315-13%3,258-450$937$115,206,0694Fox
6Water for Elephants$2,170,197-3%2,614-206$830$42,083,2203Fox
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$1,620,1555%1,881-407$861$47,085,2183Lionsgate
8Soul Surfer$859,9561%1,781-229$483$36,886,2825Sony / TriStar
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$732,502-16%2,5050$292$6,876,2172Weinstein Company
10African Cats$448,27233%1,035-189$433$12,895,8843Disneynature
11Prom$445,084-54%2,7300$163$7,590,0302Disney
12Insidious$285,274-50%1,001-583$285$50,319,1156FilmDistrict
13Scream 4$147,020-51%1,333-888$110$36,920,1904Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$355,750-33%930-715$383$50,944,9226Summit
2Hanna$261,269-22%748-821$349$37,634,3075Focus
3The Conspirator$195,824-25%457-240$428$9,792,9544Roadside Attractions
4Win Win$167,208-30%268-34$624$8,351,3738Fox Searchlight
5HOP$157,825-29%902-2274$175$106,358,2606Universal
6Jane Eyre (2011)$156,008-6%248-46$629$9,433,9449Focus
7The Lincoln Lawyer$147,602-24%440-279$335$55,547,6248Lionsgate
8Limitless$131,213-36%379-459$346$77,006,4178Relativity Media
9Rango$84,578-58%2770$305$120,426,21310Paramount
10Arthur (2011)$65,292-24%355-896$184$32,245,3845Warner Bros.
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$62,986-37%339-164$186$51,289,7967Fox
12Battle: Los Angeles$56,192-28%229127$245$83,004,3899Sony / Columbia
13The Adjustment Bureau$44,910-70%215-62$209$62,057,09010Universal
14Paul$43,860-52%204-20$215$37,214,3858Universal
15Your Highness$31,160-65%164-238$190$21,422,3455Universal
16Sucker Punch$30,311-25%210136$144$36,188,5177Warner Bros.
17Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$28,849-25%464-411$62$1,106,8682Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
18Just Go With It$25,085-32%133-66$189$102,941,38013Sony / Columbia
19Red Riding Hood$24,756-27%156-53$159$37,522,7489Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$106,44914%59-10$1,804$4,252,3015Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Beaver$34,902-18%22--$1,586$107,5771Summit
3Hubble 3D$22,167-22%320$693$24,619,14060Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The King's Speech$19,025-14%90-95$211$138,647,69524Weinstein Company
5Beastly$12,114-29%76-50$159$27,812,32810CBS Films
6Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$10,968-28%52-17$211$37,860,85112Fox
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$10,649-32%57-52$187$73,000,94213Paramount
8Dum Maaro Dum$9,022-9%33-60$273$534,5743Fox Searchlight
9Hall Pass$8,630-35%67-49$129$45,045,03711Warner Bros. / New Line
10Kill the Irishman$7,594-36%23-7$330$1,108,8049Anchor Bay Films
11No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$7,37183%21-24$351$1,300,5135Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Unknown (2011)$5,665-25%49-52$116$63,677,73512Warner Bros.
13Cedar Rapids$5,412-43%22-4$246$6,827,58113Fox Searchlight
14The Company Men$3,356-14%3520$96$4,428,04316Weinstein Company
15Biutiful$2,291-11%16-6$143$5,071,44519Roadside Attractions
16Miral$1,128-20%5-5$226$366,7577Weinstein Company
17Passion Play$7441%2--$372$2,1001Image Entertainment
18Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$650-45%4--$163$143,88934Collective Eye
19The Music Never Stopped$597-24%73$85$236,8458Roadside Attractions
20Sympathy For Delicious$383-32%20$192$13,1142Maya Entertainment