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 Sat, May. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$15,171,87866%3,9638$3,828$109,064,9622Paramount
2Bridesmaids$10,592,34035%2,918--$3,630$18,427,1701Universal
3Fast Five$8,932,51551%3,793131$2,355$164,095,7953Universal
4Priest (2011)$5,632,5050%2,864--$1,967$11,264,7171Sony / Screen Gems
5Rio (2011)$3,786,268135%2,929-329$1,293$122,363,0265Fox
6Jumping the Broom$3,294,48165%2,0350$1,619$23,985,0552Sony / TriStar
7Something Borrowed$2,861,15525%2,9040$985$23,805,1322Warner Bros.
8Water for Elephants$1,823,35556%2,425-189$752$47,366,3974Fox
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$1,054,44371%1,449-432$728$49,689,3494Lionsgate
10Soul Surfer$824,39869%1,468-313$562$38,719,8216Sony / TriStar
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$506,282204%1,276-1229$397$8,084,5333Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious$426,51828%762-239$560$51,476,4327FilmDistrict
2Source Code$394,64467%626-304$630$52,027,4217Summit
3Everything Must Go$337,39452%218--$1,548$558,9451Roadside Attractions
4Hanna$263,72965%425-323$621$38,430,6436Focus
5The Conspirator$215,63491%370-87$583$10,356,4725Roadside Attractions
6Win Win$199,834119%248-20$806$8,820,1709Fox Searchlight
7The Lincoln Lawyer$192,56192%345-95$558$56,007,1219Lionsgate
8HOP$188,190122%459-443$410$106,726,1957Universal
9Limitless$165,55767%298-81$556$77,469,8549Relativity Media
10Jane Eyre (2011)$143,04162%2480$577$9,865,40110Focus
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$134,158105%311-28$431$51,544,0798Fox
12Scream 4$121,65433%426-907$286$37,445,3325Weinstein Company
13Rango$115,34734%216-61$534$120,703,30311Paramount
14Arthur (2011)$102,93845%344-11$299$32,504,7516Warner Bros.
15Battle: Los Angeles$80,68550%225-4$359$83,219,12010Sony / Columbia
16The Adjustment Bureau$77,90030%164-51$475$62,264,72511Universal
17The Beaver$68,07562%10583$648$260,4882Summit
18Paul$47,06053%181-23$260$37,344,2359Universal
19Go For It!$45,56435%218--$209$79,3951Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Your Highness$40,70025%148-16$275$21,535,0406Universal
21Sucker Punch$32,15134%139-71$231$36,302,6898Warner Bros.
22Red Riding Hood$26,75968%100-56$268$37,596,35310Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$109,4615%57-2$1,920$4,707,5996Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$40,52124%342$1,192$24,789,16861Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Just Go With It$24,02538%89-44$270$103,012,97314Sony / Columbia
4The King's Speech$19,22252%71-19$271$138,704,31325Weinstein Company
5Beastly$11,43144%46-30$249$27,847,89211CBS Films
6Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$11,310125%38-14$298$37,885,90713Fox
7No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$9,85770%5029$197$1,322,2926Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Kill the Irishman$7,128120%13-10$548$1,130,37910Anchor Bay Films
9Dum Maaro Dum$5,53359%20-13$277$549,1684Fox Searchlight
10Cedar Rapids$4,71629%12-10$393$6,841,99114Fox Searchlight
11Biutiful$4,303304%11-5$391$5,082,57120Roadside Attractions
12Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$3,15981%34-430$93$1,181,5573Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
13The Company Men$1,92478%11-24$175$4,438,06717Weinstein Company
14Skateland$1,726-6%2--$863$3,5681Freestyle Releasing
15Miral$1,09735%50$219$370,3978Weinstein Company
16Meet Monica Velour$66670%1--$666$27,8516Anchor Bay Films
17The Music Never Stopped$62927%5-2$126$239,0849Roadside Attractions